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2014 Diversity and Inclusion Conference


Leading organizations are discovering the Power of Diversity and Inclusion.  Is yours?


Attend the 2014 Baystate Health Diversity and Inclusion Conference.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 * MassMutual Center * Springfield, Massachusetts




At Baystate Health, we understand that diversity and inclusion are a business imperative. In alignment with our business goals, development goals and in support of our community, we are pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 Baystate Health Diversity and Inclusion Conference, a conference offering the region’s diversity champions and leaders inspiration and best practices sharing to build and support a business imperative of diversity and inclusion. The event will provide a unique opportunity to collaborate, share best practices, and collectively define what diversity and inclusion means for our region.


The one-day conference will feature keynote speakers, skill development, best practice sessions, networking. Our confirmed presenters, panelists and facilitators include:

Philip Berry, Executive Director, Association of ERGs & Councils
Jackson L. Davis, IV, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, ESPN Human Resources
Nancy DiDia, Executive Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, Boehringer Ingelheim
Susan G. Fentin, Partner, Skoler, Abbott & Presser, PC
Andres E. Gonzalez, Med, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Baystate Health
Stephanie Huckel, Senior Diversity Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Susan Johnson, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, The Hartford
Waleska Lugo-DeJesus, MPA, Leadership Consultant, Overcoming Racism: A Regional Initiative, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
Yami Madho, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, BigY
Mary L. Martinez, Diversity & Inclusion Practice Leader, APTMetrics, Inc.
Joelle A. Murchison, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Travelers
J. Aleah Nesteby, NP, Baystate Health
Tony Orange, Partner, Washington Orange Wheeler, LLC
Vu H. Pham, Managing Partner at Spectrum Knowledge & UC San Diego Center for Executive Development
Paul Robbins, Paul Robbins Associates
Frank P. Robinson, Executive Director, Partners for a Healthier Community
Jennifer Silvestri, RN, Nurse Manager, Baystate Health
Kirk R. Smith, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Springfield
Deborah Stanley-McAulay, Chief Diversity Officer, Yale University
Al Vivian, President and CEO, Basic Diversity
Nadine O. Vogel, President & Founder, Springboard Consulting
Joseph Wheeler, Partner, Washington Orange Wheeler, LLC

View or download the 2014 Agenda-at-a-Glanceis attached for your reference.


2014 Conference Partners & Underwriters

Association of ERGs & Councils

Baystate Reference Laboratories

Big Y

The City of Springfield, Department of Health & Human Services

Elevate (Upward Synergy)

Freedom Credit Union

Hampden Bank

The Hartford

Health New England

HRMA of Western New England

Irene E. & George A, Davis Foundation 

Johnson & Hill Staffing Services

National Hispanic MBA Association

Pioneer Valley Credit Union

Skoler, Abbott & Presser PC,


United Way of Pioneer Valley

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

YMCA of Greater Springfield


Supporting Organizations

Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Bredenberg Associates

The Community Foundation of Western MA

Human Service Forum

Leadership Pioneer Valley

The Lioness Group


NAACP Springfield MA  Branch

Partners for a Healthier Community


YPS of Greater Springfield




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2013 Baystate Health Diversity and Inclusion Conference Recap

“Diversity Includes Everyone” was the unofficial theme of the day at the 2013 Baystate Health Diversity and Inclusion Conference. On September 10, 2013, over 350 people from 90 different organizations gathered at Springfield’s MassMutual Center. One-third of the attendees were Baystate Health employees.  Here’s what a few of the attendees said about the conference:

“What a great day for the region! Thank you for organizing such an important resource for all of us. Very much looking forward to what's next. Thank you!!”
Katie Allan Zobel, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

“Thank you very much for a wonderful day! It was so well organized and what great presentations.” Maria Burke, Director of Development at Jericho - Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults

“It was a great moment for Springfield and the region as host to such an event. It was a great day for Baystate Health, and a major milestone for our Diversity & Inclusion efforts, which are propelled by all of you. Congratulations!” Jennifer Faulkner, Director of Communications, Baystate Health


View or download the 2013 Conference Program Book

Watch the conference slide show


Please contact us if your organization is interested in exploring partnership or underwriting opportunities.


For immediate questions contact us at or 413-794-7722