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2013 Diversity and Inclusion Conference

“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.

Conference sessions and breakouts included:

  • Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Roundtable: “The Business Case for Diversity: Moving from Nice-to-Have to Have-to Have”
  • Developing a Diversity Strategy to meet Organizational Outcomes
  • A Diversity Champions’ Toolbox: Tools for Reaching the Tipping Point
  • Skill Development Workshop: Becoming an Inclusive Leader: Driving High-Performance and Engagement
  • Connecting Diversity & Inclusion to Organizational Objectives
  • Formalizing Inclusive Leadership into Work Environments
  • Industry Roundtable Discussions: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion

The conference keynote speaker was Dr. Steven Robbins hit a home run with his engaging presentation about unconscious bias!

Download the conference program.

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

Watch the conference slide show.


We extend gratitude to our conference partners, underwriters and supporting organizations, without whom the conference would not have been a success.

Conference Partners & Underwriters

Association of Diversity Councils

Big Y

Freedom Credit Union

Hampden Bank

Health New England

HRMA of Western New England

Pioneer Valley Credit Union

Springfield Technical Community College


United Way of Pioneer Valley

Westfield State University

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

YMCA of Greater Springfield

Supporting Organizations

AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Bredenberg Associates

Human Service Forum

Leadership Pioneer Valley

The Lioness Group

NAACP Springfield MA  Branch

Pro Springfield Media

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County




2014 Baystate Health Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MassMutual Center  *  Springfield, Massachusetts



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

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