248942 Strategies for diversifying senior leadership in healthcare management

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:30 AM

Lisa Aponte-Soto, MHA, PhD Candidate , Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Even though more healthcare organizations are recognizing the importance of a diverse labor force, racial/ethnic minorities and women are still underrepresented at the senior leadership levels. Mentoring has been identified as a key strategy for career advancement; however, these groups have been at a disadvantage in obtaining coaching from senior leaders because of the lack of available executives from the same background and the reluctance of white male executives to bridge the gap. This paper employs quantitative and qualitative methods in order to develop strategies for obtaining mentoring for females and people of color. Among the strategies introduced for healthcare organizations is a healthcare management success model, which combines the protégés' talent with networking and formal mentoring opportunities.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
1. Define key strategies for diversifying senior leadership in the healthcare management industry 2. Identify essential support systems for championing minority leadership 3. Discuss action steps for aspiring healthcare executives

Keywords: Leadership, Health Care Workers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This project was part of a field experience and my efforts as a student leader and advocate for diversifying senior leadership positions in healthcare management.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.