Women in Healthcare Leadership: Closing the Gender Gap

An Independent HealthLeaders Media report

While women make up 80% of the healthcare workforce, a recent study conducted by JAMA Network Open* found that only 15.3% of CEOs in health systems are women. Additionally, only 17.5% of board of director chairpersons are women.

Unfortunately, this disparity is seen across upper leadership in hospitals and health systems, even with the increased integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into healthcare organizations.

In this roundtable discussion, Alisahah Jackson, MD, system vice president of population health and policy for CommonSpirit Health; Chrisie Scott, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Virtua Health; Annette Walker, president of City of Hope Orange County; and Lisa Shannon, CEO of Allina Health, shared how they became the inspiring leaders they are today and how they help lift up other women who aspire to rise in the healthcare ranks to close the healthcare leadership gender gap.

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