Women in LEADership

Women in LEADership is a yearly gathering of current and future professional alumnae to network and share personal insight and inspiration regarding culture and industry. Started in 2015, the goal is to highlight the successes of Michigan alumnae in the world, and to inspire future leaders to bring a more just, equitable, and diverse experience to society.

2021 Women in LEADership Event

“Instead of pursuing balance, think of your priorities as things you juggle and acknowledge when you have to shift your attention.” – Terika Richardson, ’00, MPH’14

“One tip I heard… not to go more than 24 hours confused on something… you think you’re getting everything, but you’re not taking the time to fully make sure that you understood it and can apply it later.” – Chidi Bosah, ’18

“Remember to pause, play, and focus on outcomes.” – Andrea Robb, ’96

Featured Panelists

Chidi Bosah

Chidi Bosah, BSEIO'18

Chidi Bosah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering, and is a proud LEAD alumna. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, she has been able to work on a range of projects across Operations, Commercial, and Strategic roles. Currently, she is a product manager for Perma Pure LLC, focusing on strategic growth and demand generation for one of their key products used in respiratory markets. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family (likely eating out or streaming popular shows/movies), baking, and playing the piano.

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Terika Richardson, AB’00, MPH’14

Terika Richardson is an accomplished healthcare executive with a strong track record of developing creative approaches to growth and partnering with employees and physicians to improve the health of their communities. With nearly twenty years’ experience leading complex healthcare organizations, she has shown a commitment to place the patient at the center of every decision while creating measurable operational improvements.

Ms. Richardson most recently served as president of Advocate Aurora Health’s Central Chicagoland Patient Service Area where she oversaw the operations and strategic growth of their hospitals, clinics and ambulatory operations. Under her leadership, the organization standardized best practices across multiple sites, built out key service lines and developed innovative programs to address community health needs. Prior to joining Advocate Aurora in 2016, Ms. Richardson was chief executive officer of Retreat Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, and served in various leadership roles for HCA and Northwell Health.

She earned both an undergraduate degree in biopsychology and cognitive science and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she serves on the board of directors for the American Hospital Association’s Innovation Committee and Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. She has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Minority Executives and Chicago Crain’s magazine’s 40 Under 40.

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Andrea Robb, ’96

Is a former HR leader at Lucasfilm, Airbnb, and Autodesk and now is an entrepreneur and advisor on the future of work and education, having founded Andrea Robb Consulting.

She works with organizations in the public and private sectors that seek modern ideas for work, including organization design, talent strategy, recruiting, learning + development, analytics, and diversity + belonging. She also advises leaders in higher education on how to design their curriculum to better prepare their students for the nature of 21st-century work.

She is an LSA grad (‘96) with a major in psychology and is a three-term Angell Scholar. Andrea also holds a Masters in Education and Public Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

Connect with LEAD

The Alumni Association established the LEAD Scholars program for those who embody leadership, excellence, achievement, and diversity. The scholarship is available to accepted students to help the best and brightest make their way to Michigan. The Alumni Association — independent from the University — takes full financial and administrative responsibility for this program.

We welcome 70 new scholars for our 2021 cohort as well as over 300 students who have graduated from the program.

Contact Us

For questions about the LEAD Scholarship and/or Women in LEADership, please email leadscholars@umich.edu.

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