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Inspiring and Connecting Women Leaders

America’s Blood Centers’ (ABC) Women’s Executive Leadership Community (WELC) empowers leaders throughout the blood community through networking and professional development. By leveraging a diverse set of opinions and experiences, WELC drives action towards a supportive and inclusive blood community, benefiting individuals, employers, and ultimately the patients that rely on a safe and available blood supply.

We’re committed to:

Developing a diverse pipeline of female blood center leaders.

Creating a network where leaders feel supported and learn from one another.

Leveraging different opinions and experiences to drive action.

All employees of ABC members are welcome to join WELC:

Our Vision

Create a safe and respected space where authentic voices are heard so that no leader feels alone.

Our Mission

Promote a supportive and inclusive blood community through networking, professional development, and education.

Our Values

Authenticity, confidentiality, respect, support, trust.

The need for the Women’s Executive Leadership Community

What the data shows

"Women leaders are switching jobs at the highest rates we’ve ever seen, and ambitious young women are prepared to do the same. To make meaningful and sustainable progress toward gender equality, companies need to go beyond table stakes."

Women in the Workplace 2022

"Although healthcare continues to outpace other industries in the representation, hiring, and advancement of women, the latest data show there is still plenty of room for improvement."

Women in the healthcare industry: An update

"While companies have been slow to make significant progress, a close look at “diversity winners” shows that a systematic business-led approach and bold, concerted action on inclusion are needed to make progress."

Diversity wins: How inclusion matters



Lisa Entrikin
Chief Executive Officer, Rock River Valley Blood Center


Kimberly E. Kinsell
President and CEO, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

Steering Committee

Stacy Braddock
Executive Director, Texoma Regional Blood Center

Delisa English
President and CEO, The Blood Connection

Nathalie Fagnan
President and CEO, Hema-Quebec

Kate Fry
Chief Executive Officer, America’s Blood Centers

Marian Garrard
Chief Executive Officer, We Are Blood

Janet Howard
Chief Executive Officer, Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center

Adrienne Mendoza
Chief Operating Officer, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center

Emily Jolin
Chief Executive Officer, Blood Center of Northcentral Wisconsin

Kim-Anh Nguyen
President and CEO, Blood Bank of Hawaii

Harpreet Sandhu
Chief Executive Officer, Stanford Blood Center

Stacy Sime
President and CEO, LifeServe Blood Center

Christine Swinehart
President and CEO, Cascade Regional Blood Services

Kate Witthaus
Chief Executive Officer, Northern California Community Blood Center

Deanna Rosenthal
Executive Director, Community Blood Bank of NWPA and WNY

Join us.

Membership is free to all ABC members and industry partners.

Sign up for email updates and join our LinkedIn group.
By joining our email list, you'll receive regular updates on events designed to promote a supportive and inclusive blood community through networking, professional development, mentoring, and education. Our LinkedIn group will provide you with interesting articles on leadership and the opportunity to engage with your peers.

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