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Samantha Warren

Samantha’s role at GSK is to support and drive the employee resource groups to develop, grow and align with the business’ strategies. Prior to this role, Samantha has been an active member of GSK’s African American Alliance ERG for 20+ years, including as a chapter lead for 3 years, where she sought to grow and develop herself and ERG colleagues, raising awareness and knowledge of tools and resources available. Samantha developed a training program entitled ‘Development Matters’ for AAA members and embedded a quarterly learning series allowing ethnic minority staff to take control of their development. She has also set up a partnership with an outreach group, the African American Cultural Festival, aiming to share non-promotional material for the education of the African American and Latino communities regarding nutrition, diabetes, lupus and the importance of diversity in clinical trials. Externally, Samantha is president of the Black Alumni Association at North Carolina State University which recently provided partial scholarships to six African American graduate and undergraduate students and, she serves as a professional mentor to students of colour. Recently, Samantha was appointed to NCSU’s Chancellor’s African American Community Advisory Council, Responsible for advising on matters to promote mutually beneficial university and African American community relationships. She is a former co-chair of the Alumni Mentoring Program.  She is also on the board of directors for the Junior League of Raleigh; building a greater emphasis on D&I into the organisation.

Bansi Nagji

As a visible senior executive with a diverse cultural background, Bansi uses his own story to illustrate the potential career progression available to all people in the workplace. He also makes himself available as a mentor to all employees, particularly ethnic minority people and women, to help them understand and navigate their particular challenges. As the most senior ethnic minority executive at McKesson and a member of its Executive Committee, he is a core member of McKesson’s Chairman’s Diversity Council, which is responsible for the enterprise’s diversity strategy. Externally, Bansi makes himself available for career advice, and regularly speaks about his own experience as a successful member of an ethnic minority. He is member of the campaign board of INSEAD, and is particularly interested in personally sponsoring scholarships there for ethnic minority people. He was named as one of the Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology by the California Diversity Council in 2017 and has been recognized by many other organizations, including by EMpower in 2018.

Quita Highsmith

Quita Highsmith is Head, Alliance & Advocacy Relations in Government Affairs, and is also the Co-Founder of Advancing Inclusive Research™ at Genentech. Quita is passionate about incorporating the patient voice in healthcare, developing others and creating vision in the biotech industry for women and people of color. Her work in Advancing Inclusive Research highlights her commitment to addressing barriers in clinical research participation for diverse and ethnic communities. Quita is one of the named authors of “US Cancer Centers of Excellence strategies for increased inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials,” published in the Journal of Oncology Practice. Quita’s leadership is evident within nonprofit and professional organizations as well, serving as the Vice Chair of the Alliance Development Committee for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), as a member of the Global Nominating Board and Past President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), as a member of the Delta San Fran-Peninsula Foundation Scholarship Board for black college students and on the board of Genentech’s Political Action Committee (GenenPAC). She has been recognized by numerous institutions and is a leading voice for promoting people of color and women in the workplace.

Michael Sneed

Michael is the Executive Sponsor of Johnson & Johnson’s employee resource group focused on Middle Eastern and North African employees. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s Lupus Campaign. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is more common in women, particularly those of African, Hispanic, Asian and Native American descent. Externally, Michael currently serves on the Board of Trustees at UnidosUS, the largest Hispanic advocacy organisation in the United States. He also sits on the national board of the Ad Council, which develops communication campaigns aimed at tackling the nation’s largest social issues including bullying, housing and workplace discrimination. Additionally, he is on the Board of Trustees of The First Tee organisation, a community-based network focused on developing the social and behavioral skills for young people of color. He also set up a scholarship providing funding to multicultural students pursuing their education at Macalester College in the United States. In 2017, Michael was the recipient of the Corporate Leadership award from the National Medical Fellowship Organization. Also, for the last two years he was named on PR Week’s Top Communicators in the United States.

Jerome Hamilton

Jerome sees diversity as an integral part of his role as CEO. As such, he continues to drive diverse hiring and has targets in place for a fully balanced, diverse workforce within Open Therapeutics. Externally, he is an advisor to the CEO of V2 Soft and a member of the company advisory board, and has personally helped the company gain two new contracts for significant revenue increases. He is also advisor to the CEO of KYYBA International and a member of their Advisory Board. Jerome is also a board member and financial contributor of Real Life 101 charity for mentoring underprivileged inner city minority youth in 11 states in the US. He recently co-authored a book titled “Make Your business a Lean Business”, which has been highly commended for building a winning culture and improving operational excellence within its reader’s companies. Additionally, he been selected to be the Key Note speaker at the Global Manufacturing Alliance Gala at the Golden Valley Country Club, and was recently appointed Chairman of the Board for Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota. The Goodwill Organization helps those with workplace entry barriers to get meaningful jobs, many of whom are ethnic minorities.

