AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka Named 'Woman Of Year'
AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka Named "Woman Of Year"
Before a sold-out crowd at San Diego Magazine's 7th annual "Women Who Move the City" event, AMN Healthcare's President and CEO Susan Salka was named Woman of the Year for 2012. As CEO of healthcare's workforce innovator and largest staffing provider in the nation, Salka was recognized for her commitment to business excellence and effecting positive change in the community.
"The high caliber of talented leaders in San Diego continues to grow each year, and I'm truly humbled to have received this honor," said Salka. "I'd like to personally thank each of the nominees and my colleagues at AMN for demonstrating such outstanding leadership they've all made meaningful contributions to our community."
Under Salka's direction, AMN has achieved a well-balanced company culture, as evidenced by the high number of executive positions held by women (58% overall). In addition, Salka has spearheaded organization-wide incentives and innovative employee development programs that have greatly contributed to the professional growth and advancement opportunities of female associates. This year, AMN Healthcare has been able to add to its roster of talented team members, building on its industry success to grow the local workforce. Over the past two years, AMN has increased local hiring by approximately 60% at its corporate office.
More than 130 highly-talented female leaders throughout the San Diego region were nominated. The Woman of the Year selection was made by a panel of judges, including five previous winners. Past recipients include: Kathleen Sellick, President/CEO, Rady Children's Hospital Theresa Drew, Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP Amanda Clardy, Chief Marketing Officer, Life Technologies Sharon Lawrence, President/CEO, Voices for Children Ronne Froman, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) CEO/ Chairman, National Veterans Transition Services, Inc./REBOOT, and Gail Naughton, Ph.D., CEO/ Chairman, Histogen.
"Susan Salka's leadership and drive are evident in the growth of AMN," said Erin Chambers Smith, Editor of San Diego Magazine. "But it was the enthusiastic support of her colleagues and family as she was presented with the award that I will remember. She has earned the respect of many."
Salka first joined AMN in 1990, as one of only 20 employees. Before becoming President and CEO, she held several executive positions at the company, including CFO, COO, and SVP of Business Development. In 2003, Salka assumed the role of President -- the only female President among top healthcare staffing companies in the nation, and in 2005 she expanded her role to Chief Executive Officer. Salka led AMN in becoming one of the top ranking public companies in San Diego by achieving revenue in excess of $1 billion (2006). Today, AMN Healthcare employs more than 1,800 corporate team members.