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Be True to You

Meet Our Guest: Ashley Thompson serves as the Senior Vice President for Public Policy Analysis and Development at the American Hospital Association (AHA). Since 2015, she has been instrumental in providing direction and oversight for the formation and promotion of the AHA's policy positions. Ashley leads the formal policy development process of the AHA, which includes gathering input from prominent hospital leaders to address issues related to advocacy, public policy, and field leadership. Her tenure with the AHA spans over two decades, during which she has held various roles in shaping policy.Key Insights: Ashley Thompson discusses the current state of the healthcare landscape and the challenges faced by hospitals and the workforce.● Post-Pandemic. Ashley suggests that the pivot out of the pandemic should be used as an opportunity to change the way healthcare is delivered and financed in order to increase access, quality, patient satisfaction, and decrease the overall cost of care.● Lemons into Lemonade. After facing some discrimination as a woman in the workplace and being seen as an assistant despite her qualifications, Ashley sees these experiences as opportunities to carve her own path and make a difference.● Being True. Mentors and influencers that have made a difference in her career gave Ashley opportunities and taught her valuable lessons about being authentic and genuine, as well as the importance of flexibility.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.Relevant Links: Read Ashley’s Q&AVisit the AHA’s website
February 1, 2023

Unapologetically Ambitious

Meet Our Guest: Meet Shellye Archambeau, an accomplished CEO and Board Director who has a history of success in building brands, leading high-performance teams and growing organizations. With her experience as the former CEO of MetricStream, Archambeau currently holds board positions at major companies such as Verizon, Roper Technologies and Okta. Additionally, she serves as a strategic advisor for Forbes Ignite and holds the position of President of Arizona State University. Archambeau also lends her expertise to non-profit organizations Catalyst and Braven as a board member. Her book, "Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms" offers inspiration and practical tools to help readers navigate the challenges and trade-offs of creating the life they want.Key Insights: Shellye Archambeau discusses her book "Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms" and offers valuable advice to other aspiring leaders on recognizing opportunities, finding mentors, and creating effective networks.● From 16 to CEO. Shelley had a desire to become CEO at the age of 16 after her involvement in various clubs and organizations developed a desire for leadership.● Strength and Resilience. After being a minority in business her entire life, Shellye was able to use this to her advantage when it came to operational skills in unique roles. It was what set her apart from others and gave her insight to a different mindset in business.● Be Comfortable With the Uncomfortable. Taking risks isn’t always comfortable. Shellye advises women to be sure to take calculated risks because if you don’t, you’ll miss out on opportunities and rewards.This episode is hosted by Gary Bisbee, Ph.D., MBA​, Founder, Chairman & CEO Think Medium.Relevant Links: Check out Shellye’s websiteFollow Shellye on TwitterOrder a copy of Shellye’s book
January 25, 2023

Leading with Purpose

Meet Our Guest: Marylou Sudders is the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she oversees 12 state agencies and the MassHealth program, with a combined budget of over $27 billion and 22,000 public employees. As a social worker, she is committed to the health and well-being of Massachusetts residents and addressing equity and reforming behavioral health care. In March 2020, she was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to lead the state’s COVID-19 Response Command Center and under her leadership, Massachusetts stood up robust in-state testing capacity, a nation-leading contact tracing program, and a nationally acclaimed data reporting system. Currently, Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccine administration.Key Insights: Marylou Sudders discusses her role as social worker who is committed to the health and well-being of Massachusetts residents, with a focus on addressing equity and reforming behavioral health care to improve access to care.● Leading With a Purpose. Her mother's struggle with depression and subsequent death had a profound impact on MaryLou and led her to want to understand and work on breaking down barriers in mental health and healthcare in general.● Women Supporting Women. Marylou points out that she was always willing to step up and take on leadership roles, but she sought out mentors, particularly women, who opened doors of opportunity for her.● Rolling Out the Solution. In March 2020, she was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to lead the state’s COVID-19 Response Command Center and under her leadership, Massachusetts stood up robust in-state testing capacity, a nation-leading contact tracing program, and a nationally acclaimed data reporting system.This episode is hosted by Sandra Fenwick, Former CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital.Relevant Links: Read about Marylou SuddersFollow her on Twitter 
January 18, 2023

