Monday, December 03, 2018
SLCH | Two St. Louis Children’s Hospital leaders — LaToya Daughrity, newborn ICU, and Lisa Glover-Jones, Child Health Advocacy and Outreach — were among a select group of BJC leaders chosen for a year-long leadership fellowship sponsored by the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative (SLBDI).
The program included:
Past SLCH fellows include Corey Harris, surgical services; Kel Ward, Child Health Advocacy and Outreach; and Angie Woods, patient access and dental operations.
Both Daughrity and Glover-Jones say the program was worthwhile and they learned things they didn’t expect.
“I didn’t know that I would meet a group of diverse leaders that I would be connected to for life,” says Daughrity. “I learned that a true leader is not learning for their own benefit — they are learning to help the next person take over their position. I learned that it’s not enough to be the first if there is no second.”
Adds Glover-Jones, “Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, but a part of me was thinking the program would focus on leading from a business perspective.
I soon realized that this was an opportunity to intentionally emphasize leadership development that diverse leaders are often not provided.
“SLBDI was purposeful in connecting us with leaders from the various companies and community organizations to build a collaborative network. The program created a reflective environment that promoted individual growth and applicable skills.”
Glover-Jones and Daughrity also say SLCH and BJC are advancing diversity, but there are additional opportunities.
“SLCH and BJC are advancing diversity/inclusion through employee trainings, BJC Connection groups, Children’s ‘Reel Talk’ sessions, and by offering access to programs such as SLBDI,” Glover-Jones says. “As we progress, next steps continue with hiring and retention of diverse employees.
“Beyond our hospital walls, next steps include continuing to build community trust and promote equitable health outcomes — understanding that when a patient presents with a health issue, the bigger picture may involve a socioeconomic or socio-emotional barrier that is preventing a positive health outcome,” she adds.
Daughrity says the program helps participants to dispel the myth that there are no diverse leaders to advance.
“We have to be mentors and volunteers to help bring diverse candidates into the organization. We have to continue to partner with diverse organizations. We need to make an effort to recruit from diverse colleges,” Daughrity says. “Diversity training needs to stay in the forefront of our minds. When we post pictures or run commercials from BJC, for example, it’s important to have a representation of all the races. These are simple examples of how we can make a big impact on advancing diversity within SLCH and BJC.”
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12/3/2018 3:13 PM
12/4/2018 11:28 AM
I'm a SLBDI Fellow ( Cohort 9.) I have been forever changed by the fellows program; personally and professionally. And I'm forever grateful to BJC for sponsoring me and supporting the fellows to be better leaders. We all make Medicine Better.
12/4/2018 11:30 AM
12/4/2018 1:26 PM
Congratulations on becoming stronger, productive and dedicated leaders for the community.
12/4/2018 1:30 PM
Congratulations, Ladies! I hear so many great things about SLBDI. I am positive that your new skill set will help us continue to weave diversity and inclusion throughout the fabric of our wonderful organization and respective HSO's.
12/5/2018 7:18 AM
Congratulations Ladies!! Very well done!
12/5/2018 1:06 PM
Congratulations Ladies! The Fellows Program is an amazing part of our leadership development! Continue to grow and make a positive impact in and on our organization..
12/7/2018 1:50 PM