At Vynamic, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 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, Equity, & Inclusion Vision
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are intrinsic to who we are and how we work.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Mission
To cultivate an environment that invites authenticity, celebrates unique perspectives, and fosters belonging.
The Vynamic DEI Community, led by Vynamic’s Moses Adenaike and Tilewa Otunba Nwaeze, gathered in February in celebration of Black History Month to discuss Afrofuturism, an artistic genre/movement placing black bodies at the center of our collective future. Afrofuturism helps us to actively processes, internalize, and re-imagine our history/society. Complete with thought-provoking discussion around liberation and impact of technology, musical quizzes, and games, the session both educated and entertained the team.
To close out DEI programming for 2022, Vynamic hosted an interactive session focused on individual DISC personality styles, discussing leadership approaches, tailoring recognition and feedback, and celebrating the unique contributions each style brings, all of which help our team build more inclusive teams and environments at Vynamic and for our clients.
Intersectionality is the complex way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and intersect. The Vynamic DEI community met to discuss the societal and healthcare related implications of intersectionality, and what we can do to acknowledge and advocate for these unique experiences.
The Vynamic team gathered this June, National Immigrant Heritage Month, to share and listen to personal stories honoring the unique journeys of the immigrant experience. Narratives spanning family history, cultural traditions, memories, and life lessons highlighted the value of heritage as well as the important contributions of immigrants.
In anticipation of the upcoming US Supreme Court ruling on overturning Roe v. Wade, the Vynamic community gathered last week for a public policy discussion on the implications the reversal of this long-standing healthcare policy could have on women’s healthcare access, the sectors we serve, and the work that we do as healthcare industry management consultants. Led by Amal Bass, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Women’s Law Project, we examined the shifts this may necessitate in our healthcare system, the potential ripple effects and broad consequences, as well as tangible ways we can take action as individuals.
The Vynamic team gathered to reflect on ageism – what it is, how it manifests, and what we as a Vynamic community can do to combat it. The group discussed perceptions (and misconceptions) of the multi-generational workforce and how our diverse attributes can be turned into assets for a healthier, more equitable workplace.
The Vynamic DEI community met to learn more about the Jewish holiday of Passover – celebrating the Jewish people’s journey from slavery to freedom, and highlighting our obligation to teach the next generation about history, engage with our community, and ask questions. We’re reminded of our Vynamic Value, Learning: We will learn by daring to think big when we challenge ourselves to be curious and creative about who we are.
As the holy Islamic month of Ramadan approaches, the Vynamic DEI community gathered to discuss religious diversity in the workplace and how this can impact an individual’s day to day routine. Ramadan is an exciting time of the year for Muslims across the world, and Vynamic enjoyed learning more about this joyful time for the Islamic community.
In recognition of Black History Month and our broader commitment to DEI, our team met to discuss Critical Race Theory. In this session, we drove clarity around what CRT is and is not, and how we can use it to better understand intersectionality and various perspectives across business, pop-culture, education, and other areas of life.
Names should not need to be familiar to be accepted. The Vynamic DEI community met for a discussion around Inclusion in a Multicultural, Global Workplace, diving into some foundational elements of our identity, including names and accents, and why it’s so important to get name pronunciations right.
The Vynamic DEI community met to discuss Religious Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace, how it can contribute to a person’s identity, and how we can unite to foster a more inclusive environment.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month is observed each October to commemorate the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy, as well as to encourage discussion on key topics such as accessibility. The Vynamic DEI community met in observance to discuss disability, accessibility, and ableism in the workplace and beyond.
Vynamic’s healthcare sector communities came together with Roots To Revolution for a cross-sector discussion on the integral role DEI plays in our client work. After learning the complex history of factual events like Medical Apartheid in America and how public policies have impacted BIPOC, our Heads of Sector hosted a round-table session on how these topics manifest within the five sectors of healthcare. The actionable goal was to ensure this conversation continues into client work to bring maximum value to our clients.
The DEI community gathered for “Examining Privilege” – an informational discussion about each of our relative privilege, how to talk about it, and how to use it to increase equity on our teams, with our clients, and in our communities.
Vynamic’s DEI team recently conducted workshops titled “A Guide to Vynamic’s Gender Inclusion and Affirmation Policy” for all Vynamic account teams. This policy exists to ensure the safety, comfort, and healthy development of trans and gender non-conforming team members, while maximizing team members’ experience. This series was aimed to not only educate, as it is important that our full team have foundational understanding of gender and gender identity, and but also to provide an open space for Vynamic’s team members to ask questions, share experiences, and advance in our collective allyship journey. Everyone is respected and celebrated at Vynamic!
Last week the Vynamic DEI community gathered with Camille Leak from Real Talk & Brave Spaces for a facilitated conversation on Straight, White Men in the Age of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, including discussion on the wide range of feelings that may result from increased attention placed on DEI, realizations experienced by straight, white men throughout their DEI journey, and what is expected of those seeking to be allies.
The Vynamic DEI community met to talk about the health impact of loneliness at an individual and systemic level, causes for increased loneliness in today’s society, populations affected disproportionately by loneliness, and structural solutions to loneliness.
In honor of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the Vynamic DEI community gathered to discuss what cross-cultural communication is, why it’s important, how communication differs across cultures, and how this translates to the global work that we do.
This month the DEI council hosted a thoughtful conversation around what it means to be Latino/a/Latinx, how this identity shows up in the workplace, and what true belonging looks like for a Latino/a/Latinx individual.
In honor of International Women’s Day, the Vynamic DEI team hosted two speakers for a panel discussion on maternal health disparities – Kassandra Margetis, LCSW-R, former Manager of Mental Health & Strategic Partnerships at the NYC Bureau of Maternal, Infant & Reproductive Health and Kendra Mitchell, an MFA candidate in the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC and currently working as Associate Producer on Maternity, an upcoming short film highlighting the black maternal mortality crisis.
Meet the leads driving our DEI initiatives forward at Vynamic
Matthew Howard is a healthcare industry management consultant with 10+ years of experience in customer experience, data collection & analysis, health equity, and clinical research innovation. He currently serves as Vynamic’s DEI Lead, after several years co-leading our internal DEI Council. He is also currently serving as Vynamic’s Senior Hub Experience & Enablement Director, leading Vynamic’s Office & Hospitality teams which manage offices, signature events, and community engagement efforts. He continues to serve as Subject Matter Expert across various DEI client engagements as well.
Learn more about Matthew Howard
“At Vynamic, “We believe there is a better way,” and that extends to our DEI approach. What I love about our DEI work at Vynamic is that we’re often looking at the outcomes of our actions and efforts. Our DEI 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.”
Sai Khisty is a healthcare industry management consultant with 7+ years of experience in strategic and operational initiatives, working with clients across multiple industries to address complex challenges. She currently serves in multiple DEI-related leadership roles including: Vynamic’s internal DEI Council Lead, the DEI Offerings Lead within our Culture Curation Service, and one of Vynamic’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) Leads.
Learn more about Sai Khisty
“What I admire about Vynamic’s approach to DEI is that it drives beyond the surface-level with an intersectional lens; we seek genuine understanding and meaningful application to processes and culture. Through this approach, we are able to cultivate high-quality discussions and outcomes, internally as well as for our clients, which equitably represent the world we live in and the communities we serve.”