W2W Joan Evans – Being a Leader While Developing Strong Leaders

What does it take to not only be a successful leader, but to help develop successful leaders? Join us Wednesday, February 13, when Joan Evans, recently appointed to the newly created role of Chief of Staff at Cone Health, shares her story.

As Chief of Staff of the six-hospital system, Joan is responsible for large-scale strategic projects with a focus on operational effectiveness, leader transitions, succession planning and strategic planning.

Prior to her new role, Joan served as the Executive Vice President of Innovation and Transformation for Cone Health, where she was responsible for driving execution and achieving measurable results associated with the transformation of healthcare delivery toward a patient-centered, value-based approach.  

With her leadership, Joan’s teams have received national recognition for their contributions to the field of leadership development including the 2014 Best Organization for Leadership Development award from National Center for Healthcare Leadership and the Success Story Award from Press Ganey for measurable improvements in quality, service and cost, as a result of a cultural transformation. In 2017, Joan received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG.

In addition to her role at Cone Health, Joan is President of South Rim Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching. She is a frequent speaker to national audiences, most recently presenting at the 2018 Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Joan has also served as adjunct faculty for the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG, Elon University’s DPT program and UNC Chapel Hill’s DPT program teaching a variety of business and leadership classes.

Joan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and her Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has completed a postgraduate certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership from the NeuroLeadership Institute. In addition, she holds numerous certifications in psychometric testing instruments, is a certified executive coach and a Six Sigma Green belt.

Join us on Wednesday, February 13 at the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Mix and mingle with fellow JLG and community members at 6:30 p.m. and hear from Joan beginning at 7 p.m. Get your free ticket today at Eventbrite.


Parking is free at the Oakland Deck – click here for directions. After parking, please exit the deck and walk toward the intersection next to Yum Yums. You will cross Spring Garden St and walk down Stirling Street. The Bryan Building will be the second building on your left. Enter the Bryan Building and follow signs to Room 225 for registration.


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The 2019 Women-to-Watch Series is sponsored by the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC Greensboro.

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