Ashley Ridgeway-Washington became a member of the CHRISTUS Health in 2014 and currently serves as the Interim, VP of Human Resources where she provides strategic HR leadership to the Corporate and Northeast Texas divisions. In her role, she collaborates closely with leaders to align HR strategy with business strategies to achieve organizational goals and act as a culture steward for the organization. In addition to her full time role at CHRISTUS, Ashley acts as an independent consultant, executive coach and trainer/keynote in a variety of industries with a focus on start-ups and rapidly growing organizations. Ashley continues to pursue excellence through entrepreneurship as her passion to help others be their best selves, manifests in many ways. Ashley is the Founder and CEO of Hoop Shots for Kids (www.hoopshots.org). Through Hoop Shots programs, her company brings basketball fundamentals, sportsmanship, character development and fitness solutions to North Texas child development centers as a full service basketball and character development ancillary program serving children ages 2 to 10. Ms. Ridgeway-Washington earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and Juris Doctor from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2003 and 2009, respectively and a Master of Human Resources Strategy from Rollins College in 2014. Ashley holds memberships in the Florida Bar (duly authorized to practice), the Society for Human Resource Management, Dallas Society for Human Resource Management, Dallas Fort-Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association, National Employment Law Council, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Additionally, Ashley serves the community through membership in the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and as a Mentor for Allies in Service (a local non-profit which serves veterans transitioning into corporate careers). Ashley also engages in board work and currently sits on the American Heart Association North Texas Health Alliance, Coppell, TX YMCA Board of Management, board member of the National Healthcare Diversity Council. Although, Ashley continues to build her brand as a HR strategist, engagement Influencer, thought leader and trusted partner in the Human Resources space, her greatest charge and sense of accomplishment come as “mom” to Aniyah (age 18) and Ace (age
With more than 25 years of progressive experience in inclusion and diversity, community relations, corporate social responsibility, and health equity, Bridget Hurd has worked in the health care industry helping to facilitate stronger linkages among the community and health care institutions, addressing health inequities and fostering a culture of inclusion in the health care community and among employees. Ms. Hurd is the Chief Diversity Officer and vice president, Inclusion and Diversity, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where she is responsible for leading and executing the corporate inclusion and diversity strategy and shaping a BCBSM culture of inclusion that emphasizes the recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the differences and similarities in people and that is culturally competent in providing services to its members and customers. She also leads the Office of Health and Health Disparities which focuses on achieving health equity in the delivery of and access to care. Ms. Hurd facilitates the Diversity Leadership Council and oversees diversity and cultural competency learning opportunities for employees, 10 employee resource networks and cultivating strong stakeholder relationships and partnerships in diverse and ethnic communities. She currently represents Blue Cross on the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in April 2020. She is a recipient of the national DentaQuest 2020 Health Equity Heroes award which recognizes individuals working to achieve equity during this time of coronavirus. Prior to that, Ms. Hurd was the director of Community Responsibility at BCBSM. In this role, she developed and led strategic community partnerships to encourage healthy, active lifestyles at every age and advanced the Blues brand in local communities. She oversaw corporate giving, stakeholder relationships, the employee and executive volunteer programs, and corporate internal and special events. Before joining BCBSM, Ms. Hurd worked for eight years at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (a non-profit, regional coalition). As part of the organization’s executive team, she played a significant role in branding and building its regional and national image, organizational capacity building and directing strategic planning and sharpening its focus on health policy initiatives. She managed strategic partnerships and led internal and external communications, including media relations achieving recurring visibility in print and other media. Ms. Hurd was also responsible for member recruitment and retention, governance and board relations, stakeholder communications, sponsorships, and planning educational and fundraising events. Through these efforts she strengthened the organization’s focus, visibility, and influence, both nationally and regionally. Ms. Hurd has also worked at the Detroit Medical Center where she was press secretary and has conducted community relations for St. John Providence Health System helping to increase access to health services through community engagement. She has provided communications leadership and community outreach for other health care entities including the Voices of Detroit Initiative, the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority and the Michigan Cover the Uninsured Network. A community steward serving on numerous advisory committees and boards in the Metropolitan Detroit community, Ms. Hurd is a board member of LAHC – Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities, the Michigan Diversity Council and an advisory board member of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans. She is also a member of the President’s National Advisory Council for Henry Ford College and the President’s Community Advisory Group for Wayne State University. Ms. Hurd is a former board member of One Detroit Credit Union that focuses on providing access to financial resources to underserved communities, Special Olympics of Michigan, the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Southfield Community Foundation. She is a graduate of Wayne State University where she obtained a Master of Business Administration degree and the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She is a Certified Diversity Professional, a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and has a certificate for Corporate Citizenship Leadership from the Boston College Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXI. Hurd also participated in the Disparities Leadership Program of the Disparities Solution Center at Boston Massachusetts General Hospital.
