Current and potential HBA members gathered at three HBA Southern California Dine-Arounds in November to discuss career adaptability and development – essential topics in the ever-changing healthcare industry.
Current and potential HBA members gathered at three HBA Southern California Dine-Arounds in November to discuss career adaptability and development – essential topics in the ever-changing healthcare industry. Women at all levels in healthcare met to share individual perspectives and best practices for taking charge of one’s own professional growth, development and career.
The new dine-around format enables attendees to network and learn from their peers in a casual setting. Three separate events were held on consecutive evenings in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, giving the chapter’s geographically diverse membership opportunities to network with colleagues in smaller, more intimate environments.
The moderated discussions focused on the topic of becoming “the architect of your own career,” and included how to identify your personal ambitions, choose a strategy that fits with your vision and assess your skills to ensure you remain competitive in the often tumultuous healthcare environment. Among the questions addressed by attendees were:
- What are the major challenges and changes happening in the healthcare industry?
- What are the major skills and competencies required to fulfill your personal vision?
- What are your current skills, and do they align with your interests?
- How do you become the architect of your career?
“The main goal of the event was to share best practices and broaden members’ perspectives, and I think we were very successful,” said Programs Committee member Ank Stuyfzand, who led the dine-around event in Orange County. “Even though we all discussed the same topic, the conversations from table to table were vastly different because participants bring their own experiences and ideas.”
Overall, the discussions concluded that career adaptability depends on knowing yourself, clarifying what you want and understanding your own strengths and weaknesses.
Attendees were enthusiastic about the format and the topic of the dine-arounds:
“I’d love to see more programs like this. Great format, great topic, great location.”
“The dine-arounds are a great environment. I really like the round table format.”
“I really enjoyed this event, and I’m looking forward to becoming a member.”
HBA Southern California plans to hold several more dine-around events in the coming year, beginning in February 2010.