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Women Physicians Lead

Building and supporting women physician leaders that transform healthcare

From Emergency Rooms to The Gambia: Dr. Leslie Sharpe’s Journey to Make a Difference

In this podcast episode, Dr. Lisa Herbert interviews Dr. Lesley Sharpe, an emergency medicine physician participating in a global healthcare collaboration in The Gambia. In this episode: Dr. Lesley Sharpe discusses her decision to pursue emergency medicine, the mentors who influenced her, and the challenges and rewards of working in the emergency department. She talks about the prevalent health challenges worldwide, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, and the importance of addressing nutrition. She shares her excitement about meeting traditional healers in the Gambia and learning about their knowledge of herbs and natural remedies for various health conditions. She shares a personal experience of responding to a deteriorating patient's condition and the quick thinking and delicate procedure required to save the patient's life. In conclusion, this podcast episode is a testament to the power of collaboration and the potential of traditional healing methods. It's about bridging the gap in global healthcare and learning from each other to create a healthier world.
December 4, 2023

Breaking Boundaries: Dr. Anila Ricks-Cord’s Mission to Empower Women in Global Healthcare

In this episode of "On the Road to Gambia," host Dr. Lisa Herbert interviews Dr. Anila Ricks-Cord, a board-certified OB-GYN. They discuss Dr. Anila's career, her motivations for pursuing medicine, and her role as an OB-GYN hospitalist. Dr. Anila shares her experiences in dealing with challenging situations and her commitment to improving women's health, particularly in areas with high maternal mortality rates like Gambia. She also shares a powerful story about a Haitian immigrant patient, highlighting the importance of patient advocacy and cultural sensitivity in healthcare. In this podcast, we discuss Dr. Anila's background, career, and current role as an OB-GYN hospitalist Dr. Anila's motivation for pursuing a career in medicine and her commitment to holistic care and empowering women Discussion on the challenges faced in the Gambia, including high maternal mortality rate and limited resources Importance of using both the art and science of medicine, listening to patients, and recognizing boundaries Dr. Anila's powerful story about a Haitian immigrant patient and the impact it had on her Importance of advocating for patients who lack access to healthcare and preventing burnout Dr. Anila's vision for improving women's health in the Gambia Emphasis on reciprocal exchange, learning from others, and implementing new knowledge
November 29, 2023

Embracing the Role of a Healer: Dr. Kelechi’s Journey To Serve The Gambia

In this podcast episode, Dr. Lisa Herbert hosts a conversation with Dr. Kelechi, a double-board-certified family medicine and preventive medicine physician. They discuss Dr. Kelechi's career journey, her passion for holistic healthcare, and her decision to volunteer in the Gambia. The episode highlights the upcoming collaborative trip of 15 clinicians from the United States to the Gambia, aiming to empower future doctors and ensure equal access to medical education. Dr. Kelechi shares her hopes for the trip, her motivations for volunteering, and her anticipation to learn from Gambian healthcare professionals. The conversation emphasizes the importance of continuous learning, humility, and healing. The Gambia Collaborative Project is a 501 (c) 3 organization. By supporting the Institute for Community Evolution's The Gambia Collaborative Project, you become a catalyst for positive change, helping us shape a world where every community thrives through collaboration, empowerment, and compassionate care. To support the project, visit our donor box at
November 16, 2023

Dr. Carol Penn’s Divine Order: Making a Difference through the Gambia Collaborative Project

This podcast highlights the steps of 15 clinicians from the United States who are traveling to The Gambia and embarking on a transformative journey with the Institute for Community Evolution, The Gambia Collaborative Project, Sunu Reew, University of the Gambia, Penn Global Visions, and the Edward Francis Smalls Teaching Hospital to foster a new era of global health care collaboration.  In this podcast episode, Dr. Lisa Herbert interviews Dr. Carol Penn about the Gambia Collaborative Project, a healthcare initiative between African-American and Gambian medical professionals. Dr. Carol Penn is board-certified in family medicine, obesity medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. She is a bestselling author, international speaker, and mindset movement meditation coach extraordinaire. She is also the director of Tracks and Electives and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Rocky Vista University, Montana School of Osteopathic Osteopathic Medicine. As co-founder of the Gambia Collaborative Project, she shares her career journey, motivations, and the skills she brings to the project. She discusses the Gambia's healthcare challenges, Western medicine's influence, and the potential collaboration with traditional healers. Dr. Penn emphasizes the importance of deep listening and sees the project as a way to give back and share her knowledge. The Gambia Collaborative Project is a 501 (c) 3 organization. By supporting the Institute for Community Evolution's The Gambia Collaborative Project, you become a catalyst for positive change, helping us shape a world where every community thrives through collaboration, empowerment, and compassionate care. To support the project, visit our donor box at
November 14, 2023

