Who We Are

The most powerful influence for any organization resides in its board of directors. In healthcare, board decisions directly impact the care provided to communities served.

The Leverage Network is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to promoting the advancement of Black executives on board and in senior leadership roles in all sectors of the healthcare industry.

Strategic Focus

OUR VISION

The Leverage Network is the preeminent organization for the advancement of African Americans/Blacks in the boardrooms of healthcare organizations across this nation.

 

OUR CORE VALUES

INFLUENCE – EMPOWER – CHANGE

 

CORPORATE OBJECTIVES

To be recognized as a reputable resource for the promotion and advancement of African Americans/Blacks in governance and Board roles in the healthcare and life sciences;

  • To increase the number of Board seats held by African Americans/Black executives on healthcare boards nationally,
  • To increase the number of African Americans/Blacks serving in Executive Leadership roles within the healthcare industry (C-Suite and two levels down), and
  • Eliminate health disparities in communities of color by ensuring equitable representation of African American/Blacks on healthcare Boards and senior leadership roles.

Through these objectives, TLN will help organizations realize the business case for diversity and inclusion by creating an environment where the richness of diverse ideas, perspectives, and experiences demonstrate value for partnering organizations and businesses.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are Executive Leaders in Healthcare and Corporate America who are dedicated and committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion for African Americans/Blacks in governance.

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.

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Caretha Coleman

Immediate Past Chair // Coleman Consulting

Caretha Coleman, Director, Adviser, Executive Coach, Community Advocate, Volunteer.  Getting her start at Hewlett Packard, Caretha has spent 40 years in the technology industry working with start-ups and early stage

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Eric Conley

President // Froedtert Hospital

Eric Conley is the senior vice president and chief operating officer at Froedtert Health joining the organization in July of 2018. He is responsible for the planning, development and oversight of the day-to-day operations of Froedtert Hospital, an 800 bed $1.8 billion organization,

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Partner // Heidrick & Struggles

Michael J. Loiacano is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, focusing on recruitment and advisory services at the board, chief executive and senior executive level in the Healthcare Services sector. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, he is a member of the global Healthcare and Life Sciences and CEO and Board of Directors Practices.

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Community Relations/Public Affairs // UPS

a Rue Martin, Jr. is Manager of Community Relations/Public Affairs for United Parcel Service, UPS, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. He joined UPS in 1987 as a delivery driver in Portland, Oregon and quickly rose through the ranks securing roles in Customer Service, Employee Relations and Human Resources. 

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Partner // McGuireWoods

As the Chairwoman of the firm’s Healthcare Department, Amber Walsh chairs one of the largest healthcare practices in the United States and is a leader in promoting the advancement of women in the private equity sector.

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Chief Diversity Officer // CommonSpirit Health

Rosalyn Carpenter is the Chief Diversity Officer for CommonSpirit Health, the merged entity of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health, encompasses 800+ care locations, approximately 150,000 employees, and $29.2 billion in revenues. Delivering clinical excellence through hospitals and care centers covering 21 states, CommonSpirit Health is accessible to nearly one in four U.S. residents.

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Chair // Former CHRO // Ascension Health

Challis Lowe is a Board member and Business Strategist with Operational and P&L experience. Provided leadership and oversight on difficult governance and risk management issues; management of human and financial assets.

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Former Vice President // Abbott Laboratories

Al B Reid is the retired Vice President of Abbott’s Corporate Development Organization. In this role, he served as a strategic and operational partner for Abbott global business enterprises and management teams.

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President // Kaiser Foundation Health Plan - Mid-Atlantic

Ruth Williams-Brinkley is president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. In this role, Williams-Brinkley oversees all of Kaiser Permanente’s care delivery and health plan operations in Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia.

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Sr. EVP & CAO// CommonSpirit Health (Former)

Senior Executive and Board-Level Leader, Healthcare
Patricia (Pat) Golden Webb is a board-level executive who currently serves as a director for Telecare Corporation.

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