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Meet Leslie Norwalk:Leslie Norwalk serves as Strategic Counsel for Epstein Becker & Green. She sits on the boards of directors of Arvinas, ModivCare, Neurocrine Biosciences, NuVasive, and several privately held health care corporations. Leslie is also a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council. Previously, Leslie served the Bush Administration as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Wellesley College and a J.D. from George Mason University.  Key Insights:Leslie Norwalk provides career insights, as well as a perspective on the implementation of Medicare Part D.  Testifying for CMS. Leslie had to testify before Congress on multiple occasions. She recommends answering questions as straightforward, truthfully, and informationally as possible. Remember that your audience is broader than the person asking the question.Ignore the Bias. As a rule, Leslie tries to ignore the fact that there is gender bias. However, she still knows it exists, and always tries to be the most prepared person in the room.Sponsorship. Leslie thinks sponsorship may be as important if not more important than mentorship. To get on her first board of directors, someone sponsored Leslie and introduced her to the right people. This episode is hosted by Julie Gerberding, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Relevant Links:Read more about Leslie NorwalkRead “Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Recognized by 2023 Best Lawyers for Excellence in the Legal Profession” 
November 30, 2022
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The Power of a Mentor

Meet Lisa Simpson:Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch. President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Simpson received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and an MPH at the University of Hawaii. Key Insights:Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch. explores the combination of serendipity and hard work that defined her career. Know Your Audience. Dr. Simpson had to learn the power of her words as a leader. It’s important to signal to staff whether an idea is just brainstorming or a directive. The Value of Mentors. Don’t rely on just one mentor. Different mentors can provide unique perspective and advice for different aspects of your career. Additionally, mentors can help you build your network and open doors to more opportunities. Maintaining Network. Essential to Dr. Simpson’s career was not just building her network, but also maintaining her network of mentors and peers. Friendships must be nurtured over time. Don’t forget to reach out to your connections!  This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Relevant Links:Learn more about Lisa Simpson, B.M., B.ChRead “October 2022 Advocacy Update from Lisa Simpson”
November 23, 2022
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Mental Health: Changing Perceptions

Meet the Guests:Stephanie Hartselle, M.D. is a pediatric and adult Psychiatrist and CEO of Hartselle & Associates. Alison Darcy, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of Woebot Health. Solomé Tibebu is a Senior Fellow for Digital Transformation at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a Venture Partner at GreyMater, and Founder and Host of Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech. Key Insights:This episode dives into the current state of mental healthcare in terms of perceptions, practice, and patient choice. Perceptions in Media. Dr. Hartselle is a consultant for big name movie producers, including Harley Quinn’s “Birds of Prey”. She notes a growing interest in Hollywood to represent mental health illnesses more accurately.Treatment Challenges. There is high demand for mental healthcare services. However, Dr. Darcy points out that care practices are archaic and challenging to scale to meet that demand. Investing in Care. Solomé shares that there is more funding, attention, and interest than ever in mental healthcare. Now is the time to make change. This episode is part one of a special two-part series on mental health. Check out part two on Day Zero! Relevant Links:Check out Dr. Hartselle’s full interviewCheck out Dr. Darcy’s full interviewCheck out Solomé Tibebu’s full interview
November 16, 2022
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Send the Ferry Back

Meet Karen Antman:Karen Antman, M.D. is Provost of the Medical Campus and Dean of Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert on breast cancer, mesotheliomas and sarcomas and has written more than 300 journal papers. Previously, Dr. Antman served as Deputy Director for Translational and Clinical Sciences at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.  Key Insights:Karen Antman, M.D. explores her career path and reflects on the skills, experiences, and advice that made her journey possible.  Women Supporting Women. Dr. Antman recounts that she and other women would speak up to reiterate and emphasize each other’s ideas. This ensured that the credit was given where it was due, and their ideas wouldn’t get stolen. Advice from Mentors. Dr. Antmanwas given the adviceto “send back the ferry.” It means that once you’ve achieved something, gotten to the other side, send the ferry back so that other people can achieve what you have. Innovative Research. To an extent, the pandemic leveled the playing field for younger researchers because no one was an expert on COVID-19. Dr. Antman recommends that young researchers finding emerging fields where experts are yet to be established.  This episode is hosted by Sandra Fenwick. She is the former CEO of the Boston Children’s Hospital. Relevant Links:Read more about Dr. AntmanRead “Dr. Karen Antman: A Force Behind Columbia Cancer's Clinical Expansion”
November 9, 2022
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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. Relevant Links:Read more about Melinda Estes, M.D.Read “Dr. Melinda Estes recognized as a 50 Most Influential Physician Executive and Leader by Modern Healthcare
November 2, 2022
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Creating Space for Diversity

Meet Susan Turney:Susan Turney, M.D. is the CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. Previously, she was President and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association. She was also CEO and Executive VP of the Wisconsin Medical Society.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) and for 22 years, Dr. Turney was an internal medicine physician at Marshfield Clinic. Dr. Turney received her bachelor’s from Northland College and her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Key Insights:Susan Turney, M.D. is Marshfield Clinic Health System’s first woman CEO, and is opening the door for the next generation of women leaders in healthcare. Prioritizing Diversity. Organizations need to prioritize having diversity. If it's not a priority, it won't happen. Healthcare faces unique challenges that can only be addressed if there's a diverse workforce. How to Mentor. Mentors identify potential talent and help them find opportunities. However, mentorship doesn’t stop there. Mentors also need to observe the mentee and have follow up conversations. The process should be iterative. Finding Balance. Finding balance between being a parent and being doctor is challenging. One thing that helped Dr. Turney in her career was to not make promises she couldn’t keep; and if she made a promise, she delivered. This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Relevant Links:Read more about Dr. TurneyFollow Dr. Turney on TwitterRead “MCHS names Susan L. Turney as first CEO”
October 26, 2022
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Her ALS Story Leaders: From Diagnosis to Advocacy

Meet the Guests:Since her diagnosis with ALS at age 32, Gwen Petersen has poured her energy into advancing the science of her disease. Gwen is not the stereotypical ALS face; thus, she does a lot of media work to dispel the myth that ALS is an older white man’s disease. Prior to her diagnosis, Gwen worked as a Recruiter for one of the top ten medical centers in the country. Leah Stavenhagen is a globetrotter who began a career in management consulting in Paris at 26. At the same time, she learned that she had ALS. Almost five years after the onset of symptoms, she focuses her energy on advocacy work, having launched Her ALS Story in 2021 to create a network for young females with ALS.  Alexandra Cavaliere spent her 20’s establishing her career as an attorney working in corporate law. When at the age of 28 she was diagnosed with ALS, she began shifting her focus to family, friends, and advocacy. She now devotes her time to and her work with the women of Her ALS Story. Key Insights:This episode features three women who are diagnosed with ALS. The conversation is powerful, heartfelt, and inspiring. They share the stories behind their diagnosis, advocacy work, and vision for the future of ALS. No One-Size-Fits-All Solution. ALS is a heterogeneous disease, and so is the experience of the symptoms, progression, and effective therapies for patients. These women share their unique stories in their advocacy to emphasize the dynamic approach law makers and healthcare need to take regarding ALS treatment. Her ALS Story. These women have a group where they can provide support, openly ask for advice, and motivate themselves and each other. All three women share that their advocacy work and the support group gives them purpose. Hope-focused. Sometimes framing around terminal diseases can be depressing, but these leaders want their message to be centered around hope. Hope helps patients find their voice and purpose. And there is reason to be hopeful, including the FDA’s recent approval of a third ALS drug.  This episode is hosted by Sandra Abrevaya. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and the co-founder and CEO of synaptic care as well as the o-founder of I AM ALS.  Relevant Links:Learn more about I AM ALSWatch the I AM ALS episode with Sandra Abrevaya and Brian Wallach on The Gary Bisbee Show
October 19, 2022
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Preparing for the Next Health Crisis

Meet the Guests:Dora Mills, M.D. the Chief Health Improvement Officer of MaineHealth. Seema Verma, the former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. And Denise Cardo, M.D. She is the director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key Insights:One of the many lessons to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic is the value and importance of building partnerships. Public-Private Partnerships. Maine achieved high levels of vaccination through partnerships. Companies like L.L. Bean lent employees to staff vaccine clinics. Additionally, breweries and restaurants across the state hosted clinics, offered free beer and food to those who got vaccinated.Adaptive Collaborations. CMS provided several waivers to help healthcare systems during the pandemic. Seema describes the process as iterative, with constant feedback between the different stakeholders.Know, Like, Trust. For creating effective partnerships, Dr. Cardo recommends setting common goals and clear expectations. Develop trust and understanding before a crisis occurs, so that uncertainty can be faced with teamwork. Relevant Links:Check out Dr. Mills’ full episodeCheck out Seema Verma’s full episodeCheck out Dr. Cardo’s full episode
October 12, 2022
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Courage, Resilience, Vision

Meet Sandra Fenwick:Sandra Fenwick is the former CEO of the Boston Children’s Hospital. She serves on the Board of Director for the Children's Hospital Association and chairs its Public Policy Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of CRICO, Livongo Health, Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically-inspired Engineering, Jobs for Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Digital Health Council, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Sandra received a bachelor’s from Simmons College and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas. Key Insights:By no means is retirement the end for Sandra Fenwick. She is still a mentor, advisor, and leader in healthcare Top Leadership Lessons. Sandra highlights on two core leadership principles. First is courage and resilience. It’s important for leaders to have the courage to take risks and challenge the status quo. Second is vision. Leaders need a vision for change, as well as the skills to inspire individuals and organizations to achieve it. Almost Perfect Transition. Sandra told her board that she wanted to retire three years in advance. This allowed time for her to hire and train her eventual replacement. In 2020 Sandra stayed on a little longer than initially planned, to see the hospital through COVID-19. In Retirement. Sandra continues to mentor young leaders and has reconnected with former professional colleagues. She also serves on multiple boards of directors and utilizes her past experiences to help them achieve their mission. This episode is hosted by Gary Bisbee Ph.D. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Think Medium. Relevant Links:Check out Her Story’s previous interview with SandraRead “A CEO with a singular focus: Better health for children everywhere” 
October 5, 2022
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Urban Planning Meets Public Health

Meet Leslie Meehan:Leslie Meehan is the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health at the Tennessee Department of Health. Previously, she was the Director for the Office of Primary Prevention at the Tennessee Department of Health. She also served as the Director of Healthy Communities at the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. She received a bachelor’s from Emory University and a master’s in public administration from Tennessee State University.  Key Insights:Leslie Meehan discusses top public health issues and new approaches to solve them.  Lessons from COVID-19. The pandemic can provide a vision for how public health challenges can be addressed in the future. Public-private partnerships and cross-sector collaboration could help us beat not just infectious diseases, but chronic diseases as well. Top Issue in Tennessee. The top two issues are housing and childcare. Both have become increasingly expensive due to limited supply, which was further exacerbated by the pandemic. The next biggest issues are transportation access and food systems. How You Show Up Matters. It’s important to listen and learn the problem, system, and players. First impressions are vital, especially when trying to influence decision-making outside of your field. It’s not just what you know, but also how you communicate. This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the President and CEO of Dartmouth Health. Relevant Links:Learn more about Leslie MeehanCheck out her publications 
September 28, 2022
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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. Relevant Links:Follow Dr. Conroy on TwitterRead “AHA Board Names Joanne M. Conroy, M.D., as Chair-Elect Designate”
September 21, 2022
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The Power of Partnerships

