NEBGH Members only, Virtual Event

“Safe Space” Employer Roundtable: Racial Health Disparities

As the final part of the 3 part series, this facilitated roundtable is a safe environment for employers to discuss what we’ve heard in the previous sessions. Let’s examine our assumptions, discuss lessons learned and identify actions we can take to move forward in a positive way.


Manendra Bhugra

Manager of Learning and Development

Manendra is the Manager of Learning and Development (L&D) at CCA. Manendra consults across the talent lifecycle to design and deliver Learning and Development programs that address strategic, operational and technical client needs. She has deep knowledge and proven proficiency in adult learning principles, expertise in designing workshops, and the ability to lead and facilitate groups in diverse client industries including financial services, higher education, health care, legal, non-profit, entertainment, public sector, utilities and others.

Manendra designs and delivers trainings in the areas of HR Compliance & Risk Mitigation (Harassment Prevention, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Unconscious Bias) and Manager Development (Communication Skills, Resiliency, Performance Management, Delegation, Remote Workers, Emotional Intelligence and more).

Prior to all training delivery, CCA conducts a needs assessment to understand the specific challenges and goals of the client. Manendra has collaborated across all levels of client organizations to gain a clear understanding of their learning needs. She brings her extensive experience to each new engagement and offers informed strategic recommendations.

Manendra is passionate about learning and an exceptional facilitator. She utilizes her clinical background to engage participants and address resistance or barriers occurring in the sessions. She is an excellent “in the moment problem solver” and continually assesses the group and is able to flex accordingly. Leveraging various mediums from traditional classroom and facilitated workshops, through mentoring, counseling and coaching, to peer and self-directed learning, as well as e-learning and digital media learning solutions, Manendra has extensive experience in configuring, managing and facilitating development programs and learning journeys.

Prior to joining CCA, Manendra worked as an assessment counselor/clinician helping inmates’ transition to halfway houses. She also worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an onsite work-life assistance provider and trainer.

Manendra holds a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and qualifications in Instructional Design from New York University.


Karthik Ganesh

EmpiRx Health

Karthik Ganesh is the CEO at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Karthik is a senior healthcare executive with a solid track record of comprehensively scaling, transforming and maximizing value at healthcare service companies while driving dramatic before-and-after results across all facets of the organization - growth and retention, financials, business operations, technology, and culture.

Karthik has experience running PBM, health plan (commercial and provider-sponsored), Third-Party Administration, and value-based care enablement companies. Prior to EmpiRx Health, Karthik was the SVP and founding operating leader of CareAllies, a Cigna subsidiary focused on value-based care enablement. Prior to CareAllies, Karthik was the EVP and Chief Operating Officer of QualCare (acquired by Cigna), a large provider-sponsored and tech-enabled Third-Party Administrator, that specialized in powering and operating health plans, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and joint payer-provider strategies. Karthik’s background includes broad leadership roles at Aetna and Express Scripts, and senior management consulting roles at Deloitte and EY. He is recognized as a healthcare thought leader and has been published and featured in leading industry journals. He has a Masters from Kansas State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.