Over the past 14 years, Procter & Gamble has hosted more than 200 prominent dermatologists in Cincinnati, OH for a two‐day summit called the P&G Science Behind Symposium (a.k.a. Dermatology Technology Symposium). For the first time in the history of the program P&G partnered with the Skin of Color Society (SOCS) and hosted Mentor/Mentee pairs at the symposium. This opportunity enabled idea sharing and relationship building between well‐established and up‐and‐coming dermatologists. Through this
valued partnership, P&G and SOCS brought together top health professionals with leading industry scientists, researchers and marketers to inspire collaboration, innovation, and scientific exchange.
We received wonderful feedback from the event:
“The symposium was terrific. Crystal Harrell, Communications Sr. Manager at Procter & Gamble, was an outstanding hostess and organizer. For two days, we were exposed to the cutting‐edge research that P&G is doing on skin and hair. All the talks were very interesting and each minute was filled with something interesting (it was non‐stop). The lab tours allowed us to observe the latest in instrumentation. We were all particularly interested in the work that is being done on the skin of color population.”
“A couple themes that stood out:
- industry approach to solving a complex problem involves breaking the problem into smaller questions
and hypotheses that are rigorously tested for all people, including skin of color, though new
understanding about genetics is helping.
- we sometimes forget that technology is ever evolving to better address the pitfalls of the past, and we
must consistently engage with our industry partners to learn about these evolutions so we are better
advisors to our patients.”
“The employees at all levels had ownership in the company and spoke of Proctor and Gamble as ‘we’. Each
speaker worked in areas they were passionate about and personalized their products by using the personal
pronouns ‘she and he’. Health care corporations, dermatologists and all health care providers could learn a lot
from P&G human resources. The P&G staff all had a sense of ownership in the history of the company, its
present, and its future.”
“It was a wonderful opportunity, and we are grateful to SOCS and P&G for allowing us to be part of such an
educational and enriching program. We hope it will open doors to further collaboration and communication in
Nada Elbuluk MD, Lynn McKinley‐Grant MD, Pooja Sodha MD, Susan Taylor MD
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Did You Know
Skin of color patients comprise the majority in California, New Mexico and Texas…and soon will be the majority in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, New York and Florida.
By 2050, more than 50% of the US population will have skin of color.