Meet Dora Mills:Dora Mills, M.D. is the Chief Health Improvement Officer of MaineHealth. Previously, she was the Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Director for the Center of Health Innovation at the University ofNew England. She also served as the Medical Director of MaineCare, and the Director of Public  Health for the Maine State Government. Dr. Mills received a Bachelor’s in Biology and Russian from Bowdin College, an M.D. from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.Key Insights:Dr. Mills’ experience exemplifies the power of partnerships in healthcare and public health. • Words of Encouragement. One day in college, the head of the Biology Department  told Dr. Mills she should consider medical school. It was the first time someone  encouraged her to think about a medical career, and it gave her the confidence to  pursue one. Today, Dr. Mills tries to provide the same encouragement as a mentor. • Public-Private Partnerships. Maine achieved high levels of vaccination through  partnerships. Companies like L.L. Bean lent employees to staff vaccine clinics.Additionally, breweries and restaurants across the state hosted clinics, offering free  beer and food to those who got vaccinated. • Women in Public Service. Dr. Mills has seen many great women leaders, including  her sister, the current Governor of Maine. For women interested in running for  office, there are programs to help. And if you run for office, seek out advice, butmake sure to still be who you are and use your own voice. This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and serves as the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. 
September 16, 2022
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79: Timing is Everything

Meet Anjali Kataria:Anjali Kataria is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mytonomy. She served in the Obama Administration as one of the first Entrepreneurs in Residence at the FDA. She also served as Senior Technology Advisor in the Office of the CIO to the President at the EOP. She also co-founded and was Chief Marketing Officer for Conformia Software. When that company was acquired by Oracle, she became Oracle’s VP of Product Strategy. Her first entrepreneurial endeavor was Riva Commerce Inc, where Anjali served as co-founder and CEO. Anjali received a Bachelor’s in Public Policy from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.  Key Insights:Anjali Kataria is a serial entrepreneur, with two decades of healthcare and enterprise software experience. Timing is Everything. Anjali’s first company had a great software product, but ultimately folded. It was the best product of its type on the market, but implementation was too expensive. Anjali notes if the product had come out years later, advancements in technology would make implementation much more reasonable. The Power of Streaming. Mytonomy uses content streaming, like Netflix or Hulu, to help providers reach patients with health information. Patients can access the content in the comfort of their own homes and whenever is most convenient for them.Finding Your Balance. For Anjali, she strikes a balance between work and family over a two week to ten-day period. That is what works for her and her family. Each person will be fulfilled by different approaches to balance. This episode is hosted by Nancy Howell Agee. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the President and CEO of Carilion Clinic. Relevant Links:Learn more about MytonomyWatch “Mytonomy Announces TV Channel on the ROKU® Platform”
September 7, 2022
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78: End-of-Life Care: Doing What’s Right for Patients

Meet Amber Barnato, M.D.:Amber Barnato, M.D. is the John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professor and the Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is trained in two medical specialties, public health and preventive medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Barnato received a bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MS from Stanford University. Key Insights:Amber Barnato, M.D. explores how her medical career experiences led her to the focus of palliative and end-of-life care.  Expanding Horizons. Dr. Barnato took a year before medical school to be a research assistant and speech writer for Assistant Surgeon General Dr. McGinnis. That experience expanded her horizons, exposing her to the policy process, and Dr. McGinnis served a sponsor, improving her medical school candidacy.Path to Palliative Care. Dr. Barnato was morally distressed by the end-of-life care she saw in her general surgery internship, which lacked emotional support, conversations with family, and concerns over quality of life. After listening to a story about end-of-life care research on the radio, she decided she wanted to join the research effort herself. Next Steps for the Dartmouth Atlas. The Dartmouth Atlas focuses on overuse and unwarranted variation of healthcare. However, Dr. Barnato wants the Atlas to expand to underuse and unjust variation. She would like to see a focus on health equity.  This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. Relevant Links:Learn more about Dr. Barnato and her researchFollow Dr. Barnato on Twitter
August 31, 2022
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77: Fighting Islamophobia in Medicine, Media, and Society

Key Insights:Suzanne Barakat, M.D. experienced personal tragedy, and was forced to fight through her grief to combat islamophobia in medicine, media, and society. Reluctant Activist. Dr. Barakat’s Brother, his wife, and her sister were murdered by a white supremacist for being Muslim. Additionally, two of Dr. Barakat’s relatives were assassinated for their political activism and journalism, presumably by the Assad regime. Neither case received much media attention, and Dr. Barakat became a reluctant activist, fighting for media coverage and that the cases be investigated.Health and Human Rights Initiative. This initiative provides pro bono forensic medical evaluations for asylum seekers. Medical professionals perform a full physical exam and psychological evaluation to corroborate the stories of violence from asylum seekers. This process greatly increases the likelihood of obtaining asylum.What Leaders Can Do. Healthcare leaders have a responsibility to ensure that their workforce represents their patient demographic, this leads to better health outcomes and quality of care for patients. Additionally, leaders must play a role in making their staff feel valued and supported, and implement safe and anonymous ways to report violations. This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. Relevant Links:Learn more about the Health and Human Rights InitiativeWatch Dr. Barakat’s TED talk: “Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate”
August 24, 2022
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76: The New Health Economy: For Women Leaders, with Sanjula Jain, Ph.D., Member of the Her Story Advisory Council and SVP of Market Strategy & Chief Research Officer of Trilliant Health

Meet Sanjula Jain, Ph.D.:Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. is SVP of Market Strategy and Chief Research Office at Trilliant Health and a Co-founder of Think Medium. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Informatics. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Research and Advisory at The Health Management Academy. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Health Policy from Emory University.Key Insights:Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. is co-author of “The New Health Economy: Ground Rules for Leaders.” It’s an overview the history and impact of health care politics, policy, providers, and personalization.Defining Healthcare. The New Health Economy serves as a framework for understanding healthcare. Healthcare is a $4 trillion economy, with many stakeholders and silos. Making meaningful change in a specific area requires understanding and accounting for the many other pieces of the healthcare equation. (7:46)The Writing Process. The best writing advice is simple, but effective: chunk it up. Outlining, even if you don’t stick to it, provides a starting point and helps define the scope of the project. Additionally, Dr. Jain knows she writes best in the morning, so she set aside 15-30 minutes each morning to write a paragraph or just a few bullet points. (15:11)Healthcare Expertise. It’s common for women leaders to doubt their expertise. Dr. Jain reminds us that you don’t need to know everything about healthcare. It’s hard to be an expert because healthcare is a complicated industry. Being an expert is a balance between breadth and depth. (22:11)This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.Relevant Links:Check out “The New Health Economy: Ground Rules for Leaders”Check out Dr. Jain’s website
May 25, 2022
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75: Building Trust Before Crisis, with Denise Cardo, M.D., Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Meet Denise Cardo, M.D.:Denise Cardo, M.D. is the director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She first joined the CDC as a medical epidemiologist. Prior to the CDC, she worked in the division of infectious diseases at Escola Paulista de Medicina in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she also received her medical degree. Key Insights:Denise Cardo, M.D. brings partners together to achieve goals in patient safety. Developing Partnerships. For creating effective partnerships, Dr. Cardo recommenders setting common goals and clear expectations. Develop trust and understanding before a crisis occurs, so that uncertainty can be faced with teamwork. (5:26)Embracing Identity. Dr. Cardo was nervous about having an accent, but a mentor told her to take advantage of it instead. She jokes that she never has to introduce herself on a conference call. Dr. Cardo decided that her accent, and affinity for brightly colored clothing, made her unique and she should embrace her full identity. (19:53)Empowering Ourselves. Dr. Cardo shares that sometimes people will talk to a male colleague over her, even though she is the division’s director. She was worried about how to stand up for herself in those types of situations, because she knows she represents her program. Dr. Cardo chose to enlist the help of her male colleagues to combat these instances of sexism. (24:03)This episode is hosted by Julie Gerberding, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and the Chief Executive Officer at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.Relevant Links:Learn more about Dr. CardoLearn more about the Division of Healthcare Quality PromotionRead “Public Health Hero: Denise Cardo” 
May 18, 2022
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74: Boosting Career Potential Through Mentorship, with Renee DeSilva, Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., and JaeLynn Williams

Meet the Guests:This episode features three leaders previously showcased on Her Story and the powerful advice they received from mentors. Renee DeSilva is the CEO of The Health Management Academy. Melinda B. Buntin, Ph.D. is a Mike Curb Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. And JaeLynn Williams, the CEO of Air Methods.Key Insights:Mentors play an important role in career trajectory by providing advice, perspective, and direction.Personal and Professional Development. Renee’s mentor provided an outside perspective, helping her understand her unique strengths and areas for improvement. (1:07)Maintaining Job Opportunities. Dr. Buntin’s mentor pointed out that too many consecutive roles in government would limit her job opportunities in academia. Due to that advice, Dr. Buntin maintained her connections and continued to publish research to keep those doors open. (3:21)What is Your Ideal Job? Jaelynn was given the advice to start with the end in mind. To think about her ideal job and work backwards to determine the experiences and skills necessary to achieve that. This informed her choice to leave a company she worked at for many years to pursue a new opportunity. (4:51)
May 11, 2022
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73: The Beauty of Math, with Cindy Lawrence, Executive Director and CEO, National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Meet Cindy Lawrence:Cindy Lawrence is the Executive Director and CEO of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). She started as a volunteer for the organization, and served in a variety of roles including Chief of Operations, Associate Director, and Co-executive Director. She also directs extracurricular mathematics programs with Brookhaven National Laboratory. Previously, she was a Lead Instructor and National Editor for Becker Professional Education. Cindy received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Buffalo, and an MBA from Hofstra University. Key Insights:Cindy Lawrence is a math enthusiast and leader of the only museum of mathematics in North America: The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).Fundraising Through Passion. Asking people for money can be awkward. However, Cindy found that if she focuses on sharing what she’s excited about, and ignites interest in others,the fundraising naturally follows. She has raised millions of dollars for MoMath, and credits it to her passion for math. (4:07)Virtual Museum. Early on, Cindy directed her leadership team to brainstorm and prepare for a potential shut down. This allowed MoMath to smoothly transition to zoom events when the pandemic started. Now, Cindy is working on optimizing hybrid programing for in-person visits, as well as for groups around the country that enjoy MoMath virtually. (17:03)Be Careful What You Volunteer For. Cindy started as a volunteer, but found that she spent more and more of her time at MoMath. She eventually made the leap, leaving an organization she had worked with for 18 years, to work at MoMath full-time. (26:08)This episode is hosted by Julie Gerberding, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and the CEO of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.Relevant Links:Learn more about The National Museum of MathematicsListen to “Steven Strogatz Interviews Cindy Lawrence, Executive Director & CEO of National Museum of Mathematics”Stay update with MoMath on Twitter
May 4, 2022
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72: Relentless Optimism, with Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH, Emergency Physician and Academic Dean of Public Health, Brown University

Meet Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH:Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH is the Academic Dean of the School of Public Health and the founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health at Brown University. She is co-founder and Senior Strategic Advisor to the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine at the Aspen Institute. Dr. Ranney is also an emergency physician, researcher, and contributor to media outlets including MSNBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She received a Bachelors in the History of Science from Harvard University, and received her medical degree from Columbia University. Key Insights:Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH is a practicing emergency physician, researcher, and advocate for innovative approaches to health.Relationships. Dr. Ranney’s network of peers provide practical advice as well as social support. She also has mentors and sponsors who have helped create career opportunities for her. Building relationships and friendships are fundamental to career development and career enjoyment. (6:56)Finding Common Ground. Dr. Ranney works with controversial topics. She points out that generally people agree on goals, but disagree on the strategy. A way to build sustainable, community-based solutions is to take away the judgement, focus on the shared goal, and find paths to solutions that converge across stakeholders. (26:26)Balance. Dr. Ranney describes that during different points in her life she was either more focused on her home and family, or prioritized career goals and leaned on her support system. This is okay. Accept that the flux is part of life, and ensure that over the long-run you feel balanced. (30:12)This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.Relevant Links:Learn more about Dr. RanneyFollow Dr. Ranney on Twitter
April 27, 2022
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71: Trending on Twitter, with Vineet Arora, M.D., Stacy Hurt, and Kimberly Manning, M.D.

