A Time for New Beginnings

Anne McCune

It’s spring, a time for new beginnings. It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to recruit the Class of 2023! Nominations are now open. At the same time, I’m still savoring the magic and power of coming together in person for the Annual Meeting. If you couldn’t make it to Chicago in March, you will want to take the time to watch the Christine Malcolm Symposium speaker videos. I am excited to share our fellows’ talks as well as highlights of our Annual Meeting events with you here.
—Anne McCune, CEO

The Christine Malcolm Symposium

Four of our Carol Emmott Fellows spoke about “The Power of Community” at the Christine Malcolm Symposium, a part of The Carol Emmott Foundation’s Annual Meeting, last month. Each Fellow shared her intensely personal journey as women leaders in the field.

“How do you dismantle generations of structural racism and mistrust from communities? It starts with creating a community framework.”

Kenyatta Elliott, MBA, MHA ’21, associate vice president of Duke Primary Care, Duke University Health System, spoke about medical racism, in particular regarding the COVID vaccine.

“We just have to act. We have to take a step. We have to do something to create the forward momentum for the change we want to see in this world.”

Jennifer Nickoles, MS ’20, vice president of system integration and affiliations, Johns Hopkins Health System, spoke about launching a 250-bed field hospital in four weeks, unlikely allies, and sustainable change.

“As time progressed, I was gaining my voice. I think most of us have shared their badassery stories. Well, mine was quite a memorable one.”

Tammy Simon, RN, MSN ’19, vice president for quality, innovation, and patient safety, Marshfield Clinic Health System, described her journey as a Carol Emmott Fellow and how she found her voice.

“We live in times of great uncertainty. We live in times of tremendous negativity. I’d ask you to consider putting your fear aside and being optimistic as some really, really good ways to be resilient.”

Carolyn Carpenter, MHA, FACHE ’17, president, Johns Hopkins National Capital Region, Johns Hopkins Health System, told her story of how she overcame fear as a mother.

2022 Annual Meeting Highlights

More than 100 people, including Fellows, alumnae, board members, Leadership Council members, and sponsoring-organization leaders, attended the Carol Emmott Foundation’s Annual Meeting, held in Chicago last month.

Marna Borgstrom, recently retired CEO of Yale New Haven Health, and Larry Goodman, MD, retired CEO of Rush University Medical Center, each received The Carol Emmott Foundation Architect Award at the open reception. The award recognizes their longtime guidance and instrumental contributions to creating the Fellowship and The Equity Collaborative initiatives.

Other highlights included celebrating the close of the Class of 2020 (whose Fellowship extended until September 2021 due to COVID) and the program completion of the Class of 2021.

At the same time, Fellows from the first through fifth cohorts met for their third annual Alumnae Network meeting—only the second to be held in person. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, gave a poignant keynote, addressing working within a charged political environment and keeping public safety top of mind. She addressed how we have to care for ourselves as we care for others, incorporating history, humor, and thoughtful reflections that resonated with the group.

Also at the Alumnae Network meeting, Victoria (Shu) Zhang, PhD, assistant professor at the Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin, Madison, conducted a workshop , which offered an important opportunity to network within the CEF community.

Those opportunities to connect in person after such a long hiatus, along with such compelling speakers, left all of us feeling reconnected, reinvigorated, and ready to take on the next challenge, knowing that we’re not alone but part of a larger community that has our back.