Top 100 Women of Impact: Leslie Huitt

Leslie Huitt

CEO & CFO, Bradley County Medical Center

About me: I was born at Bradley County Medical Center, which is the hospital where I now serve as CEO and CFO. I am a lifelong resident of Bradley County and a 1998 graduate of Hermitage High School. I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in May 2002 with a bachelors in business administration in accounting and from Harding University in December 2006 with a masters in business administration. I am also a certified public accountant. I have been married to my husband Matt for 24 years and have four children. I have always had a passion for helping others. In my position as CEO/CFO, I feel as though I can both help others and make an impact inside the hospital and in the community.

Lives in: Hermitage • Works in: Warren

Best Career Advice: Be fast to listen and slow to speak. Second, be willing to work hard. That doesn’t mean to sacrifice faith or family for your career, but be willing to go above and beyond the job description. Never have the “it’s not my job” attitude. 

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Doing what you feel is right isn’t always popular. Respect can take a lifetime to earn and a second to lose, so do what you feel is right even in the face of adversity and even if you feel lonely at times.

Proudest Moment of Impact: There are so many people in our community I grew up having a tremendous amount of respect for. When some of these same people started reaching out to me through calls, cards and messages telling me I was doing a good job, I knew I was making an impact in my community. Also, I have heard many positive comments made in the community regarding our hospital. 

What Keeps Me Motivated: Seeing results and the impact my position and influence has on my community and even within my own home. I can be having the worst day or under more stress than I feel I can handle, but when I see a life saved because of the work we do, I am instantly motivated. When I see my children setting goals, pursuing their dreams and just being kind human beings, I am instantly motivated.

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