She points out that "women hold only 26 percent of hospital CEO positions and 21 percent of executive positions at Fortune 500 health care companies even though they make up 78 percent of the health care work force". This despite the fact that "Study after study has demonstrated that organizations with gender-balanced leadership are more successful than their homogenous counterparts."
The best part of this short piece is her emphasis on solutions. What she has accomplished in her own hospital system can surely be adopted in others. She lists:
- Flexible work arrangements
- Training opportunities for women to build leadership skills
- Increased visibility of female role models
- Connecting junior employees with female senior-level mentors
- Transparent advancement opportunities and clearly charted pathways to leadership
- Shining a light on the challenges of balancing family and work needs
- Support for community programs that promote opportunities for women in our service areas
- Emphasizing STEM and academic programs for women
This blog is certainly helping to "shine a light on the challenges of balancing family and work needs" of doctor-moms, so let's acknowledge what MiM brings to the battle! We can also take a look at this list and think of what may be applicable in our own practices, hospitals, and medical schools.
Ladies, let's take some inspiration and motivation from Annette Walker, impressive mama and hospital CEO.