What does it take to drive innovative ideas that impact change in healthcare? Recently, Cardinal Health and our innovation center Fuse expanded our lens on innovation to look at why women must be a strategic part of driving change at our Women in Healthcare Innovation event.
In March 2018, Cardinal Health was awarded one of the top 70 companies for Women in the Workplace by NAFE (National Association for Female Executives), which reflects the company’s strong focus on gender parity and women’s representation across the organization. This focus led us to host an event that expanded the conversation on gender leadership to include change-agents and thought leaders who are driving innovation efforts.
With the theme “Be a catalyst for change,” the event highlighted leaders from across the healthcare industry who shared inspiring insights around empowering women to tackle their own innovation efforts.
The event kicked off with remarks from Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer at Cardinal Health, who said that “innovation is thinking about things differently to find new solutions to challenges.”
“Having women be part – an integral part – of the innovation process is a powerful force and one that you must have in order to drive change. Men and women think differently and filter information differently,” Kaufmann added. “Because of that, they bring unique perspectives to conversations. That makes an enormous difference in outcomes.”
Debbie Weitzman, president of U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution for Cardinal Health, gave the keynote, sharing her personal reflections as a female leader. Additionally, a panel discussion was led by Steve Light, vice president of Consumer Health at Cardinal Health, and included Marti Taylor, executive director of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and chief operating officer of the Ohio State Heart and Vascular Center; Sue Jablonski, senior vice president and chief communications officer of OhioHealth; and Lisa Whitty Bradley, MD, chief executive officer of Chicks with MDs.
Two key themes emerged from the robust remarks and discussions.