21 Women Healthcare Leaders Selected to Participate in the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2023

Twenty-one women leaders from across the United States representing large public and private healthcare systems, academic medical centers, health plans, healthcare performance improvement management, and specialty care companies were welcomed into the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2023. The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a signature initiative of The Carol Emmott Foundation, established in 2016, dedicated to increasing gender equity and diversity in healthcare by focusing on establishing pathways for accomplished women to senior healthcare leadership and governance positions. The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a 14-month experience for exceptional, innovative women leaders who are making an impact in their communities and … Continue reading “21 Women Healthcare Leaders Selected to Participate in the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2023”

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Top 5 Advocacy Tips for Healthcare Leaders: Use Your Expertise and Passion to Make a Difference

Healthcare leaders bring a unique perspective to policy discussions because they have specialized expertise and first-hand knowledge of how the healthcare system is affecting their patients. Sharing this knowledge with government officials can lead to better and more impactful policy decisions and programmatic interventions that benefit everyone – payors, providers, patients, and communities overall. It is important to bring this experience to the advocacy table to advance ideas and recommendations that will improve healthcare for their patients and organizations. The following five tips are practical tools and guidance to help healthcare professionals become effective advocates at the federal, state, and … Continue reading “Top 5 Advocacy Tips for Healthcare Leaders: Use Your Expertise and Passion to Make a Difference”

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The Racial Differences Hidden in the Data

by Gayle L. Capozzalo, FACHE, director of The Equity Collaborative – The Carol Emmott Foundation and Douglas Riddle, PhD, DMin, curriculum director of The Carol Emmott Foundation Published in partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives The importance of social determinants of health is no longer new to most healthcare systems. Many healthcare organizations have taken steps to positively affect the communities they serve, including the circumstances of their own employees. What’s missing is sufficiently detailed demographic data that captures the pervasive influence of structural racism and other marginalizing factors that affect health outcomes. Reporting population averages on any measure … Continue reading “The Racial Differences Hidden in the Data”

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Reflecting our Communities: Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, is it Latino?

by Anne McCune, CEO, The Carol Emmott Foundation September is Hispanic Heritage month.  Started in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month starts annually on September 15 which is the independence anniversary of eight Latin American Countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize. The terms Latino and Hispanic are typically used interchangeably, though there is a technical difference. Hispanic describes people from Spain or Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. However, that would exclude Brazil, where the official language is Portuguese. Latino (or the feminine version, Latina) refers to people from Latin America, including Brazil, but excludes people from … Continue reading “Reflecting our Communities: Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, is it Latino?”

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Podcast: Guidelines for Success: What Future Female Healthcare Leaders Need to Know

In this podcast, Gayle Capozzalo, executive director of The Equity Collaborative, The Carol Emmott Foundation, and Morgan Jones, Fellowship Class of 2022 and vice president, Strategic Planning & Business Development at Duke Health, discuss how to position oneself as a woman in the health industry – how to acquire the necessary skills to be a successful leader, and offer personal insight as senior level executives in the field.  

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A Letter from the CEO: Women’s Equality Day 2022

by Anne McCune, CEO of The Carol Emmott Foundation Every year on August 26th, people across the United States come together to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. This annual commemoration, designated by Congress in 1973, recognizes the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted American women the right to vote. In celebrating the gains of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, we must recognize the complex and oppressive history that accompanies this day. The 19th Amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, officially ratified on August 18, 1920, and certified eight days later on August 26, 1920. However, despite … Continue reading “A Letter from the CEO: Women’s Equality Day 2022”

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July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

By Dr. Garima Singh, Fellowship Class of 2022 Chief Medical Officer for Burrell Behavioral Health and its parent company, Brightli. “We value and celebrate diversity and inclusion among those we serve, within our workforce and in our communities. At Burrell Behavioral Health, we have initiated multiple community programs, care pathways, behavioral crisis program, school-based services, and Be Well Initiatives to help provide access to competent mental health care in a safe, informed, and respectful environment.” July is BIPOC Mental Health Month, which was previously designated as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It was founded in 2006 by Bebe Moore … Continue reading “July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month”

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Pride Month Commemorates the Stonewall Uprising

by Anne McCune, CEO of The Carol Emmott Foundation Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Uprising, a fateful day in 1969 when Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex individuals (LGBTQI+) people fought back against police mistreatment and discrimination.  Their act of protest led to the birth of a human rights movement.  That movement ultimately helped secure greater recognition of the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons and strengthened American Democracy itself. Pride, at its core, is about accepting and celebrating those who are different.  It affirms the gay teenagers scared to come out to their friends at school, the nonbinary persons … Continue reading “Pride Month Commemorates the Stonewall Uprising”

