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The Essential Women’s Leadership Academy is a new, 12-month leadership training designed to build a community of confident and empowered women executives who lead essential hospitals in addressing the challenges of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Gender disparities in hospital executive leadership have changed little over the past few decades. Women make up 74 percent of health care service managers and 48 percent of medical school graduates, but representation decreases as we move higher up the organization ladder. Just 19 percent of hospital CEOs are women and only 4 percent of health care companies are run by women. The Essential Women’s Leadership Academy will strengthen the elements found to be critical for successful female leaders, with the ultimate goal of decreasing the gender gap in executive-level positions at essential hospitals.

Many hospitals are in the midst of a culture transformation that puts patient engagement and community health front and center. Hospital leaders must have passion and courage to spearhead this change. The Academy will help boost women’s confidence and improve their leadership competencies so they have the tools and support necessary to elevate their careers and transform their organizational culture.

Program Components

The Academy will focus on four critical elements found to significantly influence career advancement for women:

  • Mentorship: Mentees (candidates) and their mentors (other essential hospital leaders) will work collaboratively and via coaching to develop the mentees’ career path. This work will include monthly check-in calls and an in-person shadowing day at the mentor’s organization.
  • Assessments and coaching: The Academy will assess mentees’ leadership strengths and weaknesses and provide career path consultations with a professional coach.
  • Leadership training programs and fellowship: Each mentee will undergo 20 hours of leadership training and skill-building designed to accelerate performance.  The program curriculum will be delivered through a series of didactic webinars and a highly interactive in-person meeting with leading experts in the field (leadership experts and women leaders at essential hospitals) who will serve as faculty.
  • Women’s support groups and networking: The program will help build a nationwide network of women essential hospital leaders who share the same mission and challenges.

Program Schedule

  • The Academy will begin in February 2016 with a series of webinars, including an initial orientation webinar and mentorship training webinars.
  • An in-person meeting for mentees and mentors will be held July 27-29, 2016, at America’s Essential Hospitals in Washington, DC.
  • Monthly mentorship check-in calls will be held from August through December 2016.
  • Mentees will shadow their mentor for a day at the mentor’s organization sometime between August 2016 and January 2017.

Program Cost

Mentee tuition is $7,500, which includes the in-person learning session, access to leading health care experts and member CEOs, coaching, curriculum materials, and some meals. Each mentee’s sponsoring organization is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. America’s Essential Hospitals covers mentors’ costs.

Thank you to our sponsor, Supplemental Health Care

Questions or Comments? contact Josel Fritz at jfritz@essentialhospitals.org

GENERAL INFORMATION

Please see the Essential Women’s Leadership Academy one-page general information flyer.

INFORMATION FOR MENTEES

Mentee applications are now closed. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from the CEO/sponsor. A strong recommendation describes in detail the candidate’s leadership potential.

Please see our mentee information page for Academy participation criteria and mentee commitments.

INFORMATION FOR MENTORS

Please see our mentor information page for participation criteria and mentor commitments.

INFORMATION FOR CEOs/SPONSORS

Please see our CEO/sponsor information page for requirements.

About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.