Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DE&I) of the Southern California chapter of ACHE will serve to ensure that all members of our community have equal access to opportunity, resources, and input within our field. This committee seeks inclusion for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or career perspective and creation of a culture of belonging.

Our Mission

Our mission is to demonstrate that DE&I is core to ACHE of Southern California. It will work to provide DE&I resources to members of our community and purposefully work to create a culture of inclusivity in our events hosted by ACHE SoCal. This committee will establish partnerships with diverse organizations to provide professional development for healthcare leaders and organizations associated with ACHE SoCal.

Our Principles

  • Ensuring there is a space for all to have an opportunity to provide input & influence change within our community as healthcare leaders.
  • Establish and provide resources to support DE&I development for leaders and organizations in our community.
  • Provide support for members of our community from diverse backgrounds.





Benga Agbelemose,


Chair, Diversity Council

Associate Director,

Respiratory Therapy Services
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center



          Smriti Kirubanandan,

          MS, MPH, FAHM, CN

          Vice Chair, Diversity Council

           Healthcare Strategist & Head,

Marketing Healthcare & Lifescience

Tata Consultancy Services


Affinity Group Collaboration

To collaborate with various affinity groups to extend our reach and make space for every healthcare leader

Diversity Programming

To provide various diversity-focused programs to promote  diversity and inclusion in the Southern California Healthcare industry

Community Demographics

To encourage a more diversified ACHE SoCal membership base, more consistent with the demographic make-up of the Southern California community

Diversity Programs Offered by ACHE

(more information to follow)

Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program

ACHE is committed to promoting and preparing the most highly diverse and qualified healthcare management leaders — and we’re meeting that goal one outstanding Dolan Scholar at a time!


The LGBTQ Forum is powerful evidence of ACHE’s ongoing efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership. The LGBTQ Forum offers members at all career levels and stages a collaborative community for professional development and advocacy on distinct issues of LGBTQ healthcare executives.

Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum

The Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum (AHLF) welcomes individuals interested in the distinct opportunities and issues of Asian-American healthcare executives, with value-added benefits developed specifically for Forum members.

Diversity Affiliates: