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Board ended my employment at a secret meeting. We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood. My statement to come shortly.— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) July 16, 2019
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— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) July 16, 2019
Seems like only yesterday that Dr. Leana Wen was named Planned Parenthood’s new president, and it kind of was. Just under 44 weeks ago, to be precise.
Wen assumed the roll of president on September 12, 2018. Today she tweeted that she had been fired.
She later released the following statement:
The Huffington Post has the inside gossip:
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A person familiar with the situation told HuffPost that the real issue was that, under Wen, morale was low and “the organization was bleeding staff.”
“This had everything to do with her management style and challenges with her leadership,” the source said, requesting anonymity to speak freely. “Everything from creating a culture of mistrust among staff, having a very insular communication style. Only wanting to talk and communicate with a small number of people she brought in. Not wanting to work with existing experts.”
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The source added that Planned Parenthood connected her with a leadership coach to work on her skills, but the board unanimously decided to let her go after the issues could not be resolved.
In February, BuzzFeed reported that two top employees were leaving Planned Parenthood. And staffers were reportedly taken aback by a 182-page handbook that Wen’s team brought to...
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