Taking The Lead – Advice from CQuence’s Female Leaders

CQuence Health Group has embraced the presence of capable leaders who just so happen to be female. You’ve likely heard stories about Michelle Loewenstein, who was among the first women in the world to service Siemens linear accelerators as a Field Service Engineer for Cassling. She exemplified leadership all those years ago and continues to do so now that she is a Service Product Sales Executive. At Ensocare, Amritha Shetty excels in a typically male-dominated career, software engineering.

Many other women have excelled in leadership roles at CQuence, helping our partner companies reach new heights. Here, some of these trailblazers highlight how they got started in their roles and how they would empower others to do the same.

carol_armitageCarol Armitage
Vice President of Operations, Cassling

“When I was 30, I decided to make a career change to healthcare. Ten years later, I remain fascinated and challenged on a daily basis by the intersection of technology and data, and that drive to continue learning is crucial. As a first-born child, I have always been a leader—someone who is determined and motivated to pave my own way. What I would tell future female leaders is, if there is something you want or need, ask for it. Don’t be fearful of making mistakes—learn from them and move on.”

kim-phoxKim Phox
Regional Vice President of Sales, Cassling

“To be a woman in leadership, you have to be strong, thick-skinned and very passionate about the goals you have and the direction you are headed. There is a big difference between being a leader and just being in charge and having power. Great leaders make mistakes and admit to it. Great leaders are willing to jump in the trenches with their team and fight the battle. Great leaders are humble and yet willing to address conflict and coach their team members so everyone can grow.”

Mary-Kay-ThalkenMary Kay Thalken
Chief Clinical Officer, Ensocare

“Above all, find a mentor. Having risen through the ranks in a leadership role with a nursing background and formal business education, I know the importance of mentorship. That’s why I try to offer encouragement and understanding, to listen and guide people in the right direction. Textbooks and professors are great, but you need someone day in and day out for support and guidance. Choose someone on your team: a manager, an educator or the CNO. Now, more than ever, the industry needs women in leadership roles.”

elizabeth_griegerElizabeth Grieger
Vice President of Strategic & Clinical Solutions, Cassling

“My healthcare career started in nursing. I have always wanted to promote and be a part of the care of individuals and families—whether that is through direct, hands-on patient care or by providing solutions to improve patient outcomes and experiences. Leadership, both in the clinical setting and professional world, is not a title or position but being a member of a team and leading with integrity and passion for what you do. My advice to future leaders is simple: learn from experience, seek help along the way and always be willing to support your teammates.”

Tonya Holtey
Regional Vice President of Sales, Cassling

“As a woman in leadership, the key to developing your path is to make your management goals clear and take control of your own development. Yes, it’s important to have a company that is committed to your development and a manager who is supportive of your journey. But you are the most influential person in your success story. If you make your focus and goals known to others, you can build your support team to drive your success.”

Karen-UnderwoodKaren Underwood
Director of Product Management, Ensocare

“I would tell my daughter (and other women) that, if you are interested in growing your career, the culture of an organization is critical. I’ve worked in places where female leaders were supported and ones where it was an impenetrable “boys’ club” at the top. If it’s the latter, don’t waste your time trying to get ahead. Look for another company where people are successful regardless of their gender. It isn’t worth your time and energy to fight that battle when there are so many other things you have to offer.”

Kathy-SullivanKathy Sullivan
Vice President of Marketing, CQuence Health Group

“Be a problem-solver. Be determined. Be curious. Treat the company as if it were your own, and make decisions as if you were using your own money. You will be asked to do things you have never done. Figuring it out is not easy but you just have to get started. That’s what I love about our culture of ‘See It, Own It, Solve It, Do It.’ I would tell that to any leader—no matter if you’re male or female. Not all ideas come out fully formed; they become clear as you work on them. It’s impossible to know everything upfront—just Act Now.”

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