Women in Leadership Special Interest Group

As the healthcare industry faces increasing challenges and opportunities, we support hospital leaders to achieve gender equity in their workplaces.

Improving gender equity in healthcare leadership

Despite representing 70% of the 43 million healthcare employees worldwide, women are still under-represented in senior leadership roles across the global health sector. The SIG is a community for information exchange and support in order to combat this inequity in the healthcare C-suite and boardrooms.

SIG members network and exchange through a series of virtual and in-person events throughout the year, including activities in support of International Women’s Day and the IHF World Hospital Congress.


To shine a light on the gender inequity which impacts healthcare leaders across the globe, and provide a community to develop strategies and actions that advance gender equity, particularly at the leadership level.

Build a community

Bring together hospital leaders, female and male, with the goal of sharing challenges and success stories, encouraging personal development and mentorship.

Raise awareness and engagement

Reach the broader IHF membership with case studies and best practices through discussion, online and virtual events.

Develop strategies and actions

Pragmatic advice from subject matter experts around the globe on how to develop, implement and measure policy/institutional improvements in gender equity.


Women in leadership, examples from Kenya and Guinea Bissau: SIG meeting

On 14 May (14:00- 15:00 CEST) our Women in Leadership SIG shared insightful presentations from Kenya and Guinea Bissau on leadership. The discussion also covered the IHF Leadership Model of competencies for executives in the healthcare sector from a gender equity perspective. Catch up on the highlights in this quick recap.

Session highlights

Breaking the glass ceiling in Indian hospital management

In this episode, Dr Sangita Reddy from Apollo Hospitals India sat down with Dr Sawsan Abdel-Razig and Dr Pascale Anglade, both from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and long-standing members of the Women in Leadership SIG steering committee.

Dr Sangita Reddy shares with us some inspirational stories on how women's equity has come to occupy such an important place in her life. She talks – among many other things - about the importance of creating a strong and supportive ecosystem and of having a transformative purpose in life.

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Women in Leadership at Congress: Advancing gender equity in healthcare leadership

We were thrilled to welcome over 60 participants from 24 countries to our session at the 46th World Hospital Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, on 24 October 2023. The session focused on how hospital leaders can implement and measure policy changes to create a gender-equitable organizational culture.

Session takeaways: Women in Leadership at Congress

Launch of YEL2023 report on Women in Leadership: Culture and self-confidence - Cornerstones of a woman’s leadership journey

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IHF's Women in Leadership Forum teams up with the Carol Emmott Foundation

The IHF's Women in Leadership Forum is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Carol Emmett Foundation (CEF) in the USA: a national not-for-profit working on gender equity and diversity in healthcare. There are many synergies between the objectives of CEF and the WLF and we look forward to sharing ideas and learning as we work to raise global recognition of the skills, talents, and impact of female leaders across the global healthcare sector. Together, we are committed to dismantling barriers, eliminating disparities, and promoting diversity in all aspects of healthcare leadership.

Find out more about the work of the Carol Emmott Foundation

What gender equity means for healthcare: Podcast

In this episode of the IHF's podcast, talking healthcare, Lucy Clements, Health Integration Policy Lead from NHS Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System, UK, sat down with Dr Sawsan Abdelrazig and Dr Pascale Anglade from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to discuss health inequities in healthcare leadership.

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International Women’s Day 2023 perspectives from the IHF community

For International Women's Day 2023, we asked leaders in our community to tell us what gender equity in healthcare leadership means to them and what progress they’d like to see materialize in the future. Here are some of the messages they shared with us.

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Turning challenges into leadership opportunities

On 1 September 2022, the Forum hosted a free online event for female healthcare leaders and managers, in collaboration with Alumni Global. By sharing personal success stories, participating female executives explored how we can build an equitable and inclusive workplace.

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Members of the Global Steering Committee

Governed by a Steering Committee, the Women in Leadership Special Interest Group is accountable to the International Hospital Federation Governing Council and is responsible for reporting to the IHF Secretariat.

The Equity Collaborative
Carol Emmott Foundation

Gayle Capozzalo

Executive Director

Gayle Capozzalo is executive director of The Equity Collaborative, which is part of the Carol Emmott Foundation and focused on gender equity in healthcare leadership and governance. She is also president/CEO of JGF Strategies LLC, providing strategy guidance to healthcare organizations. She retired in July 2018 as the executive vice president/chief strategy officer of Yale New Haven Health System. She joined the system in 1997 and was primarily responsible for system strategy development and execution, marketing, community and government relations, innovation, business development, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Capozzalo received her Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Missouri–Columbia and completed two years of post-master’s degree work in healthcare marketing and organizational development at St. Louis University. She has more than 35 years of experience in system strategy, integration, development and management in the industry. Ms. Capozzalo is a Past Chairman of the ACHE Board of Governors. She recently was presented the Gold Medal Award by ACHE.

