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Decoding AQ with Ross Thornley Feat. Van Ton-Quinlivan

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Currently, Ton-Quinlivan is the CEO of Futuro Health, whose nonprofit mission is to improve the health and wealth of communities by growing the largest network of credentialed allied healthcare workers in the nation.

In 2013, she was named a White House Champion of Change under the Obama administration in recognition of her notable career in industry, education, and service as a community leader.

Ross and Van talk about government, workforce, money challenges, data, management, creativity, strategies, leadership, dealing with criticism, communities, staying the course, intentionality, staying grounded, unlocking opportunities, unique abilities, caring, goals, perseverance, grit, diversity, pitching, community colleges. The pair also discuss thinking outside the box, flow, productivity, re-imagining, adaptability, workforce development, teams, developing talent, competition, commitment,  breaking cycles, growing the workforce, changing traditional pipelines, companies coming together,  Start-up Health, combining music with exercise, fear of failure, commitment and expectations.


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  • 00:19 Welcome and Van's background
  • 02:15 Challenges managing money in the largest education system in the nation
  • 05:54 Workforce development and priorities
  • 12:01 Knowing and deciding when to stay or shift
  • 16:28 Focusing on care and Futuro
  • 25:56 Steps to a functioning diverse pipeline and keeping it relevant
  • 34:24 Mind shifts and paradigm shifts with education
  • 38:28 The team at 'Start-up Health'
  • 42:14 Taking risks
  • 43:16 The last time Van did something for the fist time

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