Speaker announcement: Eureka C. Daye, PhD

Daye, Eureka

We all know of the “glass ceiling,” the unseen and overt barriers that keep women in male-dominated workplaces from progressing upward in their careers. Eureka C. Daye, PhD, a regional healthcare executive and director of women’s health for California Correctional Health Care Services, believes women building trusted relationship with other women will help them move up the career ladder. She will explore these concepts in the breakout session, “Shattering the Glass Ceiling through Mentoring: Women Leaders Mentoring Other Women Up the Ladder.”

“Developing women leaders is more than just providing leadership courses,” Dr. Daye said. “It’s about building trusted relationships with other women to help them promote and navigate the often tricky organizational landscape where the glass ceiling is solidly in place.”

Dr. Daye’s presentation will explain the glass ceiling phenomenon, its relevance for women who work in male-dominated professions, and how mentoring can help women transcend and break through the glass ceiling. Dr. Daye will also explain the “glass escalator,” the differences in upward progression between men and women in the workplace. Dr. Daye notes that women are often promoted into leadership roles during periods of crisis or downturn more likely than men – the “glass cliff” – when the chances for their failure are highest.

Dr. Daye will suggest ways women leaders might flex their positions and mentoring muscle to provide far-reaching impact for their mentees and help them transcend the organizational barriers that prevent them from moving up the management hierarchy.

Dr. Eureka C. Daye is a leading visionary, transformational and performance-driven healthcare executive and consultant with more than 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare, behavioral health and academia. She currently serves as a regional healthcare executive and director of women’s health for California Correctional Healthcare Services. Her other titles have included Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Vice President of Operations and Clinical Services, Assistant Vice Provost of Affirmative Action and Gender Equity, Director of Organizational Change Management and Director of Health Management at the Duke Fuqua School of Business.

She has served appointments as a board member of the Young Women’s Christian Association where she chaired the Women’s Health Advocacy Program; as a United Way Board Member where she served on the Women’s Leadership Council and the Committee for Diversity; as a County Board Member for Mental Health and was appointed to the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women and People of Color at the University of Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Daye has been on statewide speaker’s bureaus and has led YMCA Vortex Study Circles focused on institutional racism. She has also served on the North Carolina Community Task Force on education, criminal justice, and media monitoring of high-risk youth.

Dr. Daye served as commentator on a series of Health Summit symposiums focusing on chronic disease management in conjunction with the University of Chapel Hill – Public Television (UNCTV) on Remaking American Medicine.

Dr. Daye’s area of research includes: Healthcare Disparities and the Built Environment: Using Global Positioning System (GPS) to assess the design, demographics, logistics and deprivation indexes of inner city neighborhoods by zip-code to predict health outcomes of disenfranchised populations.

Dr. Daye received her B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and her Master of Public Health and PhD in Public Health from Walden University. She holds active clinical licenses in mental health and holds certifications in diversity training, conflict mediation and resolution, and critical incident stress management. She is also a correctional health care professional and is Six Sigma Black Belt certified in healthcare.

Dr. Daye was inducted into the Continental Who’s Who Registry of Healthcare Executives in 2014 and was named the Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women in 2014. She is a Licensed Associate Minister and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Sorority. Dr. Daye is married with four sons.


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