CommonSpirit CEO Lloyd Dean Joins "Danforth Dialogues" Podcast To Talk About Leadership Lessons From His Groundbreaking Career

Dean and MSM CEO and President Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice Also Discuss
The More In Common Alliance Partnership Between Their Organizations

Danforth Dialogues with Lloyd Dean

ATLANTA – June 15, 2022 – CommonSpirit Health CEO Lloyd H. Dean joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for the latest edition of its new "Danforth Dialogues" podcast to discuss his groundbreaking career as a pharmaceutical company executive and leader of the country's largest Catholic hospital system with MSM President and CEO Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG.

Dean talked about his life growing up in Muskegon, Michigan, graduating from Western Michigan University, where he served as president of the student body and a member of the school’s Board of Trustees, to, his time as a teacher, then Executive Vice President at UpJohn before his long career as a hospital system executive.

“As he winds down his historic career, it was indeed a unique opportunity to have Lloyd on Danforth Dialogues to talk about his personal journey and provide his insights on successful leadership,” said Dr. Montgomery Rice. “Our conversation with Lloyd was the first Danforth Dialogues podcast before a live audience with members of both organizations joining us for the event.”

Dean, who also was the keynote speaker at the school’s 38th Commencement Exercises on May 21, talked about the strong support he received from his family that helped to inspire him to decide early in life that he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. “In my whole career, I have had two disciplines, one was education which led me to become a school teacher, and the second was health care,” he said.

Dean also noted several key traits of successful leaders. “Number 1, for every opportunity I have had, I tried to be the most prepared,” he said. “Number 2, I was inquisitive. I tried to listen and learn from other people, and, third, I understood that in larger opportunities, it’s not about you, but your ability to get things done through other people.”

The Dean podcast episode is the first part of a two-part conversation. In the second part to air in July, Dean and Dr. Montgomery Rice will focus on the More In Common Alliance, an innovative partnership between the two organizations that seek to increase minority health practitioners and help reduce health disparities in underserved communities across the country.

Launched in March, "Danforth Dialogues" focuses on the leadership lessons from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and their broader implication for society. Named after the historic Danforth Chapel on the Morehouse College campus, the podcast series will also feature a cross-section of guests and topics not directly related to the pandemic but focused on broader aspects of leadership.

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Amanda Magdalenski
Morehouse School of Medicine