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At Top 25 Minority Executives gala, diversity and inclusion are championed as 'strategic assets'

By | July 25 th,  2018 | Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, leadership, Deanna Banks | Add A Comment

Top25-Banks-2018Furst Group and NuBrick Partners, the companies of MPI, joined with Modern Healthcare recently to honor the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare at the Radisson Blu in Chicago.

 

Deanna Banks (pictured, at right), a Furst Group principal, started the evening off with strong comments about the need for more diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership, noting that they are "strategic assets" that should be deployed for maximum impact.

 

She recounted stories of how Top 25 honorees like Pam Sutton-Wallace, CEO of the University of Virginia Medical Center, and Gene Woods, CEO of Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System), led efforts to bring healing to their communities after racial turmoil.

 

"We encourage you to use your unique abilities and voices to continue educating and motivating our industry to be accountable for diversity and inclusion," she concluded. "Talk is not enough; actions drive forward momentum."

 

Watch this space for interviews throughout 2018 with many of the honorees. Please click here to read articles on previous honorees in the two Top 25 awards programs promoting diversity.

 

2018 Top 25 Minority Executives

 

Click here to see the entire list and find articles and other resources.

  

 

Furst Group principal Deanna Banks to speak at ACHE

By | March 24 th,  2017 | Healthcare, American College of Healthcare Executives, Hilton, talent, Blog, Congress, executive search, Deanna Banks | Add A Comment

 

Deanna Banks, principal of Furst Group and a longtime mentor to many healthcare executives, will be one of the presenters for “Executive Search in Healthcare,” a seminar scheduled as part of the 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership on Tuesday, March 28, in Chicago.

 

Joining Banks as a presenter will be Stephanie J. Underwood of Tyler & Company and Barry R. Cesafsky of CES Partners Ltd. The trio will share their personal perspectives on why some executives are chosen repeatedly for new and better jobs while others are overlooked.

 

The session is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago. The Congress is presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

Banks joined Furst Group’s East Coast practice as a vice president in 1998, was promoted to a Principal in 2006, and now has an ownership interest in Furst Group. Deanna founded the firm’s Washington, D.C., office where she serves a national client base, placing executives and providing talent counsel to many of the premier health systems and health plans in the country.

 

For more information on American College of Healthcare Executives Congress, visit www.ache.org/congress.

 

Diverse governance is a key to population health

By | March 18 th,  2016 | American Hospital Association, Furst Group, population health, governance, Blog, board of directors, diversity, Trustee magazine, Deanna Banks | Add A Comment

 

Classic content from Trustee magazine and Furst Group:

 

"From allocating capital funds to improving community health status, the diverse makeup of the service area has to be factored into decisions, and trustees steeped in the unique factors of that diversity are essential..."

 

That's the beginning premise of a recent article in Trustee magazine from the American Hospital Association on why diversity in the board room is pivotal for organizations seeking to understand and equip their leadership teams to achieve success in population health.

 

Without diversity, notes Furst Group principal Deanna Banks in the article, "What you get is a group-think. You've got similar-minded people from a singular exposure making decisions on behalf of things for which they lack insight and understanding -- and sometimes empathy."

 

Kelvin Westbrook, chair of BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, shares a memorable experience he had years ago about the "shoe test."

 

"If you look under the table and you don't have a diversity of shoes, you're probably going to get a much narrower perspective on what can and cannot work."

 

To read the complete article, click here.

 

 

Banks to speak on healthcare executive careers at ACHE Congress

By | March 11 th,  2015 | executive careers, Furst Group, ACHE Congress, American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, Blog, executive search, recruiting, Deanna Banks | Add A Comment

 

Deanna Banks, principal of Furst Group and a longtime mentor to many healthcare executives, will be one of the presenters for “Executive Search in Healthcare,” a lively symposium scheduled as part of the ACHE's 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership on Tuesday, March 17, in Chicago.

 

Joining Banks as a presenter will be Mindy Kairey of Russell Reynolds Associates. Dennis Kain of Tyler & Co. will moderate the session, which is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The venue will be the Boulevard A-C room on the hotel’s second floor.

 

Banks joined Furst Group’s East Coast practice as a vice president in 1998, was promoted to a Principal in 2006, and now has an ownership interest in Furst Group. Deanna founded the firm’s Washington, D.C., office where she serves a national client base that has placed executives at several of the top 25 hospitals consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. She has successfully placed enterprise leaders, regional presidents, chief executive officers, division heads, and operations, finance, human capital, and clinical leaders who are transforming the industry through their innovative leadership in this new era shaped by the Affordable Care Act.

 

For more information on American College of Healthcare Executives Congress, visit www.ache.org/congress.

 

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