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INCLUSION: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
September 29, 2022
Proudly part of Biotech Week BostonBoston Convention and Exhibition Center

Angela Anderson
US Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Operations and Strategy at Novartis


Dr. Angela Anderson is the #1 Amazon international best-selling author of Now What?! Get OVER Yourself and MOVE!  Dr. Anderson is a leadership and organizational expert. She is the owner of Dr. Angela Speaks ( The company’s mission is to guide individuals and organizations on the journey to maximizing their full potential through solution-focused actions and a positive mindset.  In her current role, she serves as the US Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Strategy and Operations for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Additionally, Dr. Anderson is internationally certified by the John C. Maxwell Team as an executive advisor, master speaker and trainer.  This group specializes in providing training around the world on topics such as leadership, influence, motivation, team dynamics, and much more.  Dr. Anderson trains groups within the business, educational, non-profit, and healthcare fields.  The goal is to empower others to improve, increase productivity, and operate at maximum potential.

Before becoming a partner of the John C. Maxwell Team and launching her company, Dr. Anderson spent years gaining experience in multiple fields by working with businesses and educational institutions.  It was through these experiences that Dr. Anderson honed her skills as a speaker, trainer, and executive advisor.  Dr. Anderson began as a therapist in the mental health field, ultimately serving as Director of Clinical Services. 

An unexpected opportunity led to Dr. Anderson’s current passion when she took an opportunity at Verizon.  During her tenure, she was honored with the President’s Award of Excellence, the Star Promoter Award, and a personal commendation from the company CEO for her performance.

She served as the keynote speaker for an event sponsored by Caesars Entertainment Corp. and spoke at the conference Speak and Write to Make Millions 2017 with international best-selling author and motivational speaker Lisa Nichols.  Dr. Anderson’s message was heard by an audience of over 1,000 attendees and via live stream in 42 countries worldwide. 

In 2019, Dr. Anderson, in partnership with tech executive Candace Morgan, launched a podcast entitled Just Be Real Sis. This podcast was established to have real conversations on issues that have historically been difficult to discuss. The goal is to build bridges between different points of view and create a platform rooted in collaboration over competition.

Committed to her passion for motivating others, in 2020 Dr. Anderson launched Live with Dr. Angela on Instagram (@drangelaspeaks). On her platform of nearly 11,000 followers, she donated over 200 hours of coaching and encouragement for 200 consecutive nights.  Dr. Anderson is also quoted on the cover of another best-selling book entitled What You Don’t Know IS Hurting You: 4 Keys to a Phenomenal Career by internationally certified executive coach Marion E. Brooks.

Dr. Anderson has been called on by multiple companies to share her expertise in diversity and inclusion, critical communication, motivation, stress management, and mental wealth. She has worked with Verizon, FedEx, United Way, Ericsson, Lee Hecht Harrison, and The United States Department of Defense. 

Dr. Anderson partnered with Global Health Psychiatry to deliver a virtual keynote and virtual support sessions on emotional intelligence, stress, and emotional resilience for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.  Ericsson secured Dr. Anderson to conduct a global webcast in collaboration with their global CEO and global leaders. The webcast was viewed by thousands of employees in over 30 countries.

Dr. Anderson graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology.  She received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA.

Dr. Anderson completed her doctoral work in Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ.

In addition, Dr. Anderson remains involved in numerous organizations.  She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Women of Color in Pharma, and founder of a women’s group in her city, Women of Vision Memphis. The goal of the group is to provide networking opportunities and support for professional women. 

Dr. Anderson is committed to the community and reflects a spirit of servant leadership.  Prior to the pandemic, when she observed the need for a positive message and healing in her city, she co-organized an initiative called Free Hugs Memphis.  A group of citizens who attend local events and share a message of encouragement and hope.  She serves as a mentor for several young women who are striving to become future leaders. She serves as a personal coach for college and doctoral students. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a national public service organization of college-educated women. 

Dr. Anderson enjoys traveling the world, reading, and helping others live their best lives.  She continues to demonstrate an innate ability to encourage, inspire, and lead.  Remaining true to who she is as a person committed to empowering others, she is a mother, wife, speaker, trainer, mentor, humanitarian, executive advisor, and community volunteer.

Agenda Sessions

  • Future Talent Structures that Inspire Inclusion and Cultivate a Winning Culture – A Call to Action to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion Today