Mentorship Program

Growing A New Generation of Diverse Leaders

As North Carolina demographics continue to shift, hospitals and health systems are increasingly focused on becoming more reflective of the patients and communities they serve.

Having a diverse workplace is one of the greatest assets of any organization to improving employee morale and promoting retention – both of which are critical to combatting growing healthcare workforce shortages.

Encouraging diversity in the workplace facilitates different perspectives that generate an abundance of distinct ideas and accelerates innovation for complex problems.

NCHA is committed to helping cultivate underrepresented women and men into healthcare leadership roles. In 2019, we launched the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation Diverse Leaders Mentorship Program to connect leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to high-achieving women and men from underrepresented communities.

Underrepresented professionals will apply to participate in NCHA-facilitated events that offer inspiring educational opportunities, networking with industry leaders, and one-on-one coaching with a mentor who will serve as a professional ally in career development and advancement.

Click here to see what the 2019-20 mentees have shared about their experience in the program.

  • Support the development of a diverse pipeline of new leaders for the field.  
  • Model a framework for professional growth and development. 
  • Emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion.  
  • Encourage learning and the exchange of information and ideas.  
  • Address challenges that exist in recruitment and promotion  for executive-level positions. 
  • Create a safe space to gain confidence in areas of financial management, staff coaching, leadership development, and negotiating skills.

Mentor Application Process:

  • Submit Online Mentor Application – Application Closed for the Current Cohort.
  • Attach CV/résumé
  • Attach Personal Statement (less than 500 words) optional

Criteria / Eligibility Qualifications 

  • Must be C-Suite Level Executive or equivalent
  • Current healthcare professional with at least 10 years working experience
  • Documented executive-level leadership experience of no fewer than 4 years.
  • A champion for diversity and inclusion.

Duration of Commitment

  • February 2021 – August 2021
  • 6 Face-to-face contact hours annually
  • 1 – 2 Telephone contact hours monthly

Mentee Application Process:

  • Submit Online Mentee Application – Application Closed for the Current Cohort
  • Attach CV/résumé
  • Attach Personal Statement (less than 500 words)
  • Attach 1 Letter of Recommendation

Criteria / Eligibility Qualifications 

  • Self-identified member of a racially or ethnically minority population deemed as underrepresented in healthcare leadership roles.
  • Possess at least seven years of work experience, including at least four years in health care; a graduate degree; managerial experience; and a professional goal to be a health care executive.
  • Middle managers who have been identified for their high potential to be senior leaders.

Duration of Commitment

  • February 2021 – August 2021
  • Commit to an investment of time
  • 6 Face-to-face contact hours annually
  • 1 -2 Telephone contacts monthly

How matches are made

Individual interviews will be held with mentees that are accepted into the program.

Mentees identify three goals they want to achieve through the course of the year.

Mentors are matched with mentees based on how well their strengths align with the needs of the mentees.

The program seeks to match people who are from similar organizations based on size, agency type, incorporation, or other factors such as mentees’ interest.

Mentor-Mentee Pairing Notification 

Participants will be notified of who they are paired with by late October or early November 2020.

2019-2020 Mentorship Program Class

Steven J. Lawler, President & CEO (NCHA)

Phyllis Wingate, Former President, SVP Northern Division (Atrium Health Cabarrus)

Greg Wood, President & CEO (Scotland Health Care System)


Alicia Barfield, Director of Community Affairs (Duke Raleigh Hospital)

Geard Fossett, Corporate Financial Analyst, (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center)

Candace Gaillard, Diabetes Program Manager (Novant Health)

Cinthya Guadalupe Garcia, Quality Improvement Facilitator (Cone Health)

Garland F. Goins, Jr., Director – Revenue & Documentation Integrity (Duke University Health System)

Katherine Jordan, Assistant Director – Human Capital Project Management and Analytics (Duke University Hospital: Private Diagnostic Clinic)

LeVelton Thomas, Program Director, Operations & Management Services (Duke Health)

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