Meet the Guests:This episode showcases three guests previously featured on Her Story. Vineet Arora, M.D. is the Dean for Medical Education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Stacy Hurt is a Patient Engagement Consultant and HIMSS Digital Influencer. Kimberly Manning, M.D. is the Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.Key Insights:Social media and the internet have become a growing part of personal and professional careers.Twitter. Dr. Arora uses twitter to correct misconceptions about medicine and discuss important issues in medical education. (1:23)Social Media. Through social media, Stacey discusses and amplifies challenges for patients and caregivers. From her computer, she can reach peers across the country. (3:48)Blogs and Podcasts. Dr. Manning’s blog highlights underrepresented stories of Black patients. Additionally, her podcast provides virtual mentorship for the next generation of health professionals. (6:00)
April 20, 2022
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70: Empowering Girls Across the Globe, with Jessica Posner Odede, CEO, Girl Effect; Co-founder and Board Member, Shining Hope for Communities

Meet Jessica Posner Odede:Jessica Posner Odede is the CEO of Girl Effect. She is also a Co-founder and Board Member of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Previously, she was an Associate Direction at Novastar Ventures. Jessica is the author of “Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum.” She received a bachelor’s in African American Studies from Wesleyan University. Key Insights:From Denver, Colorado to Nairobi, Kenya, Jessica Posner Odede is changing the world for adolescent girls. What is Girl Effect? Girl Effect utilizes media and technology to connect adolescent girls to services and opportunities, like education, finance, and healthcare. They work to decrease barriers and combat internalized gender norms, to create a world where girls are able to take control of their bodies, health, and livelihoods. (1:36)Creating Demand. Investments in services for adolescent girls has increased over time; however, the public and social sector fall short in decreasing the demand gap. Driving demand for important services requires tackling gender norms, decreasing barriers, and providing role models. (17:44)COVID’s Impact on Women. There are 20 million girls out of school due to the pandemic, and many will never go back. The pandemic has decreased schooling and vaccination rates, and increased gender-based violence. The pandemic has created additional challenges for women across the world. (23:32)This episode is hosted by Julie Gerberding, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and the Chief Patient Officer and Executive Vice President at Merck.Relevant Links:Learn more about Girl EffectFollow Jessica on TwitterWatch “WISE On-Air: A Conversation On Girl Empowerment Through Media”
April 13, 2022
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69: Both Can Be True, with Hisani Madison, Ph.D., MPH, Senior Director, Precision Medicine, Franchise Lead, IMFINZI, AstraZeneca

Meet Hisani Madison, Ph.D., MPH:Hisani Madison, Ph.D., MPH is the Senior Director and Precision Medicine Franchise Lead at AstraZeneca. Previously, she was a Senior Scientific Reviewer at the FDA and served as a Special Volunteer and Post-doctoral Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Madison received a B.S. in Biology from Hampton University, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Pathology from Duke University.                            Key Insights:Dr. Madison’s career highlights the importance of balancing strong technical skills with soft skills. Building Relationships. Dr. Madison emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining professional connections. These relationships create career opportunities or simply let Dr. Madison learn new and interesting insights about her industry. (6:38)Finding Common Ground. As a Black woman, Dr. Madison tries to find details that connect her with people that don’t necessarily look like her. For example, she once befriended a researcher over their mutual love of fashion. Connecting on our similarities, while honoring our differences builds a culture of trust and learning. (10:52) Building Resilience. In some situations, we feel confident and comfortable, and in others we can feel cowardly. Confidence is often talked about as all or nothing, but we can choose to channel our confidence when we need it. Dr. Madison acknowledges that we face daily challenges, but encourages us to ask “what else is true?” and reflect the daily positives. (17:45)This episode is hosted by Kristi Ebong. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and Head of Partnerships and Market Development at Define Ventures.    Relevant Links:Read “Q&A with Former Fellow, Hisani Madison, Ph.D., MPH” from the National Cancer InstituteRead “Transitioning From the FDA to Working in Pharma” by Women in Pharma Careers
April 6, 2022
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68: Building Up Women Leaders, with Ceci Connolly, Joanne Conroy, M.D., Kristi Ebong, Julie Gerberding, M.D., and Sanjula Jain, Ph.D.

Re-meet the Hosts:This episode showcases the Her Story Advisory Council. Ceci Connolly is the President & CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Joanne M. Conroy, M.D., serves as CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. Kristi Ebong is the head of Partnerships and Market Development at Define Ventures. Julie L. Gerberding, M.D. is Chief Patient Officer and Executive Vice President at Merck. Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Think Medium and is an SVP of Market Strategy and Chief Research Officer at Trilliant Health.Key Insights:For young professionals starting their careers, to established leaders looking to refine their skills, Her Story is the show for you. We tell stories by women, for women, to expand the vision of what is possible in healthcare.Bringing Others Along. Ceci emphasizes that women leaders should play a role in supporting and advancing the next generation of leaders. (1:01)Women Together. Dr. Conroy describes how groups of female leaders can help each other find their purpose, create impact, and make meaningful goals a reality. (2:38)Competitive Advantage. Kristi points out that being a woman can be a competitive advantage in male-dominated fields, by providing an outside perspective on the industry. (5:42)Building Your Toolbox. Dr. Gerberding encourages leaders to think of their career as a toolbox – each experience should add a new tool. The more versatile you are, the more opportunities you will have long-term. (7:39)Navigating Healthcare. Dr. Jain describes how healthcare is a complex industry. Her Story explores the multitude of career paths within and associated with healthcare. (9:52)
March 30, 2022
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67: Impacting Healthcare, from Bedside to Boardroom, with Mary Rotunno, General Counsel, El Camino Health; Board Member, Momentum for Health

Meet Mary Rotunno:Mary Rotunno is the General Counsel for El Camino Health and Board Chair at Momentum for Health. She is also a board member for VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. and SaNOtize Research and Development Corp. Previously, she served as Senior Counsel for the Bay Area Region at Dignity Health. Mary has also worked as a registered nurse. She graduated from University of Illinois at the Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California.Key Insights:Mary has over 25 years of experience as an attorney specializing in litigation and healthcare law.Most Valuable Skills. Mary shares that the most important skills she uses as General Counsel include flexibility, resilience, and the ability to stay calm in crisis. Sometimes Mary has to provide legal perspectives that are in the best interest of the organization, but not necessarily popular. (10:09)Patient-Care Perspective. Mary’s previous experience as a nurse compliments her work as a General Counsel. She has empathy, and can to relate with clinical staff and understands the healthcare industry from a patient-care perspective. (13:29)Understanding Your Career Trajectory. Mary emphasizes that life and careers are not linear. Be open to opportunities or new challenges, and be agile so you can pivot to those opportunities when they present themselves. You can’t plan your life, because then you have a plan and not a life. (18:30)This episode is hosted by Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story, co-founder of Think Medium, and the SVP, Market Strategy and Chief Research Officer at Trilliant Health.Relevant Links:Read “From Nurse to General Counsel: How Mary Rotunno's Passion for Service Led Her to Healthcare Law”Learn more about Mary Rotunno’s role at El Camino Health
March 23, 2022
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66: Effective, Efficient Public Service, with Seema Verma, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Meet Seema Verma:Seema Verma serves on the board of directors for Lumeris, LifeStance Health, WellSky, and Monogram Health. Previously, Seema served as the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She was also the Founder, President, and CEO of SVC. Seema received an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s in Public Health from John Hopkins UniversityKey Insights:From her work at the state level in Indiana to the national stage at CMS, Seema Verma has established herself as one of the nation’s preeminent health policy leaders.Determining Priorities. While CMS administrator, Seema focused on issues that impacted large groups of stakeholders and solved multiple problems at once. For example, addressing interoperability improves quality of care and decreases costs. (12:34)Good Business Practices for Government. Under Seema, CMS reorganized to increase efficiency. The regional offices were better integrated with the national team in terms of communication and workflow, and reorganized by centers of excellence rather than location. (19:12)Advice from a Mentor. No matter the job, there will be some level of dysfunction. Successful people are able to navigate an environment, regardless of the hurdles, to accomplish goals and make the most of the experience. (25:52)This episode is hosted by Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story, co-founder of Think Medium, and the SVP, Market Strategy and Chief Research Officer at Trilliant Health.Relevant Links:Former Medicare leader Seema Verma joins board of health tech firm LumerisOne-On-One With Trump’s Medicare and Medicaid Chief: Seema VermaHealthLeaders Women in Healthcare Leadership Podcast: Seema Verma
March 16, 2022
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65: The Art of Advocacy, with Robin Bronk, Chief Executive Officer, The Creative Coalition

Meet Robin Bronk:Robin Bronk is the CEO of The Creative Coalition. She is an author, public speaker, and film producer, including producing several award-winning Public Service Announcement campaigns. Robin joined the Creative Coalition in 1998 as the Executive Director. Prior, she was the VP of Corporate Community Strategies at APCO Worldwide. Robin also serves on the New York Cultural Task Force, is a board member of The White House Project, The Close Up Foundation, Carmel Art & Film Festival, Gold Coast International Film Festival, and Young Playwrights Inc. Key Insights:Robin Bronk highlights the power of the entertainment industry and passion for change by its members.More than Art for Art’s Sake. The original vision of the Creative Coalition was to lobby Congress and ensure continued funding for the arts across America. The organization expanded their vision, and became involved in social issues, such as destigmatizing mental health and obesity, leveraging the power of art to make a difference. (5:04)A Multi-Pronged Approach. One of the Creative Coalition’s campaigns was anti-bullying. They brought WWE Superstars to speak to kids, built a curriculum for teachers, worked with community organizations to prioritize anti-bullying, and worked with state legislations to pass anti-bullying policies. (10:49)Experts in Messaging. The Creative Coalition was asked to help promote vaccinations. They brought together a team of creatives – like writers, producers, and directors – and field experts – including doctors and behavioral scientists. The coalition created scientifically accurate PSAs with audience-specific messaging. (19:13)This episode is hosted by Julie Gerberding, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and the CEO of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.Relevant Links:Learn more about The Creative CoalitionFollow Robin on TwitterCheck out Robin’s books
March 9, 2022
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Check Out the Healthy Dialogue Podcast

