Women @ Ardent


Women @ Ardent's purpose is to network with and learn practical solutions from Ardent’s own women leaders, sharing industry knowledge and leadership experience. The goal is to support all women in our organization to overcome gender barriers and prepare themselves for leadership opportunities. We believe that having more diverse leaders makes our company stronger. 

Women @ Ardent is aimed at elevating women within our company by providing opportunities and resources to increase their visibility while developing vital leadership skills that further enhance the network of women at Ardent Health Services. 

Steering Committee

  • Tyra Palmer, SVP, Marketing & Government Relations, Women @ Ardent Executive Champion
  • David Vandewater, President & CEO, Ardent Health Services
  • Laurie Bigham, VP, CNO, Ardent Health Services
  • Alumine Bellone, VP, Risk Management, Ardent Health Services
  • Nancye Cole, CNO, Lovelace Medical Center
  • Susan Hassell, Director, Corporate Communications, Ardent Health Services
  • Rachel Hochstetler, Marketing, Ardent Health Services
  • Brenda Holley, CNO, Lovelace Westside Hospital
  • Emily Holliman, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley
  • Jim Hughes, VP, Organizational Development, Ardent Health Services
  • ​Rebecca Hurley, EVP and General Counsel, Americas Division
  • Mary LaFrancois, VP, HR, UT Health
  • Stacie Malone, VP, Internal Audit, Ardent Health Services
  • Meredreth Maynard, Director, Quality, Utica Park Clinic
  • Calee Travis, CNO, SMCHH
  • Jessica Stidham, Manager, Talent & Organizational Development, Ardent Health Services


One of the ways we fulfill the mission of Women @ Ardent is to host webinars that cover a wide range of topics from leadership skills, finances, communication tactics to professional development. The webinars will consist of a presentation from an Ardent leader, industry leader or topic expert, followed by time for Q&A. Alll Ardent employees are welcome to join their desired sessions. The webinar topics will be announced via email and on the website.

If you are interested in receiving updates on upcoming webinars, please complete the submission form to subscribe to receive our email updates.

To join an upcoming webinar, click on the link below.

Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars

How to Advocate for Yourself at Work and In Life

Communicating with Confidence, Even When You Are Nervous - Amanda Armstrong, Director of Talent Marketing

Book & Podcast Club

Whether you found a book/podcast that provides you with productivity tips, educates you on industry trends or tells an inspirational story, we want to hear your recommendations! Women @ Ardent is a venue to share these resources that have been influential in your personal or professional life. If you have recommendations to share with the group, please complete the submission form below. 


Advocating for Yourself at Work (article)

Despite your incredible work ethic and near perfect attendance record, you probably find yourself in situations where you feel underappreciated at work. Perhaps you want to negotiate more paid time off or you notice a colleague receiving credit for your work in company projects. In these situations, self-advocacy is critical. So why do people avoid standing up for themselves?

Read More Here

How to Speak Up For Yourself (Podcast)

Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal power with sage guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky. (15-minute podcast)

Listen Here

Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers

Many CEOs who make gender diversity a priority—by setting aspirational goals for the proportion of women in leadership roles, insisting on diverse slates of candidates for senior positions, and developing mentoring and training programs—are frustrated. They and their companies spend time, money, and good intentions on efforts to build a more robust pipeline of upwardly mobile women, and then not much happens.

Read More Here

Brené Brown - Power of Vulnerability (Audiobook)

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise―that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Dr. Brown has other books, podcasts and audiobooks such as Dare to Lead and Daring Greatly.

Buy or Listen Here

Women at Work (Podcast)

Stories, conversations and practical advice about being a woman in the workplace.

Listen Here


If you are interested in receiving Women @ Ardent email updates, learning more about a specific Webinar topic, have book/podcast recommendations or have additional questions, please complete the submission form below including your email address or email Women@ardenthealth.com

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