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Race2Imagine: Collaborations for Healthcare Leadership


FRIDAY, 15 October

8:00-10:00am EDT


Hosted on Zoom Events


Emma Martens, emartens@gbsn.org

Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID‚Äď19. Our world after the global pandemic is likely to see the proliferation of these inequalities unless we focus on the inclusive management of our multiple challenges, among which is the environmental crisis. From access to healthcare and education to the all-encompassing disruptions of climate change, as leaders of management education we have to forge a response that recognizes and addresses with intent the disparate ways these issues affect various populations. GBSN and Universidad de los Andes present Race2Imagine, a joint event series designed to engage university communities across the globe during the month of October, leading up to GBSN Beyond Virtual Conference. Race2Imagine features 3 sessions focused on healthcare, climate change and humanitarian logistics. Each session is co-hosted with a different GBSN member school. The goal is to have multi-stakeholder dialogues that explore collaborations designed to produce solutions.

This first convening, Collaborations for Healthcare Leadership, will share visions of the strategies, actions and initiatives that need to be undertaken in the near future across different contexts. Co-hosted with Miami Herbert Business School, guest speakers will explore and compare approaches to university-health system collaboration to achieve impact, using the example of informing the response to COVID-19.

We must all think beyond our own institutions and develop collaborative solutions and more robust and resilient systems. And we must explore the longer-term implications of the covid-19 outbreak for business and society.


Friday, 15 October, 2021

7:00 am Bogot√°

8:00 am Washington D.C.

  • 2:00pm Paris
  • 5:30pm Mumbai
  • 8:00pm Singapore
  • 11:00pm Melbourne


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Race2Imagine: Collaborations in Healthcare Leadership

8:00 I Opening Welcome + Cultural and contextual specificities 

  • Dan LeClair, CEO, Global Business School Network, USA
  • Veneta Andonova, Dean, Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Colombia

8:40 I Impact Stories: Student Perspective

An Impact Project that Transcends Disciplines and Communities

Estefanía Hernández, PhD Student; Research Assistant, Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Colombia

The COVID-19 has imposed multiple challenges that transcend the health system, one of them being the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out. This work introduces the importance of collaborative and multidisciplinary work for responding successfully to this crisis. From my perspective as a PhD student in Management, I aim to share the key-aways that have emerged from the research projects in which I have participated during the pandemic and the contribution achieved in the process.

Leading a Pediatric Physician Team through the Pandemic

  • Dr. Chad Perlyn, President, Nicklaus Children‚Äôs Pediatric Specialists, USA
  • Dr. Perlyn is a student in Miami Herbert‚Äôs executive MBA program and will talk about leading his specialty pediatric physician team through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Conducting Research on Wellbeing and Mental Health in an Academic Setting

  • Eduardo Willis, Professor, Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Colombia

Operation Warp Speed, Delivering COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics in Record Time in the U.S.

  • The Honorable Alex M. Azar II, 24th Secretary of the, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, USA

9:00 I Panel Discussion: Collaborations to achieve more impact in healthcare

  • Moderator: Simon Turner, Associate Professor and Director of Organization’s Area, Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Colombia
  • Panel: Dr. Natalia Mej√≠a, Dean, Universidad de los Andes School of Medicine, Colombia
  • Dr. Gabriel Carrasquilla, Vice President, Academy of Medicine, Colombia
  • Donna E. Shalala, Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy, University of Miami, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representative from Florida (2018 ‚Äď 2020), USA

The panel discussion will explore and compare approaches to university-health system collaboration to achieve impact, using the example of informing the response to COVID-19. Discussion questions will include:

  • What role did your organization play in the response to COVID-19? What role did academia-health system partnerships have? 
  • What enabled your organization to play that role and have influence, e.g. human resources; financing; flexibility about repurposing roles / workload / functions; existing health system relationships; ability to strike up new ones?   
  • How distinctive was that approach to the typical role of universities, and the relationship between universities and the health system, in approaching health policy and improvement? 
  • What lessons can be learnt from the experiences of collaboration in response to COVID-19? What challenges remain? 

To help stimulate the debate, reach the journal article authored by Universidad de los Andes School of Management professors.

The integration of health services with other sectors is hypothesised to support adaptation of health systems in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This study identified barriers and enablers associated with intersectoral coordination at an early stage of the pandemic. The study focused on the roles played by the academic and private sector in different areas of public health planning and delivery concerning COVID-19 in Colombia. Read the article

9:30 I Small Group Discussions

Eduardo Wills & Simon Turner will prepare a workshop for debate in breakout rooms on wellbeing and mental health in places of work and study. Each small group will have access to a Miro board for recording a summary of their discussion. Themes for discussion will include:  

  • What impact has COVID-19 had on your wellbeing? What helped you to respond? What organizational support did you receive?  
  • How is the nature of work, and career development, changing in light of the pandemic? 
  • What skills / capacities will we need to develop to face new challenges? 
  • How should our places of work and study change to promote wellbeing? 


Please contact Emma Martens at emartens@gbsn.org for any technical issues or questions.