While much has been written on the aging population, all you really need to do is look around. Record numbers of retiring baby boomers are putting enormous pressure on our healthcare system, not to mention shrinking the workforce. What the casual observer may not see is the growing shortage of available talent among 35- to 44-year-oldsthe very pool from which future leaders emerge.
All the more reason to celebrate this years class of Up & Comers. These 12 winners, all age 40 or younger, have demonstrated their ability to assume decisive leadership roles at an early age. While they bring diverse backgrounds and styles to their work, they share a common vision: high-quality, affordable health and wellness care in their communities.
As their careers progress, these gifted individuals will play an integral role in transforming our delivery system. This years class joins the ranks of more than 200 previous winnersmany of whom are highly respected chief executive officers or senior executives whose voices are heard on the national scene.
Witt/Kieffer has been privileged to sponsor the Up & Comers award program since 1997. Were pleased that more and more people realize exceptional leadership is key to our future, and are taking take the time to submit nominations.
How well we care for the huge upsurge of aging Americans will be in the hands of a disproportionately small, but vitally important, generation of new leaders. If seeing is believing, whats written here is proof theyre ready to take on the challenge.