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NAHSE, Bluford events support diversity and inclusion

By | June 21 st,  2018 | diversity, leadership, inclusion | Add A Comment



Panelists discuss venture-capital investment at the NAHSE gathering.


Furst Group Principal Deanna Banks recently spoke at both the NAHSE CEO Conference and the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute.


At the NAHSE gathering, leaders such as Gene Woods, CEO of Atrium Health, and Pam Sutton-Wallace, CEO of the University of Virginia Medical Center, recounted racially charged events in their cities where healthcare executives took the lead to bring understanding and healing to the community.


Banks took part in a session examining the need for private equity and venture capital investors to back diverse entrepreneurs.


Diversity is a strategic asset for organizations that find themselves leading the discussion in today’s tumultuous culture,” Banks says. “We had a very robust discussion with industry pioneers in innovation about how to attract the attention of venture capitalists.”


At the Bluford Institute, diverse leaders from throughout the U.S. healthcare industry speak to healthcare students from historically black colleges and universities about strategies for success in their chosen field. Banks joined leaders such as Woods, Henry Ford Health System CEO Wright Lassiter, CHI leader Kevin Lofton and Ascension CEO Pat Maryland as speakers. Banks counseled students on how to create their own personal brand as a platform for success. 



For additional resources and articles on diversity visit our Guide to Diversity and Inclusion.


ACHE report on diversity: The more that things change...

By | October 9 th,  2015 | disparities, Healthcare, American College of Healthcare Executives, Blog, diversity, leadership, inclusion | Add A Comment




Every five or six years, the American College of Healthcare Executives conducts a new survey on diversity and inclusion in healthcare as it relates to leadership of our industry.


Its new report, by Leslie Athey, starts with a pretty candid preamble, essentially saying, "We've been talking about the lack of diversity at the top in healthcare for years. Why another survey?" Then it answers its own question: Because things haven't changed.


According to the survey, racial and ethnic disparities are very much alive in the healthcare industry today. African-American respondents indicate their salaries are lower than those of their white counterparts. "Further," says ACHE, "minority respondents were less likely to report that race relations in their organizations were good and more likely to report their careers had been negatively impacted by discrimination."


The article can be found in the September/October issue of Healthcare Executive magazine. For the full special report, click here.


ACHE notes that strides have been made, but there is still a long way to go. That's also the reason we continue to sponsor the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare and the Top 25 Women in Healthcare awards for Modern Healthcare. We haven't arrived yet as an industry. The message still needs to be repeated. Leaders of healthcare organizations should reflect the communities and members they serve; statistics show that companies with diverse leadership perform better than those that don't. It's as simple as that.


Read our Guide on increasing workplace diversity and inclusion to learn more.

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