Board Diversity Lessons Learned

By Jim Gauss and Erica M. Osborne

For many health care organizations, the journey to board diversity has been full of false starts and obstacles. Achieving diversity may be challenging, but it can be done. At a minimum, a successful approach requires strong executive leadership, buy-in of the existing board and a commitment to genuine change. Creativity and perseverance count too.

Here are examples of three health care organizations that have achieved success in their efforts to create a more diversified board in such areas as age, gender, race, ethnicity and expertise. They include Main Line Health (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) and Swedish Health Services (Seattle).

Read the article from AHA’s Trustee Insights.