WSHA launches Women’s Leadership Program

February 25, 2021

I am excited to share that this spring, WSHA will host the inaugural Women’s Leadership Program: A Certificate Program in Health Care Leadership. The virtual program is designed for women seeking to advance their career through leadership, influence, communication and confidence. Anyone who identifies as a woman and has at least five years’ post graduate experience and/or supervisory experience is encouraged to join.

We encourage Washington hospitals and health care facilities to support staff participation in this program. All women are welcome and we particularly encourage nomination of women from groups that historically have faced barriers to leadership advancement, including women of color.

Women control 80 percent of health care purchase and usage decisions but hold less than 20 percent of executive health care leadership roles nationwide. In the Washington health care community, we have a higher number of women in leadership than other parts of the country. I know that many of us, myself included, have been fortunate to have great women and health care executives as mentors, and the message I’ve been getting from current executives is a very strong commitment to helping other women grow into leadership positions.

We have developed a program that brings together academics, peer coaching, inspirational panels, networking and top-notch female executives in our state with a goal to help boost the career development of our future female leaders. The University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business – one of the most diverse business schools in the county, which has the highest number of female faculty per capita – is providing the academic content.

This nine-week program begins with an orientation Tuesday, April 20 and then runs every Wednesday from 8–11 a.m., from April 21 through June 16. Each virtual module will cover two weeks and include academic instruction as well as skills development and peer coaching facilitated by Kimberly McNally. Participants will be broken into small cohorts to discuss topics, accelerate learning, set goals and hold each other accountable. We expect that participants will complete the program with new skills and a strong peer network of emerging leaders in our state.

Please view the program webpage for more information and registration details. If you have any questions, please contact Ed Phippen at 206-216-2556 or by email at


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