President's Letter - August 2022

We are all leaders at the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) Recently, I was talking to a member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), and she said that she was not a leader because she was just a project manager in her organization.
Michael O'Connell CAHL President

CAHL Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Toolkit

CAHL is pleased to present the Diversity & Inclusion toolkit. CAHL's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (JEDI) is focused on sharing and promoting the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and disseminating best practices within the health care field.
This toolkit is a guide that can be utilized by healthcare leaders to incorporate diversity and inclusion principles or enhance current D&I programs at their respective organizations. This toolkit is not intended to replace or serve as an organization’s D&I plan but rather to assist leaders in developing or evolving their own D&I plans.

Lastly, the guidance in this toolkit was derived from best practices from local healthcare institutions and is not a comprehensive list of healthcare industry best practices
D&I Toolkit

CAHL 2022 Annual Meeting & Awards

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August 25, 2022 3:30pm - 7pm

CAHL members and guests are cordially invited to the 2022 Annual Meeting and Awards ceremony. This FREE event is scheduled for August 25th at Boundary Oak Golf Course. Enjoy reconnecting with peers and colleagues during the in-person networking from 5:00 to 5:30 pm with the annual event following immediately after.

Also on August 25th at Boundary Oak Golf Course, CAHL members and guests are also invited to Learning from Leaders: Philip Chuang. Moderated by Sheila Baxter Lamb, this event offers an opportunity to hear from Northern and Central CA’s Regent, Philip Chuang, on his career journey. The event is scheduled from 4:00 to 5:00 pm with networking preceding the event at 3:30 pm.

The chapter leaders are looking forward to returning to in-person programming and networking.

We would like to thank our platinum sponsor, Aramark Healthcare+ for their sponsorship of the networking reception.

Registration to both events is available below:

CAHL Annual Meeting and Awards:

CAHL Learning from Leaders:

Upcoming Events

Register today to learn and network
June 14- Networking Event
Coffee Conversations with Colleagues
CAHL Virtual networking event
CAHL Leadership Networking event
CAHL Virtual networking event

CAHL Student Scholarship

CAHL's Higher Education Network Committee (HEN) collaborates with local graduate and undergraduate programs in health management to encourage student membership and involvement in the local chapter, as well as provides key resources to students navigating their career growth and development. As part of our commitment, we award Student scholarships annually to graduate and undergraduate students.

The CAHL Scholarship cycle for graduate and undergraduate student associates will open up on August 15th, 2022.

Featured Student Council Member

Kimberly Lamountry-Student Council

Arlene Tan, CAHL Student Chair

School: UC Berkeley Class of 2022
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology and a Minor in Global Public Health

Future Plans:
Masters in Nursing and Healthcare admin at UPenn
What I enjoyed the most about CAHL:

Learning about the different fields of healthcare and leadership roles as well as being able to talk to different people who have had years of experience in the industry.

Administrative Fellow Program

UC Davis Health
The application for the UC Davis Health Administrative Fellow program is now open at NAFCAS

Current fellows will be hosting two informational webinars on:

August 18th, 2:00 pm (Pacific Time)
September 14th, 12:00 pm (Pacific Time)

To learn more, join the webinar:

For questions or more information about the program, please email [email protected].


In continuing to enhance the support for our California Chapters, ACHE has made some key organizational changes.

Jennifer Connelly will join the Executive Office team and focus primarily on supporting Regents. Jennifer’s new title is Vice President, Volunteer Relations. To strengthen the chapter operations, Regional Services will now become Chapter Relations and remain in Executive Engagement, reporting to Anita Halverson. Stacey Kidd has been promoted to Director, Chapter Relations, and will serve as the primary lead between chapter leaders and the national office.

Congratulations to Jennifer Connelly and Stacey Kidd and we look forward to working with you to enhance our services to the members of the chapter.

Warm welcome to new CAHL members

Carol Larson
Poonam Patil
Ashleigh Rogers
Michael Whittaker
Christopher O. Sherwood
Deb Fogel, MBA
Omar Siddiqui
Paul-Louis Maillard
Christina M. McDonald

Congratulations to new ACHE Fellows

Taylor Bentley, JD, FACHE
Stella W. Cao, FACHE

Thank you Sponsors

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