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.
During a recent panel discussion, three highly respected leaders — Tanya Townsend, Chuck Christian and Cletis Earle — pulled back the curtain and what they’ve learned about what it takes to cultivate strong relationships, and why it has become so important.
“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.
Promoting diversity across healthcare and moving toward a more level playing field is going to take more than simply throwing money at the problem. “We need to do a deep dive to figure this out,” says CIO Cletis Earle.
If we really want to address the lack of diversity in healthcare IT, it has to be a community effort led by CIOs of different races and genders, said Cletis Earle in a recent interview. “We all have to be at the table.”