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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Women leaders in healthcare

I got invited to cover this. A very important topic, IMO.

Registration link here
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I've been granted a press pass, and would really love to cover this. But that's the week of my daughter's 6th round of chemo (Stage IV pancreatic cancer), with follow-up tests (including new CT scans) to see whether the stuff is working. I'm quite conflicted about being gone that week.

I could not be more of a champion of women leaders at the top of the health care space. My wife is a senior exec (Director of Quality) in a male-dominated industry (construction and engineering, environmental remediation prior to that), so I'm generally long-sensitized to the frustrations and barriers women face in much of the corporate world.

I count my daughter as a "woman leader" as well. Her current circumstance just crushes my soul.

A prior post of mine: What exactly is "Leadership," anyway?


I am reminded of one of my favorite books,

BACK IN 2001, as the Internet boom turned into a bust, MIT’s Quarterly Journal of Economics published an intriguing paper called “Boys Will Be Boys: Gender, Overconfidence, and Common Stock Investment.” The authors, Brad Barber and Terrance Odean, gained access to the trading activity in over 35,000 households, and used it to compare the habits of men and women.

What they found, in a nutshell, is that men not only trade more often than women but do so from a false faith in their own financial judgment. Single men traded less sensibly than married men, and married men traded less sensibly than single women: the less the female presence, the less rational the approach to trading in the markets.

One of the distinctive traits about Iceland’s disaster, and Wall Street’s, is how little women had to do with it. Women worked in the banks, but not in the risk-taking jobs. As far as I can tell, during Iceland’s boom, there was just one woman in a senior position inside an Icelandic bank. Her name is Kristin Pétursdóttir, and by 2005 she had risen to become deputy CEO for Kaupthing in London. “The financial culture is very male-dominated,” she says. “The culture is quite extreme. It is a pool of sharks. Women just despise the culture.” Pétursdóttir still enjoyed finance. She just didn’t like the way Icelandic men did it, and so, in 2006, she quit her job. “People said I was crazy,” she says, but she wanted to create a financial services business run entirely by women. To bring, as she puts it, “more feminine values to the world of finance.”

Today her firm is, among other things, one of the very few profitable financial businesses left in Iceland. After the stock exchange collapsed, the money flooded in. A few days before we met, for instance, she heard banging on the front door early one morning and opened it to discover a little old man. “I’m so fed up with this whole system,” he said. “I just want some women to take care of my money.”

Lewis, Michael. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (pp. 37-38). Norton. Kindle Edition.
Yeah. LOL. I spent five years in the financial sector. I read all of Michael Lewis (and Nomi Prins, and Yves Smith, and Bill Black...).

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I'm starting Week Two of this HarvardX MOOC.
Course Outline
Week 1: Burden (opens June 27, 2017)
Week 2: Measurement (opens July 5, 2017)
Week 3: Standards (opens July 11, 2017)
Week 4: Improvement (opens July 18, 2017)
Week 5: IT and Data (opens July 25, 2017)
Week 6: Management (opens August 1, 2017)
Week 7: Patients (opens August 8, 2017)
Week 8: Public Systems (opens August 15, 2017)
Will have much to report soon. Finding it very interesting, if a bit cumbersome in terms of the delivery UX. The "global health" perspective is one I've not accorded sufficient attention until now. Given that 95% of humanity resides outside U.S. borders, it's a necessary topic.

More to come...

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