Track A

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Modern Healthcare's Women Leaders in Healthcare Survey Results and Discussion

In the last few years, healthcare organizations have reported that they are highly committed to gender diversity and inclusion. Has that commitment translated into meaningful progress?


Modern Healthcare surveyed female healthcare leaders on their views of women in the healthcare workplace. This panel will reveal the results and garner discussion around the implications, challenges, opportunities and actions that organizations can take right now that will make a difference for women's future.


Aurora Aguilar


Modern Healthcare

Aurora sets the editorial vision for Modern Healthcare. Previously, Aurora led the newsroom at NPR affiliate Chicago Public Media and managed special projects there that concentrated on healthcare policy issues. She was executive producer of the station’s flagship talk show. She produced and edited live election coverage, events, and essays and commentaries written by authors such as John Green and Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Aurora won numerous awards from the Associated Press, National Association of Black Journalists and James Beard Foundation among other organizations. Aurora also

reported for the Daily Herald and freelanced for the Chicago Tribune.


Laura Forese, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

New York Presbyterian

Dr. Forese is executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, and NewYork-Presbyterian Population and Community Health. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing our patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise.  She joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as vice president of Medical Affairs and, since then, has held roles as chief medical officer; group senior vice president and chief operating officer for NYP/Weill Cornell, NYP/Westchester, and NYP/Lower Manhattan; and president of the former NYP Healthcare System.

Jasmin Jose

Executive Director, Cancer Network Strategy & Business Development

Mount Sinai Health System

Jasmin serves as the executive director of Cancer Network at Mount Sinai Health System. She is responsible for enterprise strategy, operations and execution of acquisitions and partnerships to grow the rapidly evolving ambulatory system for cancer services that provide care to patients throughout the metropolitan region. Her experience includes onboarding physicians, practices and hospitals, integrating operations and culture, and physician engagement and management. Jasmin served with Northwell Health and Yale New Haven Health System. She is a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee for Undergraduate Admissions and Association for Cancer Executives Communications Committee.

Candice Saunders

President and CEO

WellStar Health System

Candice is president and chief executive officer of WellStar Health System. She joined WellStar as chief operating officer of Kennestone Regional Medical Center, then becoming president of the hospital. Due to her experience and strong leadership, she was promoted to chief operating officer for WellStar Health System in 2013. Then in 2014, the WellStar Board of Trustees announced that she would assume the role of president and chief executive officer in 2015. Under Candice’s leadership, WellStar has been recognized as a leader in safety and quality measures. She is currently the chair of the Georgia Hospital Association and was recently named Healthcare Champion by The National Association for Female Executives.

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July 22-23, 2021

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