Ceci sat down with Mandy Cohen, former Secretary of Health in North Carolina, and incoming EVP of Aledade and CEO of Aledade Care Solutions. They discuss the intricacies of healthcare policy and opportunities for the federal government and healthcare industry to drive higher-value care. Check it out here or wherever you get your podcasts.
March 2, 2022
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64: Advancing Health Policy Through Research, with Melina B. Buntin, Ph.D., Mike Curb Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Meet Melinda Buntin, Ph.D.:Melinda Buntin, Ph.D is the Mike Curb Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. She is also the deputy editor of JAMA Health Forum. Previously, Dr. Buntin was a Director in the Health, Retirement and Long-Term Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office. She also served as chief economist and founding director of the Office of Economics, Evaluation, and Modeling within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Dr. Buntin received an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Health Policy with a concentration in economics from Harvard.Key Insights:Melinda Buntin, Ph.D. is a leader in health services research and is a health policy expert.Communicating Policy Research. One of Dr. Buntin’s goals for her Department of Health Policy is to not only publish high quality research, but also influence policy and give decision makers the data and evidence they need to make good decisions. (15:03)Joining Two Worlds. To improve health policy, policy experts need to have an understanding of how clinics and hospital operate day to day. In turn, healthcare professionals need to understand how they fit into the broader health system. (18:52)Honest Mentorship. A mentor told Dr. Buntin that if she accepted another Federal job, that could close doors to academia in the future. It was hard advice to hear, but she knew it was right, and continued to publish research and maintain ties with former colleagues to keep that option open. (27:28)This episode is hosted by Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story, co-founder of Think Medium, and the SVP, Market Strategy and Chief Research Officer at Trilliant Health.Relevant Links:Follow Dr. Buntin on TwitterRead Dr. Buntin’s writing for the Commonwealth FundLearn about the JAMA Health Forum
February 23, 2022
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63: Patient, Caregiver, Changemaker, with Stacy Hurt, Patient Engagement Consultant

Meet Stacy Hurt, MHA, MBA:Stacy Hurt, MHA, MBA is a Patient Engagement Consultant, Senior Healthcare Advisor for OSP, and is a HIMSS "Digital Influencer." Stacy is also a certified personal fitness trainer, member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, member of the #TelemedNow Thoughtleader group, and member of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Previously, she was a Strategic Partnership Manager for the Colon Cancer Coalition, and spent her early career in the pharmaceutical industry. She received her MHA and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Key Insights:Stacy is a cancer survivor, caregiver, digital influencer, and accomplished executive in healthcare. She is paving a new path for patient advocacy and engagement. Giving Patients a Voice. Stacy brings together her personal experience in industry, as a cancer patient, and as an advocate and caregiver to her son, to represent the patient voice is (2:18)The Power of Social Media. Social media is a powerful tool for sharing information and discussing the issues shaping healthcare. It gives patients a voice access to each other as well as to prominent online providers or other healthcare players. (18:50)Advice for Women Leaders. Don’t identify about a problem without at least one potential solution, demonstrate that the solution has value, and stand up for yourself – if you feel something is wrong, it probably is. (26:56)This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.Relevant Links:Learn more about Stacy and her work on her websiteFollow Stacy on TwitterConnect with Stacy on Facebook
February 16, 2022
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62: A Leadership Legacy, with Marna Borgstrom, CEO, Yale New Haven Health and Yale New Haven Health Hospital

Meet Marna Borgstrom:Marna Borgstrom is CEO of Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health. She started her career at Yale New Haven over 40 years ago, and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in administration, management, and operations. In 2005, she was selected to serve as CEO, and after 17 years will be retiring in March of 2022. She received a Bachelor’s in Human Biology from Stanford and a Master of Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine. Key Insights:Marna Borgstrom has decades of experience in healthcare. She reflects on her career journey and leadership, and shares what she will do next. Operations and Strategy Inform Each Other. Good healthcare leadership requires both operations and strategic expertise. Being a good operator requires the strategic foresight to innovate, and being a good strategist requires understanding the business. (5:00)How to Develop Talent. Marna shares that she spent at least 25% of her time as CEO on talent development. Yale New Haven created a Lean In group to promote mentorship for both women and men. This work strengthened company culture and promoted internal succession. (15:42)Is Retirement the End? Not for Marna! After 43 years at Yale New Haven, she is excited to leave the organization in good hands. She is working on becoming a career coach, taking bucket list tips, and continuing her volunteer work with the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (21:16)This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.Relevant Links:“YNHHS CEO Marna Borgstrom to retire in 2022”Read “Parting thoughts, advice from Yale New Haven Health's retiring CEO”Listen to “’It’s Important to Have a Vision:’ Retiring Yale New Haven Health CEO”
February 9, 2022
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61: Question the Status Quo, with Nimisha Kalia, M.D., MBA, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, GE

Meet Nimisha Kalia, M.D., MBA, MPH:Nimisha Kalia, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at GE Corporate, and an Assistant Professor and Interim Director for the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Executive Director of Health, Safety and Environment for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System. She earned her M.D. at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She also received an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.Key Insights:Nimisha Kalia, M.D. always returns to her roots as a clinician. The extra skills and business acumen she’s developed are all to augment the best delivery of care for her patients. Understand Healthcare Business. Effective healthcare leaders successfully communicate their ideas and back them up with financial evidence, showing that an idea is a financial win-win for all parties. (5:13)Ask for Help. Dr. Kalia was worried about asking for help early in her career. However, when she did it, was received well and she got the support she needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. (14:58)Choose Your Battles. The world is the way it is. However, we can select particular challenges we deem worth taking on, to incrementally change the world for the better. (24:51)This episode is hosted by Kristi Ebong. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the head of Partnerships and Market Development at Define Ventures.Relevant Links:Read some of Dr. Kalia’s researchWatch “What is the value of Health Coaching?” with Dr. Kalia
February 2, 2022
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60: Creating Your Own Opportunities, with Yasmeen Long, Director, FasterCures, A Center of the Milken Institute

Meet Yasmeen Long:Yasmeen Long is the Director of FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute. Previously, she served as the co-director of the Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs at the National Academy of Medicine and as a Program Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She was also a Research Program Manager at the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Yasmeen received a B.Sc. in Health sciences and Health Management from Howard University, and a M.A. in Sociology and Women’s Health from Suffolk University. Key Insights:Yasmeen Long has been intentional in her leadership and career. Getting a Foot in the Door. Yasmeen wanted to work at Johns Hopkins. So, after graduating from Howard she moved to Baltimore, became a temp for Johns Hopkins, cultivated relationships with faculty, and ultimately was hired in a full-time position. (5:11)Finding Common Ground. Yasmeen’s international travels taught her to think differently about the world. She learned to juggle technical and interpersonal skills, finding common ground while working with diverse groups. (17:19)Believe in Yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. There is a self-care component to that, ensuring that you feel good so that you can focus on what matters to you. (21:31)This episode is hosted by Ceci Connolly. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.Relevant Links:Learn more about FasterCures at the Milken InstituteRead Yasmeen’s report about “Achieving Health Equity: A Multi-Stakeholder Action Plan to Address Diversity across the Clinical Trials Enterprise and the Biomedical Research Ecosystem”Follow Yasmeen on Twitter
January 26, 2022
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59: VC For Underdogs, with Deena Shakir, Partner, Lux Capital

Meet Deena Shakir:Deena Shakir is a Partner at Lux Capital and a Lecturer in Management at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She serves on the board of directors for multiple organizations including Maven Clinic, SteadyMD, Alife Health, H1, Adyn, Shiru, and AllStripes. Prior to Lux, Deena was a Partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures). She received a BA in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and an MA in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Key Insights:Deena Shakir is an accomplished venture capitalist, and particularly interested in intersectional and underdog entrepreneurs.Non-Linear Path. Lots of different career paths or backgrounds can lead to venture capital. However, Deena discusses how building bridges and unexpected partnerships is a key component of her success. (11:48)Embracing Personal Experiences. Deena emphasizes the value of bringing personal experience to building and investing in firms. Her own life-threatening pregnancies exposed to Deena broken aspects of healthcare, and gave her the conviction to invest in women’s health innovations. (14:23)Don’t Put Yourself in a Box. Deena encourages young leaders to take risks earlier in their career, and not let yourself or other put you in a box. Having a combination of soft and technical skills is important for any field. (22:17)This episode is hosted by Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story, co-founder of Think Medium, and SVP of Market Strategy and Chief Research Office at Trilliant Health.Relevant Links:Check out Deena’s websiteFollow Deena on Twitter“Operators Are the New ‘It’ VCs: 10 Lessons On Making The Transition” by Deena Shakir“Top health tech VC Deena Shakir likes underdogs — Why she says her Arab-American identity gives her an edge” from CNBC
January 19, 2022
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58: Flexing the Mental Health Muscle with Dana Udall, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer, Headspace Health

Meet Dana Udall, Ph.D.:Dana Udall, Ph.D. is the Chief Clinical Officer at Headspace Health as well as the Chief Clinical Officer at Ginger. Previously, Dr. Udall was a staff psychologist, Specialty Clinical Services Lead, and Eating Disorder Treatment Team Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder. She was also the founder of ED Educate and had a private psychology practice. Dr. Udall received a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology Counseling from the University of Southern California.Key Insights:Dana Udall Ph.D. has experience in digital health and novel care delivery in the behavioral health space. Intentional Leadership. Depending on the environment, Dr. Udall can be more assertive or competitive. However, she knows that she works best in a collaborative, engaged environment. As a leader, she is intentional about creating an atmosphere that allows vulnerability. (15:43)Personalizing Mental Health Care. It is important that mental health resources reflect the backgrounds and identities of the patients, especially for vulnerable or underrepresented groups. There is no “one size fits all” for treatment. (25:52)Ask For Help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It creates better solutions through crowdsourcing, and protects your mental health. (34:38)This episode is hosted by Kristi Ebong. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and an investor at Define Ventures.Relevant Links:Learn more about Headspace HealthLearn more about Ginger“My History with Anorexia and Why I Share My Story” By Dana Udall, Ph.D.
January 12, 2022
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57: Meet the Hosts: Kristi Ebong, Head of Partnerships and Market Development, Define Ventures

In this episode, we get to know Her Story’s new advisory council member, Kristi Ebong. Kristi is the head of partnerships and market development at Define Ventures. Kristi is interviewed by fellow advisory council member Sanjula Jain., Ph.D.
January 10, 2022
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56: Senator, Governor, and Advocate for Women

