Women Physicians Lead: Don’t Be Afraid of Being First with Dr. Airica Steed

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Women Physicians Lead: Don’t Be Afraid of Being First with Dr. Airica Steed

September 7, 2022

Women Physicians Lead: Don’t Be Afraid of Being First with Dr. Airica Steed

My guest, Dr. Airica Steed serves as the “first minority appointed” System Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Sinai Chicago Health System and flagship President of Mount Sinai & Sinai Children’s Hospital. There she is charged with leading strategy and operations for 4 acute, post-acute, and specialty care hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group/physician enterprise comprised of over 4,000 caregivers and 800 physicians. She has made monumental groundbreaking advancements in advancing health equity and eradicating healthcare disparities across marginalized communities.

Dr. Steed is a highly accomplished and award-winning transformational healthcare executive with over 20 years of exceptional leadership skills and a proven track record of driving results and execution excellence, including recognition as Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare”, “Top 25 Healthcare Innovators” and “Up & Comer”; Diversity MBA Magazine “Top 100 Executive Leaders Under 50”; and Becker’s Hospital Review “Top 130 Female Healthcare Leaders to Know”, “75 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know”, and “Rising Star”. 

She is an avid speaker on both a national and international level and a published author. She received her Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D) with distinction, Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and numerous certifications, including Organizational Development & Leadership, Master Black Belt and International Trainer in Lean Six Sigma, and Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives. On top of her many accolades, her most prized accomplishment is being a devoted mother to 4 children.

In this episode I asked Dr. Steed:

  • Who or what helped shape her career journey as a healthcare leader?
  • What does her role look like as a healthcare executive? Who does she serve and what challenges does she face?
  • Why was it important for her to include and advance physicians as leaders in her organization?
  • What would other organizations need to do to tackle the challenge of increasing diversity in leadership?
  • What tips would you give other women healthcare leaders in terms of putting self-care first?

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-| This episode originally aired on August 19, 2022. Listen, follow and subscribe here.

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