Need For The Fellowship

While women constitute the vast majority of mid-level leaders in healthcare delivery, there is a noted shortage of female leadership in the C-suite. Our Fellowship aims to aid and empower women leaders in health in order to  bridge the gap and transform health as we know it for good.

The important need for additional women leaders, both in industry and in health, has been underscored by countless studies conducted by McKinsey’s Global Institute, the World Economic Forum at Davos, Bain, Rock Health, the Health Care Advisory Board, the Bureau of Labor, and more. 

These reports substantiate the clear benefits of seeing more women in wide-ranging leadership positions. Yet despite such broad and overarching agreement on the matter, women continue to remain at a stark disadvantage in all domains of the health field. We work to empower extraordinary women leaders in health to take a much-deserved seat at the table.

Women in health by the numbers



78% of the entire healthcare workforce
is comprised of women; yet women
are significantly underrepresented
as CEOs across health industries.

U.S. Department of Labor. General Facts on Women and Job Based Health. Retrieved July 10, 2013


28% Of hospital governance is represented by women – remarkably low given the role of Women Religious in sponsoring health systems.

Health Care Advisory Board Daily Briefing Blog. August 26, 2014


80% of everyday healthcare decisions are made by women yet they are severely underrepresented in positions of leadership in the field.

U.S. Department of Labor. General Facts on Women and Job Based Health. Retrieved July 10, 2013


40 Years or more until women will reach parity with men in the boardroom, even at twice the current rate of filling seats.

According to the US Government Accountability Office - Bloomberg

In Academia, lower pay and fewer chairmanships for women physicians are thought to reflect implicit bias. Women physicians are encouraged to go into “gender appropriate” fields.
— Molly Carnes, MD, MS, Implicit Stereotype-based Bias: Potential Impact on Faculty Career Development, University of Wisconsin