A Voice at the Table

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A Voice at the Table

In this episode, Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, speaks with Melinda L. Estes, M.D., President and CEO, Saint Luke’s Health System. They discuss strategies for navigating the…
November 2, 2022

A Voice at the Table

Meet Melinda Estes:

Melinda Estes, MD is president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System. She is also a board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist. Dr. Estes served as 2020 chair of American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Prior to Saint Luke’s, Dr. Estes was president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care as well as CEO of Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Estes received a bachelor’s from Sam Houston State University, an M.D. from the University of Texas, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


Key Insights:

Melinda Estes, M.D. reflects on her leadership career, and explores how we can bring more women to the table.


  • 60% Is Good Enough. Dr. Estesencourages women to take on opportunities they may not be 100% qualified for. However, still always come prepared, you may still be held to a higher standard compared to your male colleagues. 
  • Finding a Good Mentor. Good mentors listen, give advice, act as a resource, and have some sense of what you are going through in your career. Also know that you need to actively seek out mentors.
  • Advice for Young Leaders. If Dr. Estes could give her younger self some advice, it would be that patience is a virtue. Sometimes it just takes time for things to come your way.   


This episode is hosted by Nancy Howell Agee. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and Chief Executive Officer of Carilion Clinic.


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