Healthcare executives attend Ascension Leadership Academy training

Ascension Leader Institute accelerates the development of promising leaders across Ascension through education and training.

What we do

The Ascension Leader Institute was established in 2015 to:

  • Accelerate the formation and development of associates across Ascension
  • Foster a common leadership culture
  • Cultivate a robust leadership pipeline
  • Serve as an engine for accelerating change

It is designed to champion both individual and collective growth for promising associates at various stages of their careers, from high potential new graduates through seasoned executives. The Ascension Leader Institute serves as the center for integrating programs and resources that combine individual formative experiences with practical and experiential learning. 

One such program is the Ascension Leadership Academy, which provides the space for senior leaders to grow competencies that strengthen strategic capabilities, test new concepts and launch innovative initiatives.  Leadership Academy members are nominated and selected to participate in integrated residential and field experiences led by distinguished thought leaders and experts from both inside and outside of healthcare. 

Ascension Leader Institute
101 South Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63105

Carol Whittington
Carol Whittington
Senior Vice President, Ascension Leader Institute

Carol Whittington serves as the Senior Vice President of the Ascension Leader Institute, including the Ascension Leadership Academy. She joined Sacred Heart Health System, a health ministry of Ascension located in Pensacola, Florida, in 1992. Since then, she has held many progressive Human Resource leadership positions, leading to her appointment in 2005 as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Sacred Heart. In 2011 her role was expanded to include Providence Health System in Mobile, Alabama. Carol transitioned from the CHRO role for the Gulf Coast Ministry Market in 2015 to establish and operate the programs which comprise the Ascension Leader Institute.