Building an ERG in the Medtech Industry: Insight from LGBTQ+ Groups

June 16, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Join members of AdvaMed’s PRIDE Leadership Network in a discussion of best practices and recommendations for building and growing an LGBTQ+ employee resource group in the medtech industry.

Building an ERG in the Medtech Industry: Insight from LGBTQ+ Groups

June 16, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Building an ERG in the Medtech Industry: Insight from LGBTQ+ Groups

June 16, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Please join Rebecca Rehm and Matt Wetzel, co-chairs of AdvaMed’s PRIDE Leadership Network, as we discuss the important of creating an effective and inclusive LGBTQ+ employee resource group. As our member companies work to support all employees and stakeholders, many companies struggle with where to even begin.  This webinar aims to give attendees a jumping off point and suggestions for how to launch.  We will also give attendees a chance to ask questions about challenges, successes, and opportunities for developing medtech ERGs.

 Learning objectives

  1. What’s the starting place for an ERG? 
  2. How do we get senior leadership buy in to form an ERG?
  3. Once you have leadership support, how do you launch an ERG?
  4. How do you engage employees in the ERG?
  5. How do you measure success for your ERG?


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Ben Redgell, Social Media Manager, BD

Ben Redgell has worked at BD for six years. What began as a business case for temporary digital support in the UK, grew into a permanent digital marketing team led by Ben, helping the business to connect with customers and patients in new ways. After establishing digital marketing within the UK, Ben took on a new venture by joining the Corporate Communications team as Social Media Manager. He now works with teams around the world to unlock the potential of social media, through corporate channels and social media advocacy programs. Whilst studying international business at university sparked his initial interest in working across markets and cultures, it was an assignment in organisational leadership that solidified the trajectory of Ben’s career. Fuelled by a passion to make a difference, he has been heavily involved in inclusion and diversity since graduating, helping BD teams deliver events and initiatives that improve awareness, understanding and empathy. Ben notes that his personal and professional development is intricately linked; when he joined BD he had not come out as gay yet – fast forward five years and he became the global co-lead for the Out and Proud Employee Network (OPEN), BD’s LGBTQ+ ERG. Ben is passionate about driving OPEN’s mission; to embrace and inspire the LGBTQIA+ community both within and outside BD via increased visibility, opportunity, development, education and corporate advocacy.

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Estefi Alvarez, Associate Director, Global Market Access Team, Alira Health

Estefi Alvarez, PhD is an Associate Director at the Global Market Access Team at Alira Health. Estefi is an innovation & patient-focused business, corporate strategy development foundation builder in the medical devices and pharma industry. At Alira Health, she leads a multidisciplinary team focused on helping Medtech and Pharma clients navigate the rapidly changing payer environment and recommending actionable strategies to address complex evidence requirements and breakdown payer barriers to achieve optimal price and access. Prior to Alira Health, she spent 8 years at Hologic, a women’s healthcare company, working across the Breast & Skeletal and Gynecologic Divisions within R&D Innovation and Business Development. She drove revenue and profit-critical decision making for product portfolio/pipeline, M&A and licensing/distribution deals. Estefi hands-on experience in developing, assessing and commercializing new diagnostic, minimally invasive and surgical treatment and monitoring tools, imaging systems, implants, biologics, digital health, pharmaceuticals, and has been awarded four patent applications. Estefi holds a PhD in Bioengineering from Clemson University, a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Alfred University and a B.S in Engineering Science from Smith College.

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Rebecca Rehm, Senior Manager, Compliance Business Partner, Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Rebecca Rehm is an ethics and compliance business leader who has worked and consulted successfully under DPAs and CIAs, including at Fortune Global 500 companies. Since 2017, she has been a compliance business partner at Olympus Corporation of the Americas where she supports marketing and sales in the medical device businesses. Prior to joining Olympus, she spent five years at the Ethics & Compliance Initiative where she was the director of member education and certification. For the previous seven years, she managed the educational programs at a genetics center at Mass General Brigham. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is currently vice chair of AdvaMed’s PRIDE Leadership Network, co-lead of the LGBTQ Colleague Affinity Network at Olympus, a sub-group chair of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s Working Group on Racism, Discrimination and Abuse of Power, and a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology with a concentration in neuroscience from Williams College, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Brown University and is certified as a Leadership Professional in Ethics & Compliance. She lives outside Boston with her family.

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Matt Wetzel, Partner, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Goodwin Procter LLP

Matt Wetzel is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Goodwin Procter LLP.  He counsels medical device and diagnostics manufacturers, laboratory testing companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and a variety of other health care and life sciences organizations on health care legal and regulatory matters.  He helps structure financial and remunerative relationships with customers and other health care providers, including strategic counseling on sales and marketing practices, innovative value-based arrangements, and discounting and pricing practices. He also conducts due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and financing transactions.  Matt has extensive in-house experience in both the multinational setting and the start-up environment and works with life sciences companies to develop and implement effective compliance programs. This includes drafting policies and internal control documents; training employees and agents on appropriate customer interactions; conducting risk assessments and audits to help identify potential vulnerabilities or gaps; conducting internal investigations in response to allegations of wrongdoing; and offering strategic guidance on the evolution and growth of life sciences companies’ compliance programs.  Prior to joining Goodwin, Matt held a series of in-house positions, including serving as Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at GRAIL, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at AdvaMed, and Senior Counsel at Boston Scientific.  Matt chairs the Fraud & Abuse Practice Group of the American Health Law Association and co-chairs the AdvaMed PRIDE Leadership Network.  Matt holds a JD and a BA from Georgetown.

The AdvaMed PRIDE Leadership Network is a newly formed inclusion and diversity initiative with a mission focused on developing a more diverse future for the medical technology and diagnostics industries. The PRIDE Leadership Network seeks to engage and elevate a community of LGBTQ+ executives, employees and allies to create a more diverse and welcoming professional environment. Learn more about AdvaMed’s PRIDE Leadership Network and join the community!

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