Episode 70 • 12/14/2023

Marcie Finney, Executive Director, Cleveland Cord Blood Center (CCBC), on Doing Good Work and Creating a Great Place to Work

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How do you lead an organization that does great work AND is a great place to work? 

In this episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews Marcie Finney, Executive Director at the Cleveland Cord Blood Center (CCBC). Marcie discusses:

  • What umbilical cord blood is and why we bank it.
  • The differences between a private cord blood bank and a public cord blood bank.
  • The life-saving treatments that are now available because of research enabled by cord blood and stem cell transplants.
  • Marcie’s journey from being a researcher to running the CCBC.
  • The work she’s done to make CCBC a great place to work, including better infrastructure, a new strategic plan, updated job descriptions, and so much more.
  • How the CCBC is part of the Cord Blood Association, which brought cord blood banks together and helped them achieve FDA licensing.
  • The importance of racial and ethnic diversity in the cord blood units stored by public cord blood banks, especially as the US population is growing more diverse.
  • How CCBC supports groundbreaking research into new treatments for all sorts of diseases, including leukemia, autoimmune disorders, cerebral palsy, and HIV.
  • How creating a diverse cord blood inventory is a national resource.
  • How nurses call donors when their baby’s cord blood is going to be used; these are some of the best calls they make!
  • Why moms should consider donating their babies’ cord blood to a public cord blood bank.


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We believe that every association has a unique mission and unique story that demonstrates how they’re serving their members, impacting their industry, and ultimately changing the world. Every guest is an association Chief Executive, Executive Director or President. We’re here to help amplify their stories so all associations can learn and thrive, together.

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