Diversity Resource Library

Below you will find several articles and links to additional resources surrounding the topic of Diversity and Inclusion. These topics include supporting diversity and inclusion, developing divers teams that can deliver innovation, success and profitability, as well as reports on the current status of diversity in the workplace.  


Go to Article: Making a Case for Gender Diversity: Women in Healthcare Leadership


Go to Women Leaders in Healthcare


Go to Article: Diverse Teams Deliver Innovation, Success and Profitability


Go to Top 25 Executives - Interviews and Articles


Go to Additional Resources




Article: Making the Case for Gender Diversity: Women in Healthcare Leadership



The American people have spoken. A majority want more women leaders in business and politics, even though they also believe women typically have to work harder to prove their skills and have more obstacles on their way to the top. In fact, 54 percent say gender discrimination plays a large role in why there aren’t more women in positions of executive leadership.


Those are some of the results from a fascinating new study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Their implications are implicit: Pressure is growing for better gender and ethnic diversity in every sphere of public life.


As longtime sponsors of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare leadership awards curated by Modern Healthcare, we have seen the momentum and the drumbeat growing for this type of sea change. While challenges certainly remain – the number of women who are employed as CEOs of the companies in the S&P 500 is declining instead of increasing – we remain optimistic that transformation is in the offing.


The corporate world can be slow assimilating societal changes, yet society is clamoring for more women in leadership. According to Pew, Americans view women leaders as better than male leaders in:

  • Creating a safe and respectful workplace

  • Valuing people from different backgrounds

  • Considering the societal impacts of major decisions

  • Mentoring young employees

  • Providing fair pay and good benefits

While male leaders get the nod in people’s perceptions that they are ... Read the full article here.




Women Leaders in Healthcare

MPI Women Leaders

The women leaders of Furst Group


Since 2009, Furst Group has been proud to sponsor the Top 25 Women in Healthcare awards for Modern Healthcare. We also sponsor the Women Leaders in Healthcare conference for MH. Study after study demonstrates that diversity in leadership, be it ethnic or gender, produces organizations that function better, more closely mirror and represent their communities, and generate more profit.


Simply put, the future is diverse. In our work, we experience that reality every day as both a statistical fact and an operational imperative. A diversity of thought and experiences produces better outcomes.


In the next 10 years, about one billion women are expected to enter the global workforce. What kind of culture do we want them to create? According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), gender-diverse businesses not only perform better financially but also “demonstrate superior team dynamics and productivity.” Many of the CEOs and boards we interact with daily yearn for such outcomes at their own companies.


Teams with an equal number of women are well-rounded. The NCWIT also cited a Lehman Brothers study that revealed “gender-balanced teams were the most likely to experiment, be creative, share knowledge and fulfill tasks.” That’s a great recipe for innovation.


All of this, naturally, leads to a better bottom line as well. A recent study of 22,000 publicly traded companies around the world by the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that companies with more women executives simply performed better financially. This concurs with other research. In fact, McKinsey notes that $28 trillion could be added to the global economy if women played an equal role to men in their organizations.


These are all important reasons to support women leaders. They are building diverse teams who are nimble, responsive and innovative – teams willing to take risks to improve healthcare for all of us.




Innovation. Success. Profitability.

Diverse teams deliver.

Over the years, as a source for building diverse teams, we have written articles and curated resources that help us add value to conversations throughout the healthcare industry. Below you will find these resources, as well as others that we will be adding in the future.


Article: Diverse teams deliver innovation, success and profitability.

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Commitment to diversity is a sound business practice. In fact, the evidence from many studies indicates organizations that are committed to diversity in their leadership ranks are better run and more profitable than those that aren’t. Whether you lead hospitals, health insurers, or healthcare services corporations, it’s simply smart business to have a variety of experiences and intellectual expertise around a leadership table where decisions are made. Companies that don’t heed this business practice face a very real risk of being left behind in the rapidly changing world of healthcare.


According to a Harvard Business Review article by David Rock and Heidi Grant, diversity is a reliable engine for innovation. They point to a British study that shows … Read the full article here.




2018 Top 25 Executives in Healthcare

Each year, we conduct in-depth interviews with selected honorees to bring you insights into their success in career and life. Please scroll down and click to read the articles.




To see the additional interviews and articles, click on the links above or click here. 




 Additional Diversity Resources