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2022 Speaker Profile

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Michellene Davis, Esq

Michellene Davis assumed the role President and Chief Executive Officer of National Medical Fellowships, Inc., (NMF) in May of 2021. Founded in 1946, NMF was one of America’s first diversity organizations and remains the only national organization advancing health equity at the intersection of wealth and health. It provides scholarships to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) medical and health professions students underrepresented in medicine to ensure equity of access to culturally competent, high-quality healthcare. NMF also increases the number of BIPOC clinician leaders to diversify clinical trials.


Davis is named among Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Minority Leaders in Healthcare and Becker's Hospital Review’s Top 50 African Americans to Know in Healthcare. The National Association of Health Services Executives awarded her their 2021 Senior Health Care Executive Award.


Davis most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at RWJBarnabas Health, the largest academic medical center system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation. She founded Social Impact and Community Investment, an equity-centered, policy-led community health practice addressing the social and political determinants of health. She was the first African American in state history to serve as Chief Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, the first African American and only the second women to serve as New Jersey State Treasurer. She was the youngest person to serve as CEO of the New Jersey Lottery and also served as a senior policy advisor in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.


She co-authored Changing Missions, Changing Lives: How a Change Agent Can Turn the Ship and Create Impact, published by ForbesBooks in 2020, which provides a blueprint for those committed to leading systems change within organizations.


Ms. Davis began her legal career as a trial litigator, is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. She holds Executive Education Certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Harvard Business School and in Social Impact Strategy from the Wharton School of Business.

Tuesday | 11:15 AM - 11:55 AM

The Important Role of Equity in Achieving Organizational and Whole Person Resiliency

It is well documented that racialized trauma affects patient health outcomes. But have you considered the compounding impacts of racialized trauma on your workforce? Building a diverse culture is not enough. Inclusion is critical to diverse staff recruitment and retention, but institutions that truly foster a sense of belonging present higher patient satisfaction, better bottom lines, and greater community capital.

  • Learn the difference between achieving diversity and true inclusion and acquire deeper knowledge of how creating an inclusive culture can positively impact your bottom line

  • Understand the nuances among diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging, and why they are critical to making your workforce and organization more resilient

  • Discover how the nation’s leading organization advancing diversity in healthcare can help you achieve organizational resiliency and attain your diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to foster an environment of true belonging