Join WEST and Ipsen on Tuesday, October 5th for a panel discussion, “How to Be Inclusive when Differences are Less Visible.” Cristina Almansa, the Head of Clinical Development and Medical Scientific Affairs at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, will moderate this conversation with panelists who have broad and deep experience advocating for themselves and others in a variety of professional contexts. Stacey Brewer, Senior Oncology Educator at Ipsen and Paula Cobb, CBO at Affinia Therapeutics will share insights on how to be inclusive of less visible differences. You can sign up to attend the panel and other upcoming WEST events here on the WEST website.
Whether you are in a management role or just starting your career, this panel will help you draw on your own experiences and learn how to listen to the experiences of those around you in order to make your workplace a more equitable, inclusive place. The panelists will reflect on the different privileges and barriers they have experienced and how those experiences have helped them contribute to shaping more equitable workplaces in small and large ways. They will share insights they have gained from their own personal and professional experiences with less visible differences at work, including physical or sensory disability, mental health, being part of the LGBTQIA+ community, etc.
The discussion will cover general best practices to cultivate an equitable and inclusive workspace as well as specific actions that can help employees get the support they need as individuals with a variety of different experiences. Panelists will talk through proactive ways for employers to create a safe workplace where employees are comfortable bringing their whole self to work, asking for any accommodations they may need, and confidently stepping into leadership and other advanced roles.