I heard an interesting snippet on NPR the other morning, about women and our ambition. Shankar Vedantam, NPR’s social science correspondent and the host of a podcast I love called the Hidden Brain, discussed a study which found single women as much less likely to express career ambitions compared to married women or men. What is the reason behind this? Are we creating a glass ceiling for ourselves?
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the judgment of others and how that plays into our everyday lives – both personally and professionally. Do you write people off because of the way they act or look? Perhaps it’s not consciously done, but are we predisposed to it? I watched a TED talk on the existence of prejudice and bias and how it can help us categorize our lives. In the video Paul Bloom shares stories from research on prejudice including one study that illustrated young children showing an affinity for certain stuffed animal characters over other stuffed animals based on the stuffed animals’ “preference” for foods like green beans vs. graham crackers. Are we wired to like people -and even stuffed animals – based on some subconscious cues that may not make a lot of rational sense? Acknowledging that is a part of being human and may be the first step toward reducing the impact prejudice has on the way we think and act. Take a look if you have a moment.
The first few months in a new leadership role are usually an exciting and challenging time. The hard work of networking, research, applications, and interviewing has finally paid off. You got the job! Congratulations, but now is no time to relax.
Did you know the first 100 days in a new job establish your foundation as a new leader? Many new leaders arrive on Day One “ready to go” but without a plan. Rather than “hitting the ground running,” early messages are off target, relationships are slow to form, and results are unpredictable. In today’s business world there is no such thing as a “honeymoon period.” All eyes are on the new leader to produce results quickly and efficiently.
The key is to develop your transition game plan long before your start the job. Clarify expectations, uncover landmines and avoid missteps that can negatively impact first impressions and your long term success. There are plenty of resources and tools to help with this. One book I found particularly useful is The New Leader’s 100 Day Action Plan by George Bradt, Jayme Check, and John Lawler. In it, the authors present a compelling case for flushing out your onboarding plan even before you have accepted the job. Four main concepts for a successful transition and increased chances of long term success are succinctly detailed: Getting a head start by assessing risks, identifying landmines, jump-starting relationships; Managing the message by creating a strong first impression, opening message and ongoing communication; Setting direction and building your team by co-establishing 30-45-70 day objectives; Sustaining momentum and delivering results by continuing to evolve your leadership and practices. With background information, examples, diagrams and tools this book offers ways to assess your new situation and begin develop an on-boarding plan that gives you more control from Day One.
Just as you diligently prepared for your job interviews, advance planning of your first days and months on the new job should be an integral part of your next career move.
Blog post by WHCM Steering Committee Member MaryGaye Grizwin
Most people have smart phones now, and if they don’t, they probably have a tablet. For instance, my dad, who is 65+, is holding onto his flip phone for dear life but LOVES his iPad / iPod and has many apps he finds useful on them.
I went to a conference a few months ago and as an “ice breaker” in a room of about 30 people, we went around and shared our favorite app and its function. It was interesting to hear what people discovered value in, and what their interests were. Podcast and music apps were especially popular. One of my favorites is SpotHero, an app that uses your location to find the cheapest parking – whether it be in a garage or in the back of a Boston Brownstone – and all currency is exchanged through the phone. Two new ones I learned about are; Cash , a free to download app by Square that instantly transfers money between friends for free as long as you are both signed up and connect your debit cards, and OneNote for iPhone, a virtual notebook you can write memos in, save images and articles from the web and audio files – and it’s completely searchable! I think this question is a great conversation starter and you might just learn something new about the person you are speaking with.
Why did I join Women in Healthcare Management? It was nine years ago – I had been laid off from my public relations agency job as part of a 40% reduction in workforce and was actually happy about it. People were crying and packing up their desks in those pitiful printer paper boxes they give you when you’ve been terminated and I was smiling. I felt awful for my colleagues – for some it was their first job – but happy because it gave me the push to make a change. How to make that change? My public relations clients had been mostly high-tech and some medical device. I knew I wanted to work in medicine, but not in patient care. I wanted to enable those providing care to do what they do best, but without years of experience, it was tough to even get an interview. A friend of a friend’s mom suggested I join Women in Healthcare Management (WHCM). My eyes were open to the different jobs in healthcare – I never realized there were hundreds of jobs with countless skill sets supporting the physicians, nurses and clinicians.
