I firmly believe that Mayo Clinic is a superb place at which to develop one's career, perform research, be a learner and care for patients. It's an attractive and gratifying place to be, by almost any measure. I also believe that developing and supporting a more diverse staff and community of learners will make Mayo an even better place to be. And this outcome is already happening.
Mayo Clinic leadership is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive community and recognizes that promoting a more-diverse Mayo is not just the right thing to do, but is critical to our future. Prior to being appointed to lead Mayo's enterprise diversity efforts, I held several positions at Mayo charged with addressing issues related to recruitment, retention and professional development of women and underrepresented minorities. One of the most rewarding aspects of that assignment has been the opportunity to mentor many individuals, formally and informally, from undergraduate to consultant level, regarding career and work-life issues.
In my current position, I am responsible for diversity and inclusion across Mayo Clinic — all sites, all shields. It's a big undertaking, but there are so many individuals who have taken on leadership roles in advancing our mission. I've had the privilege of working with some of the most committed and passionate individuals you can imagine. They are working on efforts as wide-ranging as:
- Developing more-diverse suppliers so that women-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses can provide goods and services to Mayo
- Improving the cultural confidence of our staff to care for all patients
- Addressing health disparities in our communities and among disabled and the GLBT communities
- Engaging diverse staff and students in leadership opportunities
- Ensuring that often marginalized groups are fully included in Mayo's culture
I am proud to lead and work with the many individuals and groups who want Mayo to be a better and more diverse and inclusive place to work, learn, and be a patient.
Dec. 07, 2011