Her Story - Envisioning the Leadership Possibilities in Healthcare

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

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Check out highlights from season 2 as guests share their advice on a variety of topics.

Nov 3

8 min 37 sec

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)

Oct 27

35 min 44 sec

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)

Oct 20

36 min 1 sec

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)

Oct 13

30 min 5 sec

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.

Oct 6

44 min

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)

Sep 29

46 min 26 sec

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.

Sep 22

44 min 32 sec

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)

Sep 15

29 min 2 sec

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)

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Sep 8

34 min 6 sec

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.

Sep 1

33 min 27 sec

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)

Aug 25

33 min 15 sec

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)

Aug 18

54 min 53 sec

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)

Aug 11

52 min 3 sec

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.

Aug 4

6 min 4 sec

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.

Jul 28

29 min 14 sec

*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.

Jul 21

26 min 25 sec

*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.

Jul 14

25 min 1 sec

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.

Jul 7

38 min 59 sec

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.

Jun 30

14 min 21 sec

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.

Jun 23

36 min 58 sec

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.

Jun 16

56 min 50 sec

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.

Jun 9

29 min 9 sec

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.’

Jun 2

7 min 21 sec

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

36 min 36 sec

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

42 min 44 sec

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

50 min 25 sec

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

24 min 26 sec

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.

Apr 28

49 min 11 sec

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.

Apr 21

39 min 49 sec

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.

Apr 14

31 min 42 sec

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.

Apr 7

36 min 32 sec

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.

Mar 31

26 min 42 sec

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.

Mar 24

34 min 22 sec

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.

Mar 17

37 min 47 sec

Watch our season 1 guests share their best advice and memorable experiences during their leadership journey.

Mar 3

2 min 3 sec

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.

Feb 24

26 min 1 sec

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.

Feb 10

6 min 38 sec

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.

Feb 3

12 min 18 sec

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.

Jan 27

23 min 45 sec

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.

Jan 20

25 min 1 sec

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.

Jan 13

23 min 46 sec

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.

Jan 6

26 min 25 sec

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.

Jan 4

23 min 44 sec

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.

Dec 2020

7 min

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Dec 2020

15 min 32 sec

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.

Dec 2020

31 min 20 sec

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.

Dec 2020

27 min 37 sec

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.

Nov 2020

17 min 21 sec

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.

Nov 2020

5 min 24 sec

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.

Nov 2020

27 min 17 sec