Charlotte Jones-Burton, MD, MS, an entrepreneurial pharmaceutical executive, has brought innovation and passion to her diverse roles within the healthcare industry over the last 20+ years as clinical development leader, internal medicine and nephrology physician, academician, and change agent. In a top biopharmaceutical company, Jones-Burton leads cross-functional teams to design, implement, and oversee clinical trial studies for innovative medicines. She has also achieved a high level of success as an entrepreneur in direct sales and franchise industries. Jones-Burton excels in building and empowering diverse teams that deliver business results and has received numerous awards, including the 2020 MM+M Platinum award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare.
A frequent contributor to publications like Forbes.com, HR Magazine, and peer-reviewed journals, David serves as the U.S. subject matter expert on strategic human resources issues, ranging from diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and talent management, to international benefits and wellness initiatives. A member of the Doctors Without Borders/MSF-USA management team, he is also a frequent lecturer and panelist on DEI, human resources, insurance/risk management, and international employment—including at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the American Bar Association International Employment Law Conference in Dublin. David recently was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (2019) for his speech at the Women in Leadership Symposium. He is a member of the SHRM Global Expertise Panel, a Board Member of the Tri-State Diversity Council and the Academy of Advanced Practitioners of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining MSF-USA, David was Director of Human Resources at the New York Foundling Hospital Center for Pediatric, Medical and Rehabilitative Care (Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center) where he received the NYAHSA (now LeadingAge New York) Professional of the Year Award for his contributions to pediatric long-term care. A graduate of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he is also a member of the Board of Advisors and Faculty of National Paralegal College and is a Kellogg (Northwestern University) Executive Scholar. He has taught courses for eCornell, the SHRM preparation course and long-term care administration for New England College. David has more than 20 years of human resources experience and holds master’s and post-master’s degrees in management and international employment law. He is a Certified Diversity Professional, Senior Certified HR Professional, Career Management Fellow, coach, and a Certified Wellness Practitioner. He received the Tri-State Diversity Council’s “Most Engaged Leader” and “Company of the Year Award” in 2018. David serves on the National Staff of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Diversity Directorate and received the prestigious U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Citation—the service’s highest non-combat peacetime award, as well as the Meritorious Team Commendation. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard Academy Admissions Partner. David serves on the “Design Thinking Program” at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and volunteers for the Life Raft Group, a cancer research organization. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Humanitarian Institute for Urban Emergencies and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. In 2019, David was selected as one of the “Top 3 Healthcare Leaders” which was presented at MD Andersen Cancer Center (Healthcare Diversity Council Conference). He also received the “Healthcare Diversity Advocate” honor from the Tri-State Diversity Council that same year, as well as, Get5’s “Compassion in Employee Relations” award. In 2020, he was awarded the “Authentic Leadership Award” and “Most Engaged Leader” by the Tri-State Diversity Council. He also presented a workshop on leadership, strategy and culture at the 2020 National Diversity Council’s Annual Conference, which will be included in the National Diversity Council’s best practice online toolkit. In addition, David serves as a Board Member of the Coalition for Racial Justice & Equity which develops strategies to address systemic racism in education and the justice system.
Driven, ambitious, creative, intelligent, analytical…those are a few words that describe Jan Harrington-Davis. A Detroit native, Harrington-Davis is a great example of what can be accomplished when hard work and determination are combined. Since joining Henry Ford Health System in 2007, Harrington-Davis has climbed the ranks within the organization. In her current position as Vice President- Talent Acquisition- EEO Diversity & Workforce Solutions, she oversees talent management and workforce diversity initiatives for the System. Under her leadership, Henry Ford Health System has deployed a workforce development strategy to align diversity initiatives across the health system while removing barriers to employment and promotional opportunities. Ms. Harrington-Davis represents Henry Ford Health System as an Anchor Institution member for workforce development under the Democracy Collaborative Coalition, works diligently with the city of Detroit representing their Workforce Development committee- Special Populations of the Board, President-elect for Michigan Healthcare Human Resources Association and Chair of the Diversity Council for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Ms. Harrington-Davis is a recognized speaker on various diversity and inclusion topics including: Unconscious Bias, Privilege, Institutional Racism and Sexual Harassment. Harrington-Davis earned a MBA from University of Detroit – Mercy and holds a certification in Labor Relations (CLRP) and is currently pursuing a certification as a Board Certified Coach.
