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Dolly Schmidt

Dolly Schmidt

Current Organization and Position:

In transition. I have a diverse background that includes driving marketing and strategic planning for a large health system, managing medical school departments and their related clinical practices, and building community-wide acceptance of an electronic platform to eliminate a redundant paper process.

Key responsibilities:
My strengths are in managing operations in complex matrix environments, balancing the needs of an organization with budget constraints and ensuring the right resources are in place, and managing transitions — whether changes in leadership, new clinical partnerships or rapid growth.

Have you ever had a mentor? How did he/she help you most?
I’ve been influenced by mentors who lead by example — a physician who would not give up on his vision for a new model of care (TRIA); a mentor who illustrated the importance of listening first and then making tough choices.

What is the best career advice you have received?
Expect and embrace change as sign of progress and opportunity.

What support do you need now to evolve your development as leader?
Confidants and colleagues who serve as a sounding board and provide feedback and new perspectives.

How do you want to support other women in their leadership journey?
It’s important to be available to support others on an 1-to-1 basis – but also to ensure that organizations like the WHLT are successful in providing a support system for all women in all stages of their careers.

What is something that not many people know about you?
Prior to health care, I arranged shipments of pregnant cattle to Korea, equipment that built the road system in Abu Dhabi, and designed marketing materials for DC motors and controls.

Any words of wisdom to live by?
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

William Arthur Ward

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