Women in Leadership Panel
DEI Spotlight Series | Hosted by FTG
Empowering the Next Generation of Female Leaders
Exploring the Unique Challenges & Opportunities of Women in Leadership
Flex Technology Group is proud to present this Women in Leadership Panel in honor of Women’s History Month.
The discussion brings together six inspiring leaders from various industries to share their experiences with climbing the corporate ladder and provide advice to the next generation of women in leadership. Meet the Speakers.
Join us as we dive further into the stories behind these incredible women and examine the impact that leadership roles can have on the people who hold them. You’ll walk away from the webinar feeling inspired, motivated, and empowered.
Sneak Peek into Some of the Questions & Key Discussion Topics:
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Recorded Thursday, March 25th
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Advancing Women in Business
- What advice would you give your younger self?
- What is the most important thing we can do to advance the cause of women in business?
- Why do you think that women sometimes hesitate to ask for that next step or fail to progress in their careers?
- What do you find are the biggest barriers for women who want to take the next step in their careers?
Creating & Maintaining Connections
- What is your “why” and how does that connect your team members to the community you support?
- What have you done to stay connected with your network during the pandemic when live events were not happening?
- How did you bring people together and manage expectations amidst all of the anxiety of 2020?
- What actions have you taken throughout your career to earn the trust of your peers and clients?
- How do you consistently develop your team to create an effective succession plan?
- How has mentorship influenced you throughout your career?
Developing Leadership Skills
- What do you do to continue to develop as a leader?
- What characteristic do you feel is somewhat overlooked or undervalued in leadership today and why?
MEET THE PANEL
Incredible Women in Leadership
Community Hospitals at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Chief Information Officer
South Shore Health | Healthcare
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Cara Babachicos has over 25 years of experience working in healthcare information systems with a career that spans across acute care, non-acute, for profit-vendors and consulting. In her current role, Babachicos oversees all aspects of IT and has led major organizational transformation with a $175M project to revamp technology and software across the health system. She is of the firm belief that IT enables change and that true success comes from partnering with the business. She demonstrates that change is enabled by IT both in her current role as Senior VP/CIO at South Shore Health System, and in her previous role as CIO and Corporate Director of Information Systems for the Community Hospitals and Non-Acute sites at Partners Healthcare.
Community Hospitals at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Healthcare
Chief Information Officer
Jeannette Currie joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in August 2015 as CIO for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton and for the past 3 years has served as the Chief Information Officer of the BIDMC Community Hospitals. Previously, Jeannette was the Executive Director of Information Systems at South Shore Hospital. She has extensive healthcare information systems (IS) experience. She was previously employed at Mount Auburn Hospital as the Assistant Director of IS and for a number of years served as the IS Manager in the corporate office of Caregroup.
As part of her functions as CIO at BIDMC Community Hospitals, Jeannette is responsible for managing the planning and implementation of clinical exchange activities across the BIDMC system, including health information exchanges and state/regional/national data-sharing efforts. Jeannette has recently been recognized as a 2-time finalist for the Boston CIO of the Year award in nonprofit and speaks locally and nationally on Electronic Health Record implementations and on myriad regulatory topics.
Kelley Drye & Warren | Legal
Chief Information Officer
Judith Flournoy serves as Kelley Drye’s chief information officer (CIO). A proven, experienced and veteran IT executive, Judi is uniquely qualified and experienced in strategic planning, development and organizational leadership. With more than two decades of law firm IT and operations experience working for AmLaw 250 firms, Judi offers particular expertise in designing IT strategies that align with business priorities and support expense reduction. Judi was recipient of the 2020 International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) Lifetime Achievement Award. She earned the “Outstanding CIO of the Year” award in the first annual Changing Lawyer Awards and was named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers.” Judi also received the “IT Director of the Year” award from Law Technology News and was recognized as one of the “Global Top 100 CIOs” by City Tech magazine.
Family Focus | Non-Profit
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dara Munson is President and CEO of Family Focus, formerly the CEO of Chicago Child Care Society. Her previous roles include President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, past COO of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, and past Senior Director of United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
Munson’s early career and education were in criminal justice and she now serves as a Trustee of her alma mater, Eastern Michigan University Foundation Board. Since coming to Chicago, Munson has been invited to leadership positions serving on the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Youth Committee, the Illinois Partners for Human Services Board, the Southside Giving Circle for the Chicago Foundation for Women and Vice Chair of Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort. Dara is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and Vice Chair of Membership for the International Women’s Forum-Chicago Chapter.
JBT Corporation | Manufacturing
Executive Vice President, Chief Information & Digital Officer
Kristina Paschall was appointed Vice President & Chief Information Officer of JBT Corporation in September 2017, and became Executive Vice President, Chief Information & Digital Officer in October 2020. Prior to joining JBT Corporation, Ms. Paschall was the CIO of Ferrara Candy Company from 2013-2017. Before joining Ferrara, she held progressive senior IT leadership roles at Ingredion and GATX, having spent the previous part of her career in management roles at consulting organizations. Ms. Paschall also serves as the volunteer Treasurer of the Board at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, and as a volunteer Wish Granter.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta | Finance
Non-Executive Board Member
Edwina Payne has more than 25 years’ experience leading strategy, supply chain, and information technology for multiple organizations across multiple industries and geographies. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where she provides strategic guidance and governance for the Bank. She was most recently SVP, Technology Strategy and Enterprise Portfolio, for McKesson. Previously, she served as the SVP & CIO of Avanos Medical, VP & CIO of Zimmer Biomet, Worldwide VP of Program Management Johnson & Johnson.