Barriers to Diversity Leadership Advancement

Guest post by Jim Gauss and Howard Jessamy

Barriers to Diversity Leadership Advancement

The second in a series of findings from Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey report Building the Business case. Healthcare Diversity Leadership.

If advancing leadership diversity is so crucial to organizational success in the face of change this year, what’s stopping us?

Respondents to Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey say that healthcare organizations still struggle to close the ethnic/racial diversity leadership gap.  In fact, 80 percent of African American respondents feel that…



Advancing Leadership Diversity: What Gets in the Way?

Guest blog by Jim Gauss and Howard Jessamy

Second in a series of findings from Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey report Building the Business case. Healthcare Diversity Leadership.

If advancing leadership diversity is so crucial to organizational success in the face of change this year, what’s stopping us?

Respondents to Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey say that healthcare organizations still struggle to close the ethnic/racial leadership gap.  In fact, 80 percent of African American respondents feel that organizations have been ineffective at closing the…



New Research: The Importance of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Leadership

Guest post by Jim Gauss and Howard Jessamy

New Research: The Importance of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Leadership

…first in a series of findings from Witt/Kieffer’s 2011 national survey report Building the Business case. Healthcare Diversity Leadership.

There’s no question about it. Whatever happens in Washington, health reform this year will require successful organizations to provide more value-based care to patients and deliver higher quality clinical outcomes. The stakes are high for serving patients well. 

But consider this: a 2011 report…



The CDO Role is Maturing

Guest post by Lucy Apthrop Leske and Oliver B. Tomlin, III

Today’s college or university Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is more likely than not to have been at the forefront of establishing the diversity leadership role. In less than two decades, these groundbreakers have worked with senior leadership to move the CDO role from tactical to strategic. The successful diversity leader needs negotiating, diplomatic, communication, and analytical skills in addition to educational credentials, and CDOs continue to seek broader engagement and…