If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

The very fabulous Sylvia "Tsip" Levitov

I wrote most of this post while on a plane flying to New Orleans to attend the funeral of a loving family friend and adopted relative, Tsip Levitov.  She was 95 when she died last week and lived a long, wonderful life marked by incredible achievements, particularly for a woman who grew up in an […]

Your CEO May Be A Man, But Your Healthcare Customer is a Woman

Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think – in a deeper voice.   – Bill Cosby  I recently saw a statistic from my friends at Rock Health that said that women comprise only 4% of healthcare industry CEOs.  For those of you who are slow at math, this […]

Never Let Anyone Make You a Carrot

“The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.”  –Paul Cezanne A couple of years ago my sister told me a story about how she came home from work to find her husband and then 5-year-old daughter playing “house” with her dolls and dollhouse.  They were deep into the […]

Breaking Research: Beer Makes Men Smarter, Women Make Men Stupider, World Achieves Equilibrium

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. –Benjamin Franklin A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her. –WC Fields If you are a man, then I’m about to rock your world in a good way.  A recent study by researchers at […]

A Woman's Work

Women in Wisconsin=not happy

OK, I’ve had it.  I have laid off the feminista manifestos for a while, focusing my writing mainly on healthcare issues that are my stock in trade.  But, as the saying goes, I saw the straw that broke the camel’s back and it came in the form of Wisconsin Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman and […]

Where The Boys Are…And Not The Girls: Tales from the 2012 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

JP Morgan by the bay

I set off for five straight days at the annual JP Morgan healthcare conference last Monday, but on the way drove the carpool to my daughter’s high school that morning in a last ditch attempt to act like a responsible and caring parent. My poor daughter gets completely abandoned during JP Morgan week every year […]

Where in the World is Lisa Suennen?


Warning: shameless self-promotion today—will be back to more thematic ideas next week if my feet and I survive the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference and Circus, which is occurring this entire week in San Francisco.  Pretty much the entire healthcare world shows up for this, which means you see old friends and new, as well as […]

Newsflash: Grass is Green, Sky is Blue, VCs are White Men

Flying Up The Partnership Track

 Yeah, I love being famous. It’s almost like being white, y’know?—Chris Rock On Monday November 21 the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource released the results of the 2011 Venture Census, which reported statistics about ethnicity, gender and other characteristics of the venture capital industry garnered from a poll that included 600 VC […]

Are You Dense?


Sometimes comedy and healthcare collide. I caught an episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show recently where her guest that day was one of my favorite comedians, Wanda Sykes. Sykes was there, in part, to discuss her recent battle with breast cancer, a disease she found out she had quite by accident. Apparently Sykes had gone […]

Gravity is a Bitch

Gravity's a bitch

Hi everyone.  A few weeks ago I had the honor of receiving a very prestigious Corporate Director’s Forum award for Board Director of the Year.  The award is given each year to Board Directors who are nominated in 6 categories (corporate governance, enhancement of economic value, companies in transition, corporate citizenship, not for profit governance […]