At Vynamic, Diversity & Inclusion is part of our values and culture. We’re building a community inclusive of many voices for our team members, our clients, and the neighborhoods in which we live.
Diversity & Inclusion Vision
Diversity & inclusion are intrinsic to who we are and how we work.
Diversity & Inclusion Mission
To cultivate an environment that invites authenticity, celebrates unique perspectives, and fosters belonging.
With the holidays approaching, some may find themselves encountering family members and friends whose political views differ from their own. The Vynamic team discussed ways to tactfully and authentically engage in those conversations.
In advance of Halloween, the D&I team offered some brief education followed by discussion on how expanding one’s horizons and demonstrating appreciation of a culture is different from cultural appropriation. The team also discussed ways to talk to kids on what is an appropriate way to dress up as someone they admire for Halloween (i.e., musician, athlete, historical figure).
As team members continue to navigate the work-from-home environment, Vynamic hosted Bonnie St. John, a best-selling author, public speaker, and former Paralympic skier. NBC Nightly News called Bonnie “one of the five most inspiring women in America”. Bonnie shared her personal journey, the lessons she learned about inclusion and resilience, and how individuals can become more inclusive and resilient in the face of challenges.
Each month, the D&I community hosts a meeting to educate team members on various topics related to diversity and provide a space for open and safe discussion. In August, Vynamic team members learned about various stigmas attached to specific age demographics and generations, how they impact relationships at work, and what individuals can do to improve intergenerational working environments.
In early June, protests broke out around the country and an incredible movement kicked off to collectively combat racism. The D&I team hosted a discussion on how to keep the momentum of this movement going and what actions individuals can take to continue to better themselves, their teams, and their communities.
For World Autism Day, Vynamic team members learned about neurodiversity, explored how it has evolved throughout the years, and shared their own experiences on how it has touched their lives.
In a time of chaos, confusion, and general uncertainty, Vynamic hosted Stacey Joseph, a Philadelphia-based D&I practitioner. She guided the team through a series of reflections to not only recognize the unspoken effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their own lives but on the lives of their local, often underserved communities as well.
Throughout the month of February, Vynamic celebrated Black History Month across its four hubs. The D&I team hosted discussions, attended community events, and supported local black-owned restaurants to recognize and highlight the importance of the black community in the US and in healthcare.
Meet the leads driving our D&I initiatives forward at Vynamic
Stefanie is a seasoned professional with a breadth of strategic planning and organizational effectiveness experience in the public and private sector across multiple industries. Stefanie founded Vynamic’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts in 2016, co-led Diversity & Inclusion Council since its inception in 2018, co-developed Vynamic’s D&I client offering, and acts as Subject Matter Expert across the various D&I client engagements.
Learn more about Stefanie Christmas
“Vynamic views diversity as multi-dimensional and intersectional. It includes all the differences that makes us one thriving community. We celebrate the uniqueness of each of our team members (no one color is the same!) and strive for every team member to feel a sense of belonging at Vynamic. I am immensely proud of the profound impact diversity and inclusion has made on our organization and for our clients.”
Shannon Connolly is a healthcare industry management consultant with 8+ years of experience in strategic planning and mobilization for global and US-based clients and has an extensive background in global healthcare plans. She currently co-leads Vynamic’s internal Diversity & Inclusion Council and has co-developed Vynamic’s D&I client offering.
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“The intersection between D&I efforts and business outcomes fascinates me – for too long this critical topic has been thought of as a ‘nice to have,’ and it is really refreshing to see D&I evolving into a strategic business imperative for both our own company and our clients. Having a diversity and inclusion strategy not only improves the experience of Vynamic’s team members, but significantly impacts the outcomes of our work in the healthcare industry.”
Matthew Howard is a healthcare industry management consultant with 7+ years of experience in customer experience, data collection & analysis, and clinical research innovation. He currently co-leads Vynamic’s internal Diversity & Inclusion Council and is helping open and establish the Vynamic Durham office.
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“At Vynamic, “We believe there is a better way,” and that extends to our D&I approach as well. What I love about our D&I work at Vynamic is that we’re often looking at the outcomes of our actions and efforts. Our D&I work is never a ‘check the box activity,’ and it’s not just about ‘doing the right thing;’ we are anchored in creating meaningful change for our team and empower one another to carry that through to our clients and communities. “