2023 EWC Conference Code of Conduct

As one of the most-respected conferences in the laboratory profession, the Executive War College on Diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory, and Pathology Management (EWC) is more than an opportunity to learn about how your peers from clinical laboratories and pathology groups across the nation are innovative in ways that advance patient care and enable their labs to deliver state-of-the-art lab testing services in a financially sustainable manner. It is also an opportunity for you to assess on how you and your laboratory organization are affecting healthcare in the United States, and how that healthcare system affects your work.

There is a reason why the EWC is recognized as a place for the sharing of novel ideas, marked by stimulating conversations and valuable networking. However, these cannot happen unless everyone feels safe and respected. Since its inception in 1996, the EWC has been and continues to be committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for all attendees and participants at EWC. The Code of Conduct presented here provides a clear set of guidelines for all who will join us in New Orleans this year.

Code of Conduct for Participants

1. Purpose

  1. The Executive War College believes the EWC Forum should be open for everyone and is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, gender identity and expression, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, national origin, marital status, political beliefs, or Veteran status.

  2. The physical, emotional, and psychological safety of everyone involved with the EWC Forum is of paramount importance to us. EWC has developed a Code of Conduct outlining our expectations for all participants, including presenters, vendors, exhibitors, attendees and guests, faculty, and EWC staff, and the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

  3. Before the Executive War College, we request all parties review the Code of Conduct. We appreciate you joining us in support of our mission to improve the profession of laboratory medicine and how it supports health and health care worldwide through our values of equity, courage, love, and trust.

  4. By attending the Executive War College, you agree to adhere to this Code of Conduct.

  5. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

2. Expectations for Behavior

  1.  All participants are expected to abide by our values of equity, courage, love, and trust

    1. Equity: We work to prevent and undo unfair systems, policies, and forms of racism and discrimination that drive gaps in our organization and in our work. We tell the truth about inequities and value all voices. We believe that we are interconnected and that inequities lead us all to lose. We want everyone to thrive and none of us can truly thrive until we all do.

    2. Courage: We stay true to our values, even in the face of risk or loss. We speak up. We do this all in the service of personal and organizational integrity. 

    3. Love: We build relationships grounded in patience, kindness, gratitude, and respect. In our teams and in our work, we bring our whole selves in an authentic and caring spirit and encourage others to do the same.

    4. Trust: We recognize the unique experience that each of us brings and believe in each other’s strengths. We ensure that people feel empowered and supported. We engage in genuine dialogue and encourage feedback with one another and our customers.

  2.  Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

  3.  Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech

  4.  Be mindful of your surroundings and your fellow participants. Alert an EWC staff

3. Unacceptable Behavior

  1. Unacceptable behaviors include intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct by anyone participating in the Executive War College.

  2. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public space; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of sessions, presentations, or other events;

4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

  1. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by presenters, vendors, exhibitors, media, attendees, guests, faculty, or EWC staff. 

  2. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately

5. What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

  1. If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify an EWC staff member as soon as possible.Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately

  2. Alternative Contact Points: If you would prefer other ways to contact us, an email to acurtis@darkreport.com will be reviewed by a member of the EWC Human Resources team. You are welcome to report an incident anonymously; however, if you would like someone to follow-up with you about the progress of your incident report, you would need to provide contact information.

  3. Confidentiality and Follow-Up: Our team will do our best to work with you to co-design next steps whenever possible, including, but not limited to ensuring as much confidentiality as feasible.

  4. As needed, the Executive War College organizers or a representative of EWC will be available to help participants contact building security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise to the best of our ability help those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel physically and psychologically safe for the duration of the Forum.