Women of Color STEM Awards Names Jo Laucirica a 2023 Technology Rising Star

Jo Laucirica is a recipient of the 2023 Women of Color STEM Rising Star Award. Laucirica serves as an Ambulatory Practice Improvement Specialist and Customer Success Operations Lead within the Professional Services Business Unit at Health Catalyst.

Four years ago, Laucirica joined Health Catalyst with two goals: 1) to work with a technology solution provider that streamlines manual work in healthcare and 2) to be a part of an organization with heart. She feels grateful for finding both at Health Catalyst – a company making a positive impact on patient lives, enhancing quality outcomes, and genuinely caring for its team members.

With previous roles encompassing healthcare regulation for an electronic health record (EHR) vendor and working within a large healthcare system, Laucirica possesses a unique perspective on healthcare technology within the ambulatory field. Her current role involves ensuring team members have the necessary tools, processes, and technology to fulfill the organization’s mission of driving data-driven improvements in the healthcare industry. One of her proudest accomplishments this past year involved helping clients successfully transition to a new Health Catalyst population health solution.

Her recognition extends beyond her accomplishments at Health Catalyst; many view her as a role model due to her contributions to the company and her community. “We are grateful to Jo for being a role model for so many in the organization,” said Trudy Sullivan, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Health Catalyst. “Her enthusiasm for her work is infectious and makes us all better.” 

Laucirica imparts three tips for women pursuing STEM careers:

Exude confidence both in demeanor and speech. Confidence is not synonymous with being right or having all the answers, but rather fearlessly expressing oneself and asking questions when necessary.

Be tenacious. Take ownership; don’t wait for others to act. Be proactive in getting tasks done.

Support other women. The field can achieve greater representation when women uplift one another rather than subscribe to outdated corporate ladder mentalities.

“I strive to be honest and transparent, own and learn from my failures, and care for others,” Laucirica said. “Working alongside the Health Catalyst team has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I am a better person thanks to their continuous compassion and care that is demonstrated daily. We’re all role models to each other in different ways.”

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