ACHE Chairman Diana Smalley Visits Minnesota
In March, ACHE-MN
hosted a special dinner in Minneapolis in honor of women leaders in healthcare.
Our guest speaker was Diana Smalley, FACHE and 2013-2015 Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives sharing her inspiring journey "For the Love of Healthcare Leadership" with female healthcare leaders from throughout Minnesota.
journey of navigating obstacles and refining career strategies to achieve her
recalled how in the early years, proving herself required her
to successfully navigate a male-dominated leadership structure, without the benefit of many other female examples in roles to which she
In every instance, Diana
strove to give her
employer more than they paid her
key to success?
"Don't get wrapped up in titles.
Look around and see what the organization needs and find a way to do it".
father as one of her
strongest mentors and cheerleaders and for teaching her
to be a servant leader in the community.
Diana Smalley appreciated her many educational opportunities, including earning an MHA from the University of Minnesota's renowned program and especially her achievement of the FACHE credential.
credits ACHE's Fellowship credential as "the great equalizer", helping advance her
"Strike one against me: I was a nurse.
Strike two: I was a woman.
Strike three: There was no strike three because my FACHE credential gave me genuine credibility".
excellent sense humor, Diana
shared the experience of proudly walking across the stage to receive her
FACHE at the convocation ceremony, to which she
was greeted, "Congratulations Sister", apparently being mistaken for a nun!
Diana Smalley ACHE-MN Event
Diana continues her role as Regional President of Mercy Oklahoma and has served forty years as a leader in health systems, many in her home state of Nebraska.
She has also served in several governance positions in ACHE and with other community voluntary organizations.