Meet Senator Jeanne Shaheen:Senator Jeanne Shaheen is the sitting U.S. Senator for New Hampshire. She is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Select Committee on Ethics. Previously, Sen. Shaheen served as the Director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. She was also elected Governor of New Hampshire, and is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and United States Senator.Key Insights:Senator Jeanne Shaheen is an accomplished politician. She is the highest-ranking woman on the Armed Services Committee, and has been an elected public servant for over two decades.Raise Your Hand. While at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School at Harvard, when she asked which student want to run for office, almost every male hand would go up, but only a third of women. Sen. Shaheen emphasizes the importance of having women in office, so policy decisions reflect women’s experiences (4:42)Compromise. Reaching compromise requires a willingness to listen to other points of view, to find common ground, and to be respectful. (16:30)Public Service. For women interested in public service careers, Sen. Shaheen recommends that you reflect on what issues you care about most, and find related work. This is the best entrance into what you might want to do next in politics, policy, or public service. (17:51)This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story is the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.Relevant Links:Learn more about Senator Shaheen’s campaignFollow Senator Shaheen on Twitter“Partisan politics compromise the bipartisan consensus around energy efficiency” by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 
January 5, 2022
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56: Senator, Governor, and Advocate for Women with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH)

Meet Senator Jeanne Shaheen:Senator Jeanne Shaheen is the sitting U.S. Senator for New Hampshire. She is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Select Committee on Ethics. Previously, Sen. Shaheen served as the Director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. She was also elected Governor of New Hampshire, and is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and United States Senator.Key Insights:Senator Jeanne Shaheen is an accomplished politician. She is the highest-ranking woman on the Armed Services Committee, and has been an elected public servant for over two decades.Raise Your Hand. While at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School at Harvard, when she asked which student want to run for office, almost every male hand would go up, but only a third of women. Sen. Shaheen emphasizes the importance of having women in office, so policy decisions reflect women’s experiences (4:42)Compromise. Reaching compromise requires a willingness to listen to other points of view, to find common ground, and to be respectful. (16:30)Public Service. For women interested in public service careers, Sen. Shaheen recommends that you reflect on what issues you care about most, and find related work. This is the best entrance into what you might want to do next in politics, policy, or public service. (17:51)This episode is hosted by Joanne Conroy, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story is the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.Relevant Links:Learn more about Senator Shaheen’s campaignFollow Senator Shaheen on Twitter“Partisan politics compromise the bipartisan consensus around energy efficiency” by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 
January 5, 2022
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Season 3 Trailer

See what's coming up on Her Story Season 3! Trailer features: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) Dana Udall, Chief Clinical Officer, Headspace Health Yasmeen Long, Director, Milken Institute, FasterCures Nimisha Kalia, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, GE Deena Shakir, Partner, Lux Capital Marna Borgstrom, Former CEO, Yale New Haven Health Season 3 hosts include: Joanne Conroy, M.D., President and CEO, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans Kristi Ebong, Head of Partnerships and Market Development, Define Ventures Julie Gerberding, M.D., Chief Patient Officer, Executive Vice President, Population Health & Sustainability, Merck Sanjula Jain, Ph.D., Co-founder, Think Medium; SVP, Market Strategy & Chief Research Officer, Trilliant Health Tune in for Her Story Season 3 on January 5th!
December 29, 2021
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55: Fixing Healthcare, One Founder at a Time

Meet the guests:This episode features three leaders previously interviewed on Her Story. Ivelyse Andino is the founder and CEO of Radical Health. Carolyn Witte is the co-founder and CEO of Tia. Solomé Tibebu is the founder and host of Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech, and Advisor for the Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health.Key Insights:Radical Health. While working in biotech, Ivelyse saw that the forefront of innovation was not reaching patients in her community, including her mother. She created an organization to make healthcare easier to navigate. (1:16)Tia. Carolyn’s had a diagnosis experience that was dehumanizing and frustrating experience. She knew there was a better, patient-centered way to deliver women’s healthcare. (3:37)AnxietyInTeens.org. In high school, Solomé did not have access to the mental health resources she needed, and so created a website for teens like herself. (5:57)
December 22, 2021
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54: No Blueprint to CEO

Meet the Guests:This episode features three leaders that have previously been interviewed on Her Story. It showcases Renee DeSilva, the CEO of The Health Management Academy; Kelsey Mellard the Founder and CEO of Sitka; and Jane Chao, Ph.D. co-founder and CEO of Ceribell.Key Insights:Unabashedly You. Renee DeSilva advises new CEOs to understand the business, think critically about your team, and be confident in your decisions, because that’s why you were picked for the role. (1:07)Not the Leader People Expect. Kelsey Mellard explores how other people’s built-in biases about female leadership can have an impact. However, those perceptions shouldn’t define us. (2:53)Different Leaders. Dr. Chao shares that leadership is a reflection of who we are. Women don’t have to follow a script or blueprint. Rather, they can utilize their unique strengths and develop their own leadership style. (4:29)
December 15, 2021
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Ep 53: An Equal Opportunity for Health

Meet the guests:This episode features three leaders that have previously been interviewed on Her Story. Parveen Parmar, M.D., MPH is an Associate Professor of Clinical and Emergency Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA is the President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences. Lauren Powell, MPA, Ph.D. is the President & CEO of The Equitist, and Vice President of Health, Equity, and Community Wellness at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.Key Insights:Rationing with Equity. Dr. Parmar points out that every system rations care. When deciding how systems should ration, all stakeholders must be present to ensure equitable access. (1:46)Leaders of Value. Dr. Lee discusses how leaders should think about value-based models of care. She adds that inequity is a huge challenge to American health systems. It’s not that the best care isn’t good enough, it’s that the average isn’t good enough. (3:41)Double-edged Sword. Dr. Powell shares her personal connection to health equity: unnecessary loss caused by racism. Inequity robs communities of their wisdom, knowledge, and love. (5:32)
December 8, 2021
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Season 2 in Review

Check out highlights from season 2 as guests share their advice on a variety of topics.
November 3, 2021
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Ep 52: The Silent Struggle of Women Physicians

Meet Our Guests: Dr. Arghavan Salles is a bariatric surgeon at Stanford University. She is a Special Advisor for DEI Programs for the Department of Medicine, and Senior Research Scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She is also a keynote speaker, researcher, and writer, focusing on topics like gender bias, physician well-being, and COVID-19. Dr. Ariela Marshall is a hematologist and Director for Women’s Thrombosis and Hemostasis at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Marshall’s research has also touched on gender bias and physician work-life balance. Dr. Salles and Dr. Marshall were recently featured in The New York Times for their comments on the unique fertility challenges women physicians experience. In This Episode: Dr. Marshall and Dr. Salles share a candid conversation about physician fertility. Both wish they had been given more information about fertility earlier and been encouraged to think about what they wanted their family to look like. We discuss the demanding nature of medical training and the lasting effect it can have on the body. In our current system, juggling a full-time job, or training, as well as fertility treatments is physically, emotionally, and financially draining. Institutions need to change both policy and culture around fertility. Additionally, the focus is often on women, but men face fertility challenges as well, and should be part of the discussion. Before we are doctors, or any career title, we are people. Key Moments: The time commitment for an M.D. (3:22)  Think about family planning earlier (12:13) Fertility treatment experience (14:28)How medical training needs to change (19:31) Bringing men into the fertility conversation (30:23)
October 27, 2021
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Ep 51: Giving Healthcare a Lift, with Megan Callahan, Former Vice President of Health, Lyft

Meet Megan Callahan: Megan Callahan is the former President of Lyft Healthcare. Previously, she was the Chief Strategy Officer for Change Healthcare, and one of the primary designers of its creation. Megan oversaw the merger that created Change Healthcare while the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at McKesson Technology Solutions. Megan was at McKesson for 13 years, and has experience with revenue cycle management, payment accuracy, and clinical decision support. In her free time, Megan also volunteers with the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program.In This Episode: Megan Callahan started her professional career in epidemiology, but found that crunching numbers behind a desk wasn’t for her. She joined the exciting world of business, becoming a strategist and architect of acquisitions. We discuss business challenges like culture, data use, and navigating regulations. Megan touches on personal challenges as well. She advises to not be afraid of having strong opinions, but also know that there can be multiple right ways to get the right answer. Key Moments: Leadership skills in data-driven healthcare (13:49) Challenges Lyft faces in healthcare (17:47)You can always pivot your career (26:21)Handling life’s curve balls (27:57)
October 20, 2021
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Ep 50: A Lifeline for Public Health with Leana Wen, M.D., Professor of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Meet Dr. Leana Wen:Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency medicine physician, a professor of health policy and management at George Washington University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and a CNN medical analyst. She has published two books; her most recent is a public health memoir, “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.” She previously served as Baltimore’s Health Commissioner. In This Episode: Dr. Leana Wen adds a personal touch to the importance of public health. The inspiration for her career and most recent book stem from her challenging childhood, having faced eviction and living in shelters. Public health is valuable, but its invisible nature leaves it underfunded. We discuss work life balance, and how Dr. Wen stepped into the role of Health Commissioner. She shares advice for aspiring writers, early career professionals, and female leaders.Key Moments:Don’t write unless you want to. (14:13)Work-life balance is dynamic. (17:35)Draw on your strengths. (21:36)Focus on who you are working with, not just what you are working on. (25:04)
October 13, 2021
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Ep 49: Why You Should Run to Criticism, with Renee DeSilva, CEO, The Health Management Academy

In this episode, we sit down with Renee DeSilva, CEO of The Health Management Academy. The conversation explores balancing career and family, transitioning into a CEO role, bringing on new talent, and more.
October 6, 2021
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Ep 48: An Unconventional Flight Plan to CEO with JaeLynn Williams, CEO, Air Methods

Meet JaeLynn Williams:JaeLynn Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Air Methods, America’s leading air medical service. JaeLynn is a jack of all trades with experience in healthcare, statistics, and marketing. Previously, she was the CCO for GE Healthcare Digital, and served in a variety of roles for 3M Health Information Systems, including President and General Manager and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. In This Episode:JaeLynn Williams shares her unconventional path to healthcare. Her background in English and coding HTML landed her a job in marketing and communications at 3M. She worked her way up the ladder with an eagerness to absorb feedback, gaining business acumen and experience in Six Sigma statistical analysis. She was given the advice to start with the end in mind, which inspired her movement from 3M to GE Healthcare Digital. She eventually moved on to Air Methods to work in marketing, but was soon internally hired to be the CEO. JaeLynn provides a thoughtful discussion about working towards goals, being a first time CEO, and the future of aviation in healthcare. Key Moments: Beginning on an alternative path (5:26)Start with the end in mind (16:37) Aviation is rural healthcare (21:00) Advice for new CEOs (28:15) Aviation and healthcare are more similar than you think (30:44) It’s okay to turn down opportunities (43:47)
September 29, 2021
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Ep 47: The Dean of Medical Twitter with Vineet Arora, M.D., Dean for Medical Education, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

