Healthcare Board Initiative (HcBI)

The Leverage Network’s sole purpose is dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion on the boards of healthcare companies.

The Healthcare Board Initiative (HcBI) addresses  TLN’s strategic focus to increase the number of African Americans/Blacks holding board seats in healthcare and life science organizations through programs and deliberate networking opportunities with industry decision makers and influencers.

The HcBI meets this objective by preparing executives for board opportunities, positioning them to enhance their visibility and access within the industry and working in partnership with our strategic partners to promote them for viable board opportunities.

The Healthcare Board Initiative (HcBI) curriculum is a six-month fellowship provided to a select Cohort of African American Executives. The program consists of health subject matter resources, thought leadership and insights from the boardroom on emerging governance trends and issues, and executive development to ensure each fellow is prepared for the next board opportunity. The program combines content with panel discussions featuring sitting African-American board members who share real life experiences, challenges and success on their journey to the boardroom.

Through its HcBI, TLN identifies highly qualified individuals interested in pursuing board opportunities in the healthcare industry and includes them in smaller cohort groups. The HcBI cohorts will participate in seminars, coaching sessions, intentional networking events, and panel discussions. TLN monitors cohort members’ appointment to board service as a result of their participation in the HcBI.

Meet Healthcare Board Initiative (HcBI) Cohort II

Bert Allen
Bert Allen                           Senior Executive Consultant
Roberston Lowstuter, Inc.
Alfreda Bradley-Coar
Alfreda Bradley-Coar Principal
The Bradley Coar Group, LLC
Eric Conley
Eric Conley EVP/COO
Froedert Hospital
Charles Deshazer, MD
Charles Deshazer, MD Chief Medical Officer
Highmark, Inc.
Dennis O. Driver
Dennis O. Driver      SVP/ Chief HR Officer
Theravance Biopharmaceutical – CA
Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee
Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee         SVP/Chief Community Impact Officer
Dr. Ivor Horn
Dr. Ivor Horn           Chief Medical Officer
Accolade, Inc.
Rita Johnson-Mills
Rita Johnson-Mills     Independent Consultant
RJ Mills Enterprises
Marvin O’Quinn
Marvin O’Quinn President/COO
CommonSpirit Health

Results From Cohort I


  • Board Placement
  • Board


  • Technology
  • Health System
  • Academia


  • Women
  • Men