Now Accepting Applications for Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program

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CHICAGO, May 11, 2017—To enhance diversity and inclusion in senior healthcare leadership, the American College of Healthcare Executives will award six scholars with a position in the prestigious Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted through July 10, 2017. The selected scholars will receive full tuition for seven educational sessions, including ACHE's 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program was established by the Foundation of ACHE's Fund for Healthcare Leadership to honor Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE, ACHE president and CEO, 1991–2013. The EDP recognizes Dolan's longstanding service to the profession of healthcare leadership and his strong commitment to achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders. The program is fully funded by donors to the Fund for Healthcare Leadership.

In healthcare organizations today, there is a well-documented gap between diversity in the C-suite and the diversity of the communities being served. This program addresses this gap by preparing mid- and senior-level careerists from underrepresented groups to ascend to the C-suite of hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations.

To be selected for one of the coveted EDP positions, candidates must meet the application requirements and submit an application by the July 10, 2017, deadline. During this year-long program, the EDP cohort will benefit from specialized curriculum opportunities that prepare them to successfully navigate potential career challenges and enhance executive presence. The scholars also will gain from one-on-one interaction with an individually matched mentor, an expanded network of leaders, and participation in formal leadership education and career assessments that strengthen self-awareness and critical leadership skills.

Applications for the 2018 program are being accepted through July 10, 2017, 5 p.m. Central time.

The 2018 program includes tuition for the following sessions:

January 2018

(2 days)

Orientation Meeting—Chicago

Program overview

Preparation for mentoring relationship

Leadership and communications assessments

March 26–29, 2018

Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Full Congress experience

Participation in the Thomas C. Dolan Diversity

Address and Breakfast

June 2018

(2 days)

Senior Executive or Executive Program Session I
Full program experience

August 2018

(2 days)

Senior Executive or Executive Program Session II
San Diego 

Full program experience

 October 2018

(2 days)

Senior Executive or Executive Program Session III
Orlando, Fla.

Full program experience

December 2018

(2 days)

Customized Educational Event

Topical presentations

Wrap-up and program evaluation

For more information about this program, please contact Cie Armstead, director, diversity and inclusion, at (312) 424-9306 or To learn more about the Fund for Healthcare Leadership, visit

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's mission is to advance our members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 78 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving health. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.

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