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 III

Roslyn Brock
Roslyn Brock Founder and CEO
Equity Partnership Strategies, LLC
Eva Chess, JD
Eva Chess, JD VP Communications and Marketing
American College of Healthcare Executives
Ishmael Cooper
Ishmael Cooper VP/Chief Information Officer
Ronald Louis Copeland, MD, FACS
Ronald Louis Copeland, MD, FACS Senior VP-National Diversity & Inclusion
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Karen Johnson
Karen Johnson Regional President Medicare
WellCare Health Plans – West Region
Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH
Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH CEO/Executive Director
Illinois Medical District
Rita P. Mitchell
Rita P. Mitchell President & CEO
Rita P. Mitchell, LLC
DeEtte Montgomery
DeEtte Montgomery PMI COO
Providence Health & Services - Southern California
Elicia Spearman
Elicia Spearman VP/Chief Human Resources Officer
General Dynamics’ Electric Boat
Pam Sutton-Wallace
Pam Sutton-Wallace SVP/Regional COO
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Richelle Webb Dixon
Richelle Webb Dixon System Vice President
CommonSpirit Health
Charles Williams, MBA, MOT, FACHE
Charles Williams, MBA, MOT, FACHE President & CEO
The Regional Medical Center
Leslie Wise
Leslie Wise Principal Consultant
Allison Young
Allison Young President/CEO
United Healthcare - Louisiana Community Health Plan (Retired)

Cohort Board Appointments

Congratulations Healthcare Board Initiative (HcBI) Cohort II