Fast forward to 2017. I am happily employed at Signature Healthcare in the marketing department, doing public relations and web content management. I’m still so impressed by the women I meet at our WHCM events. Just last night I was at one of our 4 yearly informal networking gatherings and met so many interesting women in the two hours – a lady who works at a pharmaceutical company and files papers for clinical trial approvals; a developer and data analyst who saved up so she could quit her job and focus on the “next step” in her career; a nurse manager from Children’s Hospital; consultants; a project manager for a health plan and more. I mused as I remembered our fall networking gathering several months before and how two women at my table discovered they were both breast cancer survivors. We learn from each other, support each other and provide sounding boards. I’ve made friends through the group and career-driven, passionate women who’ve helped me grow – whether they knew it or not. I look forward to meeting more of them in the years to come.
Join colleagues, friends and members for an informal night of conversation and networking. Get out of the house during the winter season and be warmed through connections with other women in the healthcare industry. Appetizers and a cash bar included. Hope to see you there!
Join colleagues, friends and members for an informal night of conversation and networking. Connect with other women in the healthcare industry. Appetizers and a cash bar included. Hope to see you there!
Nationally and locally, healthcare is becoming more competitive, innovative and ever- changing. This means new opportunities and newer ways to connect oneself to these opportunities. To give our WHCM community the tools to succeed at it, this Fall Forum will provide 2 skill-building workshops:
1. Leveraging Linked In– Advanced Strategies for Building your personal brand, presented by Katherine Kent
2. Sharpening your Salary Negotiation Skills, presented by Myranne Janoff and Julie DeSorgher
Members and Non Members are invited to join us for dinner, networking and engaging workshops conducted by our distinguished presenters. Both sessions include dinner, please choose one when completing your registration.
Julie DeSorgher, Vice President at ZurickDavis
Early in her career, Julie worked in nursing and nursing administration at several academic medical centers. Building on that experience, she became a management consultant and also worked in hospital finance at Beth Israel Hospital. She has also held senior positions in managed care, both on the payor and provider side, at several premier Boston area companies, including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Steward Health Care, and Neighborhood Health Plan. In addition to Julie’s broad healthcare experience, she worked for Auerbach Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education and cultural institutions, where she led academic and administrative searches for leadership positions at top-tier colleges and universities. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Winona State University in Minnesota and her Master of Public Administration degree from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.
Myranne Janoff, Managing Partner at ZurickDavis
Before joining ZurickDavis in 2000, Myranne was the Associate Administrator of the Brigham Surgical Group in Boston. With more than 20 years of experience as a health care executive and entrepreneur, she founded a clinical laboratory, was a Partner in an e-health care business venture, and has been a consultant to several start-up health care ventures. Myranne has abroad range of responsibilities, including the leadership of major searches, business strategy, new business development and the oversight of operational improvements and efficiency. Myranne holds her undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She began her career as a medical technologist.
Katherine Kent, Social Media Coach
A native Rhode Islander, Katherine traveled to the foothills of the mountains of Western Maine to earn a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington. She has previously worked as a Residential Caseworker, a Case Manager, and is an experienced Workshop Facilitator. Currently, Katherine works as a Career Navigator & Communications Associate with JVS CareerSolution in downtown Boston. In this role, she leads workshops and works one-on-one with individuals to create and strengthen their social media presence to aid in job searching, networking, and personal branding. Outside of work, Katherine enjoys serving as an Alumni Volunteer for Alpha Phi Omega (National Co-Ed Service Fraternity), practicing yoga, reading great books, and cooking all kinds of delicious food!
Join Women in Healthcare Management for our annual summer networking event – a chance to touch base and mingle between our Spring and Fall events. Appetizers will be served.