The Non-Linear Path to Success

Meet Our Guest: Sian Beilock is a cognitive scientist by training and serves as the eighth President of Barnard College at Columbia University, and the President-Elect of Dartmouth College. As one of the most selective academic institutions in the United States, Barnard College is devoted to empowering exceptional women to change the world and the way we think about it.Key Insights: Sian Beilock emphasizes the importance of learning and listening when taking on a new leadership role, and finding the "low hanging fruit" that can help to move the organization forward.● Empowering Women in STEM. The opportunity to lead Barnard College because it focused on empowering women and promoting academic excellence was a major factor in Sian’s decision to take on the role of President.● No One’s Path is Linear. At Barnard, she has focused on supporting students and alumni in their career journeys, particularly women who may take non-linear paths to be a vocal advocate for issues related to women in leadership and the workplace, writing op-eds and articles on the subject.● On Handling Failures. She advises young women that it is important to be self-compassionate and to treat oneself like a good friend, especially when faced with challenges or setbacks.This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. is the CEO and President of Dartmouth Health.Relevant Links: Check out Sian Beilock’s websiteRead her article "I was elected to become the first woman to lead Dartmouth in over 250 years–and I still doubt myself. Here’s why that’s a good thing"Check out her articles on Forbes
January 11, 2023

Define Your Own Path

Meet Our Guest: Angelika Fretzen, Ph.D., M.B.A. is the Wyss Institute’s Technology Translation Director and COO. She earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and gained postdoctoral experience in the laboratory of Professor Gregory Verdine at Harvard University. Following her academic training, Dr. Fretzen pursued her M.B.A. at Suffolk University, Boston, and subsequently held leadership positions at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and at Catabasis Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where she was Senior Vice President of Product Development.Key Insights: Dr. Fretzen discusses her experience of being a woman in STEM and how she encourages younger generations to join the STEM community.● From Germany to Harvard. Dr. Fretzen was young when she took interest in STEM. She quickly realized this was seen as an unorthodox path growing up in Germany, but nevertheless prevailed and made it to her current position at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.● A Career In Chemistry. Going from industry to academia, she enjoyed this career turn. Her industry experience enabled her to gain a deep understanding of the processes involved in developing and de-risking therapeutic products from pre-clinical stages to the clinical market.● The Only Woman in The Room. Dr. Fretzen’s impressive and innovative career has sometimes caused her to be the only woman in the room. Even if this was sometimes a difficult path to forge, she believes that no matter what you do, be sure to follow your passion.This episode is hosted by Sandra Fenwick, Former CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital.Relevant Links: Read more about Angelika FretzenWyss Institute at Harvard University
January 4, 2023

Assessing Executive Potential

Meet Alexis Stiles: Alexis Stiles leads Spencer Stuart’s Global Healthcare Practice. She is also a member of the Firm’s CEO and Board Practices and currently chairs the firm’s Nominations Committee. Prior to Spencer Stuart, she was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company. She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Michigan.Key Insights: Alexis Stiles discusses career progressions and how women in leadership can be supported by others.● Advising and Recruiting CEOs. The role of a consultant has evolved in the 25 years that Alexis has worked in the healthcare industry. She now leads Spencer Stuart’s Global Healthcare Practice spanning the firm’s work in all aspects of healthcare.● How COVID Has Affected Leadership. The burnout of frontline staff is requiring CEOs to be more engaged and visible with what is going on in the organization. Many health systems are looking for their leader to be clear around their mission and vision.● Advice to Young Leaders. Deliberately think about your career and have goals in mind. That being said, don't be so stuck on those goals that you don't take opportunities that come your way.This episode is hosted by Gary Bisbee, Ph.D. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Think Medium.Relevant Links: ○ Read more about Alexis Stiles ○ Read “Spotlight on Innovation at the 2022 Health Evolution Summit” By Alexis Stiles
December 28, 2022

Her Story

Her Story is developed by women for women to share stories that expand their vision of what is possible as healthcare leaders. Hosted by Her Story Advisory Council.
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Ceci Connolly

Joanne M. Conroy, M.D.

Joanne M. Conroy, M.D.

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Kristi Ebong

Julie Gerberding, M.D.

Julie Gerberding, M.D.

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