Jesse Cortez

Jesse Cortez

VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jesse Cortez, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion joined McKesson in 2019. Currently ranked 8th on the FORTUNE 500, McKesson is a global healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. 

Prior to joining McKesson, Jesse Cortez was the Global Inclusion leader for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In his role he was responsible for the company’s efforts to accelerate inclusion in the workplace. He led teams of regional Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) leaders across the globe charged with creating an environment of Inclusion that would allow for everyone to succeed and bring their best to work. 

Prior to this role, Jesse served as ‘Deputy’ Chief Diversity Officer for HP, charged with all aspects of I&D, including talent acquisition, talent management and retention. Also, by providing a global perspective, governance and thought leadership for multiple programs, he leveraged a data driven approach to diagnosing/prescribing innovative solutions. Other areas of focus included representation of Women, Persons with Disabilities and Ethnicity, as well as serving as a liaison between Diversity and Talent Acquisition on sourcing strategies. Prior to HP, Jesse spent time early in his career with Accenture and Merritt, Hawkins & Associates. 

Throughout his career, Jesse has been dedicated to talent and diversity, fostering an inclusive environment for people and companies to succeed. He has extensive corporate experience in leadership talent acquisition, large scale diversity initiatives and working with non-profit organizations for over 17 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), the HITEC Foundation, and as the Co-Lead for the Chief Diversity Forum for Disability: IN. He also frequently collaborates and volunteers with a number of other partner organizations. 

Originally from Chicago, Jesse now lives in the Dallas area with his wife, son and daughter. 

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

A Fireside Chat ft. Diverse Leaders

A Fireside chat featuring diverse leaders, Fernando Rasario, Chief Product Officer (CPO) - Vice President - Head Of Engineering, iuvity and Founder of Exeqpath LLC, and Jesse Cortez, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at McKesson, offers a dynamic conversation where individuals from various backgrounds share insights, experiences, and perspectives. This enriching dialogue fosters inclusivity, highlighting the importance of diverse voices in leadership and promoting a more comprehensive understanding of challenges and opportunities in different sectors.

•Fernando Rasario, Chief Product Officer (CPO) - Vice President - Head Of Engineering, iuvity and Founder of Exeqpath LLC
•Jesse Cortez, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at McKesson Corporation