47: Enduring Leadership: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, with Quentin P. Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Banner Health
Meet Quentin P. Smith Jr.:
Quentin P. Smith Jr. is the Chairman of the Banner Health Board of Directors and is President of Cadre Business Advisors, LLC. Quentin has also served on the boards of Store Capital, Orion Group Holdings, Arizona Public Service, Rodel, Inc., iCrossing, Arizona MultiBank, Greater Phoenix Leadership, and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. He received Bachelor’s in industrial management and computer science from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Leadership is timeless. Quentin P. Smith Jr. shares his leadership experience in healthcare, and expands the conversation to his father, Quentin P. Smith, an original Tuskegee Airman.
- Becoming a Tuskegee Airman. Quentin reveals that his father wasn’t driven by an interest in being a pilot, rather he wanted to demonstrate to white Americans that Black Americans are equally capable of flying planes. (10:55)
- Duty to Community Service. As chairman of Banner Health’s board, Quentin sees his primary mission as community service and being a good fiduciary of a community asset. His job is to provide guidance towards the mission, and ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute. (28:07)
- Assume You Can Lead. Leadership comes in many forms. Don’t underestimate yourself, and assume you have the capacity to lead first. (35:47)