By Sarah Stawiski, Joanne Dias, Douglas Riddle & Sarah Pearsall Originally published by the Center for Creative Leadership It was a gorgeous fall day in Scottsdale when a group of women healthcare leaders, mostly strangers, began the tentative process of meeting each other, kicking off their fourteen-month journey as Carol Emmott Fellows. Almost a year later in Chicago, as the freezing wind blew in across Lake Michigan, the same leaders came together, ecstatically greeting each other, inquiring about family and work, and interacting as if they had known each other their entire lives. In the course of a year, through … Continue reading “A Fellowship’s Impact on the Networks of Women Healthcare Leaders”
By Gayle Capozzalo, FACHE, and Susan Turney, MD, FACP, FACPME Published in partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives As vaccine numbers continue to climb and organizations tentatively, optimistically schedule in-person gatherings, we’ve been reflecting on what it means to “go back to normal.” Thus far, going back to normal in America appears to be a resumption of battles that so many of us have been fighting for decades—against racism, sexism and division. Since pandemic restrictions began to ease in early 2021, there have been nearly 4,000 attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, a 73% increase in mass shootings, and we’ve entered … Continue reading “Navigating and Initiating New Norms in the Workplace”
By Anne McCune, CEO, The Carol Emmott Foundation Published in partnership with American College of Healthcare Executives This March brings a number of somber remembrances. We reflect on 500,000 lives lost in the worst pandemic in American history, with Black, Latino and Indigenous Americans suffering at least double the death rate compared to whites. We remember Manuel Ellis, a Black man killed in police custody whose last words—I can’t breathe—became an international rallying cry for social justice after the death of George Floyd. We recognize International Women’s Day as we grapple with the SheCession that has pushed more than 2.5 million women out of the workforce and threatens to undermine … Continue reading “Ending Health Inequities Begins With Healthcare Leadership”
We’re thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a few of the remarkable women in the Carol Emmott community who were recently honored by Modern Healthcare in their annual listing of the Top 25 Women Leaders in America. Honorees include our very own CEO, Anne McCune! The list also includes Foundation Board members Odette Bolano, FACHE, CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System, and Mary Pittman, DrPH, CEO of the Public Health Institute (Pittman is also a member of the Founder’s Council). Equity Collaborative members Catherine Jacobson, FHFMA, CPA, CEO of Froedtert Health, and Susan Turney, MD, FACP, CEO of Marshfield Clinic and a sponsor of The Carol Emmott Fellowship earned a coveted spot … Continue reading “Modern Healthcare Recognizes Women Influencers in Healthcare”
The Carol Emmott Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board members: Maggie (Emmott) Gilbreth, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco; Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, President and CEO, Geisinger; and Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH, Group Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Operating Officer, New York-Presbyterian. New appointees will replace three outgoing members of the Board, who have provided invaluable guidance during their tenures, including Joanne Conroy, MD, President and CEO, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health; Kathryn Johnson, former CEO, Health Forum; and Betsy Wright, former nonprofit executive. “We’re thrilled to welcome the experience and passion of these new … Continue reading “The Carol Emmott Foundation Welcomes New Board Members”
By Gayle Capozzalo, executive director of The Equity Collaborative. Published in partnership with American College of Healthcare Executives. After years of steady progress for women in the workplace, the COVID-19 pandemic represents a moment of both inflection and crisis. Between February and August, mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost 2.2 million jobs, with Black and Latina women disproportionately impacted. That is three times the rate of unemployment among men. And while the health and social crisis has impacted every American, working mothers have been especially hard hit as they juggle telework, increased domestic responsibilities and care for children … Continue reading “Healthcare Systems Have an Imperative to Advance Gender Equity”
To our fellow equity champions:
This year, we’ve seen healthcare professionals answer the call to serve during the largest global health crisis in our lifetimes. People of color and allies have walked arm-in-arm to denounce racism and bigotry. Parents—especially working mothers—have juggled careers, family obligations, and dedication to colleagues as they navigate new normals amid the pandemic.
