Topic Expert: Janet Lathrop
JANET J. LATHROP, MBA has a long standing interest in healthcare. Her initial exposure to the healthcare arena occurred through her role as division manager of the emergency medicine department at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo from 1990 to 1995 in her home town of Buffalo, New York. In 1995, she moved to Atlanta and worked at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (1995-1997) as the Staff Administrator for the medical director of the Pediatric Health Alliance.
Janet joined the staff of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in 1997 and served as its CEO/President from 2001 until July, 2012. Throughout her tenure with NCCPA, the organization underwent significant transformations such as shifting to computerized year-round testing administrations, providing PAs the ability to access their electronic certification records and conduct business with NCCPA on a 24/7 basis, and implementing the administration of a Certificate of Added Qualifications program for PAs who work in specialty areas of practice. She served as the staff leader of NCCPA’s two supporting organizations, the NCCPA Foundation which was created in 2006 and the Society for the Preservation of PA History which became part of the NCCPA family in 2011. She left NCCPA in July of 2012 to open a nonprofit business consulting company with her long time business colleague and friend, Lori Leal, MBA, CPA. Their organization, Path2 Better Performance, specializes in positioning organizations for the best possible financial and performance results, and use the foundational framework of the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.
A published author, Ms. Lathrop has been invited to speak at various state and national conferences. She has also conducted workshops on nonprofit governance, board development, strategic planning, Myers Briggs personality types in the workforce, and has also served as consultant to other organizations in the area of board development and leadership. Ms. Lathrop is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Georgia Society of Association Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the University of Georgia Board of Directors for Atlanta Leadership. She also serves as adjunct professor at Michigan State University where she teaches for the on line MD-MBA program.
Ms. Lathrop received a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University, an MBA from the University of Georgia in 2005, and is currently working on her dissertation to complete the requirements for a PhD in Business from Capella University in 2013. The title of her dissertation is “What motivates volunteers to serve on nonprofit board in healthcare?”
Having been married over 20 years, Ms. Lathrop currently resides in Cumming, GA and is the proud mother of two sons.
For Profit: Diane Basco
Diane Basco started her career as a flight attendant and spent the first 13 years of her work life with an airline, after which she entered into the world of high tech sales at IBM.
Attachmate Corporation was the next step for Diane where she spent seven years developing and honing her initial sales and sales leadership skills from inside sales, channel sales, account manager, to sales manager. Her track record at Attachmate allowed her to make her next career move to Cisco Systems, which is where she continued her development and transitioned into the executive level.
Diane’s experience at Cisco afforded her the opportunity to work across several key lines of business including Enterprise, Service Provider, and Consumer technology. Her track record was exemplary during her tenure in that role and she was selected to create a “start-up” market following the acquisition of Linksys, which was Cisco’s first insertion into the consumer market. Given her Service Provider background, she was tasked with creating the strategy to develop the next billion dollar line of business by carving out a market for home networking devices for large Service Providers enabling them to enter into the “Connected Home” market by offering managed services to consumers.
In the middle of juggling her executive career, Diane started her own business in 2003 by taking over a small private school, Ivy League Montessori School located in Cumming, GA. Diane views her ownership as her way of “giving back” and has never taken any personal compensation from the business. As a result, Diane has become an advocate for educational change in this country.
Currently, Diane has rejoined Attachmate with a desire to slow down the pace and is an Account Executive, and was recently asked to join the Advisory Board of a local community bank, Alliance National Bank.
Diane holds a BBA and an Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University. She currently resides in Cumming with her husband and twin daughters.
Non-Profit: Marva Bailer
Marva Bailer is the Business Unit Executive for Media & Entertainment, Energy & Utilities, and Telecommunications for industry leading software solutions for the IBM Communications Sector Business, a Billion dollar business unit.
She is known for her high energy, positive attitude and ability to connect. Marva’s role in IBM’s software group is to provide leadership and execution of high value solutions for Smarter Planet impacting solutions for Telco, Mobile, Cable, Cell Towers, Smart Grid, Wireless, Broadband, Satellite, Media and Entertainment.
Her team utilizes all of the software offerings that IBM offers in an industry context. Some of the key business areas are Analytics, Mobile, Optimization, Service Management, Facilities Management, Customer Service, Demand Marketing, and Commerce.
Prior to being acquired by IBM, Marva held several roles at Micromuse; a top 25 Wall Street Journal rated stock during the .com era. She was VP of Communication Service Provider Sales, promoted to grow the Federal Division to 11% of the company’s sales, which included a team managing global alliances. Prior to Micromuse Marva held VP level sales leadership positions at niche technology companies focused on high tech communications.
She served for 3 years as the Co- Chair for the Digital Ball, and is an active an Executive Board Member for Techbridge. She is an executive member and active supporter of Global Exec Women, ATL CEO Council, Wireless Technology Forum, Women in Cable, WIT, and Women in Technology, ATP, Atlanta Telecom Professional, and TAG, Technology Association of GA.
Marva has received nominations and awards, been a panelist, host for many of these organizations. She is a 2011 President Volunteer Award Recipient for her board service.
She is a contributing author to “CLIMB,” by Hoffman & Daneker. She serves as a mentor to people in their 20’s and their 50’s both inside and outside IBM. Marva Bailer was recently featured in Citizen IBM as a kick off for the United Way ECCC Campaign