September 2017
Feature Story
How Diversity Officers Can Succeed in the "Critical First Year"
For more and more organizations, chief diversity officers (CDOs) are vital to addressing issues related to diversity and inclusion head on. But CDOs and related leaders are not miracle workers and must have organizational support – and time – in order to succeed. Our new report, "The Critical First Year" is based on feedback from 81 CDOs based on their experiences in the “critical first year” of their roles.
It is required reading for organizations who wish their diversity and inclusion initiatives to flourish. We encourage your input on the fundamental link between diversity and strong leadership.  

Thought Leadership
If executive candidates think an organization is not innovating, they’ll look elsewhere. This is one of the ideas outlined in this white paper from the Economist Intelligence Unit . “These are generally very driven, altruistic people who want to make a difference,” notes Witt/Kieffer president and CEO Andrew Chastain , one of many experts to weigh in.
Executive roles and titles are changing as the healthcare industry changes. In this column of Wharton Healthcare Quarterly , managing partner Paul Bohne highlights five executive titles - from CCO to CISO - that are growing in significance and figure to remain fixtures in the leadership suite.
Career Corner
"By and large, search committees and governing boards still make hiring decisions on the basis of everything they know. Yet now they know more than ever before about their candidates." There are implications for committees and candidates alike, writes Dennis Barden in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Unlike emergent situations physicians handle on a daily basis, the interview is an event that affords the luxury of preparation. The key thing: the interview is not all about “you” and your expertise. It’s about “we” and how skills, values, and passion will align with what the organization seeks in its executives, writes Sue LeGrand . The advice applies to all executives facing an interview.
Blog Bits
In a recent CASE Currents article, Mercedes Chacon Vance acknowledges the frustration that a lack of fundraising experience creates for many alumni relations and other professionals looking to advance their careers. This article offers practical suggestions for overcoming this challenge.
What are the considerations around hiring a doctor to lead an organization? Senior partner   Kimberly Smith, FACHE  considers the issues in this post.
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Practice Updates
Physician Leadership & Integration Practice:
The profile of today's successful physician leader is an individual who is innovative and interdisciplinary, someone who can play the roles of steward, strategist, catalyst and change agent. This best practices guidebook covers the current state of physician leadership across the continuum of care and offers suggestions for how leading healthcare
organizations can develop, promote and recruit physician leaders.
It also provides expert advice on what physicians themselves can do to hone their leadership skills and advance their own careers.


Witt/Kieffer is pleased to sponsor the   NAHSE 32nd Annual Educational Conference , October 17-20 in San Antonio, Texas. Over 600 diverse healthcare professionals are expected to attend this conference, the theme of which is "Creating a Healthier America Together: Serving our Communities." Consultants  Jennifer Bauer and   Michelle Lee   will present at a Healthcare Professional Development Forum on the topic of strategies for early and mid-career leaders.

Information Technology

The firm's  IT practice  will be on hand at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum being held October 31-November 3 in San Antonio, TX. Managing director and IT practice leader   Hillary Ross and consultants  Nick Giannas and Malissa O'Rourke Miot will lead a focus group on the topic of Innovation in the CIO role.
Rising Stars

Becker’s Rising Stars

Becker’s Healthcare recently announced the 60 winners named to its 2017 list of Rising Stars. Witt/Kieffer is proud to sponsor the Rising Stars program , which recognizes leaders under the age of 40 committed to improving the quality of healthcare.
Witt/Kieffer Growth
Witt/Kieffer is pleased to announce several promotions in the firm’s expanding search practices. All promotions were effective July 1, 2017 and follow the elevation of Andrew Chastain to CEO of the firm and the joint appointment of Paul Bohne and Donna Padilla as leaders of the Healthcare practice.

Additionally, the firm welcomed several new consulting staff members in recent months:

Carl Fitch , consultant in the firm’s Emerging Physician Leadership practice, has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare talent acquisition, business development and operations. He is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Belinda Humphrey is a senior associate in Witt/Kieffer’s Life Sciences practice and is based in the Atlanta area. Belinda brings 30 years of healthcare experience, which includes executive search, direct healthcare delivery and medical industry marketing.

Tammy Jackson is an associate supporting Witt/Kieffer’s Information Technology practice, as well as WK Advisors, the firm’s mid-level practice. She has over 10 years of experience in recruiting, business development and talent management. Tammy is based in the Atlanta area. 

Malissa O’Rourke Miot is a consultant in the firm’s Information Technology practice. Based in Massachusetts, Malissa specializes in identifying key IT leaders on behalf of the nation’s top hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers.

Bonnie Panlasigui, FACHE is a consultant in the firm's Healthcare practice and is based in the Emeryville office. Bonnie joins Witt/Kieffer with more than 10 years of senior executive leadership experience spanning broad hospital operations in for-profit and not-for-profit health systems. 

Philip Tang is a consultant in Witt/Kieffer’s Education practice and is based in Baltimore. Phil joins the firm following 14 years in senior leadership roles at Johns Hopkins University, most recently as vice provost for academic services.