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The Leverage Network (TLN) is a unique organization solely dedicated to increasing the representation of African Americans in Executive, Governance and Entrepreneurial roles in healthcare.


TLN has two signature initiatives, the Executive Women of Color (EWOC) Summit and the Healthcare Board Initiative (HcBI).  The EWOC Summit is a “call to action” to increase the representation of women of color in key decision making roles in business and industry.  The annual event is designed to bring together women of color to further their careers and success.  The HcBI develops a pipeline of ‘board ready’ executives interested in governance roles. This is accomplished through a proven model that prepares, positions and promotes candidates for board opportunities.   


Executive and Board Diversity in healthcare remains a significant challenge in healthcare.  The issue, however, is about far more than just the numbers. What we know for sure through research is that boards and executive leadership teams that fail to reflect the demographics of the communities they serve—especially by race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status—risk the exclusion of knowledge and experience that will better inform policies to improve patient care and community outreach efforts.  Thus our research explores the correlation between ethnically diverse leadership in healthcare organizations and their direct impact on health disparities.    Stay Tuned….