In this special episode, we sit down with Dr. Vineet Arora, Dean for Medical Education at The University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. The conversation explores exposing students to these different career paths within medicine, bridging the gap between learning and doing, social media’s key role in medical education, and more.
September 22, 2021
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Ep 46: Representation in Medicine: Removing the Code-Switch, with Kimberly Manning, M.D., Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine

Meet Dr. Manning:Dr. Kimberly Manning is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She teaches pre-clinical medical students and trains medical residents, primarily at Grady Memorial Hospital. An avid writer, her essays have been published in prestigious journals including Journal of the American Medical Association. Her blog, “Reflections of a Grady Doctor,” was named in 2010 by ‘O’ The Oprah Magazine as one of “four top medical blogs you should read.” In This Episode:Dr. Kimberly Manning shares her journey in medicine and writing. She speaks to her experience as a black woman in medicine and the mental exhaustion caused by ‘code-switching.’ Her personal mission is for people to be able to be their entire selves. Similarly, her inspiration for her writing and new podcast is to hear the stories she hungered for as a medical student. Dr. Manning encourages women to find other professional women for support and mentorship. Key Moments:Everyone has dormant talents (2:01)Learn the Krebs cycle, then be yourself (13:35)Dr. Manning’s inspiration for writing (21:13)Advice for her younger self (27:40)
September 15, 2021
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Ep 45: Medicine in Movies: Working for Accurate Representation of Psychiatry with Stephanie Hartselle, M.D., CEO, Hartselle and Associates; Clinical Associate Professor, Brown University

Meet Dr. Hartselle:Dr. Stephanie Hartselle is a pediatric and adult Psychiatrist and the CEO of Hartselle & Associates, a private practice for psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She is a consultant for directors and screen writers from Netflix to Warner Bros., helping better depict mental illness in television and film. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.In This Episode:Dr. Stephanie Hartselle shares her path to medicine and the challenges she overcame to create a private practice. As a professor at Brown University, Dr. Hartselle combines her love of psychiatry with her favorite pastime, streaming movies and shows. Her courses include analysis on how mental illnesses are depicted in media. This led to Warner Bros. reaching out to Dr. Hartselle for her insights for “Birds of Prey,” one of DC’s feature films about Harley Quinn. Dr. Hartselle has an honest discussion about what it means to be a woman, and part of a family, in medicine.Key Moments:Don’t tell me “No” (9:28)How to develop a private practice (12:54)Working with Warner Bros. (18:21)Moms in medicine (30:03)
September 8, 2021
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Ep 44: Meet the Founder Elevating the Voices of Women in Medicine with Shikha Jain, M.D.,Founder, Chair, Women in Medicine Summit

In this special episode of Her Story, we are joined by Shikha Jain, the founder and chair of the Women in Medicine Summit. The conversation explores overcoming naysayers, asking for help, this year’s WIMS conference, and more.
September 1, 2021
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Ep 43: Fighting for the Health of the World’s Most Vulnerable with Parveen Parmar, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Chief of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Meet Dr. Parmar: Dr. Parveen Parmar is the Chief of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine and an Associate Professor of clinical emergency medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Her research on health and human rights violations in refugees and displaced populations has taken her around the globe. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her medical degree from Northwestern University. She has a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. In This Episode: Dr. Parveen Parmar discusses her international background and how it inspired and aided her career in global public health. She recounts her experiences surveying in Cameroon and traveling to New Delhi. Dr. Parmar touches on how to build equitable health systems and how COVID-19 highlighted historical inequities in global and domestic public health. She provides sage advice for young and established professionals alike. Key Moments: Dr. Parveen discusses the current global public health landscape (4:00)What makes healthcare equitable? (13:15) Her experience in Cameroon (17:43)Be selfish to be selfless (24:26)Difficult feedback makes us better (28:21)
August 25, 2021
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Ep 42: The Patient as Our North Star with Katina Owens and Angela Lukin of Pfizer

Meet Our Guests:Angela Lukin serves as the Global President of the Hospital Business Unit at Pfizer. Her focus is the sale and distribution of hospital products, which gained new priority due to supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19. Angela has over 23 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Katina Owens is the Vice President of Enterprise Strategic Alliances and Key Account Management at Pfizer. She builds relationships with health systems in areas of therapeutic expertise to fill gaps in patient care. To do this, she pulls insights from across multiple business units and functional areas at Pfizer. Katina has over 24 years of experience at Pfizer and biopharmaceutical organizations.In This Episode: In this episode, Angela and Katina dive into their roles at Pfizer and what it means to prioritize the patient. They touch on the role of team connectedness and preventing burnout in the context of virtual work. Angela and Katina speak to how they balance their successful careers with building a family. They also discuss the importance of innovation, because what works today may not work tomorrow. At the same time, not everything needs transformation. A fundamental step in innovation is pinpointing the most impactful change, and cultivating the right culture and diversity of thought to address the issue. For them, decisions take direction when they set patients as true north. Key Moments: The patient is our north star (15:23)Picking up on signals from your team (12:16)Decentralized decision making (17:46)Prioritizing within innovation (27:33)The importance of diversity of thought (28:26)Balancing life and leadership (42:01)
August 18, 2021
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Ep 41: Operationalizing Health Equity with Lauren Powell, MPA, Ph.D, President & CEO, The Equitist, VP, Health Equity and Community Wellness, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Meet Dr. Powell:  Lauren Powell is the President & CEO of The Equitist, LLC and concurrently serves as the Vice President, US Health Equity & Community Wellness for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Formerly the Director of Health Equity for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dr. Powell was the youngest Black woman and the first with a Ph.D. to serve in this role. She earned a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Doctor of Philosophy in Population Health Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.In This Episode: Dr. Powell shares with Sanjula how her experiences during Hurricane Katrina and working as a clinical researcher helped reshape her career trajectory and passion for health equity. She also shares the challenges of being the only black woman at the leadership table.  How Dr. Powell describes health equity (15:10)Dr. Powell experienced the social determinants of health her senior year of college with Hurricane Katrina (2:39)Diversity is changing the face of public health and will attract more to pursue as a career (13:13)Keeping a network of leaders and mentors helps to not feel alone at the top (33:21)The COVID crisis goes beyond having sanitizer and safety measures (38:13)
August 11, 2021
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Ep 40: Are You an Accidental or Intentional Leader? Part II Featuring Ivelyse Andino, Emily Yudofsky, Sumbul Desai, M.D., Ruth Williams-Brinkley, and Lisa David

In this special edition of Her Story, we continue our leadership series by asking a few of our guests whether they consider themselves accidental or intentional leaders. Join the conversation for stories about the social determinants of health, problem-solving, empowerment, and more.
August 4, 2021
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Re-Air: Step into the Unknown with Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO, BIO and Rachel King, Co-Founder and CEO, GlycoMimetics, Inc.

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO of BIO, and Rachel King, Co-Founder and CEO of GlycoMimetics, Inc. In this conversation, Rachel and Michelle reflect on their careers in biotechnology and scientific innovation, from the lab bench to academia, government, venture capital and chief executive, and the leadership lessons learned along the way.
July 28, 2021
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Re-Air: Taking the Less Conventional Path with Kim A. Keck President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

*From time to time we’ll re-air a previous episode of the show that our newer audience may have missed.* In this episode of Her Story hosted by Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, we sit down with Kim A. Keck, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Joanne and Kim discussed how Kim's unconventional path ultimately led to her appointment as the first woman to serve as the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s president and CEO since the organization was founded four decades ago.
July 21, 2021
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Re-Air: Building ‘Socially Just’ Systems of Care with Coleen Kivlahan, M.D., MSPH, Medical Director, UCSF Human Rights Clinic; Chair, Health and Human Rights Initiative

*From time to time we’ll re-air a previous episode of the show that our newer audience may have missed.* In this episode of Her Story, we sit down with Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, Head of Primary Care and Professor of Family Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. We learn about Dr. Kivlahan's long-standing dedication to serving underserved patient populations, and courageous approach to building more equitable systems of care, domestically and internationally.
July 14, 2021
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Ep 39: Transforming Health Equity Through Meaningful Conversations with Ivelyse Andino, Founder and CEO, Radical Health

In this episode, we sit down with Ivelyse Andino, the founder and CEO of Radical Health. The conversation explores minority leadership, self-care, blending into your environment, and more.
July 7, 2021
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Ep 38: Executive Moms Part II: Balancing Career and Family featuring Arielle Mir, Kelsey Mellard, Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, Halle Tecco and Anuradhika A.

In this special edition of Her Story, we continue our executive mom series by asking a few of our guests to share challenges and solutions for a work/life balance. Join the conversation for advice about revealing a pregnancy, making difficult choices, setting boundaries, and more.
June 30, 2021
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Ep 37: The Art of Science with Jane Chao, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, Ceribell

In this episode, we sit down with Jane Chao, the co-founder and CEO of Ceribell. The conversation explores discovering your passion, team building, overcoming the imposter syndrome, and more.
June 23, 2021
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Ep 36: Overcoming Systemic Barriers to Care: Featuring Anuradhika A., Christine Brocato, and Manoja Ratnayake Lecamwasam, Ph.D., MBA

In this episode, we sit down with the CommonSpirit Strategic Innovation team. The conversation explores how immigration shaped their views of healthcare, motherhood while pursuing a career, and how change is coming to the healthcare industry.
June 16, 2021
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Ep 35: Breaking the Stigma: Expanding Access to Mental Healthcare with Solomé Tibebu, Founder and CEO, Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech; Director, The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health

In this episode, we sit down with Solomé Tibebu, the Founder and CEO of Cognific, Director of The Upswing Fund, and a Behavioral Health Strategist. The conversation explores Solomé’s personal journey with anxiety and OCD, the mental health effects of work/life balance, and the challenges that are leading to a better future.
June 9, 2021
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Ep 34: The Value of ‘Unlearning’: Featuring Esther Farkas, Geeta Nayyar M.D., Vivian Lee M.D., and Mariam Paramore

In this special edition of Her Story, we asked a few of our guests across different sectors of healthcare to share something they believed early on in the career that they no longer believe. As their testimonies unfold, a common theme is that leadership requires moments of ‘unlearning.’
June 2, 2021
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Ep 33: A Meditation in Quality with Peggy O'Kane, Founder and President, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

In this episode, we sit down with Peggy O'Kane, Founder and President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The conversation explores the power of data, how healthcare has failed its workers, health equity, and more.
May 26, 2021
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Ep 32: How Health Equity Unites Us with Esther Farkas, SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Unite Us

In this episode, we sit down with Esther Farkas, the SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Unite Us. The conversation explores finding your way as an immigrant, creating partnerships with historically siloed stakeholders, holding leadership roles as an introvert, and more.
May 19, 2021
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Ep 31: ‘Coded’ Differently with Miriam Paramore, President and CSO Optimize Rx

In this episode, we sit down with Miriam Paramore, President and CSO at Optimize Rx to talk about breaking expectations for females, the advancement of health technology, diversity in the workplace, and more.
May 12, 2021
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Ep 31: ‘Coded’ Differently with Miriam Paramore, President and CSO Optimize Rx

In this episode, we sit down with Miriam Paramore, President and CSO at Optimize Rx to talk about breaking expectations for females, the advancement of health technology, diversity in the workplace, and more.
May 12, 2021
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Ep 30: From the ‘Big Apple’ to Apple Health with Sumbul Desai, M.D., Vice President, Health, Apple

