2021 Diversity and Inclusion Award Presentation and Panel Discussion (VIRTUAL)

  • September 28, 2021
  • 06:00-7:30PM
  • Zoom Webinar
Diversity and Inclusion

What’s in your Toolbox: How Executives Create One to Address Equity, Diversity, Access, and Build Trust in Healthcare




Nicola Buchanan, Associate Director
Diversity and Inclusion
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nicola A. Buchanan, MA CDP, serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in New York, NY. In her role as an EDI practitioner for a large healthcare organization, Nicola demonstrates commitment to the development and sustaining of a diverse workforce. She remains dedicated to serving, educating and helping change humanity.


Michelle Morse, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Commissioner 
Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

Dr. Michelle Morse serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW) and inaugural Chief Medical Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH). Dr. Morse is responsible for leading the agency’s work in bridging public health and health care to reduce health inequities, guiding CHECW’s place-based and cross-cutting health equity programs, and serving as a key liaison to clinicians and clinical leaders across New York City.

Dr. Morse is an internal medicine and public health doctor who works to achieve health equity through global solidarity, social medicine and anti-racism education, and activism. She is a general internal medicine physician, part-time hospitalist at Kings County Hospital, Co-Founder of EqualHealth, and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. EqualHealth builds critical consciousness and collective action globally, in the pursuit of health equity for all. In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several EqualHealth partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium (SMC), a global coalition which uses activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in social medicine to advance health justice. She served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health (PIH) from 2013 to 2016 and now serves on the Board of Directors of PIH. In 2018, Dr. Morse was awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship to launch EqualHealth and the SMC’s global Campaign Against Racism. From September 2019 to January 2021, she served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow in Washington, DC and worked with the Ways and Means Committee, Majority Staff, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reginald D. Odom, Esq
Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer
Hospital for Special Surgery

Reginald Odom, Esq., joined the executive team of the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer on April 5, 2021. HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center specializing in orthopedics, rheumatology, and related disciplines. In Orthopedics, HSS is ranked No. 1 in the world by Newsweek, and No. 1 in the nation – for the past 12 years – by U.S. News & World Report.

Among his many responsibilities as Chief People Officer at HSS, Mr. Odom focuses on enhancing employee engagement, talent acquisition and management, organizational development, and succession planning. He also collaborates with leaders across HSS to direct and support diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and diversity-oriented workforce development initiatives.

Mr. Odom has exceptional experience and impressive credentials, including more than two decades of experience in the field of Human Resources Management, with over 15 years in healthcare. Prior to joining HSS, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY), one of the nation’s largest multi-disciplinary organizations dedicated to cultivating healthcare providers. In his previous position at NYU Langone Medical Center, he served as Vice President of Medical Center Employee and Labor Relations. In this role, he managed and directed the strategic and regulatory human resources functions for Tisch Hospital, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the NYU School of Medicine.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Odom served as Associate General Counsel for NYU Hospitals Center, overseeing employment, labor and general litigation matters for three hospitals. He has also served as Assistant General Counsel for Mount Sinai/NYU Health, where he managed a wide range of employment, labor, medical staff, contract, and general litigation issues across six hospitals and the school of medicine.

Mr. Odom began his legal career as an Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP with a focus in employment and labor law.

Prior to going law school Reggie worked for five years in various locations of the U.S. in a Human Resources Generalist capacity for Olin Corporation, a metals, chemicals, defense and sporting ammunition company.

Mr. Odom earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Hofstra University School of Law where he was a member of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal, holding the position of Notes and Comments Editor. Mr. Odom is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.


Susan Beane, MD
Executive Medical Director
Healthfirst Partnerships-Medical Outcomes

Dr. Susan Beane joined Healthfirst in 2009, bringing with her extensive professional experience in managed care. As Executive Medical Director at Healthfirst, Dr. Beane leads a team that collaborates with major healthcare delivery systems and with local and national policy experts on the design, implementation, and dissemination of innovative, outcomes focused models of care. Her research contributions span health of caregivers, obesity, community health collaboration, chronic care management and maternal health. In particular, Dr. Beane is an expert in the benefits and challenges of the use of health insurance data to define populations and health outcomes.

Dr. Beane, a dedicated proponent of primary care and a board-certified internist, promotes true partnership with providers and communities with the aim of evolving to an effective, efficient, equitable delivery system that can provide satisfying access for all.

Prior to joining Healthfirst, Dr. Beane served as Chief Medical Officer for Affinity Health Plan for five years—during which time she helped Affinity’s plan become a top performer in quality and member satisfaction. Before that, she worked at AmeriChoice and HIP USA, as Medical Director.

Dr. Beane is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Tonya Richards, SHRM-CP, OHR, CHHR, CDP
Inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO)
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Tonya Richards, SHRM-CP, PHR, CHHR, CDP is the inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) for staff at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Prior to July 1st, 2021, Tonya also held the role of Senior Human Resources Business Partner. In the dual roles, she was responsible for providing strategic human resources support and DEI leadership to all stakeholders. As the CDEIO, she develops and steers diversity and inclusion programs, consults on the recruitment and development of a diverse talent pipeline, and fosters a culture of equity throughout the medical center. The role ensured that CUIMC is building a supportive environment to meet the needs of a talented workforce and fostering an organizational culture that is responsive to the dynamic needs of staff and the diverse communities they serve.

Before assuming her role at Columbia University in September 2016, Tonya served as Senior Director of Human Resources at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC) in Brooklyn, New York. Here, she led a team of human resources professionals in providing full-service support to 2,500 employees. In this role, she provided strategic human resources, diversity, and inclusion guidance to hospital leadership, which included but was not limited to the creation and implementation of recruitment retention, professional development, and engagement initiatives.

Tonya started her career in healthcare in 2003 at KJMC as a Human Resources Intern at her neighborhood hospital (Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center). In 2008, she assumed a role as Employee and Labor Relations Generalist with the Consolidated Edison Companies of New York (ConEd) and built a background in the utility industry as well. In 2012, Tonya returned to the healthcare sector for which she was truly passionate to assume the role of Human Resources Director at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

Tonya graduated Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Labor Relations and received a master’s degree in Human Resources Management & Development from New York University. Tonya holds several human resources certifications and credentials including the Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), Professional of Human Resources (PHR), Certified Healthcare Human Resources professional (CHHR), Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), and Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations’ certificate in Diversity & Inclusions Management, Employee & Labor Relations, Contract Negotiations, and Effective Investigations. In early 2021, Tonya became a qualified administrator of the IDI (Intercultural Competence Inventory) to assess individuals’ and groups’ intercultural competence. Tonya is also a certified executive and career coach.

Tonya leads with her heart and encourages those that encounter her to do the same. Her passion for her work emanates with every encounter. Throughout her professional career, Tonya has received many accolades and recognition for her professional leadership, diligence, and creativity. In 2016, she was appointed as president of the Association for Healthcare Human Resources Administrators (AHHRA), followed by Regional Consultant for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association (ASHHRA).

Born in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonya migrated to the United States at the age of twelve and took up residence in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives in Valley Stream, New York with her husband and three children. Tonya is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and attributes her foundation in community service to her membership. She has been an avid advocate and ally to underserved communities and marginalized populations for decades. Tonya especially loves to share her life experiences and knowledge gained along her journey with young professionals and is an aspiring author and podcast host.

ACHE Qualified Education Credits:

As an independent chartered chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Leaders of New York is authorized to award a total of 1.5 hours of ACHE Qualified Education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have it considered for ACHE Qualified Education credit should list their attendance when they apply to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.


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