Women, Confidence and Warmth

I wanted to share this article from the Harvard Business Review, "To Seem Confident, Women Have to be Seen as Warm." It details a fascinating study which suggests that, in order to be viewed as confident (read: worthy of promotion), women need to display not only...

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Is Our Facade More Important Than Our Content?

Last week I attended a conference for corporate directors. The attendees included those who are on corporate boards, CEOs and executives. After the opening session broke, there was a line for the women’s restroom. While waiting, I struck up a conversation with a few...

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Seeing Life Transitions as Opportunities

My youngest son will graduate from college next weekend. It sounds cliché but I find myself wondering where the time went. My husband and I talked about traveling to Europe directly after the graduation. After providing a college education for seven children, we...

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Women who Paved the Way: Tea with Madeleine Albright

As a woman CEO, I am fortunate to meet women who are true trailblazers in paving the way for women leaders. I was reminded of that recently during a tea I had with Madeleine Albright. As the first woman to enter the Situation Room as Secretary of State, Albright had...

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Planning a Family

One of the questions I am frequently asked by younger women is, “how can I advance my career and plan a family at the same time?” Since I work among a large group a women physicians who have spent years in school, training and nurturing their careers, this is a...

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Interview with Lutheran Settlement House

I was recently interviewed by Lutheran Settlement House for their website. Their 11th Women of Courage Awards ceremony honors Karen Hudson, who leads the Homeless Health Initiative at CHOP and is an old friend and colleague. CHOP is also one of the ceremony's...

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Why Influencing Skills are More Important than Your Title

Over the past month, I have spoken to three people about their future career options. Each was seeking career advancement and an executive title. In each case, I told them that chasing a title is not actually the best way to advance. Of course, that seems easy for me...

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On the topic of Learned Helplessness

Anyone in a dual career partnership knows how important “dividing the labor” at home truly is. This is often a topic of discussion with my colleagues and friends when we address the demands of our jobs and how to find our balance between work life and home life....

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How to Hire and Motivate the Right People

In a recent mentoring session with an emerging leader, we spoke about the challenges of the hiring right people. Beyond that, we talked about how I motivate new team members and make sure that they support my vision as a leader.  It’s an important conversation about a...

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How I Learned Empathy as a Nurse

I recently received the same question at two different post-speech Q&A sessions and during an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer: What about your experience as a nurse prepared you to be CEO? Well, firstly, that question kind of makes it seem like I was a...

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Stretch Yourself: Getting Outside of Your Comfort Zone

When I am asked about my career journey, I often tell people that the continuous theme has been saying yes to every opportunity, even when it has been outside of my comfort zone. When someone offers you the chance to do something new, even if you’re not 100%...

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Interview for Inquirer’s Executive Q&A column

I was interviewed for Jane Von Bergen's "Executive Q & A" column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She asked me about my training as a nurse (not a physician), how I got the CEO job, exciting medical developments at CHOP, and more. Look for a longer version in print...

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Joining the Comcast Board of Directors

I'm honored to officially join the Comcast Corporate board of directors. I'll be the 2nd woman after Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former president of the University of Pennsylvania, to join this board. It's an exciting new challenge for me...

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“I’ll take notes”: On Being the Only Woman in the Group

I was recently mentoring a very accomplished woman physician scientist participating in a one-year leadership development program for women. In the course of our discussion, she asked me if I’m ever in situations when I am the only woman in the room. I told her about...

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