In this episode, we sit down with Sumbul Desai, Vice President of Health at Apple. The conversation explores how seemingly irrelevant experience can prove to be very useful, maximizing your impact, how a path to success can break boundaries and more.
May 5, 2021
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Ep 30: From the ‘Big Apple’ to Apple Health with Sumbul Desai, M.D., Vice President, Health, Apple

In this episode, we sit down with Sumbul Desai, Vice President of Health at Apple. The conversation explores how seemingly irrelevant experience can prove to be very useful, maximizing your impact, how a path to success can break boundaries and more.
May 5, 2021
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Ep 29: Every Day is Gameday with Kelsey Mellard, Founder and CEO, Sitka

See more interviews with women leaders in healthcare and beyond at https://www.thinkmedium.com/programs/her-story/ Kelsey Mellard, is the CEO and Founder of Sitka. Prior to founding Sitka, Kelsey lead Health System Integration for Honor Homecare. Prior to joining the Honor team in 2013, she lead the development of the Post-Acute Care Center for Research (PACCR), which she served as its Executive Director. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Partnership Marketing and Policy at naviHealth and launched their Washington, D.C. office. She has also been the Vice President of Policy for Health Services at UnitedHealth Group and worked closely with Optum. She has also been Special Assistant the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) where, in addition to helping establish the organization, she also served on the Steering Committee for its Health Care Innovation Summit, engineering its first-ever public-private event.Before working with the Federal Government, Kelsey worked directly within the healthcare delivery system as a consultant to a variety of hospital systems. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Board Company, and as an Administrative Fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinic. Kelsey began her career at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation working on the StateHealthFacts.org team. She attended Winona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community Health, and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Currently, she also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Winona State University in the College of Nursing and Health Services.
April 28, 2021
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Ep 29: Every Day is Gameday with Kelsey Mellard, Founder and CEO, Sitka

See more interviews with women leaders in healthcare and beyond at https://www.thinkmedium.com/programs/her-story/ Kelsey Mellard, is the CEO and Founder of Sitka. Prior to founding Sitka, Kelsey lead Health System Integration for Honor Homecare. Prior to joining the Honor team in 2013, she lead the development of the Post-Acute Care Center for Research (PACCR), which she served as its Executive Director. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Partnership Marketing and Policy at naviHealth and launched their Washington, D.C. office. She has also been the Vice President of Policy for Health Services at UnitedHealth Group and worked closely with Optum. She has also been Special Assistant the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) where, in addition to helping establish the organization, she also served on the Steering Committee for its Health Care Innovation Summit, engineering its first-ever public-private event.Before working with the Federal Government, Kelsey worked directly within the healthcare delivery system as a consultant to a variety of hospital systems. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Board Company, and as an Administrative Fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinic. Kelsey began her career at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation working on the StateHealthFacts.org team. She attended Winona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community Health, and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Currently, she also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Winona State University in the College of Nursing and Health Services.
April 28, 2021
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Ep 28: The “Not So” Long Fix with Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, President, Health Platforms, Verily Life Sciences

In this episode, we sit down with Vivian Lee, President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences. We’ll explore the healthy tension between innovation and scientific discovery, Dr. Lee’s development journey from technical training to running a multi-billion dollar organization, the next generation’s desired responsibility to fix the healthcare system, and more.
April 21, 2021
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Ep 28: The “Not So” Long Fix with Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, President, Health Platforms, Verily Life Sciences

In this episode, we sit down with Vivian Lee, President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences. We’ll explore the healthy tension between innovation and scientific discovery, Dr. Lee’s development journey from technical training to running a multi-billion dollar organization, the next generation’s desired responsibility to fix the healthcare system, and more.
April 21, 2021
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Ep 27: Looking at the Other Part of the Equation with Google, with Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., MPH, MSc

In this episode, we sit down with Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer at Google. We’ll explore leadership and healthcare from the perspective of her accomplishments and how crises helped her define where she could make the most difference.
April 14, 2021
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Ep 27: Looking at the Other Part of the Equation with Google, with Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., MPH, MSc

In this episode, we sit down with Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer at Google. We’ll explore leadership and healthcare from the perspective of her accomplishments and how crises helped her define where she could make the most difference.
April 14, 2021
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Ep 26: Clinically Led and Professionally Managed, with Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., President, Clinical Care, Providence St. Joseph Health

In this episode of Her Story, we sit down with Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, president of clinical care at Providence. From her career journey, we learn how to speak up when the odds are against you, when to forfeit clinical practice to take on administrative leadership roles, how to balance a career and parenting, where to start when you want to serve on a board, and more.
April 7, 2021
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Ep 26: Clinically Led and Professionally Managed, with Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., President, Clinical Care, Providence St. Joseph Health

In this episode of Her Story, we sit down with Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, president of clinical care at Providence. From her career journey, we learn how to speak up when the odds are against you, when to forfeit clinical practice to take on administrative leadership roles, how to balance a career and parenting, where to start when you want to serve on a board, and more.
April 7, 2021
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Ep 25: Empowering the Frontlines Through Technology, with Geeta Nayyar, M.D., MBA, General Manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Executive Medical Director, Salesforce

In this episode we sit down with Dr. Geeta Nayyar, the General Manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Executive Medical Director at Salesforce, to discuss the frontlines of leadership and career advancement as a mother. Dr. Nayyar also shares about the importance of time away from work and how the greatest success will occur through emotional intelligence and connecting with universal, human commonalities.
March 31, 2021
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Ep 25: Empowering the Frontlines Through Technology, with Geeta Nayyar, M.D., MBA, General Manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Executive Medical Director, Salesforce

In this episode we sit down with Dr. Geeta Nayyar, the General Manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Executive Medical Director at Salesforce, to discuss the frontlines of leadership and career advancement as a mother. Dr. Nayyar also shares about the importance of time away from work and how the greatest success will occur through emotional intelligence and connecting with universal, human commonalities.
March 31, 2021
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Ep 24: Finding the Balance in Complex Care, with Arielle Mir, Vice President, Health Care, Arnold Ventures

In this episode of Her Story, we sit down with Arielle Mir, Vice President of Health Care at Arnold Ventures, and discuss how to be an influential leader and how to juggle the many responsibilities leadership can entail.
March 24, 2021
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Ep 24: Finding the Balance in Complex Care, with Arielle Mir, Vice President, Health Care, Arnold Ventures

In this episode of Her Story, we sit down with Arielle Mir, Vice President of Health Care at Arnold Ventures, and discuss how to be an influential leader and how to juggle the many responsibilities leadership can entail.
March 24, 2021
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Ep 23: Meet Your Host: Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. – The Pink Outlier

In this episode of Her Story, we get to know Dr. Sanjula Jain, a health services researcher and strategic advisor and Co-founder of Think Medium who will be hosting Her Story starting out in season two. We learn about her journey as a woman leader and where she hopes to take Her Story in the future.
March 17, 2021
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Ep 23: Meet Your Host: Sanjula Jain, Ph.D. – The Pink Outlier

In this episode of Her Story, we get to know Dr. Sanjula Jain, a health services researcher and strategic advisor and Co-founder of Think Medium who will be hosting Her Story starting out in season two. We learn about her journey as a woman leader and where she hopes to take Her Story in the future.
March 17, 2021
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Season 1 in Review

Watch our season 1 guests share their best advice and memorable experiences during their leadership journey.
March 3, 2021
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Season 1 in Review

Watch our season 1 guests share their best advice and memorable experiences during their leadership journey.
March 3, 2021
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22: Roses Bloom in Winter with Ruth Williams-Brinkley, President, Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

On this episode, Ceci Ruth Williams-Brinkley is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. In this episode of Her Story hosted by Ceci Connelly, President and CEO of The Alliance of Community Health Plans, we sit down with Ruth Williams-Brinkley, President of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. Ceci and Ruth discussed how Ruth’s experience growing up in the segregated south and training as a nurse prepared her for an unconventional career path culminating as CEO for several hospital systems prior to her current role at The Alliance of Community Health Plans.
February 24, 2021
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22: Roses Bloom in Winter with Ruth Williams-Brinkley, President, Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

On this episode, Ceci Ruth Williams-Brinkley is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. In this episode of Her Story hosted by Ceci Connelly, President and CEO of The Alliance of Community Health Plans, we sit down with Ruth Williams-Brinkley, President of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. Ceci and Ruth discussed how Ruth’s experience growing up in the segregated south and training as a nurse prepared her for an unconventional career path culminating as CEO for several hospital systems prior to her current role at The Alliance of Community Health Plans.
February 24, 2021
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21: Executive Moms: Leadership at Home and in the Office with Dr. Vineet Arora, Nancy-Ann DeParle and Kim Keck

In this special episode of Her Story, we bring together three special guests from this season to share their experiences about handling life as a mother alongside a successful executive career. We hear from Dr. Vineet Arora, Nancy-Ann DeParle, and Kim Keck.
February 10, 2021
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21: Executive Moms: Leadership at Home and in the Office with Dr. Vineet Arora, Nancy-Ann DeParle and Kim Keck

In this special episode of Her Story, we bring together three special guests from this season to share their experiences about handling life as a mother alongside a successful executive career. We hear from Dr. Vineet Arora, Nancy-Ann DeParle, and Kim Keck.
February 10, 2021
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20: Overcoming the Odds as Female Founders with Halle Tecco of Natalist and Carolyn Witte of Tia

In this special #FoundersSeries episode of Her Story, we bring back two of our favorite interviews with Halle Tecco and Carolyn Witte to highlight the challenge of overcoming odds as female founders. Halle and Carolyn discuss the challenges they faced when founding Rock Health and Tia, respectively, as well as the strategies they employed to succeed despite the odds being stacked against them.
February 3, 2021
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20: Overcoming the Odds as Female Founders with Halle Tecco of Natalist and Carolyn Witte of Tia

In this special #FoundersSeries episode of Her Story, we bring back two of our favorite interviews with Halle Tecco and Carolyn Witte to highlight the challenge of overcoming odds as female founders. Halle and Carolyn discuss the challenges they faced when founding Rock Health and Tia, respectively, as well as the strategies they employed to succeed despite the odds being stacked against them.
February 3, 2021
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19: Influencing Women's Health Choices with Lisa David, President and CEO, Public Health Solutions

This episode of Her Story features Lisa David, President and CEO of Public Health Solutions. In this conversation, hosted by Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of Dartmouth Hitchcock and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, we learn about Lisa's career trajectory from consulting and academic medicine to renowned public health nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood, and the value of prioritizing influence over decision making along the way.
January 27, 2021
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19: Influencing Women's Health Choices with Lisa David, President and CEO, Public Health Solutions

This episode of Her Story features Lisa David, President and CEO of Public Health Solutions. In this conversation, hosted by Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of Dartmouth Hitchcock and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, we learn about Lisa's career trajectory from consulting and academic medicine to renowned public health nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood, and the value of prioritizing influence over decision making along the way.
January 27, 2021
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18: Building ‘Socially Just’ Systems of Care with Coleen Kivlahan, M.D., MSPH, Co-Chair, Health and Human Rights Initiative and Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF