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Forget Balance; Think Equilibrium

by Emily Moorhead, FACHE, ’21 Early in my career, I spent a lot of time thinking about balance. Like the vision of the scales of justice, I imagined if I just kept my composure, I could keep the weight of my personal world in line with that of my professional pursuits.   Those scales of justice are an apt symbol of just how deluded I’d become in my pursuit of balance. First, because I don’t lead a life where I can neatly fit work into one tidy space and life in another; most of us don’t operate with that kind of … Continue reading “Forget Balance; Think Equilibrium”

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Confessions Of a Working Mom and Other Stories from our Fellows

Kenyatta Elliott, ‘21 Being a working mom is best captured in this quote by Maya Angelou: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Many go through work mom guilt, but you can be a good mom and a working mom. I am living proof. When I reflect over my career and mothering two girls, I remember being in the school drop-off lines in the morning, praying there wasn’t an accident on my way into to work, making me late. I remember using my precious vacation time … Continue reading “Confessions Of a Working Mom and Other Stories from our Fellows”

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The Golden Opportunity for Gender Equity in Post-COVID Workplaces

By Gayle Capozzalo, FACHE Published in partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives Summary The upheaval of the global pandemic has caused millions of women to leave or change their career, providing the healthcare industry a decisive moment to pursue gender equity in the workplace.   It’s happening right now across our industry: health systems both large and small, having survived the worst of a global pandemic and the accompanying systemic shocks to our organizations and society at large, are contemplating a “new normal” for their employees and workplaces. This is also a long-overdue moment for fundamental reimagining of the … Continue reading “The Golden Opportunity for Gender Equity in Post-COVID Workplaces”

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A Time for New Beginnings

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 … Continue reading “A Time for New Beginnings”

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CEF Fellow Leads $16 Million Latino Vaccine Equity Campaign

By Elizabeth Dougherty In a nation where the pandemic has disproportionately affected the Latinx community, one Carol Emmott Fellow’s work has raised $16 million to advocate for COVID-19 vaccine equity and has reached more than 36 million Latinos with public health information. “I didn’t expect us to have such a huge impact,” says Rita Carreón, ’20, UnidosUS vice president of health, who leads “Esperanza Hope for All,” a bilingual, culturally responsive public health education and outreach campaign. UnidosUS is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, based in Washington, DC. Rita oversees its health efforts to improve Latinos’ well-being and access to quality, equitable healthcare by addressing the social determinants of health; expanding … Continue reading “CEF Fellow Leads $16 Million Latino Vaccine Equity Campaign”

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2021: A Year in Review

We want to take a moment to reflect on our 2021 successes that your commitment, your patronage, your innumerable volunteer hours, and your donations have made possible. The Carol Emmott Foundation would not be what it is today without the profound support of the Leadership Council, the Fellowship’s sponsoring organizations, the Collaborative member organizations, the Alumnae, and the many more leaders, colleagues, and friends throughout the nation who put their name behind our mission and give their time as our speakers, mentors, ambassadors, advocates, and more. We thank you, the Carol Emmott Foundation community, who are leading the way to … Continue reading “2021: A Year in Review”

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How Do We Keep Fighting for Change?

by Denise Brosseau,  presenter on Thought Leadership for the Carol Emmott Fellowship I was taking questions following a webinar on thought leadership with the amazing Carol Emmott Fellows of 2022, when one of them asked me about something that has long been on my mind. How, she wondered, do you keep going when you are fighting for change in an arena like racial justice or health equity, where every day you see evidence that the fight is unwinnable? I can relate, I assured her. The two issues that I have been fighting for throughout my career— women’s right to choose … Continue reading “How Do We Keep Fighting for Change?”

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3 Strategies for Reducing Burnout in Your Staff

By Gayle Capozzalo, FACHE Published in partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives Amid new variants, surges and vaccination resistance, front-line healthcare workers are exhausted, with many stressed to the breaking point. In fact, the industry has lost nearly half a million workers since February 2020—as much as 18% of the workforce. Burnout is one major culprit. Many who have left have simply thrown in the towel because they felt overwhelmed, in danger and unable to deliver care at the level they expect for themselves. Low clinical staffing levels, in turn, make it even more likely that those who stay … Continue reading “3 Strategies for Reducing Burnout in Your Staff”

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2022 Carol Emmott Foundation Annual Meeting

