Director, Program and Alliance Management
HBA chapter: HBA Waltham
Current role with the HBA: President, HBA Waltham
In this new era of leadership, volunteering with the HBA is especially important to me because of the opportunity to make an impact towards gender equality, not just with awareness, but with action.
Volunteering with the HBA has impacted my career by pushing me outside of my comfort zone. This has opened doors for me with my career and HBA volunteer opportunities.
My favorite HBA event I ever attended was "Press Pause: How Mindfulness Can Alter Your Brain and Combat Bias," a multi-faceted event that included a talk from a scientist on how mindfulness can re-wire your brain (particularly interesting for me, since I am a scientist by training), a panel discussion, and a group meditation session. For me, it was a perfect combination of education, networking, and fun. Although the event took place in 2019, the topic is so relevant, particularly now.
Volunteering has expanded my network by introducing me to an incredible group of like-minded women and men. I am always excited to make new connections and serving as a bridge to connect others throughout my network. Over the years, one of my favorite volunteer roles has been to staff the registration table at HBA events - it offers the perfect opportunity meet people and welcome them to the HBA.
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned from a fellow volunteer is to have the mindset “why not me?” This advice has given me the confidence to take on my current role as President of the HBA Waltham Chapter.
What skills have you acquired or fine-tuned during your time as an HBA volunteer that you feel will help you in this new era of leadership?
I have developed my confidence in how I think, speak, and act. This has been particularly important in building relationships in the virtual environment.
My favorite part of volunteering for the HBA is growing together, personally and professionally, with fellow volunteers. We support each other through challenges and celebrate our achievements.
I first got involved with the HBA when a colleague told me about her wonderful experience with the HBA mentoring program. I knew I had to experience it for myself and signed up for the next session - this was 10 years ago!
I applied for my current role with the HBA because I believe there is so much potential and opportunity within the HBA Waltham Chapter geography for members, both individuals, and organizations. I want to share the HBA mission with them and enlist them to join us in the United Force for Change.
What would be your advice to someone thinking about joining or getting more involved with the HBA? There’s something for everyone here, no matter where your interests in healthcare lie or where you are in your career. Feel free to reach out to me - I am happy to share my experiences from mentoring, affinity groups such as Women in Science and Fit to Lead, programming, chapter board positions, etc.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am proud to be a member of the HBA. It has been a privilege for me to work with and learn from fellow members and leaders, whom I consider to be my HBA family.
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