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BioNJ is Taking an In-Depth Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By Jim Pytell—March 24, 2021

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of discourse in society today. As such, many business leaders are examining ways to foster an inclusive culture at their own companies, and lead by example by creating a diverse environment where everyone feels welcome.

Today marked the first day of BioNJ’s two-day Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference, in which 44 speakers over 13 sessions will discuss ways to spark tangible change when it comes to topics such as implicit bias and diverse inclusion within culture, one’s self, talent and business.

“Some of the change that we all want to see taking place is actually already underway,” said Will Lewis, chair and CEO of Insmed and chair of BioNJ, during the conference’s opening panel this morning. “This is not a theoretical discussion about a distant day when this will all begin. We all recognize that more must be done, but we are now starting from a place where there is momentum.”

Lewis added that he feels the bio-pharmaceutical and device industry is well suited to advance the cause of diversity, equity and inclusion. “We are a mission driven industry, we require excellence to ensure that what we do meet the high standards for the benefit of patients with serious and often life threatening conditions,” he said. “These aspects of our industry position us to take on the challenges of this topic.

“BioNJ’s vision is to have diversity, equity and inclusion immersed not only in healthcare but in all aspects of our lives. Through this conference, we hope to inspire the community by sharing case studies, vignettes, workshops and tools to effect change.”

Glenn Singleton, president and founder of Pacific Educational Group and Courageous Conversations, said that in order to have real change in society when it comes to the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, the dynamics of race must be better understood.

“Far too many organizations feel that they can step into diversity, equity and inclusion without confronting the centerpiece of race,” Singleton said. “Race is the third rail of our society. Without understanding race, we don’t get to any deeper part of the understanding of human diversity. We get to this point where we begin to talk about the obvious, and then we retreat.”

Read more at the New Jersey Business.

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