Five years after Joan Reede, MD, became the dean for diversity and community at Harvard, a male executive asked why she had not solved the diversity problem. She replied, “I’ve been here for five years and you’ve had this problem for hundreds of years.”

Diversity, including gender bias, remains a problem across society and Reede, during a May 12 presentation at Health Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in HIT conference in Boston, challenged attendees, many who already have attained executive positions, to go further to advance diversity. She recalled meeting a young African American women who told her that she didn’t know an African American could be a doctor. “How can you become something you never dreamed or imagined?” Reede asked the audience.

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