join the WIHs network
Considering joining our Women in Healthcare Security Network? Great! Everyone is welcome and we are excited to welcome you aboard!
When registering, you will have the opportunity to select multiple roles you're interested in and we'll follow up with more information about each of them.
Note: roles like mentor/mentee, and scholarships have limited spots available and your selection when applying does not guarantee the position. Aside from WIHS Champion, all WIHS Network activities are voluntary-based and your time participating in it will not be compensated.
Member - Members are active in the network. They can recruit other members, attend events, and are eligible to participate in WIHS Network programs*. We ask that members participate in at least two WIHS Network events per year. There will be several opportunities to join planning committees and become part of the team of women and men making this group possible! ANYONE can be a member. Become a member
Champion - Champions are essential members of the network, who will be the WIHS Network local level point of contact. They will help to promote WIHS Network activities, recruit members, give us feedback from the field, and answer questions people in your location might have about the WIHS. Anyone on the security team can be a WIHS Champion. Learn more
Ally - Allies are security industry males or someone from outside the security industry (female or male) who advocates for equity, diversity, and inclusion. That can start with as little as being open to a conversation around these subjects or supporting diversity-focused events. Learn more
What is an employee resource group, and how do they add value to our organization?
Employee resource groups, or ERGs, are employee-led interest groups that aim to raise awareness of issues facing people of a specific demographic, race, religion, or sexual identity. These groups add value by advocating for a better, more inclusive workplace and socially responsible business practices.
ERGs go by many names, including business resource groups, affinity groups, employee interest groups, and more. Regardless of what your organization calls them, employee resource groups are an excellent way for like-minded individuals to come together, celebrate their similarities and differences, and educate others on the issues and excitement surrounding their interests. Some common ERGs celebrate black professionals, Asian-Pacific heritage, women, LGBTQ, Hispanics, employees with disabilities, remote workers, working parents, veteran employees, and more.
I'm a woman/identify as female. How can this network help me?
By joining the WIHS Network, you will gain access to numerous programs and tools that focus on professional development through mentorship, scholarships for certification availability, and community groups focused on helping you learn more about leadership and the healthcare security profession. The network will also provide a platform for you to share your experience and knowledge with other women and allies across Kaiser Permanente.
I'm a man. How can this network help me?
This group is open to anyone interested in helping advance women into leadership positions within our program and promote diversity & inclusion. Together we are stronger and make a difference; therefore, we welcome allies to participate in the program. By joining the WIHS Network as a male ally, you will be invited to support and participate in our programs that are focused on the professional development, mentorship, and advancement of your female colleagues. We encourage you to become a mentor or a sponsor, participate in group discussions and activities, and spread the word about the program and what it means to you to be an ally. The network will also provide a platform for you to network and share your experiences and knowledge with your colleagues across the Kaiser Permanente Enterprise. Learn more
What kind of support can women expect from this program?
We are a new program. Therefore, our programs will grow over the coming months and years. In the beginning, you can expect to gain access to professional advice, learning, and workshops, opportunities to connect with other women and allies in your regions, and be eligible for our Mentorship and Scholarship programs.
What will be expected of me if I join this network?
When registering, you will have the opportunity to select multiple roles you're interested in and we'll follow up with more information about each of them, as mentioned above.
We ask that members participate in at least two WIHS Network events per year. There will be several opportunities to join planning committees and become part of the team of women and men making this group possible! ANYONE can be a member.
What is a WIHS ally?
A WIHS ally is a security industry person who does not identify as a female or someone from outside the industry (female or male) who advocates for equity, diversity, and inclusion. That advocacy can start with as little as being open to a conversation around these subjects or supporting diversity-focused events. A few examples of actions of allies are: creating safe spaces for women to be authentic and speaking up, providing growth opportunities equally among male and female workers, giving credit where credit is due, speaking up when witnessing unfair situations, encouraging diversity and inclusion dialogs with other colleagues, having awareness about women's challenges and being empathic. The benefits of being an ally are mutual growth, comradery, sense of community, and support.
You can nominate a WIHS Ally using this form. Self-nominations are welcome!
How do I join the network and stay updated with the WIHS activities?
Please complete this registration form to join our network.