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59H – The Business Case for Diversity

Tuesday, March 24th

About the Session

As in other sectors, the proportion of women in the healthcare industry decreases as the responsibility level of the job rises. The share of white women in entry-level positions is 41 percent compared to 26 percent at the C-suite level. And the gap for women of color is even greater. During this seminar, the faculty don’t want to simplify the challenge by asserting that women make better leaders than men. Instead, they will stress that greater representation by women and attention to the environment at the top of an organization allows everyone to be empowered, engaged, included and respected in their pursuit of improving health and healthcare for the greater community. Diversity among a group of problem solvers improves the quality of solutions, especially when the problems are complex. Public companies with more diversity in management or on boards see higher returns. Beyond the benefits of broader perspectives, leaders with diverse backgrounds also shape the culture of their organizations both implicitly and explicitly. You will review data, discuss cultural challenges and review how organizations are tackling this issue nationally.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and interpret data highlighting the lack of women leaders across industries.
  • Examine the unconscious bias and micro-inequities that impede the development of women leaders and understand the organizational interventions that work.


Presented By

Joanne Conroy, MD

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health