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La Keita D. Cartercarter-la-keita

Owner and Chief Executive Officer Institute for Healing

The past year has made us all face change in ways we did not know were possible. What are the tools you use to embrace change and to help your team navigate that change with you?

I embrace change by maintaining a laser focus on our philosophy and mission. When things get convoluted and the fog gets too thick to drive, I rely on the course of action that will best bring our mission and philosophy to life. Our mis- sion is patient-centered and health-focused. Our philosophy is based on social justice, activism, and advocacy. Every deci- sion that we make, from the paintings on the walls to the providers that we hire, is rooted in our mission and philosophy.

During the pandemic, we know that professional women have had to leave their jobs to help with child care and sickness. How can we work together so everyone knows women are essential in the workplace and we must make growing women leaders a priority?

It’s not a sound bite that women are essential; it’s a scientific fact. Research shows that companies that have more than 30 percent women in executive roles are more likely to outperform those who have less than 30 percent. Literally, it pays to have women in high spaces and places. Women bring something to the table that men don’t bring. Women think, collaborate and express themselves differently than men, and it’s not because of the stereotypical notion that we are all “nurturers.” It’s because we have different experiences than men, and we value different things in business than men do.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2021 Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.