Currently, Ms. Capozzalo serves on the board of Universal Health Realty Income Trust as a member of its audit, nominating/governance committees and chair of its compensation committee. She also serves on the board of .406 Venture Healthcare Executive Council in Boston and is the senior strategy adviser to PhysicianOne Urgent Care, the largest, private equity urgent care company in Connecticut. Ms. Capozzalo is active in her community and the healthcare industry. She is immediate past chair of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England and serves on its finance and audit, investment, strategy, governance and executive committees. She also serves as board chair of a Clinically Integrated Network of 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates. Ms. Capozzalo is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.



London Health Sciences Centre (Canada)

Dr Jackie Schleifer Taylor

President and CEO

As President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor leads one of Canada’s largest research-intensive teaching hospitals. Guided by values of...


London Health Sciences Centre (Canada)

Dr Jackie Schleifer Taylor

President and CEO

As President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor leads one of Canada’s largest research-intensive teaching hospitals. Guided by values of quality, equity and accountability, she has established herself as a globally renowned change agent and system innovator.

Dr. Schleifer Taylor is a registered physiotherapist who is deeply rooted in her clinical and academic background. She has more than 25 years of experience in hospital leadership with a proven track record in strategy execution. As a policy expert, she has provided expert advice to governments on subjects that include pandemic response, maternal and child health, quality, health human resources and interprofessional care.

An active member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Dr. Schleifer Taylor holds a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation from the organization. Recognizing the importance of volunteerism, she has served on the boards of service provider organizations, government advisory committees and international think tanks. She is an active mentor to students and emerging leaders seeking a greater understanding of health sector business and operations management.


Alumni Global

Frank McKenna

Global Managing Director, Healthcare & Higher Education

Frank is Global Managing Director for Alumni Global’s Healthcare & Higher Education practice, with significant and recent experience in North America, Australia & New Zealand,...


Alumni Global

Frank McKenna

Global Managing Director, Healthcare & Higher Education

Frank is Global Managing Director for Alumni Global’s Healthcare & Higher Education practice, with significant and recent experience in North America, Australia & New Zealand, Europe and the GCC/Middle East regions.

Frank’s career started within government at the UK Department of Education & Science where he worked in policy development for the country’s national examination system. He then held a series of senior management roles over a 10 year period at the British Medical Association ranging from Head of Negotiations & Policy for the UK’s 33,000 GPs to Head of Private Practice & Professional Fees which had responsibility for national negotiations with UK government departments, the legal profession and private sector employers on non-NHS related activities for 100,000 UK doctors.

Frank has been an Executive Director of Human Resources, Communications & Organisational Development at two separate Acute University Hospitals in London within the UK National Health Service before joining Alumni Global in 2006.

With an extensive background in healthcare policy, negotiations and professional services he has significant global experience of appointing CEOs, Chairs and Board level Executive Directors, Pro-Vice Chancellors, Deans, Senior Academics and Senior Medical & Clinical staff in a range of settings and systems.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and, between 2011-2017, was External Governance Advisor to the Royal College of Nursing, Europe’s largest professional membership body.

Organização Nacional de Acreditação (ONA), Brazil

Gilvane Lolato

Operational Manager

Gilvane Lolato graduated in Business Administration from UGF-RJ, with an MBA in Health Management and Infection Control from INESP-SP. She is also Specialist in Quality and Patient Safety from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. She holds a Master in Management and Methodologies of Quality and Safety in Health Care at Instituto Avedis Donabedian, Spain.

Gilvane has worked in the areas of ​​quality management, patient safety, and accreditation for more than fifteen years – where she participated in the implementation of the health accreditation model in the national methodology in more than 20 public and private organizations.

She is a Lecturer in Quality Management, Patient Safety and Health Accreditation; a Member of the Brazilian Society for the Quality of Care and Patient Safety (SOBRASP); and the Operational Manager of the National Accreditation Organization (ONA) where she leads the Management of Certification, Education, Assessors, Quality Management, Communication, ISQua Certifications, ONA’s scientific front and Partnerships.

She took part in the ISQua Fellowship and the Coordinator and teacher of MBA, Postgraduate and Short Courses, with topics focused on Quality Management, Patient Safety and Health Accreditation.

Gilvane was also part of the coordination of the review of the “Manual for Organizations Providing Health Services – Version 2022; and of the scientific committee for ONA events, such as “Meeting of Evaluators”, “International Seminar on Patient Safety and Health Accreditation”, among others.

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