April 19, 2021 – WittKieffer and NALHE (National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives) have reached an agreement to partner on mutually beneficial activities through 2021 and beyond. Initially, the two organizations will work together to create content (including written articles, webinars and conference presentations) for the exclusive benefit of NALHE members. “Our partnership with WittKieffer will open up many doors for our membership,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, president and chair of NALHE. “There is a real need for experienced, insightful expertise that WittKieffer provides about executive careers and counsel as to how Latino and Latina leaders can continue to grow and develop as they advance in their careers.”
“We are ecstatic to be working closely with NALHE leadership and its membership toward the mutual goal of increasing leadership diversity in healthcare, and in particular expanding the pipeline of Latino/Latina leaders who will play a key role in tomorrow’s healthcare industry,” said Donna Padilla, managing partner and leader of WittKieffer’s healthcare practice. “Expanding diversity in leadership requires intentional actions, and I believe our partnership will yield great benefits for NALHE members.”
“The future of our nation’s healthcare delivery system lies in the hands of the next generation of leaders,” said Isabell Pacheco, chair of NALHE’s leadership incubator. “It is incumbent upon us to create a forum for those leaders to learn and be challenged to create a better delivery system that supports diversity and inclusion across all nationalities. Our partnership with WittKieffer will intentionally develop those leaders through resources, programming and thought leadership.”
Experts in Healthcare Policy and Practice
NALHE is a national organization led by Latino/Latina executive leaders of U.S. hospitals and healthcare organizations and experts in the fields of healthcare policy and practice. Founded in 2005, its goal is to create a future workforce of highly talented Latino/Latina healthcare executives who can meet the challenge of delivering and improving healthcare in diverse communities as well as to promote health equity.
WittKieffer, based in Oak Brook, IL, assists hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, medical schools and physician groups; biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies; colleges and universities, and not-for-profit community service and cultural organizations with senior administrative recruiting assignments. With more than 100 search professionals nationwide, its consultants recruit CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CNOs, physician executives and other leaders.
WittKieffer and the International Hospital Federation (IHF) have announced a partnership to advance the organization’s Young Executive Leaders (YEL) program, helping to build global healthcare leadership competencies among the next generation of leaders in the IHF’s international membership. WittKieffer has supported the healthcare industry for more than 50 years, serving as strategic leadership experts to healthcare institutions. Through the partnership, IHF and WittKieffer are enhancing the program’s content repository, structure and reach.
“We are very proud to participate in the expansion and continued success of the Young Executive Leaders program,” said Andrew Chastain, president and CEO of WittKieffer. “In just a few short years, the IHF has created the premier global healthcare leadership development program whose goals align with those of our firm—to support exceptional young leaders to become the CEOs and executives of tomorrow’s global healthcare industry. Partnering with IHF on such an important program is an honor and matches our strategic vision of strengthening and diversifying the world’s healthcare leadership.”
Earlier this year, WittKieffer introduced a new implicit bias training package as part of its LeaderVerse suite of services. LeaderVerse, introduced in March of last year, combines executive assessment tools with enhanced leadership consulting capabilities to support the long-term success of executives and their organizations, through services including executive onboarding, coaching and succession planning. LeaderVerse helps organizations to tap into the knowledge of WittKieffer search consultants and CMA’s business-experienced psychologists. This fusion of recruiting expertise and objective, science-based data assessment and executive development methods helps leaders and their organizations to learn, grow and succeed, the firm said.
In collaboration with international leadership evaluation and business consulting firm CMA, WittKieffer has developed a three-tiered implicit bias training offering. Clients can choose between the following programs: an instructive session for search committees, an interactive workshop for search committees or a customized program for organizations. Implicit bias – from hiring authorities, interviewers or search committees – can play a detrimental, limiting role in executive hiring. “Left unaddressed, implicit bias disrupts attempts to hire the best candidates for any given role,” the search firm said. “WittKieffer, dedicated exclusively to organizations that improve the quality of life in healthcare, education, the life sciences and the not-for-profit sector, is committed to helping search committees and organizations recognize and reduce the effect of implicit bias. Through strategic training, WittKieffer supports clients in conducting equitable executive searches and cultivating diverse and inclusive workplace environments.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media