Twenty-one women leaders representing 20 organizations across 13 states were welcomed into The Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2021. The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a signature program of The Carol Emmott Foundation, established in 2016, to address the underrepresentation of women in the highest levels of healthcare leadership and governance. The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a prestigious, 14-month program for exceptional, innovative women leaders who are making lasting change in their communities and institutions, and serving as exemplary advocates for equity in the workplace and beyond. “This is the most diverse class we’ve inducted since the program started five years … Continue reading “21 Women Healthcare Leaders Welcomed into The Carol Emmott Fellowship”
In a climate of political maelstrom, it’s often easy to miss the milestones. This week, as we look ahead to a season of gratitude and reflection, we also look around us at the incredible progress of women in our most public spaces. From the success of women of color in getting people to the polls, to the extraordinary accomplishment of our Vice President-elect—the first woman, the first Black individual, and the first person of Asian descent to hold the office—we deserve to celebrate the wins. Politics aside, our nation has come a long way. So let’s keep up the progress—and … Continue reading “Wow.”
In the midst of these extraordinary times, it’s easy to miss milestones that deserve recognition. Our new COO, Felisa Schneider, has joined CEO Anne McCune in authoring an opinion piece reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment—an accomplishment that occurred in the aftermath of the last global pandemic. In their article, they challenge us to similarly use this moment to catalyze action to accelerate equity in healthcare. Honor the women who made suffrage possible by investing in the work of making fully inclusive gender equity a reality. Give $100 for 100 years of progress—and so much … Continue reading “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment”
What Inspires Investment: An Interview with Shannon Lorbiecki, Director, Manatt Health and CEF Leadership Council member
“The Fellowship, and now The Equity Collaborative, are very important programs and a very important effort. I believe that improving gender and other levels of diversity is critical to fixing what is broken in the healthcare industry. I have found the Foundation very effective at using funds wisely, investing resources effectively, and leveraging them for the greatest benefit.”
-Shannon Lorbiecki, Director, Manatt Health
Each year, Modern Healthcare recognizes the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives—leaders who are paving the way to better health through innovation, community engagement, leadership, and clinical excellence. We’re pleased to share that six of this year’s honorees are part of The Carol Emmott Foundation community.
Voices are raised this week across the country to call out these injustices, and to call for action toward a better future. Our mission- to transform health by accelerating the advancement and impact of women leaders and achieving gender equity and fully inclusive leadership and governance in our healthcare institutions- has never been more important.
Women comprise the largest number of warriors on the front lines of health care in every sector: hospitals, clinics, home care. And although this virus is an equal-opportunity killer, not everyone involved in health care is at equal risk. Those who are standing at patients’ bedsides for hours on end, staffing ER’s, working in intensive care units, EMTs bringing in fresh cases, and team members delivering meals and cleaning rooms; these are the people most at risk. We already know that women are vital to health care, but never have we had such a sharp lens as the nightly news reports and press updates to view the images of who is delivering care versus who is making decisions, especially in a crisis.
Recruiting veteran healthcare leader Anne McCune to serve as CEO supports the Foundation’s ambitious growth plans for promoting gender equity in health organizations nationwide.
Fellows selected for Class of 2020 represent diverse skills and backgrounds but share a proven ability to effect change.
The Carol Emmott Fellowship program has been successful in supporting female and diversity candidates to achieve high-level positions within healthcare. To reach a larger vision of gender parity in health leadership, however, it has become clear that health organizations need to evolve in order to address some of the structural challenges preventing equality.
We are grateful to Leadership Council Member, Kevin Fickenscher, president and CEO of CREO Strategic Solutions, for this article.
The person who helped me the most, who contributed more to my graduation from medical school than any other, the one who consistently helped me to “focus on the important stuff” during the basic science years – was a fellow medical student. She was a woman.
The Carol Emmott Fellowship is pleased to be an Association Sponsor of Modern Healthcare’s 2019 Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference.
The 14-month program expands the leadership capacity of the fellows, who are chosen for their ability to deliver results within their organizations and potential to advance to senior executive roles in health.