Quentin Roach

Quentin has been essential in ensuring inclusive environments and cultures, based on values established in collaboration with his executive leadership team. This includes introducing a requirement for unconscious bias training and not only diverse candidate slates, but also diverse interview panels in the hiring and promotion processes. He has instituted mentor programs for interns, new hires and rotational development program participants, and has also supported a “reverse mentoring” program targeted with the Next Gen employee resource group. Additionally, Quentin has personally acted as an executive sponsor for a company-wide leadership development program developed to foster growth of ethnic minority personnel within the organisation. Externally, Quentin currently maintains board positions with various organisations, with specific focuses on diversity and inclusion. He has also been appointed to the Diversity & Inclusion advisory council for the City Controller of New York City, and was recently recognised among Savoy’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in America.

Bansi Nagji

As a visible senior executive with a diverse cultural background, Bansi uses his own story to illustrate the potential career progression available to all people in the workplace. He also makes himself available as a mentor to all employees, particularly ethnic minority people and women, to help them understand and navigate their particular challenges. As the most senior ethnic minority executive at McKesson, he is a core member of McKesson’s Chairman’s Diversity Council, which is responsible for the enterprise’s diversity strategy. Externally, Bansi makes himself available for career advice, and regularly speaks about his own experience as a successful minority. He is deeply involved in fundraising activities for his business school, INSEAD, and is particularly interested in personally sponsoring scholarships there for ethnic minority people. He was also recently named as one of the Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology by the California Diversity Council.

Amadou Diarra

To meet its mission of helping patients prevail over serious diseases, Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive. As a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council (GDIC), Amadou has contributed to shaping strategies for the recruitment, retention and development of diverse talent worldwide. He chairs the Commercial Diversity and Inclusion Council, whose activities support the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council priorities. Under his leadership as Head of Global Policy, Advocacy and Government Affairs, Amadou’s team enables productive dialogue with government around respective diversity and inclusion issues. He championed Bristol-Myers Squibb’s signature of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge, and under his responsibility, the Global Patient Advocacy function has helped Bristol-Myers Squibb prioritise the diversity of patient representation in clinical trials. As Bristol-Myers Squibb’s first and only member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Amadou has contributed to increasing the company’s engagement in ELC’s activities. Through a culture of inclusion, Bristol-Myers Squibb is able to create a work environment where diverse experiences and perspectives help drive innovation and transformative business results.

Michael Sneed

Michael is the Executive Sponsor of the Employee Resource Group focused on Middle Eastern and North African employees. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Lupus Campaign. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects primarily women of African and Hispanic origin. Through their work, Johnson & Johnson have raised awareness of the disease among their employees, which has resulted in new therapies currently in development. Externally, Michael currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Unidos, the largest Hispanic advocacy organisation in the United States. He also sits on the national board of the Ad Council, which develops communication campaigns aimed at tackling the nation’s largest social issues including bullying, housing and workplace discrimination. Additionally, he is on the Board of Trustees of The First Tee organisation, a community-based network focused on developing social and behavioural skills for young ethnic minority people. Most recently, he set up a scholarship providing funding to multicultural students pursuing their education at Macalester College in the United States. In 2017, Michael was the recipient of the Corporate Leadership award from the National Medical Fellowship Organization. Also, for the last two years he was named on PR Week’s Top Communicators in the United States.

Funke Abimbola MBE

Funke is the most senior black lawyer in pharma, and the only such leader in Roche globally. She is a multi-award-winning, global Roche race diversity champion, and mentors a number of ethnic minority colleagues. She is committed to eliminating race career barriers across 100K staff globally, and regularly presents internally on the importance of D&I. Her support of Roche’s diversity initiatives includes sponsorship of their work experience scheme, internship scheme, legal hackathon and university bursary scheme, positively changing trajectories of 100s of BAME students. Externally Funke holds several voluntary diversity roles. These include patronage at University College London, and leadership roles with the InterLaw Diversity Forum, the Precious Awards and Power Up. She has a true grassroots approach to removing barriers, providing free inspirational talks and mentoring to over 2,000 schoolchildren and 100s of university students. She is a regular contributor to BBC News, and the wider media community, on the importance of ethnic minority inclusion, and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on inclusive leadership. Funke has also been honoured with several prestigious awards, including receiving an MBE in 2017 for services to diversity and young people.