DEIB Summit: ERGs & Affinity-Based Organizations in the Health Care Space


Start: March 30, 2023, 02:00 pm
End: March 30, 2023, 03:00 pm


Carey Online


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The healthcare-focused session “ERGs and Affinity-Based Organizations in the Healthcare Space” will examine how and why employee resource groups – sometimes known as affinity-based organizations – can be leveraged to better support DEI initiatives within companies. Experts will discuss how and why these organizations are critical: particularly within the ever-changing healthcare sector. The session will further investigate how ERGs can bring intentionality and support to DEI efforts and hold both employees and employers accountable for building community among people with shared identities or experiences. Students will leave the session with increased knowledge surrounding recruiting initiatives and how to best leverage their identities within their respective careers.


Sofia Teixeira (she/her), Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Marissa West PharmD (she/her), Director, Gilead Pharmaceuticals, Founder, Young Black Pharma

Shelvia English, PhD (she/her), Sterling-English Consulting and Coaching, Senior Director of Access, Diversity and Inclusion,  American Dental Association

Margia Arguello, MBA ‘16 (she/her), Senior Manager, Consultant II, Avalere Health


Sarenka Smith, Women in Business Program, MBA Fall '23 candidate, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 

Sarthi Manchanda, MPH/MBA Dual Program, Johns Hopkins University, DEIB Lead, Pride Business Association