When Liana Nunziato earned her undergraduate degree in computer science, every one of her graduating classmates had something in common.
They were all men.
Being the only woman in the room for four years was undoubtedly challenging, yet Nunziato found strength in small numbers. During college, she founded a student chapter for the Association of Computing Machinery Council on Women, which led to her involvement in an after-school program that introduced middle-school students to social robotics.
So when she discovered Cohere Health several years ago and noticed its high representation of female leaders, she knew she had found the right place; an environment in which she could grow, make an impact and find support from other women.
Nunziato and other women at Cohere don’t simply stay in their lane. They do what it takes to break ceilings — or siloes, as was the case for Sarah Goforth. She said she chose to work at Cohere to shatter the constraints of separation she experienced at her former employer, and along the way, she has gained a renewed sense of confidence.
“Seeing my confidence grow over the course of my time here and having people come to me as a trusted partner is something that I’m really proud of,” Goforth said.
Cohere is a space that empowers women to have faith in their abilities. And for those who have just started their professional journeys, this encouragement can be career-changing. Meagan Dalton is one of those people. Dalton may have found the company on a whim when searching for an engineering co-op during her college years, but her experience proved to be far greater than what she expected from that spur-of-the-moment decision. That’s why she decided to permanently join the team when given the chance to do so.
“Everyone I was working with was so supportive of my growth, so it felt like a good environment to come back to for my first full-time job,” Dalton said.
Although Nunziato, Goforth and Dalton have unique career experiences, all of them are united by a desire to thrive in a workplace that cherishes women and encourages them to pursue their goals. Read on to learn more about each woman’s professional background, the work they’ve accomplished so far and their advice for other women in tech.
What Cohere Health Does
Cohere Health offers intelligent prior authorization and clinical intelligence solutions in an effort to align physicians, health plans and patients on evidence-based care paths.
When Liana Nunziato was a child, she longed to work in healthcare someday. As an adult, this dream merged with a passion for technology; specifically the ways in which both industries intersect.
Nunziato’s career journey began with roles focused on instructional design across higher education, healthcare and technology. When she joined Cohere as manager of clinical content in 2020, she blended her background in instruction with her love for healthcare, developing the company’s proprietary Care Path guidelines.
Since then, Nunziato has transitioned from senior manager of clinical content to her current role as the director of clinical informatics strategy. Some of her proudest achievements include developing the company’s musculoskeletal proprietary care path guidelines, producing some of the cardiology proprietary care path guidelines and leading the implementation of new clients on their platform.
Nunziato believes she has been able to accomplish so much so far due to the support of the company’s women leaders.
“They’ve often given me a space to have a voice, contribute and grow my confidence,” she said.
Here’s what else Nunziato had to say about …
Taking chances: “Women are often reluctant to raise their hand or apply for a role if they don’t meet all of the requirements for a job opening. Raise your hand and take chances to volunteer to do something or apply for a role, because that’s what men do.”
Building a supportive network: “Surround yourself with women mentors. Seeing how women in leadership positions do their jobs has really helped me grow my career. It also gives you someone to talk to about your professional growth.”
Equity for All
Cohere offers various employee resource groups — including Women at Cohere, Black at Cohere and Caregivers at Cohere — which support its efforts to unlock opportunity for everyone. Nunziato said she’s involved in the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion leadership committee, where she and others work together to discover more ways to deliver equitable healthcare.
Early on in her career, Sarah Goforth was always labeled as “young” — something her peers who were men (and of similar age) didn’t experience.
“I thought to myself, ‘Do I really deserve to be here?’” Goforth recalled.
When she arrived at Cohere, that attitude changed. She no longer questioned if she could do anything — she knew she could.
Goforth’s professional experience spans finance, analytics, talent acquisition and contact center operations. She said Cohere has enabled her to cultivate her passion for forecasting and business planning while growing tremendously in the process.
Since joining the company in 2021, she has had four different roles — beginning with supervisor of business planning and leading up to her current position as senior director of business planning. During that time, Goforth has built an infrastructure for day-to-day operations within business planning and established a strong foundation that will enable the company to scale.
With these significant milestones already behind her, Goforth feels empowered to recognize her achievements without holding back — and she can’t wait to accomplish even more in the future.
“My voice matters, and I can continue to provide insight as we move forward,” she said.
Here’s what else Goforth had to say about …
The importance of self-compassion: “Women can be really hard on themselves. It’s important to remember that it's about how you recover from a failure, not just about the failure itself. Step back and give yourself a break. Just because something failed doesn’t mean you’re failing at your job.”
“Just because something failed doesn’t mean you’re failing at your job.”
Sharing successes: “It’s important to track your accomplishments and speak to them. Throughout my career, I’ve noticed that women tend to be more reserved when talking about their successes. It’s crucial to know that you can put your achievements out there and have the information to back them. That makes you confident, not cocky.”
When Meagan Dalton discovered Cohere, she didn’t know exactly what she wanted out of an employer. She was still earning her undergraduate degree in computer science and wasn’t even certain what type of software she wanted to work with professionally.
Dalton found more than she expected during the company’s engineering co-op program. She said she grew significantly — both personally and professionally — and had the opportunity to make an impact. She took on major projects, including the work she did on improving the company’s current procedural terminology code selection.
By the time Dalton joined the team permanently as a software engineer, her feelings of imposter syndrome had faded. In her short time so far as a full-time employee, she has received ample support from both her onboarding buddy and her peers — both women and men, who have given her space to share her ideas.
Dalton is eager to tackle more major projects down the pipeline. She said she’s especially excited to help scope out an engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning project.
“Over the next year, I’m looking forward to having a more active role,” Dalton said.
Here’s what else Dalton had to say about …
Seeking out allies: “There’s nothing worse than feeling like you don’t belong. It’s important to seek out and surround yourself with people who make you feel valued. During my undergraduate classes, if I saw another woman in the room, I would sit next to them. If you see someone who looks like you or seems like they might need a friend, make that effort. It will help you as much as it helps them.”
“It’s important to seek out and surround yourself with people who make you feel valued.”
Finding support: “The men on my team have made a space for me to share my thoughts. If I’m quiet in a meeting, they’ll ask, ‘Meagan, what do you think about this?’ Their willingness to include me carves out a space for me on the team.”