Women increase diversity, frequently bringing new perspectives, priorities, and leadership styles that foster collaboration and cross-disciplinary approaches. Women leaders are more likely to prioritize the needs of women, children, and communities. Despite women representing 70% of the health workforce, they are an untapped and underutilized talent pool – filling only 25% of senior and 5% of top health organization positions.
WomenLift Health was formed at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health in 2017 after the first Women Leaders in Global Health conference. As the founder of WomenLift Health, Michele Barry, MD, FACP is thrilled that this initiative has been successfully incubated at the Center for Innovation and Global Health and is now transitioning to an independent fiduciary platform in order to accelerate its global scale-up. The Center for Innovation in Global Health looks forward to continuing to work with WomenLift Health as a trusted collaborator in driving impactful change for women leaders in global health.
“The challenges in global health are too big and too complex to leave half the talent sitting on the sidelines.”
– Michele Barry, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health
When women lead, good health follows. Our collaborator, WomenLift Health, aims to accelerate the involvement of women in global health leadership by investing in and elevating talented mid-career women to become global health leaders and to contribute to their fullest potential.
The annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference, hosted by our collaborator, WomenLift Health, provides a forum for established and emerging leaders to work together to advance gender equity in health leadership and to improve health for all. The conference encourages women around the world to find their voices, receive leadership training, and find community and inspiration.