DINA PROTO, RN
Dina Proto is an awarding-winning pioneer for equality, published author, nationally-recognized speaker, and thought leader for her diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging advocacy. Dina is the Founder and CEO of Equality Healthcare Consulting, a DEIB Healthcare Consulting firm. With nearly 30 years of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) as well as healthcare experience, Dina understands the change management required to foster psychological safety and create a culture of inclusivity for healthcare organizations and patients alike. Dina works with leaders in the healthcare industry to create a sustainable infrastructure that improves both employee recruitment and retention while also improving patient outcomes and equitable healthcare to diverse patient populations.
In her book, Identity Impact; When Society’s Expectations Collide with the Authentic Self, Dina explores how celebrating and uplifting diversity is essential for our health, our wellbeing, and our economic success as a community – and as a nation. Dina writes with the authenticity and experience that has made her a trusted leader across LGBTQ+, healthcare and business organizations.She is Founder and President Emeritus of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV) and the Inclusive Community for Breast Health (ICBH). Dina Co-Founded Teazled Greeting Cards, one of the nation’s first LGBTQ+ Greeting Card Manufacturers to be available in mainstream grocery stores and was a driving force in improving inclusive product availability within the Greeting Card Industry. This earned her a Certificate of Commendation for Providing Diverse Options for Consumers, a Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to the LGBTQ+ Community and a title of “Pioneer in Pride” by the WNBA. Her historical work has been archived in the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Special Collections and Archives. Dina has been featured in more than 20 news media outlets over the past decade and actively speaks at professional conferences and universities.