Friday, October 4, 2019

Diversity Innovation Summit in South Carolina

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Charleston, SC -- The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will host its third annual Inclusion to Innovation Summit November 7-8 in Charleston, South Carolina. The annual summit creates an opportunity for organizational diversity strategists and thought leaders to learn from each other, provides a forum for honest and challenging conversations about inclusion and innovation, and builds and strengthens the network of diversity leaders across South Carolina and the Southeast region.

"The summit is designed to engage participants in an interactive, informative and intentional manner," said Willette Burnham Williams, Ph.D., University chief diversity officer and Title IX Coordinator. "With two keynote speakers, four workshop sessions and ongoing networking opportunities, this summit is for anyone involved in diversity and inclusion work."

Anton J. Gunn, MSW, chief diversity officer and executive director of Community Health Innovation, MUSC Health, describes the summit as "a forum to share best practices, challenges and opportunities in the field... The event will help you drive an inclusive culture that promotes justice, equity and productivity in your organization, and give you actionable information, from some national leaders, that can be applied immediately." 

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The two-day event will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel and Convention Center, located at 5055 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC. The summit registration fee is $275 for the general public and $125 for each MUSC employee. To register using a credit card, please visit:

Keynote speaker Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and the founder of Cook Ross, a consulting firm that provides solutions to organizations around the world in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, leadership development and organizational change management. Ross is considered a thought leader on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.

The keynote address on macro- and micro-aggressions will be delivered by Lisa Moreno, M.D. MS, MSCR, FAAEM. at Louisiana State University-New Orleans, Dr. Moreno is a professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Research, Diversity, Viral Testing and Director of the Latino Scholars Program. She is also President-Elect of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

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About MUSC
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the oldest medical school in the South, as well as the state's only integrated, academic health sciences center with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The state's leader in obtaining biomedical research funds, in fiscal year 2018, MUSC set a new high, bringing in more than $276.5 million. For information on academic programs, visit

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians' practice plan, and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $3 billion.  The more than 17,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care.

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