Why Healthcare Needs More Women Leaders
By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist – #TheIncrementalist
Now on demand, I am talking to Lisa Suennen, (@VentureValkyrie) Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie, LLC, an advisory firm that works with healthcare and other companies on investment and innovation strategies and host of the Tech Tonics Podcast. Lisa is a twenty year veteran of healthcare investment, healthcare technology and venture funding and a history with a behavioral health company that was treating 35 million people.
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This interview arose from a Twitter discussion featuring #ThisWomanRocks that I nominated Lisa and several others for and I asked them to join me on my show to share their experiences and thoughts on how we change the poor representation of women. In the venture capital world when Lisa joined the statistics were dismal – only 8% of Venture Capitalists were women – 20 years later, its still about the same!
This despite the fact that gender diverse companies show better financial performance – so its not just good to do its the best for the bottom line too. As Lisa highlighted, Kevin O’Leary (aka as Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank) has highlighted the fact that in all the companies he is involved in – the ones with gender equity and women backed are far more successful on multiple measures.
So why are we still seeing dismal representation for women and what incremental steps can we take to improve this – listen in to hear what Lisa has to say and why in healthcare especially this should be a prime directive (hint – think about who makes the majority of healthcare decisions for any family).
As we discussed, the way to get more women onto the stage and engaged is to be part of the solution and there is no better way than signing up with CSweetner, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping women benefit from mentorship to become the best leaders they can be and offering a speaker bureau for conferences to find women speakers.
About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.
This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.