Top 100 Women of Impact: Shannon Hendrix

Shannon Hendrix

Senior Vice President & Chief Administrator, Arkansas Children’s Northwest

About me: I have the privilege of serving as the SVP/chief administrator at Arkansas Children’s Northwest where our mission is to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. As the only pediatric hospital in our region, we are vitally important to the health of our youngest and most vulnerable population. With a career spanning over 25 years in health care, I enjoy taking all I’ve learned along the way to help the kids of NWA.

Community involvement is a priority for me personally and professionally. Relationships are important and being involved is the best way to build and cultivate those relationships with the community we serve. Currently I’m a member of the Arvest Springdale board, the Brooklyn Project Foundation and the UCA Foundation Board.

Lives/Works in: Springdale

Best Career Advice: Never underestimate the value of relationships. People matter, words matter. The people around us value being seen and heard, and there’s no better way to know where your priorities should be than to listen to those around you.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: As a teen, my dad’s rule was that every Saturday morning, we cleaned our cars. Afterward, he would inspect to see if it met his standards. If it didn’t, we had to repeat the work. The important lesson: Do your best work the first time and pay attention to the details.

Proudest Moment of Impact: I was the inaugural leader of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at Arkansas Children’s. This platform allowed me the opportunity to lay the foundation for a more inclusive culture for our patients, families and team members. We now have a DEI office and more than 10 employee resource groups across the system. These inclusive efforts have touched our communities throughout the state and positively impacted the way we recruit talent and support women/minority-owned businesses.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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