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Thu, Apr 25


Collaborative Negotiations with Dr. Parekh

2024 Leadership Series: Collaborative Negotiations for Work and Life

We're kicking our 2024 Leadership Development Series with a discussion on "Collaborative Negotiations for Work and Life" with Dr. Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, Vice President of  Workforce Communities and Connections at the University of Texas MD Anderson! See below for agenda and learning objectives!

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 2024 Leadership Series: Collaborative Negotiations for Work and Life
 2024 Leadership Series: Collaborative Negotiations for Work and Life

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Apr 25, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Collaborative Negotiations with Dr. Parekh

About the Event

Collaborative Negotiations for Work and LIfe

The session is focused on encouraging audience members to feel comfortable asking for what they want and need. Given the changing landscape of negotiations and its more collaborative approaches, there has been an increasing number of women in particular that are participating in negotiations. The session will discuss the history of negotiations and evolving literature surrounding women’s engagement around negotiation practices. The majority of the presentation will focus types of negotiations strategies, the five stages of collaborative negotiations and important terms and concepts for successful negotiations.


  1. Differentiate Collaborative Negotiations from other types of negotiations
  2. Avoid barriers to negotiations
  3. Understand the five stages of  Collaborative Negotiations
  4. Leverage your BATNA (Best Alternative  To a Negotiated  Agreement)

Dr. Parekh's Bio

Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH joined the University of Texas MD Anderson on May 31,

2022 as the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and in January, 2024

became the Vice President of Workforce Communities and Connections. Dr.

Parekh is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has over 14 years of

experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Previous, Dr. Parekh was at the American College of Cardiology for almost three

years as the inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office and at the American

Psychiatric Association (APA) for almost five years as a Deputy Medical Director

and the Director of the Division of Diversity and Health Equity. In this latter role,

she was also Director of the American Psychiatric Association/ American

Psychiatric Association Foundation’s (APA/APAF) 8 fellowship programs and 5

medical student grants including the Minority Fellowship Program.

Dr. Parekh is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Prior to joining the APA,

she practiced full time for almost twenty years at the Massachusetts General

Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital/ Harvard Medical School and was the

inaugural Director of the MGH Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Diversity.

Dr. Parekh is co-author of the e-book Overcoming Prejudice in the Workplace

(Harvard Health Publishers, 2012). She is also editor of the Massachusetts General

Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity (Springer Publishers, 2013)

and co-editor of Cultural Sensitivity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MGH

Academy Press, 2016), Stigma and Prejudice: Touchstones in Understanding

Diversity ( Springer Publishers, 2016), and Cultural Psychiatry with Children,

Adolescents and Families (American Psychiatric Press, 2021).

Dr. Parekh has led trainings and lectured locally, nationally and internationally on

topics including diversity, health care disparities, microaggressions, cultural

psychiatry, mediation, collaborative negotiations, child and adolescent psychiatry,

addictions and psychopharmacology. She has lived, studied, and worked around

the world including Japan, France, Poland, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr. Parekh is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH), the adult

psychiatry and child fellowship residency trainings programs at Massachusetts

General Hospital and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and also holds

degrees from Wayne State University (MD, BSc in Biology, BA in Chemistry and co-

major in Black Studies). Currently, Dr. Parekh holds/has held academic

appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital, George Washington

University Medical School and Morehouse School of Medicine.

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