Trailblazing Leadership

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Trailblazing Leadership

In this episode, Gary speaks with Joanne Conroy, M.D., President and CEO, Dartmouth Health. Dr. Conroy is chair-elect of the American Hospital Association, and they discussed key issues related to…
September 21, 2022

Trailblazing Leadership

Meet Joanne Conroy, M.D.:

Joanne Conroy, M.D. is the CEO and President of Dartmouth Health. She was also recently elected by the American Hospital Association (AHA) to be their chair-elect designate. Prior to Dartmouth Health, Dr. Conroy served as CEO of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (formerly the Lahey Clinic). She also served as Chief Health Care Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Conroy received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and an M.D. from the University of South Carolina.


Key Insights:

Dr. Conroy discusses her overarching vision for leadership and change in healthcare.


  • Career Advice. Dr. Conroy tells every woman on a leadership trajectory that they need to have an appetite for personal and professional risk and be willing to move. Have that conversation with your family unit about what career progression and balance would look like. 
  • Broadening Horizons. For women that can’t move, Dr. Conroy recommends broadening your scope, and looking for opportunities outside of your organization. There may be opportunities for leadership in your community. Most important is to fulfill that role with purpose, and when achieve your goals don’t feel shy about telling others.
  • Equity of Opportunity. To develop the next generation of women leaders requires developing leadership training and programing to identify future leaders, as well as creating opportunities for those people to demonstrate their leadership. Training isn’t useful without the opportunity to apply it.


This episode is hosted by Gary Bisbee, Ph.D. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Think Medium.


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