We often hear Northwell leadership speak to the importance of investing in its own team members and how cultivating existing talent, is the smartest strategy in building a stronger and more efficient health system. The concept of a career well cared for is something our employees actively experience in their roles every day. The introduction of the Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership programs, in partnership with McKinsey and Company, is another example of our commitment to provide career advancement opportunities for our team members at Northwell.
This February we will be welcoming nearly 70 leaders of diverse backgrounds into both programs, which supports our mission of having an organization that is representative of the communities we serve. These programs will help us accelerate the progression of diverse leaders within the system by developing their leadership and general management skills. “I was ecstatic when I learned that I was selected to participate in the Management Accelerator Program,” says, Jeffrey Paul, senior program manager for Telehealth Services. Jeffrey joined Northwell in 2018, as a program manager for Telehealth Services, and he shared that one of the things that stood out to him was how much support is placed behind the professional development of the workforce here. “It’s more than just a sign of good faith. It’s a testament to Northwell’s commitment to inclusion, retention, and promoting from within.”
Jeffrey is a member of Northwell’s African American/Caribbean Bridges BERG (Business Employee Resource Group), and that is how he came to learn about this opportunity. The Bridges BERGs were established as a means to provide culturally sensitive services to our communities and to champion a united and skilled workforce where all employees feel welcomed and included. Asian Bridges BERG member, Hamangi Patel, echoes Jeffrey’s excitement about the management accelerator program. “When I was first notified about it through my BERG, I thought, ‘Wow, Northwell is standing by their promise, taking the lead in supporting diverse senior executives in achieving C-suite professional aspirations.” Joining at least one of the Bridges BERGs is a requirement to be considered for this opportunity, but as Jeffrey and Hamangi can attest, being a member of one of the Bridges BERGs can open up doors to career growth while bridging cultural relationships.
Hamangi started with Northwell in 2014 as a research compliance manager. Today, she is director of research compliance for corporate compliance and has experienced encouragement for personal development in her field from the beginning, saying “the inception of the management accelerator and executive leadership programs displays that Northwell welcomes diversity at the leadership table, especially as work culture needs are evolving and healthcare disparities are widening.” Having diverse voices at the leadership table is exactly what the purpose of this initiative is. Northwell leaders of diverse backgrounds will receive expert coaching that will build on their confidence and strengthen their abilities to grow the next generation of leaders.
Latinx BERG member, and fellow management accelerator cohort participant, Christina Giordano views this opportunity as yet another chance to grow in her career. “Words cannot express my gratitude. I am eager to continue my journey in professional development here at Northwell.” In under four years, Christina has gone from communication business analyst to communications lead as a senior product services and management analyst. She feels that it’s easier to believe in oneself when your workplace believes in you too. According to Christina, Northwell makes it easy for her to live by one of her favorite Toni Morrison quotes, “You can do some rather extraordinary things, if that’s what you really believe.”
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