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Biocom California’s Inaugural DE&I Leadership Summit Recap

Biocom California’s Inaugural DE&I Leadership Summit Recap

  • 2021-10-12T19:00:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Karmin Noar

Biocom California hosted the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Leadership Summit, a virtual event to further ignite action around DE&I in California’s life sciences industry, on Thursday, August 26.

The DE&I Leadership Summit is part of Biocom California’s overarching commitment to address social and economic inequities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the life science industry, drive accountability and catalyze lasting change that supports a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Biocom California assembled its DE&I Task Force in 2020, and in June 2021, developed the DE&I Member Pledge – a platform to outline the commitments Biocom California has made to support and engage in DE&I initiatives and to support member companies in their efforts to implement DE&I initiatives.

The event featured a keynote presentation from Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, co-founder and head of behavioral sciences at MESH/Diversity, an organization dedicated to empowering DE&I professionals with strategic support, tools, metrics and data. The event also featured fireside chats with industry leaders and roundtable discussions around necessary conversations about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

To gain access to the DE&I Leader Summit recordings, click here.

As part of the DE&I Leadership Summit, Biocom California engaged industry DE&I Officers and Leaders to facilitate roundtable discussions, leading participants through an engaging discussion about crucial conversations. Here are the top takeaways from this session.

Biocom California remains dedicated to taking measurable action towards improving our industry and supporting our member companies through functional resources and programs to assist in their internal and external DE&I goals. This year’s DE&I Leadership Summit is the first of hopefully many events to reflect on what more can be done to advance a thriving and representative industry.

We’d like to express our gratitude to our event sponsors: Bayer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Travere Therapeutics, and Vertex. Thank you for your generous support of this event, our DE&I initiatives, and your commitment to being part of the solution.