Event Recap | International Women's Day Forum: A celebration of women in health care | 3.8.2022

In January, Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3) launched a new series of equity-driven conversations around the role of women in health care. The series explored the implications of women in health care and solutions to make leadership opportunities more equitable.


Women face gender bias and societal pressures that make it more difficult to be in leadership positions, and they often have to think, look, and act differently to overcome them. The COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced the glass ceiling, exposing the inequitable job opportunities and tremendous responsibilities women shoulder at home and in the workplace.


On March 8, HC3 hosted an International Women’s Day Forum featuring inspiring women leaders in the health care industry sharing their career journeys and opportunities to support more women in leadership.


Opening Remarks:

Meghan Phillipp, Executive Director, Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3)


Keynote Speaker: Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH, Principal and Director of Life Sciences at Sterling Bay


Panel Discussion Featuring:

Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

Susan R. Bailey, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association

Ngozi Ezike, MD, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health


Moderated by: Laurie McGraw, Senior Vice President, American Medical Association and Host, Inspiring Women with Laurie McGraw Podcast


News Coverage WOMEN HEALTHCARE LEADERS DISCUSS PATHS TO TOP ROLES | Health News Illinois, March 9, 2022 | Link to article here


Watch the Recap | Link to Video


Advice from the International Women's Day Panelists on being a woman leader


Dr. Allison Arwady: Just know that the things you know are needed in this world. Your experience is yours, and you can and should stand up, and bring people along with you for the things you care about.


Dr. Sue Bailey: Be intentional. Don't be afraid to set big harry audacious goals, and just go for it! Don't be afraid to just go for it.


Dr. Ngozi Ezike: A lot of times we talk about being the first or the only in a space, but once we are in that space, we need to be intentional about leave that door open. Actually bring somebody physically behind you so we can get to the second and the third, and get to the point where it is not a thing that this woman is in leadership. We have to normalize our status, we have to be there, and have to know that, so let's be part of the solution of bringing more people forward. And, also sharing our experiences and how you succeeded, what those pitfalls and challenges are with our women peers. You will miss 100% of the shots you don't take, and it is okay to try and miss, but it is not okay to not try.


Dr. Suzet McKinney: Remember that just because you're in the space, and you're excelling, you can make room for another woman to do the same. And if you can't make room for her, you don't have to put her down. Be you, do you, but make space for someone else. Rising tides raise all boats, and it doesn't diminish you to lift up others.



This event was generously supported by: