AdvaMed Advance’s Summit on Inclusion & Diversity

September 24, 2019 | 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM | Boston, MA
Co-located with The MedTech Conference

Join other executive leaders and forward-thinkers in medtech for AdvaMed’s Summit on Inclusion & Diversity, a one-day event co-located with The MedTech Conference. The inaugural summit will bring decision makers from medtech companies together to make much needed, industry-wide progress on inclusion and diversity initiatives.


Summit participants will:

  • Establish a common understanding of the challenges contributing to lagging diversity and develop a road map for change with support from a committee of industry experts.
  • Hear the perspectives of a CEO panel on how progress made at their organizations has benefited their employees, patients and profit margins.
  • Explore opportunities to foster inclusion and diversity within their own organizations.
  • Develop a personal plan for implementing the programs and strategies discussed during the summit.

Schedule of Events:

Introduction of Session
9:15 – 9:25 a.m.
Led by Scott Whitaker, CEO, AdvaMed

CEO Panel: Leading I&D from the Top
9:25 – 10:05 a.m.
Lisa Blair Davis, Global Head of HR Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson
Kevin Lobo, Chairman & CEO, Stryker Corporation
Jason Field, CEO & President, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Martha Shadan, President & CEO, Miach Orthopaedics

Introduction to Maturity Model and Member-Led Initiative
10:05 – 10:10 a.m.
Elga Lohler, Chief Human Resources Officer, Smith & Nephew plc

Korn Ferry Presentation on Maturity Model
10:10 – 10:30 a.m.
Alina Polonskaia, Korn Ferry

Member Panel: Maturity Model in Action
10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
Fayruz Kirtzman, Korn Ferry
Johnel Evans, Vice President, Inclusion & Diversity, BD
Katie Szyman, Corporate Vice President, Critical Care & Vascular, Edwards Lifesciences
Camille Chang Gilmore, Vice President, Human Resources, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Boston Scientific

Breakout Session
11:10 – 12:15 p.m.
Interactive session designed to help each executive apply the model to their organization and tackle key questions on how senior leaders can use the tool to drive successful outcomes.

Other Suggested Conference Sessions:

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Plenary Lunch
  • 3:05 PM – 3:45 PM:  Join us at the CEOs Unplugged stage on the exhibit floor for a discussion on inclusion and diversity


This event is free to conference registrants. To register at the discounted day rate of $795 USD and reserve your spot at the summit, please click here and use the discount code:  1TUE795. If you have already registered for The MedTech Conference and want to attend the summit, please click here to let us know.

If you have questions about registration or housing, please call (888) 999-7307 or email [email protected].   

Make sure your organization has a strong presence and is viewed as a champion for inclusion and diversity in medtech. Reserve your spot today.

What is AdvaMed Advance?

Inclusion and diversity are a top priority for the medical technology industry. 

AdvaMed Advance is an industry resource to help unlock the power and potential of all talent, and drive innovation in medical technology through achievement of the best inclusion and diversity practices.

AdvaMed would like to thank the following Board Members and Executive Leaders for their work on this initiative:

Board Committee on Inclusion and Diversity

Vincent Forlenza
Chairman and CEO

Steffen Hovard
President & Senior Vice President, Interventional Urology
Coloplast Corporation

Kevin Lobo
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Stryker Corporation

Ashley McEvoy
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices
Johnson & Johnson

Michael Minogue
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael Mussallem
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Namal Nawana
Chief Executive Officer
Smith & Nephew UK Limited

Martha Shadan
President and CEO
Miach Orthopaedics

Nadim Yared
President and Chief Executive Officer
CVRx, Inc.

Subcommittee on Inclusion and Diversity

Gwen Carscadden
Chief People Officer
Intersect ENT, Inc.

Lisa Blair Davis
Global Head of HR Medical Devices
Johnson and Johnson

Johnel Evans
Vice President, Inclusion & Diversity

Katy Fink
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie Haeger
Director, Talent Management
Edwards Lifesciences

Leah Kegler
Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs
Edwards Lifesciences

Elga Lohler
Chief Human Resources Officer
Smith & Nephew plc

Cindy Powell-Steffen
Head, U.S. Device & Software Service, Radiology

Martha Shadan
President & CEO
Miach Orthopaedics

Katie Szyman
Corporate Vice President, Critical Care & Vascular
Edwards Lifesciences

Industry Partner

Korn Ferry