senior marketing strategist, Atrium Health
HBA chapter: HBA Charlotte
Current role with the HBA: HBA Charlotte, director at large (DAL), marketing and communications
I volunteer for the United Force for Change because we comprise a strong village of women who believe in the HBA’s mission and to pave the path for the next generation of women leaders in healthcare.
Volunteering has impacted my career by expanding my network here in Charlotte. I’m surprised by the number of local and national companies with a presence in Charlotte including AmerisourceBergen, Premier, Johnson & Johnson, Philips Healthcare, Pfizer and many more. My employer encourages me to volunteer because it presents an opportunity to meet other healthcare leaders beyond the Southeast region and exchange best practices on leadership, collaboration and innovation.
My favorite HBA event I ever attended was volunteering with HBA Charlotte members at the Dress for Success (DFS) Charlotte’s Inventory Event in March 2020. As a champion of upward mobility, DFS provides workforce development services for women seeking employment as a means to achieve economic independence. Their mission aligns with the HBA’s mission. We felt it was the stepping-stone to introducing new members to the HBA while giving back to the community.
Volunteering has expanded my network 10-fold. I’m meeting others outside of my organization. The members I’ve met so far understand the complexity of healthcare and are very willing to offer their pearls of wisdom in how they advanced their careers.
The most valuable lesson I learned from a fellow volunteer is respecting the diversity of thought. We all come from various professional and cultural backgrounds and the benefit of different viewpoints is seen as a positive to engage in healthy discussions.
My favorite part of volunteering for the HBA is meeting other members who are like-minded, ambitious, philanthropic, innovative and global thinkers. Belonging to a global organization provides access to network with other members from across the world. Back in 2020, we held a virtual educational event featuring Dr. Zeev Neuwirth on “Reframing Healthcare” and we were amazed by the attendance with members from Los Angeles, New York City, London and Milan.
I first got involved with the HBA when a small group of us were invited for a lunch meeting to start the Charlotte chapter in December 2019. I knew only two people and others in the room were complete strangers but it was electrifying to start HBA Charlotte together. In only nine months, we remarkably transitioned from an affiliate to chapter status with now over 80 members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I applied for my current role with the HBA because it’s a natural fit to share my marketing and business development background to help launch HBA Charlotte with other strategic board members; Natasha Barncastle (president), Allison Grannis (operations director), Teisha Robinson (VP), Mandy Dunnuck (DAL of membership and volunteer engagement) and Nisha Pasupuleti (DAL of programming). My role as a DAL is to raise awareness for the HBA and collaborate with our membership and programming committee members. I’ve successfully leveraged various digital and social media strategies and I was recently awarded the Marie Curie award for innovation from our chapter.
What would be your advice to someone thinking about joining or getting more involved with the HBA? If you’re looking for a professional organization committed to advancing women leaders in healthcare, look no further as the HBA is the perfect organization. The educational resources, access to connect with members globally and the events all at your fingertips have been more than I expected out of the membership. HBA Charlotte has become an extension of my village and circle of trust. Give yourself the gift of an HBA membership.
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