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Lack of women CEOs is a problem for healthcare, Oliver Wyman says

January 08, 2019 / Diana Manos

More than 80 percent of the decisionmakers in the U.S. healthcare workforce are women — and 65 percent of women in C-suite healthcare positions fill technical or influencer roles — yet only 13 percent make it to CEO, according to the latest Oliver Wyman report. And, when they do make it to the top, it takes 3.5 years longer. The report, released Jan. 7, was based on a study of 3,000 healthcare C-suite executives and board members across the U.S and the career paths of 112 CEOs. Oliver Wyman analysts interviewed more than 75 men and women in the industry to try and understand “the visible and invisible dynamics women face,” and they discovered it’s “much harder” for women to earn the trust of their peers, when at the top it is mainly male dominated. “The closer women get to the top, the less diversity exists, and the more dominant male perceptions and unintentional biases become,” the researchers said.