Chicago, here we come! Mark your calendar for the 2022 Annual Carol Emmott Foundation Meeting. We’re gathering in person in the Windy City on Wednesday, March 2. We’re so glad for the opportunity to meet face-to-face again (following recommended pandemic guidelines). The events include: The 2022 Christine Malcolm Symposium will focus on the Power of Community. This year’s featured alumnae speakers are: Carolyn Carpenter, MHA, FACHE ’17, President, Johns Hopkins National Capital Region, Johns Hopkins Health System in Maryland Kenyatta Elliott, MBA, MHA ’21, Associate Vice President of Duke Primary Care, Duke University Health System in North Carolina Jennifer Nickoles, … Continue reading “2022 Carol Emmott Foundation Annual Meeting”

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22 Women Healthcare Leaders Welcomed into The Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Felisa Schneider, COO felisa@carolemmottfoundation.org November 4, 2021—Twenty-two women leaders representing public and private healthcare systems, state departments of health, payers, and academic medical centers across the country were welcomed into the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2022. The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a signature initiative of The Carol Emmott Foundation, established in 2016, dedicated to inclusive gender equity at the highest levels of healthcare leadership and governance. The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a prestigious, 14-month experience for exceptional, innovative women leaders who are making lasting change in their communities and institutions, and serving as exemplary advocates for … Continue reading “22 Women Healthcare Leaders Welcomed into The Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2022”

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What we are reading: McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace

Gayle Capozzalo, executive director of The Equity Collaborative, an initiative of The Carol Emmott Foundation, shares her thoughts on the McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace study that came out in September 2021: McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace, the largest study of the state of women in corporate American, published its 2021 report in September 2021.  A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, women have made important gains in representation, especially in senior leadership, but the pandemic continues to take a toll. Women are rising to the moment as stronger leaders, taking on more work, and more often doing … Continue reading “What we are reading: McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace”

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A Fellowship’s Impact on the Networks of Women Healthcare Leaders

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”

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Navigating and Initiating New Norms in the Workplace

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"

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Ending Health Inequities Begins With Healthcare Leadership

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”

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Modern Healthcare Recognizes Women Influencers in Healthcare

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”

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The Carol Emmott Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

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”

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Healthcare Systems Have an Imperative to Advance Gender Equity

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”

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On this Giving Tuesday, we want to say thanks…

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.

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21 Women Healthcare Leaders Welcomed into The Carol Emmott Fellowship

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”

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Wow.

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.”

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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”

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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

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Congratulations! CEF Allies Among Nation’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives

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.

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Black Lives Matter

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.

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COVID-19, the Moment in Time for Women in Health Care

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.

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The Carol Emmott Foundation announces new CEO, expanded programs

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.

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21 distinguished health leaders awarded Carol Emmott Fellowships

Fellows selected for Class of 2020 represent diverse skills and backgrounds but share a proven ability to effect change.

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Introducing The Equity Collaborative: Video

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.

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Accelerating the Path Forward for Women as Leaders in Healthcare

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. 

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Association Sponsor of Modern Healthcare’s Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference

The Carol Emmott Fellowship is pleased to be an Association Sponsor of Modern Healthcare’s 2019 Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference.

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18 women leaders selected for class of 2019

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. 

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Women Leaders in Health Making a Difference

In this video, members of the Carol Emmott Fellowship’s class of 2018 talk about how the program is shaping their careers, expanding their professional networks, and how their impact projects are making a difference.

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Fellowship Always Evolving

The Carol Emmott Fellowship supports outstanding health leaders as they stretch outside of their usual roles to expand their influence and national visibility. Fellows venture beyond their job descriptions, beyond their institutions, and beyond their existing networks while expanding their leadership capabilities as they move through the 14-month program.  

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18 women leaders selected for class of 2018

Carol Emmott Fellows are chosen for their potential to make an impact and advance to senior executive roles in health.  

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In Their Words: Professional Development

Carol Emmott Fellows share their insights on the glass ceiling, isolation vs. integration in addressing gender equity, helping rural minority populations, motivating front-line managers and providing support functions with a fresh perspective.

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In Their Words: Video

The Carol Emmott Fellowship’s class of 2016/17 share their experiences and insights on professional development in this video.

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Progress Report: Q&A with the Executive Director

Christine Malcolm, executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship, provides an update on the program’s progress in its first year and shares future plans.

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Announcing Inaugural Class of the Carol Emmott Fellowship for Women Leaders in Health

Fifteen dynamic and innovative women from across the US have been selected to the inaugural class of the Carol Emmott Fellowship (CEF), a cutting-edge program based at the Public Health Institute which accelerates the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health.

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Case For Change

Articles and resources about gender parity and the case for change.

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