Breaking the glass ceiling
Cora-Bramble’s career educating others on equitable practice began long before she became chief diversity officer. In the 1980s and 1990s, she was working in community pediatrics and saw first-hand how ill-equipped medical students were to treat children of other races and ethnicities.
Never one to wait for someone else to find a solution, Cora-Bramble says she began creating her own cultural competency training for the medical providers. Her training made an impact, and she was hired at George Washington University to lead the community health program for clinicians.
While working at George Washington, Cora-Bramble was selected as a Kellogg National Leadership Program fellow and spent three years traveling around the world to learn inclusive and robust leadership skills from global leaders. She also began to seek out more information on the business of health care.
“I kept asking questions about the business of the medical field and realized I needed to learn more,” she recalled.
She found her answers at the Johns Hopkins business school– first as a certificate recipient, then coming back to earn her MBA.
“I really went not knowing what to expect. I knew I had some skills to gain, but I did not know those four years [at Carey] would prepare me so well for a senior leadership position in health care,” Cora-Bramble said. “I found my professors deeply impactful. And I appreciated the fact that what I learned at Hopkins, I could go to work the next day and apply it. It wasn’t far-fetched or busywork, it was all relevant.”
She also credits her Johns Hopkins courses with giving her more confidence to lead.
“At times I walk into meetings where I am the only minority or the only woman or both. It used to throw me off balance. But the skillset and competencies I gained at Johns Hopkins gave me a high level of confidence to walk into those rooms and lead.”