About Ignite Healthcare Network

Women are everywhere in healthcare except in positions to shape the future of the industry. Ignite is on a mission to amplify the voices of women leading healthcare industry transformation!

The percent of women in healthcare leadership is growing, albeit slowly

Women as a percentage of each of the following categories in 2015, 2017, and 2018

Board members at Fortune 500 healthcare companies:
  • 2015 21% 21%
  • 2017 22.1% 22.1%
  • 2018 22.6% 22.6%
Executives at Fortune 500 healthcare companies
  • 2015 20.0% 20.0%
  • 2017 22.6% 22.6%
  • 2018 21.9% 21.9%
Hospital executives
  • 2015 36.4% 36.4%
  • 2017 32.4% 32.4%
  • 2018 34.5% 34.5%
Digital health VC partners
  • 2015 11.4% 11.4%
  • 2017 10.9% 10.9%
  • 2018 12.2% 12.2%
Digital health startup CEOs
  • 2015 8.8% 8.8%
  • 2017 9.7% 9.7%
  • 2018 10.2% 10.2%

We are a newly organized nonprofit organization comprised of a network of highly experienced women executives working in roles that influence healthcare.  Our members are leaders in traditional industry sector organizations (providers, payors, device manufacturers, venture capital, and other service advisors.) as well as companies in nontraditional sectors that are increasingly catalyzing industry change.

Ignite is laser focused on accelerating the professional advancement of women in our industry while simultaneously leading in healthcare industry transformation.  We do this in two ways;

  1. By hosting networking events to bring together women leaders. These events create opportunities for executive-level women to connect, strengthen relationships, and generate and share innovative ideas.
  2. By hosting an Annual Pitch Competition to showcase the best of women-led digital health and med device startups poised to revolutionize the industry.  This program provides a unique opportunity for women entrepreneurs to interact with a vibrant ecosystem of industry experts representing other potential customers, investors, and business/legal advisors to accelerate the growth of their companies.  The event’s finale is the high energy annual Pitch Competition Event where finalists pitch to compete for several hundred thousand dollars in cash and investment prizes.