Session Details

42H - Purposely Creating an Inclusive Culture: Focusing on an Intersectional Approach to a Culture of Belonging

Tuesday, March 21

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Research published by McKinsey, Harvard Business Review and healthcare journals confirms that organizations with greater leadership diversity—gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation—are more innovative, collaborative and higher performing. These organizations perform better than average in return on equity, EBIT, earnings per share and stock price appreciation. In healthcare, data show that diversity of leadership leads to greater employee recruitment, retention, engagement, and a better patient experience and quality outcomes. Despite this research, the latest McKinsey Women in the Workplace Survey documents that while women make up 76% of entry-level positions in healthcare organizations, they make up only 33% of the C-suite and 27% of board seats, of which 91% and 89%, respectively, are white women.

This educational session will focus on the intersection of gender and race to describe the inclusion policies, behaviors and education that will benefit all. What leaders can do to dismantle structural bias that inhibits inclusion will be addressed, in addition to the roles unconscious bias and stereotyping play in preventing progress. This interactive session will include a panel discussion to understand how leaders working to create cultures of inclusion and belonging to retain their workforce and provide better experiences for their patients.

The Equity Collaborative, part of the Carol Emmott Foundation, is a learning community of large healthcare organizations committed to making cultural and structural changes to move toward more inclusive cultures that support more women and women of color in their leadership pipelines.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the case for greater gender and racial equity in healthcare leadership to create high-performing organizations.
  • Enhance your and your organization’s ability to reduce gender and racial bias and create cultures of inclusion, belonging and accountability.

Presented By

Gayle Capozzalo, FACHE

Gayle Capozzalo, FACHE

Executive Director, The Equity Collaborative

Carol Emmott Foundation
Gina Calder, FACHE

Gina Calder, FACHE


BJC St. Charles County
Sheila A. Dugan, MD

Sheila A. Dugan, MD

Professor/Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rush University Medical Center
Valerie L. Powell-Stafford, FACHE

Valerie L. Powell-Stafford, FACHE


Northside Hospital