International Women’s Day 2021: Real change starts from within
Today at Allscripts we are raising our hands high to show our support of women’s achievements as well as our commitment to challenging gender inequality. International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, 2021, is an annual, global celebration, dating back to 1911, of women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements; it is also movement to fight for gender equality world-wide.
Today, Allscripts associates are participating in local and virtual IWD events around the world, and we are fundraising for a female-focused charity too. For every Allscripts associate who participates in an IWD event today, Allscripts will donate $10, up to $2,500, to Dress for Success (DFS), a global not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence through training and peer support. I will personally match that amount as well. DFS is a preferred charity of the International Women’s Day organization.
As a global player in the healthcare IT space, we understand that there is still much work to be done to reach global gender equality, especially in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “Women fill close to half of all the jobs in the U.S. economy, but hold less than 25% of STEM jobs.” This is largely due to the existing gender gap in STEM industries, a direct result of stereotyping, discrimination, pay gaps and many other obstacles.
There needs to be more women representation in these fields and in healthcare IT. Allscripts has made it a priority to make positive changes for women, and everyone, by starting the work from within to help us get there.
In 2020, Allscripts established a formal Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) program to ensure DE&I is fully embedded into our way of doing business and built around our three pillars: Career, Culture and Community.
Allscripts also empowers female associates to take control of their careers in an industry that hasn’t always been inclusive and diverse. Our Allscripts Women’s Engagement (AWE) program gives associates the tools and support they need to develop professionally within the company; we also prioritize internal hiring and promotions.
Involvement in AWE enables our associates to expand their networks, identify mentors within the company, develop leadership skills, get exposure to career development opportunities and much more. Many of our associates have accredited their promotions and advancements in their careers to the opportunities given, confidence gained, connections made, lessons learned and tools acquired through AWE.
In 2020, we appointed nine female leaders into executive positions, including:
- Courtney Yeakel, Co-President of Veradigm Payer Business, Pulse8 and eChart Courier
- Erikka Buracchio, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources
- Jenna Date, Vice President and HHS Chief Experience Officer
- Jennifer MacGregor, Vice President of International Operations
- Leah Jones, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ambulatory
- Meg Christman, Vice President of Global Customer Experience and Success
- Nicole Faucher, Vice President of Client Development & Professional Services
- Rebecca Whaley, Vice President of Marketing
- Tejal Vakharia, Senior Vice President General Counsel
Read our news coverage from Becker’s Hospital Review to learn more these leaders and their achievements.
These programs and high-focus areas within our company are just the beginning of the work Allscripts is focused on to help make big changes for women in healthcare IT.
Allscripts is also committed to helping break down the barriers and getting rid of stereotypes, discrimination and any other obstacles in the way of young girls and women interested in pursuing degrees and careers in STEM-related industries and healthcare IT. In today’s world, having skills in technology is one of the most valuable things an individual can possess.
Through our Go Red partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA), Allscripts has been invited to support AHA’s STEM Goes Red campaign to help inspire young female students to explore STEM outside the classroom and pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Our GiveBack program leaders and associates in STEM-related roles are creating mentorship and day-in-the-life videos that will be used to introduce students to the many career opportunities that STEM degrees have to offer and to encourage them to become driving forces for health in their communities.
At Allscripts, we will continue doing the necessary work to help recruit, retain and advance women in healthcare IT and STEM-qualifying occupations; we believe change has to start from within.