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56 – Diversity Candidates Journeys to the C-Suite: A Practical Approach

Tuesday, March 24th

About the Session

This session will be held at the Swissôtel Chicago; includes a 15-minute break.

This seminar will begin with a review of the current status of diversity in the C-suite within the United States healthcare system, primarily drawing upon ACHE research reports on healthcare executive diversity. With this material as background, current diverse C-suite executives will describe the four major C-suite roles—CEO, CMO, COO and CNO—and give specific examples of how these positions are acquired. They will highlight the triumphs and challenges that today’s diversity careerists may encounter.

You will then receive practical information on how to best prepare yourself for a successful journey to the C-suite. Topics covered will include interviewing, branding, networking, leadership and special programs (for example, ACHE’s Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program and programs offered through the National Association of Health Services Executives and National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives). Tools and services available through ACHE’s Career Resources Center (for example, CareerEdge and various self-assessments) will be noted. The seminar also will focus on certain challenges diverse aspiring executives must acknowledge and learn to manage, such as stereotype threat, cultural barriers and microaggressions. The session will end with an interactive question-and-answer segment for the audience to engage with all the speakers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the status of diversity within the C-suite and review career paths to the: CEO, CMO, CNO and COO positions.
  • Review cultural barriers diverse executives face and how to overcome them.


Presented By

Raul H. Zambrano, MD, FACHE

Senior Medical Director
Oak Street Health

Lily Henson, MD, FACHE

Medical Director, General Neurology
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Larry D. Chadwick, FACHE

Vice President, Hospital Operations
The Metrohealth System

Sally A. Hurt-Deitch, RN, FACHE

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Paula Autrey

Lutheran Hospital