DEI Training in Healthcare: Moving From Current State to Ideal

Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Greg Rider, Director, Corporate Compliance, EmblemHealth; Cruz Wicks, Program Director, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Nicole Thomas-Sealey, Vice President, Clinical Education , ACPNY

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Over the past few years, healthcare leaders have been incorporating the principles, policies and programs of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to impact their employees, patients, members, and communities, to varying degrees of success. Societal factors continuously change expectations and demands from these constituencies, as internal organizational changes affect how DEI is embedded and operationalized. But what exactly is included in the umbrella term “DEI”? What drives impactful programming and interventions that improve patient outcomes? How should leaders model an inclusive culture of engagement? And who is essential in ensuring that DEI is not just the intervention “du jour”, but rather an integrated, practical, and embraced blueprint for success?

Join our distinguished panel of healthcare learning leaders, who will address these questions and share best practices for shifting our DEI training from its current state to a more ideal, future state.


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Greg Rider
Greg Rider

Director, Corporate Compliance, EmblemHealth

Greg Rider, CPTD, is director, corporate compliance for EmblemHealth, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health plans serving more than 3 million people in New York City and the tristate area.

Cruz Wicks
Cruz Wicks

Program Director, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Imelda Wicks serves as Program Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - a national leader in diversity. Some of the recognitions received for diversity efforts include, but not limited to: 2019 -2022 Forbes Best Employers for Diversity, 2020 Forbes Best Employers for Women, 2020 - 2021 Employees Choice Award as Best Places to Work on Glassdoor, 2020 – 2022 Top Performer in the Healthcare Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign, 2020 & 2021 Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, 2020 & 2021 Diversity Impact Award ™ for Top 10 Enterprise-Level ERG category and 2021 Diversity Impact Award for Top 25 Employee Resource Groups in the Nation – Organization for Women
Imelda worked at Lamar University as their founding Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusive Excellence, and Training, and as DEI Consultant for The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She also worked at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in the Office of Intercultural and International Services leading programs for international and underrepresented/underserved students and workforce and as leader for a non-profit organization.
She has over 20 years of experience working in higher education, human resources, and healthcare as diversity, equity and inclusion professional. Imelda received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Brownsville, a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Houston Clear Lake, and is a certified mediator and affirmative action professional.

Nicole Thomas-Sealey
Nicole Thomas-Sealey

Vice President, Clinical Education, ACPNY

Dr. Thomas-Sealey is responsible for developing education and mentorship programs for ACPNY clinicians and overseeing all training programs established with hospital or academic partners. Her 10 years of health care experience includes previously serving as Regional Medical Director at AdvantageCare Physicians. Dr. Thomas-Sealey is a practicing Board Certified Family Medicine physician. She was Chief Resident at the Mount Sinai Family Medicine Residency Program at Jamaica Hospital, earned her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and is a graduate of Hampton University. Dr. Thomas-Sealey is a Board Member of AdvantageCare Physicians, member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the New York Medical Society, and Co-Program Chair Director, Jack and Jill of Nassau County.