UPCOMING SUMMER EVENTS
We have a number of wonderful events planned this year, including our regularly scheduled networking happy hour and coffee break series, quarterly book clubs, collaborative events with partner organizations, and additional opportunities for you to network, share, learn, development and have fun!
This summer, we hope to see you at our upcoming events. Save the Dates on your calendars.
Statement from the President
2022 BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Health and Wellness”, highlighting “Black pioneers’ trailblazing contributions to Western medicine, address health disparities facing our communities, and encourages healing through education.” This includes bolstering efforts from improving healthcare access and equity to diversifying the health workforce at all levels.
As we reflect on Black History Month and enter Women’s History Month, it’s important to note that working towards progress is year-round. Opportunity remains for leadership representation, advancing DEI initiatives, and providing sponsorship/mentorship and supportive spaces for women of color. In the most recent LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company’s Women in the Workplace Study, fewer women than men are hired at the entry level despite women being 57% of recent college graduates. Moreover, Black women face particularly high intersectional discrimination in the workplace. Black women are promoted at a lower rate than white women at the first step up to manager, and more than a quarter of Black women say their race has led to them missing out on an opportunity to advance. We see how workplace discrimination influences all leadership rungs, including the C-suite: One in five C-suite leaders is a woman, and fewer than one in 30 is a woman of color.
WHA remains committed in examining, challenging, and expanding the ways in which we use our voice to create positive change as healthcare leaders. This includes having dialogues about how we lift up our communities and actively fight for representation and equity. With our Board of Director recruitment efforts, we strive to have board members reflective of our membership. We continue to be intentional in our membership recruitment and retention efforts. We continue to identify ways for our programming and events to be representative and responsive to member interests and development.
We still have a lot to learn, and we are here to listen and be part of the solution. Please continue to engage with us and let us know what we can do and how we can be better.
Thank you for being a part of the WHA community.