Healthcare Provider Happy Hour: Diversity and Inclusion – The Make or Break for Organizations, with Dr. Frank Douglas

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Healthcare Provider Happy Hour: Diversity and Inclusion – The Make or Break for Organizations, with Dr. Frank Douglas

March 6, 2024

Healthcare Provider Happy Hour: Diversity and Inclusion – The Make or Break for Organizations, with Dr. Frank Douglas

In this week’s episode, I am joined by Dr. Frank L. Douglas, PH.D., M.D. to discuss the negative impact of anxiety, stress, and discrimination in the workplace. His extensive education and experience allow him to speak with great insight and authority on this important topic. Dr. Douglas believes that personal problems can be reframed to produce better outcomes and increase personal satisfaction. Dr. Douglas is an award-winning industry veteran with three decades of experience in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Douglas holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and an M.D. from Cornell University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and a fellowship in neuroendocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. In spite of episodes of discrimination, Dr. Douglas became the first Black member to be on the board of management of a top 5 global pharmaceutical company. This makes him an excellent choice for lecturing on these revelatory topics.

Additionally, Dr. Douglas served as Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and Member of the Board of Management of large pharmaceutical companies such as Aventis SA (now Sanofi, SA). Some of his past experiences include being President and CEO of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron; Chief Scientific Advisor of Bayer Healthcare, AG; Founder and First Executive Director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation; Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Science, and Technology.

Tune in to this week’s episode to learn:

  • The importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and how it relates to various aspects of organizational success
  • The relationship between workplace stress and its connection to diversity and inclusion efforts, including employee well-being
  • Potential consequences for organizations that fail to prioritize diversity and inclusion
  • Strategies to enhance productivity through fostering a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Practical approaches for tackling discrimination in the workplace and the role of leadership 

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-| This episode originally aired on October 17, 2023 on Healthcare Provider Happy Hour. Listen, follow and subscribe here.

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