Barry H. Ostrowsky and Michellene Davis

President & CEO of RWJBarnabas Health, Executive VP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of RWJBarnabas Health

BARRY H. OSTROWSKY is the president and chief executive officer of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive integrated healthcare delivery system, with a service area that includes more than five million residents. In 2016, NJBIZ named Mr. Ostrowsky the Executive of the Year in Business in New Jersey, and he has repeatedly been named to the NJBIZ Health Care Power 50 list of the most powerful people in New Jersey healthcare, and to the Power 100 list, which includes the state’s most influential people in business. He has also been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “300 Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know.”

MICHELLENE DAVIS is executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer of RWJBarnabas Health, the first woman and first person of color to ascend to this position in the organization’s history. With a career built on excellence and punctuated by firsts, Michellene has been named one of the most influential and powerful leaders in healthcare by entities such as Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Hospital Review, and NJBIZ, among others. Michellene Davis oversees the following departments: social impact and community investment, policy development and governmental affairs, healthy living and community engagement, and global health.

Changing Missions, Changing Lives: How A Change Agent Can Turn The Ship And Create Impact

Publication Date: September 2020


Over the past twenty years, we’ve seen a paradigmatic shift in the view of corporate engagement in social change. More corporations are looking beyond their core business to find ways to engage with consumers and stakeholders as change agents, whether it’s to promote economic development in historically underserved communities or to promote human rights and social justice.

Every day, more individuals and corporations are stepping up to say, “Asking the questions isn’t enough; we need to be part of the answer.” Organizations across varied industries are choosing to engage with challenges presented in their communities, because consumers and communities have heightened expectations that businesses will lean in to fill gaps in societal needs that government and independent individual efforts either cannot or have not addressed.

This book is for you, social change agents, forward-thinking institutions, and disruptors, no matter who you are or where you work. Yes, your organization can make a powerful difference―and in this book Barry Ostrowsky and Michellene Davis share the insights, successes and failures, and strategies that RWJBarnabas Health has adopted through its ongoing process of turning its corporate ship toward its expanded mission.

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