On the Road to the Gambia: A Podcast Adventure in Global Healthcare

In this trailer of "On the Road to the Gambia" podcast, Dr. Lisa Herbert discusses a transformative collaboration involving 15 US clinicians traveling to the Gambia. The Gambia Collaborative Project aims to promote equal access to medical education and equip future doctors with cutting-edge knowledge. The initiative also seeks to address healthcare challenges faced by marginalized communities in both countries, including obesity, diabetes, and maternal mortality. Dr. Herbert emphasizes that this journey is beneficial for the people of the Gambia and provides valuable insights for solving healthcare problems in the US.
November 14, 2023

Navigating Menopause: A Journey to Self-Discovery and Healing with Dr. Arianna Schulz

In this episode of the Women Physicians Lead podcast, Dr. Lisa Herbert interviews Dr. Ariana Schulz Douglas, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and founder and medical director of Tula Wellness and Aesthetics, a medical practice in Tucson, Arizona focusing on women’s integrative health and wellness. Dr. Ariana shares her story of transitioning from corporate medicine to starting her own practice and how going through menopause was instrumental in that decision. They discuss the challenges and difficulties of this period of transition and how it ultimately led to Dr. Ariana's holistic approach to patient care. The episode provides valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of transitioning to a new career path and the importance of a holistic approach to patient care. Arianna Sholes-Douglas, MD, FACOG is the author of the best-selling book, The Menopause Myth: What your mother, doctor, and friends haven’t shared about life after 35. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Arianna then earned her Doctor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Martin Luther King Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine, respectively. She later graduated from the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona. She has served as clinical faculty at UCLA, the University of Maryland, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a diplomate of the American Board of OB/GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. As a visionary and innovator in the women’s health community, Dr. Arianna has received multiple awards, including Outstanding Women’s Health Provider by Inside Tucson Business, Women of Influence: Business Woman of the Year award, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s: Woman of Impact award and the Enterprising Women of the Year award. You can get Dr. Arianna's book here: "The Menopause Myth" book by Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas: Learn more about her here: Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas' website: You can join our community of like-minded women physician leaders at for support and resources. Join our masterclass and gain the skills and competencies needed for healthcare leadership success! Learn more and sign up here.
April 28, 2023

Dismissed But Not Forgotten with Dr. Angela Marshall

Season 4: Turning Pain Into Purpose continues with our next guest, Dr. Angela Marshall, a board-certified Internist and the President and CEO of Comprehensive Women’s Health, Inc. Throughout her medical career, Dr. Marshall has impacted the lives of thousands of women and their families.  Dr. Marshall has been repeatedly named ‘Top Doctor’ by the Washingtonian Magazine and Consumer Research Council of America. She was also recently awarded the 2020 Top 100 Women Award in the state of Maryland and was recently featured on the cover of Enterprising Women magazine. As a contributing health expert, Dr. Marshall has appeared on several news programs including CNN, Fox News, and PBS NewsHour, and currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Black Women’s Health Imperative.   She shares with us the devastating loss of her son and how she felt dismissed and overlooked by the healthcare system that she took a sacred oath to uphold and do no harm. She is on a mission to recognize and reduce bias by bringing awareness to patients and communities. She states, ".You cannot really listen to, respect, show empathy for, and believe people if you are operating with an attitude of bias, mistrust, dismissal, or fear. That attitude clouds communication, distorts diagnosis, misdirects treatment, and lessens patient compliance.” She is the author of a new book Dismissed: Tackling The Biases That Undermine our Healthcare. She provides a unique perspective of being one of America’s top doctors, a woman, and African American, who candidly addresses the issue of bias in healthcare, sharing personal and patient stories and pragmatic solutions. You can purchase a copy of her book here You can follow Dr. Marshall on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook Her practice website is You can join our community of like-minded women physician leaders at for support and resources as you move through your career journey.
April 15, 2023

Beyond Clinical Walls with Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell

