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Joe Conway


Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer| DEI Business Consultant| Cultivating an environment for your success.

A Little About Joe

Joseph “Joe” Conway is the Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the City of Wilmington and the Founder & Chief DEI Investor for A.B.I.D.E., LLC, a business consulting firm dedicated to and focused on bias mitigation in professionals and organizations. Before joining the city, he was employed with Novant Health/New Hanover Regional Medical Center for 14 years and served four years as their inaugural Director of Health Equity & Human Experience for the Coastal Region. Joe has over 25 years of leadership experience and is actively involved in the Wilmington community. His purpose statement is “to cultivate an environment for your success.”


Optimism is a big part of Joe. Through his work, Joe has come to realize that most are out of synch between purpose and the behaviors that actualize or drive that purpose. Often, he can be heard saying, The toughest thing anyone has to do in their lifetime is to develop balanceand asking, Is it better to be right or in ‘right’ relationship?


Joe holds a BA in Church Ministries and has served as a former Pastor, Music Minister, & Church Planter. He has an MBA in Healthcare Management and holds certifications in Diversity Management, Implicit Bias Training, HR Diversity & Inclusion, and is a Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt Coach and Facilitator.


Joe has been married to his high school sweetheart, Tiffany, since 1991. Together they have four adult sons. In addition to his family, Joe's passions include reading, research, history, music, cooking, and traveling as much as possible.

Top Rated: Improved The Healthcare EquityIndex (HEI) from 25 to 85, 2020

Strategic leader, collaborative campus partner, and proven administrator with an innovative and resilient spirit, as well as a track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Energetic, driven, diligent champion of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion- living his passion in his community as well as career. Repeatedly chosen to head up ED & I projects and programs. Consummate professional, diplomatic, and tactful, building effective relationships with persons at all levels and overcoming adversity with inclusion and positivity. 


Strategic Leadership                              Evaluating Existing Programs, Policies, Practices                                     Underrepresented 

Collaborative Partnership                       Making Recommendations, Presentations                                              Unconscious Bias

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion                    Providing Guidance and Resources                                                      Program Development

ED& I Education Programs                     Creating, Fostering, Maintaining Community                                          Budgeting

Empowering Others                             Affirming the Dignity of Every Individual                                                 Grant Solicitation 


Master's Degree: Healthcare Management (MHCM)
         American International University- Schaumburg, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Church Ministries (BA)
          Trinity Baptist College- Jacksonville, Florida

Mathematics Major, 72Hours Completed (Associates Equivalent; Honorable Discharge)
          United States Naval Academy- Annapolis, Maryland

Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion- Cornell University (2021)

Lean Strategies/Sig Sigma Black Belt- New Hanover Regional Medical Center (2021)

Cook Ross Everyday Bias for Health Care Professionals Training- Cook Ross Inc (2019)

Certification as a Lean Strategies Professional and Coach- Belmont University (2013)

Certified Hospital Environmental Services Professional (CHESP)- American Hospital Association (2006)

Honors & Awards

Health Care Hero in the Category of Community Outreach, Greater Wilmington Business Journal (2020)

Leader of 
Excellence (Studer Group Recognition), Gulf Coast Medical Center (2004)

Career Narrative

Novant Health| New Hanover Regional Medical Center- Wilmington, NC 2007- Present

Director, Health Equity and Human Experience (September 2017- Present)

Community Service & Board Membership

  • Board Member- Step Up Wilmington (new-2021)

          Fundraising Committee (2021- Present)

  • Group Member- 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina (new - 2021)

          Website/Social Media Liaison (2021 - Present)

  • Board Member- Voyage of Wilmington (2020- Present)

  • Board Member- Community Boys and Girls Club (2019 - Present)

          Treasurer (2021 - Present)

  • Board Member- WHQR Public Radio (2019 - Present)

          Development Committee (2020 - Present)

  • Volunteer- NourishNC (Periodic-2017 - Present)

  • Founding Board Member- Northside Food Coop (2019-2021)

  • Board Member- Foxes Boxes Extern Program (2019-2020)


  • Project Assistant Coordinator- "Dancin' in the Park" (2018 - 2020)

  • Board Member- Willowick Homeowners Association (2015 - 2020)

          Vice-President and Treasurer (2018 - 2020)

  • Committee Member- NHRMC Foundation's Employee Campaign Fundraiser (2012 - 2018)

          Committee Leadership (Campaign Chair 2016-2017; Campaign Co-Chair, 2012 - 2015)

          Helped increase donations year-over-year; cumulatively raised $1.5 million dollars.

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