Members and guests of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) got some candid advice on career and leadership development from a recent panel of industry executives at Northwestern University.
Panelists for “2018 C-Suite Roundtable-Lessons in Leadership” included:
- Adrienne White-Faines, CEO, American Osteopathic Association
- Barrett Hatches, CEO, Chicago Family Health Center
- Donnica Austin-Cathey, Vice President of Operations, Acute Care Hospitals, Sinai Health System
- Tim Page, CEO, Kindred Hospital
NAHSE Chicago President Philip Burton moderated the discussion, while the event was spearheaded by Tiara Muse, Director of Research for Furst Group and chair of NAHSE Chicago’s Planning Committee.
The C-suite executives offered four key takeaways for upwardly mobile healthcare leaders:
- Hatches, who has a heavy travel schedule in leading a national association, said that being a CEO can be isolating at times, and that she is “thankful for a supportive spouse and friends.”
- Austin-Cathey noted the decisions that women executives face throughout careers when they choose to have a family.
“There were opportunities presented to me, but I passed them up to be a mom,” she said. “Figure out what is most important for you.”
- All of them reflected on their experiences with their boards, with Page noting that boards are keenly aware of the non-verbal messaging that executives convey.
“When you are confident, they will let you lead,” he said. “If not, they will manage you.”
- Hatches reiterated a common them among healthcare leaders: the importance of mentors and sponsors.
“A mentor is someone you can choose,” he said. “A sponsor chooses you.” With senior leaders championing his candidacy for several promotions, it helped to accelerate his career in a big way, he said.
Several events are planned in the coming months by NAHSE Chicago, including a new member luncheon July 21 and “Addressing Healthcare Disparities Through Managed Care.” For details, visit www.nahsechicago.com or contact Tiara Muse.