270035 Leadership characteristics and success factors for the advancement of women leaders in public health

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Sabine Awad, MA , Federal Health, Deloitte Consulting, Roswell, GA
With health reform investments, public health is looking to work closer than ever with commercial healthcare. Ultimately, public health will need to identify synergies and areas of compatibility in order to ensure success and push the envelope of innovation. A possible study of the “other side” is a closer look at leadership characteristics, and even more importantly at women's stride into leadership roles nationally. Some believe that leadership in public health is a challenge because many have a scientific background, and have not necessarily gone through the management training or experience of corporate leaders. The questions are: Does one have to have such management skills to be a successful leader? What types of characteristics make a leader? There are different types, those that inspire movements and those that drive organizations, which are needed to move public health to the next level? And how do men and women compare as leaders? What are the cross-over characteristics across industries and genders? Who are the women models within and outside of public health? We may have an idea of what leadership is, but what does it look like in everyday action and public health service? These are the questions that my presentation will address in order to provide strategies, identify competencies, and discuss success factors for successful women leaders driving public health impact.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
1) Define characteristics of successful leadership 2) Compare the characteristics between men and women 3) Identify 2-5 case studies of successful women leaders across industries 4) Assess the most compatible with public health 5) Formulate the profile of successful public health women leaders 6) Describe existing examples

Keywords: Women, Leadership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the last 5 years as a Deloitte Consulting Senior Manager. Prior I directed the Project Management Office for Massachusett's Medicaid. I am focused on improving the leadership and performance of public healht.
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.