Linda Rebrovick, Board Member, HealthStream, Guidehouse, Consensus Point Inc., Reliant Bank
How did you become an executive in the health care industry? Did you always have an interest in health care?
My healthcare career began at KPMG, LLP when I was tapped to be the EVP and National Managing Partner, KPMG Consulting, Healthcare. Having always lived in Nashville, healthcare has been an important part of my life. Nashville is the epicenter of US healthcare providers, and I am so proud be among the Eskind family members who have made major contributions and investments to healthcare.
What is one major challenge you see facing the health care industry today?
Our rapidly changing healthcare industry means that successful organizations must be agile and adaptive. These changes include new models of care, transformative technologies, competitors and regulations. Our healthcare organizations must ensure their most valuable asset, their people, are ready to take on these changes.
What does true leadership mean to you?
True leaders are trustworthy, honest, and respectful. They are always humble and kind. The best leaders do everything they can to ensure their teams and their companies are successful first and foremost. I have the privilege of learning every day from so many outstanding leaders, including my parents, husband, daughter, son, family, friends, mentors, and colleagues, and they are courageous, inspiring, motivational, and positive people.
You currently serve on a number of boards including Guidehouse, HealthStream, and Consensus Point. What advice do you have for women in WBL who are interested in board service?
I encourage all of the talented women of WBL to aspire to join boards. It is important to bring your diversity of thought, perspectives and backgrounds to boards. The process to your selection on a board is a journey, not an event. My board journey of public and private board service began over 20 years at KPMG, LLP, and HealthStream and, most recently, includes Guidehouse and Reliant Bank. My healthcare experience and expertise have been very valuable to my selection with each of these boards. My nominations to these board opportunities came from my network of colleagues and business connections. You should be proactive telling your network that you are interested in serving on boards, create your board bio, participate in the WBL Board Program to ensure you are prepared, and give your Elevator Pitch, 60 seconds explaining why you would make a valuable contribution as a board member.
How did you use your network to help you in your board search?
While doing my business development job with the healthcare and e-learning businesses at KPMG, I met with Bobby Frist, the HealthStream CEO. After our meeting, he mentioned their board was in a search for a board director with healthcare sales and workforce development skills. During interviews with the nominating committee and board, we discovered we had many network connections, personally and professionally, who provided credibility and references for my candidacy. The leadership of Veritas Capital and their portfolio company, Guidehouse, a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, engaged an executive search firm to recruit an independent board candidate. Several of the Guidehouse leaders are my former partners with KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint, and our relationships were very valuable throughout the process.
Personally or professionally, what might the WBL network be surprised to know about you?
The WBL network may be surprised to know I am a “MOT”, Mother of Twins and in 2014, I ran for Mayor, Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. It was such an honor to be able to contribute so much to the community, and at the same time, so rewarding to have the opportunity to work together with my family on the campaign.
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