In this episode of Her Story, we sit down with Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, Head of Primary Care and Professor of Family Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. We learn about Dr. Kivlahan's long standing dedication to serving underserved patient populations, and courageous approach to building more equitable systems of care, domestically and internationally.
January 20, 2021
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18: Building ‘Socially Just’ Systems of Care with Coleen Kivlahan, M.D., MSPH, Co-Chair, Health and Human Rights Initiative and Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF

In this episode of Her Story, we sit down with Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, Head of Primary Care and Professor of Family Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. We learn about Dr. Kivlahan's long standing dedication to serving underserved patient populations, and courageous approach to building more equitable systems of care, domestically and internationally.
January 20, 2021
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17: The Next Round of Age-Friendly Care with Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., President, The John A. Hartford Foundation

This episode of Her Story features Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N, President of the John A. Hartford Foundation. In this conversation, hosted by Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of Dartmouth Hitchcock and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, we learn about Terry's career path, from bedside nursing to academia to leading the national conversation around age-friendly health systems.
January 13, 2021
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17: The Next Round of Age-Friendly Care with Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., President, The John A. Hartford Foundation

This episode of Her Story features Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N, President of the John A. Hartford Foundation. In this conversation, hosted by Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of Dartmouth Hitchcock and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, we learn about Terry's career path, from bedside nursing to academia to leading the national conversation around age-friendly health systems.
January 13, 2021
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16: Taking the Less Conventional Path with Kim Keck, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

In this episode of Her Story hosted by Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, we sit down with Kim A. Keck, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Joanne and Kim discussed how Kim's unconventional path ultimately led to her appointment as the first woman to serve as the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s president and CEO since the organization was founded four decades ago.
January 6, 2021
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16: Taking the Less Conventional Path with Kim Keck, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

In this episode of Her Story hosted by Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, we sit down with Kim A. Keck, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Joanne and Kim discussed how Kim's unconventional path ultimately led to her appointment as the first woman to serve as the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s president and CEO since the organization was founded four decades ago.
January 6, 2021
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15: Meet Your January Host: Joanne Conroy, M.D., President and CEO, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with Joanne Conroy, M.D., President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. Lynne Chou O’Keefe and Dr. Conroy discuss her trajectory from the early days of clinical practice, to administrative leadership, and her extraordinary resilience and commitment to championing women along the way.
January 4, 2021
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15: Meet Your January Host: Joanne Conroy, M.D., President and CEO, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with Joanne Conroy, M.D., President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. Lynne Chou O’Keefe and Dr. Conroy discuss her trajectory from the early days of clinical practice, to administrative leadership, and her extraordinary resilience and commitment to championing women along the way.
January 4, 2021
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14: Are You an Accidental or Intentional Leader? Featuring Ceci Connolly, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Carolyn Witte, Vineet Arora, M.D., and Carolyn Magill

In this special edition of Her Story, we've asked a few of our guests if they consider themselves to be an accidental or intentional leader. This episode features Ceci Connolly, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Carolyn Witte, Vineet Arora, M.D., and Carolyn Magill.
December 23, 2020
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14: Are You an Accidental or Intentional Leader? Featuring Ceci Connolly, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Carolyn Witte, Vineet Arora, M.D., and Carolyn Magill

In this special edition of Her Story, we've asked a few of our guests if they consider themselves to be an accidental or intentional leader. This episode features Ceci Connolly, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Carolyn Witte, Vineet Arora, M.D., and Carolyn Magill.
December 23, 2020
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13: Biology-Based Decision Making with Emily Yudofsky, Founder and CEO, Found

https://www.thinkmedium.com/her-story/ep-13-biology-based-decision-making/
December 16, 2020
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13: Biology-Based Decision Making with Emily Yudofsky, Founder and CEO, Found

https://www.thinkmedium.com/her-story/ep-13-biology-based-decision-making/
December 16, 2020
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12: Fitting the Pieces Together with Carolyn Magill, CEO, Aetion

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with Carolyn Magill, CEO of Aetion. We discuss how Carolyn's accidental foray into healthcare, but intentional path to leadership, has shaped her wide-lens view of the industry.
December 9, 2020
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12: Fitting the Pieces Together with Carolyn Magill, CEO, Aetion

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with Carolyn Magill, CEO of Aetion. We discuss how Carolyn's accidental foray into healthcare, but intentional path to leadership, has shaped her wide-lens view of the industry.
December 9, 2020
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11: Radical Simplification with Carolyn Witte, CEO and Co-founder, Tia

This episode of Her Story features Carolyn Witte, CEO and Co-founder of Tia. In this conversation hosted by Lynne Chou O'Keefe, Founder and Managing Partner of Define Ventures, we learn how Carolyn's experience with PCOS inspired her to redesign the women's health experience, and how it has informed her approach to entrepreneurial leadership along the way.
December 2, 2020
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11: Radical Simplification with Carolyn Witte, CEO and Co-founder, Tia

This episode of Her Story features Carolyn Witte, CEO and Co-founder of Tia. In this conversation hosted by Lynne Chou O'Keefe, Founder and Managing Partner of Define Ventures, we learn how Carolyn's experience with PCOS inspired her to redesign the women's health experience, and how it has informed her approach to entrepreneurial leadership along the way.
December 2, 2020
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10: Meet Your December Host: Lynne Chou O’Keefe, Founder and Managing Partner, Define Ventures

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with our next show host, Lynne Chou O’Keefe, Founder and Managing Partner at Define Ventures. As our next show host, Lynne brings a wealth of leadership experience to the table. We discussed her courageous journey from operator to investor to creator in the healthcare industry.
November 30, 2020
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09: Her Story Spotlight: Mentorship with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Carolyn Witte, and Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath

In this special episode of Her Story, we bring together special guests from this season to share their take on the significance of mentorship in their career trajectories. We hear from Nancy-Ann DeParle, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Carolyn Witte, and Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath.
November 25, 2020
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08: Jumping into the Deep End with Sandra L. Fenwick, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Children's Hospital

In the latest episode of Her Story, we sat down with Sandra L. Fenwick, CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital. We discussed Sandi's trailblazing, forty-year career and her path to becoming an exemplar, healthcare administrator, and advocate for children's health.
November 18, 2020
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08: Jumping into the Deep End with Sandra L. Fenwick, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Children's Hospital

In the latest episode of Her Story, we sat down with Sandra L. Fenwick, CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital. We discussed Sandi's trailblazing, forty-year career and her path to becoming an exemplar, healthcare administrator, and advocate for children's health.
November 18, 2020
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07: Step into the Unknown with Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO, BIO and Rachel King, Co-Founder and CEO, GlycoMimetics, Inc.

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO of BIO, and Rachel King, Co-Founder and CEO of GlycoMimetics, Inc. In this conversation, Rachel and Michelle reflect on their careers in biotechnology and scientific innovation, from the lab bench to academia, government, venture capital and chief executive, and the leadership lessons learned along the way.
November 11, 2020
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05: Meet Your November Host with Julie Gerberding, M.D., EVP and Chief Patient Officer, Merck and former CDC Director

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with November Host: Dr. Julie Gerberding, Chief Patient Officer and Executive Vice President at Merck. An infectious disease expert, Dr. Gerberding is the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and she is a champion of women leaders across the global healthcare industry. Dr. Gerberding shared her journey from her early days of academia to leading a national public health agency and later, a global pharmaceutical company.
November 2, 2020
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05: Meet Your November Host with Julie Gerberding, M.D., EVP and Chief Patient Officer, Merck and former CDC Director

In this episode of Her Story, we sat down with November Host: Dr. Julie Gerberding, Chief Patient Officer and Executive Vice President at Merck. An infectious disease expert, Dr. Gerberding is the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and she is a champion of women leaders across the global healthcare industry. Dr. Gerberding shared her journey from her early days of academia to leading a national public health agency and later, a global pharmaceutical company.
November 2, 2020
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04: You Should Pick Me with Vineet Arora, M.D., Professor and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment, The University of Chicago Medicine

In our latest episode of Her Story, we sat down with Dr. Vineet Arora, Professor and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment, The University of Chicago Medicine. We discussed career advancement as a woman leader in healthcare, pay inequities between female and male physicians, and the many perspectives healthcare leaders must have to grow and succeed in the field.
October 28, 2020
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04: You Should Pick Me with Vineet Arora, M.D., Professor and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment, The University of Chicago Medicine

In our latest episode of Her Story, we sat down with Dr. Vineet Arora, Professor and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment, The University of Chicago Medicine. We discussed career advancement as a woman leader in healthcare, pay inequities between female and male physicians, and the many perspectives healthcare leaders must have to grow and succeed in the field.
October 28, 2020
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03: Skin in the Game with Halle Tecco, Founder & CEO, Natalist; Founder, Rock Health

In our latest episode of Her Story, we sat down with Halle Tecco, Founder & CEO of Natalist and Founder of Rock Health. We talked about how stereotypes affect women in healthcare leadership roles, setting boundaries as a working mother and business leader, the courage and resilience of female leaders in the healthcare industry, and how to best support women leading in health.
October 21, 2020
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03: Skin in the Game with Halle Tecco, Founder & CEO, Natalist; Founder, Rock Health

In our latest episode of Her Story, we sat down with Halle Tecco, Founder & CEO of Natalist and Founder of Rock Health. We talked about how stereotypes affect women in healthcare leadership roles, setting boundaries as a working mother and business leader, the courage and resilience of female leaders in the healthcare industry, and how to best support women leading in health.
October 21, 2020
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02: A Seat at the Table with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Consonance Capital Partners and Former Assistant to President Barack Obama

In the latest episode of the Her Story podcast, we sat down with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Partner at Consonance Capital and former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Nancy-Ann was an architect of the Affordable Care Act, with extensive experience in state, federal, and corporate leadership. We discussed her experiences as a woman leading in government, the importance of leadership mentors, and the evolving role of women in government and corporate leadership.
October 14, 2020
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02: A Seat at the Table with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Consonance Capital Partners and Former Assistant to President Barack Obama

In the latest episode of the Her Story podcast, we sat down with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Partner at Consonance Capital and former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Nancy-Ann was an architect of the Affordable Care Act, with extensive experience in state, federal, and corporate leadership. We discussed her experiences as a woman leading in government, the importance of leadership mentors, and the evolving role of women in government and corporate leadership.
October 14, 2020
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01: Meet Your October Host with Ceci Connolly, President & CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans

In this episode of Her Story, we introduce our first host, Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). We talk about women in healthcare leadership roles and why it’s important for female leaders to share their stories. We also discussed Ceci’s early career in journalism, her transition into healthcare leadership, and her leadership philosophies as a woman in the healthcare industry.
October 14, 2020
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01: Meet Your October Host with Ceci Connolly, President & CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans

In this episode of Her Story, we introduce our first host, Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). We talk about women in healthcare leadership roles and why it’s important for female leaders to share their stories. We also discussed Ceci’s early career in journalism, her transition into healthcare leadership, and her leadership philosophies as a woman in the healthcare industry.
October 14, 2020
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September 22, 2020
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