Join us for dinner, networking and a lively, rich discussion as moderator Patricia Noga, PhD, RN, VP, Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Hospital Association leads our esteemed panel in answering:
(1) What does ‘value-based’ care mean to you and your organization and what are you doing to deliver it?
(2) What are new career paths you see in the quest for value, and the skills women in healthcare need to pursue those paths?
• Emily Brower, Vice President, Population Health, Atrius Health
• Patty Blake, President, Senior Products, Tufts Health Plan
• Kelly Fanning, Senior Director, Population Health Management, Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization
• Katharine London, Principal, Center for Health Law and Economics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Please see panelist bios below.
Patricia Noga, PhD, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, VP Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Hospital
Patricia M. Noga, Vice President, Clinical Affairs of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), leads a variety of clinical and health system-related programs which support Massachusetts hospitals in continually improving patient safety and quality of care, the healthcare workforce, and emergency preparedness. Currently, she is the leader in implementing the MHA’s Statewide Performance Improvement Agenda focusing on statewide initiatives to improve quality, improve efficiency, and improve safety. She leads the state in the continued implementation of the national quality improvement collaborative in Massachusetts hospitals, Hospital Engagement Network; in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust. Pat also co-chairs MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force which issued Guidelines for Emergency Department Opioid Management.
Pat received her Associate in Liberal Arts degree from Elmira College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Skidmore College. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from Suffolk University and her doctoral degree in health policy from the University of Massachusetts.
Emily Brower, Vice President, Population Health, Atrius Health
Emily DuHamel Brower is Vice President of Population Health for Atrius Health, an alliance of three medical groups and a home health care and hospice agency in Massachusetts.
Emily has developed opportunities to support transformational work that measurably improves healthcare for Atrius Health patients, including leading Atrius Health’s implementation of the Pioneer ACO model, an initiative of CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In her position, Brower leads cross-Atrius Health, cross-discipline teams of over 50 people involved in redesigning care, moving from a payer-based to population-based approach for high risk patients.
Patty Blake, President, Senior Products, Tufts Health Plan
Patty joined Tufts Health Plan in 1993 to develop and launch the company’s Medicare business. Under her leadership, Tufts Health Plan established itself as a market leader and became the number one Medicare Advantage plan in Massachusetts. Patty is responsible for all aspects of Tufts Health Plan’s senior business including strategy, product development, network management, care management, marketing and sales. Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred is consistently ranked among the top Medicare Advantage plans in the country by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options earned 5 stars out of a possible 5 from the CMS for 2016, one of only 12 Medicare Advantage plans in the country to receive this rating for 2016.
Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan, Patty spent seven years with PacifiCare Health Systems in California. She was executive director for Secure Horizons USA and was regional director of health services; responsible for provider network performance, network contracting and development and utilization management. Patty began her career in managed care in sales and provider contracting.
Patty serves on the board of directors of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and is actively involved in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Patty received an M.B.A. from the U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management, an M.A. in health care management from the U.C.L.A. School of Public Health and a B.S. in public health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Kelly Fanning, Senior Director, Population Health Management, Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization
Kelly Fanning is the Senior Director of Population Health Management at Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization. In this role, Kelly partners with the Chief Medical Officer to develop the BWPO’s strategy to deliver efficient and high quality care to all of their patients. Specifically, Kelly works within Brigham and Women’s and across the Partners network to redesign care and position BWH as an accountable care organization and a center of excellence.
Prior, Kelly held multiple leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she worked collaboratively to align the needs of members, accounts, and providers. Kelly holds a bachelor of arts from Colby College and an MBA from Simmons.
Katharine London, Principal, Center for Health Law and Economics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Katharine London, MS, Principal, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Health Law and Economics. Ms. London has over 25 years’ experience developing policy in the areas of health care financing, payment reform, cost containment, and quality improvement. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council, Director of Health Policy at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Director of Special Policy Initiatives at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, and Pricing Policy Manager at the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission. Ms. London holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with biology from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.