October 30, 2017
Outstanding Women in Business

Fallon's Lebow finds good workers and makes them great

Jill Green Lebow, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Fallon Health.

Jill Green Lebow credits her rapid rise through the executive ranks at Fallon Health and other healthcare companies to the ample opportunities having come her way.

An attorney who worked for a boutique law firm in Andover before entering the human resources field and healthcare industry in 2002, Lebow has adopted the approach of a former manager at Fallon Clinic, now Reliant Medical Group, where Lebow started out as an employee relations specialist.

"She has this confidence, and she would support you and you'd get it done; and the next thing you knew, you knew how to recruit," said Lebow.

Making Fallon employees better

Lebow joined Fallon in 2008 as director of employee relations and staffing, and in 2012 was promoted to human resources business partner.

In 2015, she was named Fallon chief human resources officer and senior vice president.

Now, she is intent on giving other women the same opportunities to grow at work.

She encourages the people she manages to choose roles fitting their career objectives, balanced with goals for their personal lives.

With a focus on promoting internal candidates, Lebow said her employees have advanced from interns to managers under her direction.

"Growth and development of our employees is very exciting," Lebow said. "I get a lot of satisfaction and take great pride in it."

Striking a work-life balance

Lebow, who encourages workplace flexibility whenever possible, said practical reasons led her to trade her job at an employment law firm for a career in the human resources field.

A longtime Worcester resident and now the mother of a daughter in the fourth grade, Lebow was looking for a job closer to home and one that didn't require Saturdays at the office, since motherhood was on her to-do list.

But she also felt drawn to a career that allowed her to see outcomes, and not just advise human resources managers on legal issues.

"I was intrigued by the profession from the start, because it was a way to have more employee interaction while using my degree," said Lebow.

In addition to her roles at Fallon and the former Fallon Clinic, Lebow worked in the same field at Abbott Laboratories, now AbbVie, in Worcester, from 2005 to 2008.

Commanding respect in the community

Outside the office, Lebow lends her legal and human resources expertise in two volunteer roles she holds dear.

She consults with the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, and is on the advisory board for Bottom Line, a nonprofit with a Worcester office focused on getting low-income students through college.

In volunteering and at work, Lebow commands respect, said Kristine Bostek, a former Fallon colleague who is now president and CEO of You Inc., a Worcester behavioral health and education nonprofit.

Bostek said she admires Lebow for ability to identify talent, and for finding a balance between her career and personal life.

"Even in situations of challenge or crisis, she's that person who brings a level of objectivity," Bostek said.

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