My next guest in our 'Turning Pain into Purpose" series is Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell the Medical Director of Community Engagement and Health Equity, Co-Lead of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and Medical Director of Urgent Care Clinics, Carbon Health and Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV.  Deeply involved with her community, Dr. Curry-Winchell is the founder, of Beyond Clinical Walls, the medical director of the Washoe County Sexual Assault Response Team, and volunteers as an assistant medical examiner, at Washoe County Child Protective Services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Curry-Winchell joined the Reno Mayor's Task Force and Governors Medical Advisory Team in 2021. She has received many awards, including the 2022 Healthcare Heroes Award from Nevada Business Magazine, the Community Service Award from Washoe County Medical Society, the 2021 Young Physician Award from Washoe County Medical Society, the 2020 PBS Reno Spotlight Extraordinary Neighbor award, Sierra Nevada's Top 20 Most Powerful Women award in 2019 and recently named one of 75 Black healthcare leaders to know by Becker's Hospital Review and is two-time TEDx presenter. She participates in national media interviews and regularly contributes to several publications. She and her husband enjoy life in Reno-Tahoe with their two young girls.  In this episode we talk about: Her career and leadership journey and what led to her passion for advocacy and community engagement Her work with educating the community with her initiative Beyond Clinical Walls Her own painful experience with the healthcare system Her vision for what healthcare for all looks like Tips to thrive in the face of adversity Listen to Dr. Curry-Winchell's TEDX talk - Why Black Patients Don’t Trust the Health Care System here  Learn more about her at LinkedIn - Twitter - Instagram - TikTok - YouTube: Beyond Clinical Walls - YouTube: Dr. BCW - If you are looking to transition into a leadership role or develop the leadership skills you need to thrive in your career or practice, schedule a complimentary discovery call here to learn more about our coaching and professional development programs. You can also join other like-minded women in our private Facebook group Building Women Physician Leaders, where you will receive insight and wisdom from an experienced leadership coach. Join today at
March 24, 2023
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Women Physicians Lead

Today women represent more than 50% of the medical school class, yet only hold 20% of the positions in the C-suite. My own journey with leadership was by trial and error. I wanted to represent the 20% but quickly realized, there was no leadership path to follow or defined curriculum to teach me the skills I needed to adjust quickly to this new role.

I struggled with balancing work and family, navigating our complex healthcare system, and trying to find my voice in leadership. After 20 years in the healthcare field with leadership roles in academia, public health, the insurance industry, and hospital administration, my mission is to help increase the number of women physicians in leadership roles by equipping them with the personal and professional development skills they need to be successful.

Women physicians are often deterred from seeking leadership roles due to the lack of organizational support for work-life integration, gender equity, racial discrimination, and equality in pay. Having women in leadership roles not only creates the pipeline for future leaders but also improves the delivery of care to the communities we serve.


Dr. Lisa Herbert, CEO, Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Lisa Herbert, CEO, Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Herbert has a unique background and extensive experience of being a physician and a healthcare leader in hospital administration, public health, academic medicine, and the health insurance industry. She has held roles as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Physician Advisor/Medical Director for a large hospital system, Medical Director for a six-center family planning agency and Medical Director at a local and national insurance company.

After a successful career practicing in the medical field for over 20 years, Dr. Herbert’s professional journey continued as a certified executive leadership coach. She established her company Just The Right Balance, LLC where she offers coaching, consulting, workshops and training to help physician leaders create a clearer path to success. She helps clients uncover their blind spots, enhance their leadership skills, get clarity about their vision, and balance their busy work life so they can create positive change within their organizations and have rewarding careers. As a coach, she has also been instrumental in serving as a consultant between hospitals and physicians to improve physician outcomes by strengthening the physician’s leadership and organizational effectiveness as well as improving communication between the parties.

Dr. Herbert received her medical degree from Upstate University and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Mountainside Hospital. For her contribution to medicine, she received the Degree of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians which is the highest honor in her field. She was also recognized by the American Medical Association with the Physician Recognition Award and received several awards from organizations for her work providing programs and education on optimal health and wellness in her community.

Dr. Herbert has published numerous articles and is a published author in the International Conference on Physician Health 2016 Abstract Book, Increasing Joy in Medicine. She is also the Best-Selling Author of Take Back Your Life: A Working Mom’s Guide to Work-Life Balance, and Physicians Rise Up: The Guide To Evolving as a Healthcare Leader.

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