Thank you for joining the 2024 FOR ALL Conference. ICYMI or just want to relive the moments, watch the recordings from this year’s event.

Morning Keynote

Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste 

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the unseen hierarchies that have divided us as a nation, in order to find a way to transcend them. Wilkerson brings the past’s complexities to vivid life through her passionate research and her profound gift for connecting with audiences of all backgrounds. 

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Luncheon Keynote

Jean M. Twenge

Author and Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University 

Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 180 scientific publications and seven books, including Generations: The Real Differences between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and Silents—and What They Mean for America’s Future and iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. 

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Afternoon Keynote

Magie Cook

CEO, Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur, Coach, Author & Philanthropist 

Inspirational Keynote speaker Magie Cook, LL.D., captivates audiences around the world with her life story of resilience and achievement. From Growing up in a Mexican orphanage to creating the wildly successful Maggie’s All-Natural Fresh Salsas & Dips that sold with Garden Fresh for $231M, starting with an $800 investment when she was homeless. Her story shows how anyone can find their way through adversity to achieve their greatest potential.  

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Breakout Sessions

Congratulating our 2024 Diversity Award Winners

Advocate Health is intentional to identify pioneers who blaze the trail for boldly inclusive leadership and the diversity values upon which our organization proudly stands. Recipients of these annual diversity awards demonstrate courage, integrity and determination in leading diversity in our organization. Past honorees have advanced principles and practices of inclusion, fairness, equal opportunity and cultural competence. In doing so, they have inspired countless others to follow in their footsteps.

During this year's FOR ALL Conference, two leaders across our enterprise were awarded for their leadership in the diversity, equity and inclusion space.  

Diversity Champion Award

Dr. Nekaiya “Kay” Jacobs received this year’s Diversity Champion Award. She’s a pediatric intensive care physician at Advocate Children’s Hospital medical group. As an active member of the Advocate Children’s Hospital Office of DEI, Dr. Jacobs has spearheaded the Curly Hair Care Initiative, which ensures inclusive hair care supplies for patients and their families. She also takes charge of various events aimed at minority trainee recruitment, team member education and the formulation of new strategies to tackle issues faced by underrepresented minorities in medicine. Dedicated to trainee education, she leads the inaugural, bi-campus DEI curriculum for the residency program, incorporating a lectureship series, simulations and community exposure opportunities.

Excellence in Diversity Award

Dr. Benjamin “Frankie” Simmons is the winner of the Excellence in Diversity Awards. He’s a board-certified family physician and Clinical Associate Professor with Atrium Health's Department of Family Medicine and a faculty member for the Residency Program at Union Family Practice. Over the past eight years, he has focused on the clinical care of LGBTQ+ patients and improving their access to health care while also serving on the Atrium Health Union Medical Executive Committee as the Chief of Family Medicine and chair of the Atrium LGBTQ+ Pride Council. He has co-chaired the EQualityOne SRG and is actively involved in community organizations such as the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), Charlotte Trans Health and PFLAG Charlotte. 

Last Updated on 07/12/2024