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XX in Health: Women Leading Healthcare conversation begins today

Name your ten favorite female leaders in health care. Need a hand? Now begins a week spotlighting women who are hospital and health-care company executives, venture partners, professors, government leaders and other decision-makers, as XX in Health: Women Leading Healthcare launches. Watch the video above to meet some of the women driving health-care innovation as they speak about challenges they've faced and choices they've made to help other women thrive. Among those you'll hear from are Amy Lockwood, MBA, MS, deputy director for Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health; Naheed Misfeldt, MPH, venture partner at Aberdare Ventures; and Donna Cryer, JD, chief executive officer of Cryer Health.

Sponsored by Rock Health, a digital health seed-accelerator based in San Francisco, the initiative to promote gender diversity in health care examines barriers in the workplace and efforts to promote female leadership. According to a Rock Health report, women comprise 73 percent of medical and health services managers and 47 percent of medical school graduates but only 4 percent of health-care company CEOs. Making visible women's successes, providing mentorship opportunities and balancing domestic responsibilities by providing family leave for fathers account for just a few of the ways health-care businesses can boost these numbers and make better use of women's talents in executive capacities.

It should be noted that Rock Health's co-founder and medical director, Nate Gross, MD, will be speaking at the upcoming Stanford Medicine X.

Previously: Stanford Gendered Innovations program offers tools for improving scientific researchHannah Valantine: Leading the way in diversifying medicine, Pioneers in science and Advancing the careers of women in academic medicine

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