ELITE 2021 Mentor Michael Heinley of Finn Partners

Michael Heinley

Senior Partner, Health; Deputy Lead, NY Health Group

Finn Partners

A Leader Who Creates Leaders

With a successful tenure in the industry, Michael Heinley’s dedication to others’ professional journeys can be measured by the people he’s inspired. While he’d never boast about this, he’s personally mentored countless colleagues who have risen through the ranks of leading life sciences companies—and have become industry leaders in their own right.

In his current position as Partner at FINN, Michael drives dedication to excellence with an eye toward patient care. Gil Bashe, Managing Partner at FINN, says, “Michael recognizes that a secure and trusting culture impacts performance and success is built block by block, person by person on the foundation of shared values.”

Charged with brand, corporate, crisis, and employee communications, Michael tackles his role with truth and transparency. Both colleagues and clients depend on Michael’s sound guidance and counsel. John Bianchi, FINN VP, says, “Michael’s great strength as mentor and leader comes not from directing, but from partnering. He finds out what you want to do, encourages, and empowers you make your own decisions. That approach is as rare as it is refreshing.”

Kara Bradley, FINN Account Supervisor, adds, “Michael does not only provide guidance and answers during discussions; he also provides ‘patient-first’ insight as to why something is being done.” In the office, when staff come to Michael with a potential issue or a problem, he never casts blame. Rather, he asks, “What are your ideas to address the situation, and how can I help?” Because of this, FINN boasts a near 100% staff retention rate.

Michael, always seeking new areas for growth, initiated the FINN Global Health Academy, a resource that today reaches over 160 practice colleagues worldwide through professional development programs. His commitment to employee knowledge helped earned FINN recognition as #1 Healthcare Agency by The Holmes Report, New York Observer, and HITMC and PRWeek as a “Best Place to Work.”

Accolades aside, what drives Michael Heinley is better healthcare, better advocacy, more efficient uses of technology, and of course, future leaders who, like him, want to make a positive difference in the lives of the people he serves.


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