SMI completes first cohort of advancing women leaders program and celebrates 9 executive leaders

December 6, 2023- SMI®, a non-profit, community of healthcare supply chain organizations, congratulated its first cohort of Mentees for completing their ground-breaking leadership program called Advancing Women Leaders (AWL). This 12-month program brings together a Mentor, Sponsor, and Mentee pairing from SMI member organizations for the advancement of women into senior level executive roles. SMI celebrated the first cohort of 9 Mentees at the SMI Fall 2023 Forum in Nashville. See the list of mentees and learn more about this program here.

SMI’s Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) program intends to close the gender gap in Senior Executive Positions by guiding aspiring women to leverage their networks, work alongside a Sponsor and Mentor in unison, thus creating a more diverse healthcare supply chain. SMI members nominate a mentee, an emerging leader from their organization, and as their Sponsor, advocate for the Mentee  within their organization. Mentees are paired with a Mentor – a senior healthcare supply chain leader from SMI’s membership – who provides guidance for career advancement.

SMI has partnered with the McGuckin Group, a talent-innovation firm, to develop this first of its kind program, which includes one-on-one mentoring, networking, peer-to-peer learning, workshops, and self-assessment tools.

SMI launched Cohort 2 for the Advancing Women Leaders program in October. Sixteen mentees were announced at the SMI Fall Forum and will now embark on this 12-month program along with their Mentor and Sponsor. See the list of Cohort 2 Mentees.

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