Livongo is coming off an exciting week at HLTH 2019 where we shared our story and progress advancing our new Applied Health Signals category with leaders across the healthcare ecosystem and learned more about other companies improving the overall experience for health consumers. At the conference, we also had the distinct privilege of being the lead sponsor of Women at HLTH, an initiative that is not only near and dear to me personally, but an area that is vital for the industry as a whole.

Women at HLTH focused on addressing the disparity of women in executive and board roles within healthcare organizations and hosted dedicated events, programming, and leadership sessions to provide a platform to facilitate candid conversations on how we can foster greater diversity and empower even more women leaders in the future.

One of these events was the Women of Impact Luncheon, where we learned that despite making up nearly 80 percent of the healthcare workforce, women only make up 28 percent of board seats and 35 percent of C-Suite positions. In addition, companies with more women in leadership were 21 percent more likely to outperform EBIT margins and 27 percent more likely to outperform on economic profit margins. These powerful statistics depict the importance of shifting the status quo.

Women at HLTH culminated with a banquet and awards ceremony, where Livongo brought powerful women healthcare leaders together to launch the inaugural Livongo She Powers Health™ award. This award recognizes individuals who are making a significant impact on people’s health, empowering women, and modeling diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

We collected nominations from across the industry and brought together an esteemed panel of judges to select the finalists. This was no easy task, as our judges received countless inspirational stories of countless women leaders achieving incredible things.

We eventually narrowed the list down to seven finalists. Although I could spend an inordinate amount of time discussing each finalist and their accomplishments, for brevity, I encourage you to spend learn more about each of them and their accomplishments here.

All of our finalists are deserving in their own rights, but after much deliberation we narrowed it down to two winners.

First, we presented our rising star award to Chelsea Perry, whose dedication to advancing health and care is astounding. Chelsea is the Operations Manager of MedStar Health. On top of her “day job” she is Head of Community of The Advancement League, and founder of Miriad Health, a platform which connects underrepresented students and professionals in healthcare to employers and organizations who value diversity and inclusion. The individual nominating Chelsea described her Superpower as being a Time Traveler — Having a Futuristic Mindset.

We then presented the She Powers Health award to Dr. Molly Coye. Dr. Coye is the Executive in Residence at AVIA, the leading network for health systems seeking to transform through the deployment of digital solutions and is executive sponsor for the Medicaid Transformation Project. What stood out about Dr. Coye is her longtime dedication to improving worldwide community health. I love the video below where she discusses her career and how she found herself regularly finding new organizations and roles where she could maximize her impact.

Although the inaugural awards ceremony has concluded, my personal mission of empowering women, and modeling diversity and inclusion in the workplace is just beginning. In addition to She Powers Health™, we are launching an internal initiative where we recognize our strong group of women at Livongo and provide the tools and resources for them to continue growing as leaders and mentors to others.

Thank you to all of our finalists, our nominees, and everyone who attended the inaugural She Powers Health™ awards. Most importantly, thank you to all of the incredible women in healthcare who are truly making a difference. We look forward to the opportunity to continue recognizing women leaders. Stay tuned for more information on next year’s She Powers Health™ award!