Juliana M. Mosley-Williams has 20+ years of experience in education. Juliana currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA and previously held several positions in higher education as the Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Officer at Chestnut Hill College, a Vice President for Student Affairs at Lincoln University, Edward Waters College, Marygrove College, and Philander Smith College; the Director of Multicultural Affairs at John Carroll University; the Executive Assistant to the President at Kentucky State University; and High School Business Teacher in Houston Independent School District. Juliana also serves as a consultant, having presented more than 70 times, to include a TEDx Talk, regional and national conferences, universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations. In these instances, she provided training and development workshops in diversity and inclusion, leadership transition, strategic planning, and student development. Juliana earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and M.A. in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership from Miami University of Ohio, and B.S. in Business Education from Ball State University. Affectionately called Dr. J. by her beloved students, Juliana’s commitment and service to education and the community is evident in her honors as a Philadelphia Tribune 2019 Woman of Achievement honoree; recipient of the Student Leadership and Success Award for Administrators (2015), given by Lincoln University’s Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success; Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Awards for 2003 and an inductee to the Kaleidoscope Magazine 2004 Forty/Forty Club. Juliana is also extremely committed to serving her local communities, currently serving as a board member of Philadelphia Education Fund; and former roles as grant reviewer for Chester County Fund for Women and Girls Grants Allocation Committee (West Chester, PA); board member for Girl Scouts of America (Gateway Council---Northern Counties of Florida); Steering Committee Chair for Save Our Sons (non-profit in Jacksonville FL); and 25+ year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Juliana seeks to educate and train people to engage in difficult dialog through cultural humility to make the unconscious conscious.
Karen Davis-Pritchett is the Vice President of Access and Inclusion for Empath Health. She provides leadership to the Provider and Community Relations Department, Volunteer Services, Veteran Services and leads her organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. Her responsibilities include creating and implementing strategic plans for outreach to healthcare partners and diverse communities, creating viable community partnerships, collaboration in creating Veteran centric services, facilitating staff training regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in the healthcare setting, and supporting volunteer engagement and recruitment. She is a graduate of Florida State University and earned a M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Howard University. Additionally, she is a Certified Diversity Professional, Certified English Educator, Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Her commitment to access and inclusion has been demonstrated in numerous ways, including creating the Empath Health Traditions/Tradiciones Outreach Program, facilitating Suncoast Hospice Healing Hearts Grief Camps, conducting Advance Care Planning sessions, hosting community grief conversations and supporting other mission aligned groups with DEI strategic planning. Karen is a member of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, a Member of the Black Health Equity Alliance with Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Recipient of the Patriotic Employer Award- United States Office Secretary of Defense, The Program Innovation Award by Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, graduate of Leadership St. Pete, St. Petersburg Chamber.
Dr. Marcine Pickron-Davis joined the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2017 and serves as the Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer. She is charged with providing the vision, leadership, and execution of diversity, inclusion, and community partnerships across the Philadelphia, Georgia, and South Georgia campuses. At PCOM, Dr. Pickron-Davis has focused her work on advancing the institution’s goals for embracing diversity and inclusion into the culture of the college. This work includes leading the college’s stakeholders in the creation of the 2025 institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan, spearheading initiatives that introduce faculty, staff, and students to LGBT-inclusive healthcare, cultivating a network of strategic partners and collaborators around health equity and community outreach, and providing leadership to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine constituent groups in their efforts to promote/broaden/improve osteopathic medical education and the profession. Prior to her arrival at PCOM, Dr. Pickron-Davis served as the inaugural Chief Community Engagement and Diversity Officer at Widener University from 2003-16. In this position, she served as a strategic leader to advance the university’s commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion. During her tenure, she raised Widener’s civic engagement profile among the national higher education community, implemented civic engagement initiatives resulting in sustainable partnerships between the university and the Chester community; and led the development of innovative programs and initiatives to promote a culture of inclusion. Dr. Pickron-Davis’ accomplishments resulted in institutional and cultural change in policies and practices at Widener University. In March 2020, Dr. Pickron-Davis was recognized by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of the “Top 35 Women in Higher Education.” She completed her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her master’s of social work degree from Temple University’s School of Social Administration. She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.