Q&A With Ribera Salud CEO Elisa Tarazona
The experience of Centene's international operations allows us to better understand opportunities in our domestic healthcare system. In Spain, Centene subsidiary Ribera Salud is led by Elisa Tarazona, CEO.
Excerpts from an internal Q&A are below, focusing on Women’s History Month and organizational goals. Answers have been lightly edited for space and clarity.
Q: March is Women's History Month, recognizing the female leaders who have made history. What does this recognition month mean to you?
Elisa Tarazona: This month is the recognition of the work and effort of many generations of women who came before us and fought to make their dreams, as well as their professional and family goals, come true. Women account for 50% of the world's population, and we have to be present in the making of important decisions that affect the present and future of society. For this to become a reality, it is key to bet on an education in equality from the early stages.
There are women like Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate in medicine in the world, Geneva Medical College (Nueva York) in 1849, who has inspired the path of many of us. And, Dolors Aleu Riera, who was the first woman to graduate in Medicine in Spain in 1882, and we could never forget Marie Curie, both a scientist and researcher.
Q: How do you see your organization growing and evolving over the next five years?
A: In the Ribera Group, currently 70% of the professionals are women and 56% of the management positions are held by women. Our people management policy is based on promoting talent, finding those who have the aptitude, capacity and attitude to lead, beyond gender. The group continues to address work-life balance and equality, as well as innovation and social policies, as one of its lines of action. We work according to our sustainable development goals and the 2030 agenda.
Q: What challenges have you faced and what advice do you have for other female leaders?
A: Work on your perseverance, effort, and self-confidence, and reinforce your knowledge every day. All of this will help you get through the glass ceilings that do exist. Do not limit yourself or put a concrete ceiling in place. Most importantly, you should show professionalism, commitment, skills, and ability.