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BDC Advisors Expands Support for Carol Emmott Fellowship in 2018

Marissa Kiefer, Riley Children’s Health executive sponsored by BDC Advisors, is one of 18 rising women leaders chosen for 14 month leadership program aimed at advancing fellows to senior executive positions in health care.

Miami, Florida, ( January 2018) –BDC Advisors, a founding member of the Carol Emmott Fellowship, announced it was continuing its support for a second year for the new national leadership program aimed at overcoming gender disparity in health care leadership.

Richard E. Wesslund BDC’s Founder and Chairman commented in announcing the continuation of BDC’s support for a second year that, “The Carol Emmott Fellowship is designed to fill the crucial need for greater gender diversity and inclusiveness in the C-Suite in all health care organizations. Women are under-represented in senior executive and board level positions in our industry and this needs to be corrected.” The Carol Emmott fellows are chosen for their potential to advance to senior executive roles and make an impact in the health industry.

“Our 2017 fellow Barbara Ronda, from the UHealth, the University of Miami Health System had an outstanding year and clearly demonstrated her potential to advance to a leadership business role. We are equally excited about the next class of 18 fellows which reflects a broader range of disciplines from emergency medicine and surgery to healthcare information technology and finance.”

Marissa Kiefer, MHSA, the Vice President, Maternity and Newborn Health & Statewide Partnerships, Riley Children’s Health, of IU Health—Indiana University Health–will be the BDC supported fellow in 2018 on behalf of Riley Children’s Health. The 14-month program which is supported by 15 different healthcare organizations, is designed to expand the 18 fellows leadership capacity through completion of a tailored impact program that transcends their current management role in health.

Kiefer said, “In my role as VP at Riley, I am acutely aware that Indiana ranks 42nd out of 51 states in infant mortality. I am excited to have the supportive network of the Carol Emmott Fellowship to provide me guidance as I lead development of a Perinatal Center at IU Health to reduce infant mortality.”

Dave Anderson, Ph.D, BDC’s director of planning and development, serves on the Fellowship’s Advisory Board, and together with Elizabeth Walker, a BDC principal, is providing pro bono support in developing The Fellowship’s strategic plan and organizing a collaborative of like-minded organizations who are coming together to address the systemic barriers that influence career disparities in the advancement of both men and women executives. BDC Advisors joins a distinguished group of sponsors of the Fellowship including Duke University Health System, Yale New Haven Health System, Geisinger Health System, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, Trinity Health, Kaiser Permanente, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Sutter Health.


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