Antoinette Hardy-Waller

Antoinette Hardy-Waller, MJ, BSN, RN is Chief Executive Officer of The Leverage Network, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and advancement of African Americans to Governance and Board roles in healthcare. She is an accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur and clinician, with extensive leadership and management experience.  She has more than 30 years of experience building, owning and managing health care businesses in the Post-Acute space. Toni is also a member of the Board of Stewardship Trustees for CommonSpirit Health, a $29 billion faith-based health system operating 142 hospitals in 21 states.  She is Chair of the Board Quality and Safety Committee for CommonSpirit Health.   

Prior to building TLN, Toni founded Strategic Healthcare Transformations (SHcT), a national consulting firm assisting health systems nationally in the development of post-acute continuums of care and population health strategies.  She was also founder and CEO of two successful skilled home health companies, the first of which grew to become the largest proprietary home care company in the Chicagoland area. Toni sold that company to Columbia HCA as their flagship home care company for the Chicago region, Columbia Home Care.  Columbia Home Care was the largest national home care company with more than 400 home care agencies across the country.

Toni holds a Master’s in Jurisprudence from Loyola University School of Law and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois Chicago. She has authored several articles including “Why ending disparities in healthcare must start at the top” (Hospitals & Health Networks Daily,  Leadership & Strategy, January 9, 2017)  and “Increasing Board Diversity: An Imperative for Success in the Next Era” (Nurse Admin Q, Vol. 39, No.1, January-March 2015, pp. 23-27) where she speaks about the importance of nurses on boards.

She has served on several boards to include the boards of Alegent Creighton Health, the National Association for Health Services Executives, and the American Hospital Association’s governing boards for The Center for Healthcare Governance and Long Term Care.