Although Jackie Robinson courageously broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, the fight for equality was just beginning for the civil rights advocate – and continues to impact leaders today.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, we offer perspectives from some of the most influential women in the industry on the obstacles they’ve faced, the progress that has been made, and the advice they offer to others.
“To be successful, we need diverse opinions and diverse experiences represented,” said Tanya Townsend. In a recent interview, she talked about her goals as CHIME Board Chair, why having “shoulders to lean on” is critical, and the biggest lessons learned from Covid.
John Henderson, who holds the distinction of being the first African-American executive at CHOC Children’s, opens up about the advice that stopped him in his tracks, the importance of communicating the right away, and why hiring is such a critical aspect of leadership.
“If you’re not making someone uncomfortable, you’re not moving the needle,” said Cherodeep Goswami, who spoke on a panel about how healthcare IT leaders can foster discussions about diversity and inclusion.