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Traci Kodeck, MPHkodeck-traci

CEO
HealthCare Access Maryland

The past year has not only been challenging with COVID, but we have also faced race and dis- crimination challenges and realities as a state and a country. How do you establish a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization and how do you use your influential voice to help others understand the importance?

HCAM has been working on a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy over the past year as we have been in dual pandemic of structural racism and COVID-19. Our team has established opportunities for focused discussions guided by external partners to allow our team to participate openly and honestly. Allowing opportunities to listen and share one’s experiences allows others to grow and learn from each other. Addressing systematic racism and discrimination must occur simultaneously in the workplace, as well as in the community. Creating opportunities to have difficult conversations is essential.

How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority and just part of your job duties?

Mentoring is a key piece of servant leadership. It is about recognizing the good and potential in others and helping them rise to their best potential. It is taking the time to learn about others goals, aspirations and barriers to obtaining them. Providing guidance in moments of positive outcomes and when a team member may need it in the most. It is probably one of the hardest yet enjoyable parts of my job.

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.