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.