CCL’s Jennifer Martineau talks with Karen McNeil-Miller, the president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation. Karen previously served as the president of the health-focused Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and worked as a teacher and school administrator. She describes social and human impact as the center of her life’s work. She also serves on the board of the Center for Creative Leadership, where she previously worked.

In this episode, Karen talks about her unexpected career trajectory, and how she’s changed as a leader over time:

“I’ve forgotten now how certain I was when I was 32, how all my sentences ended in an exclamation point…Now,” she says, “most of my sentences end in a question mark.”

She also shares her insights about the importance of mentorship and leadership development for women in business, especially women of color:

“I do think until women of all races and ethnicities get equal opportunities and access to leadership and mentors, until it becomes just institutional DNA, it has to be intentional. These kind of programs and efforts will continue to exist until — and unless — it just becomes part of the air.”

Guest featured in this episode of When She Leads:

Karen McNeil-MillerFeatured in this episode: Karen McNeil-Miller
President & CEO, Colorado Health Foundation


Host of this episode of When She Leads:

Jennifer MartineauJennifer Martineau is Senior Vice President, research, evaluation, and societal advancement at CCL, where she is responsible for global research and evaluation initiatives and our work focused on leadership development in the social sector. She recently co-authored, Kick Some Glass, a guide for motivated working women in business who want to take charge of their own success.

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