SGM Alliance


Engaging with industry professionals and the community is how we affect change. Knowledge is meant to be shared, and we do this by participating as panelists at various conferences and hosting local community events.

Upcoming Events

Queer Health Conference

An all-day conference on queer inclusion in clinical research & healthcare.

Past Events

Health Equity in Clinical Trials Congress

Our Chief Executive Officer, Garo Kiledjian, led a panel discussion on overcoming access barriers to healthcare for the SGM community on May 8th at the Health Equity in Clinical Trials Congress in Atlanta, GA.

SCRS IncluDE Summit

Our Chief Executive Officer, Garo Kiledjian, led a panel discussion on inclusivity in clinical research on April 8th at the IncluDE Summit in Atlanta, GA.

SCOPE Summit

Our Chief Executive Officer, Garo Kiledjian, and Chief Research Officer, Jessica Brescher, MPH both hosted panel discussions on the morning of February 14th, and SGM Alliance was an honoree for the Eighth Annual Participation Award at the SCOPE Summit for Clinical Ops Executives in Orlando, FL.


Helena Sviglin, FDA; Donna Sattler, BMS; Korey Hendricks, BMS, Scout, National LGBT Cancer Network; and Garo Kiledjian, CEO of SGM Alliance, participated as panelists at the CDISC conference covering Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex Data Collection during the Panel Discussion: A patient journey navigating SGM healthcare inequities on October 18-19 2023, in Falls Church, VA.

SGM Alliance Fundraiser

Paul Thomas and SGM Alliance board members Dr. Michael Wohlfeiler and Dr. Matthew Schabath, Jessica Brescher, Lorena Kuri, and Garo Kiledjian hosted a fundraiser during LGBTQ+ History Month, where they discussed some of the issues within healthcare currently impacting the LGBTQIA+ community on October 23, 2023, in Miami, FL.

National LGBTQ TaskForce GALA

Garo Kiledjian, CEO of SGM Alliance, attended the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala, serving as a Gala Executive Committee Member, After Party Director, and the Task Force featured SGM Alliance in the Gala Journal on October 14, 2023, in Miami, FL.


Lorena Kuri, Chief Strategic Development Officer, received the Outstanding Latina Leadership Award from the Association of Latino Professionals (ALPFA) New Jersey Chapter on October 7 2023 in Newark,  NJ.

SGM NYU Conference

SGM Alliance’s Chief Research Officer Jessica Brescher participated in a panel on patient advocacy and presented a poster at the Science of Cancer Equity in SGM Communities Conference at NYU, winning the best poster award on October 7, 2023, in New York, NY.

SCRS Global Summit 2023

Amanda Wright, Javara; Bree Burks, Veeva Systems; Wilfredo De Jesus-Monge MD, clinicaLea; Anne-Marie Baughn, RX Trials; and Garo Kiledjian, CEO of SGM Alliance spoke on a panel on Staff Retention Strategies for a New Era at the Global SCRS (Society for Clinical Research Sites) conference from October 5 to 8, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

SCRS West Summit 2023

Diana Foster, Total Diversity; Angel Akinbinu, Syneos; Alan Lane, OneStudy Team; Stephen Rouse, Triomics; and Garo Kiledjian, CEO of SGM Alliance, spoke as panelists at the SCRS West Clinical Tech and Innovation Summit and discussed the topic of Utilizing Technology to Increase Diversity and Expand Recruitment on June 7, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ.

SCRS Diversity Summit 2023

Garo Kiledjian, CEO, and Jessica Brescher, Chief Research Officer of SGM Alliance; Danielle Mitchell, Black Women in Clinical Research; Judy Galindo, Latinos in Clinical Research; Jane Thurston, Parexel; and Brandon Doyle, Takeda, spoke as panelists for Advocacy in Motion, where Garo revealed some of the issues currently facing the HIV+/- community in clinical trials and a second breakout session to discuss The Unique Challenges Facing The LGBTQIA+ Community on March 29-April 2, 2023 in Austin TX.

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