NAHSE and WittKieffer Form Strategic Partnership to Support the Development of Black Healthcare Leaders


NAHSE (the National Association of Health Services Executives) and WittKieffer announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership to further advance and develop Black healthcare leadership.

Both organizations go back more than 50 years in the healthcare industry. NAHSE is a non-profit association of Black health care executives founded in 1968 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and development of Black health care leaders, and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities. NAHSE’s purpose is to ensure greater participation of minority groups in the health field. Founded in 1969, WittKieffer is the most highly regarded executive search firm in healthcare. A key part of its mission is to support organizations that improve the quality of life and foster health equity, and to partner with like-minded organizations in advancing diversity in healthcare leadership.

NAHSE and WittKieffer have a longstanding relationship, with WittKieffer sponsoring and supporting NAHSE events and activities throughout the years. The current agreement is an opportunity to formalize the working partnership. As part of the collaboration, NAHSE and WittKieffer will team to provide career-related thought leadership for NAHSE members, special sessions at NAHSE’s annual educational conference and other key events, career counseling for members, and coordinated research on topics of importance to Black healthcare leaders.

“I am very excited about this strategic partnership between NAHSE and WittKieffer,” said Lisa Mallory, NAHSE Executive Director. “The two organizations’ histories are intertwined, and this will be an opportunity for us to write a new chapter together. The Black executives who are our members seek meaningful ways to develop their careers, and one way we can do this directly is by giving them access to the insight of top-notch executive search consultants like those at WittKieffer. NAHSE looks forward to exploring new ways in which we can work with WittKieffer for mutual benefit.”

“WittKieffer has long respected NAHSE and its mission of fostering Black leadership in healthcare and improving the care provided to underserved communities,” said Paul Bohne, managing partner and leader of WittKieffer’s Healthcare Practice. “Thanks in large part to NAHSE, Black executives have made tremendous strides in healthcare leadership. However, there is much progress yet to be made. We believe that our intentional, collaborative support of NAHSE will further open doors for Black leaders and continue to diversify the healthcare C-suite and managerial ranks. We thank NAHSE for this opportunity to join forces.”