In 1947, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Hospital Association held concurrent annual meetings in St. Louis. Charles Burbridge, an African American member, was denied a hotel room there because of his race.
We’ve made progress as a country and as an organization. In 1990, roughly 850 ACHE members were nonwhite, while today that number is 7,200.
Still, significant opportunities remain. Boardrooms and C-suites still do not reflect the communities we serve.
In fact, the ACHE’s own data indicate only 15.9% of C-suite executives are racial minorities. Clearly, we need to be more intentional about diversity, inclusion and equity at the highest levels of our organizations.
True equality may seem elusive; however, we know from our own research and experience that there are pathways to growing a diverse workforce. As the professional society for leaders serving 48,000 executives, the ACHE does this work by building partnerships and communities, and supporting leaders on their personal career journeys. Leadership support is an essential ingredient for success.