Outgoing HBA Chicago chapter board President Laurie Wessels reflects on 2012

By Laurie Wessels
HBA 2012 Chicago chapter President

Hello HBA Chicago chapter,

It is hard to believe we are closing out 2012. This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on the year and appreciate what you accomplished, experienced and learned. Well, if you are like the majority of people, we are too busy getting stuff done to add reflecting to our to-do list.

I invite you to change your ways. Take a few moments on your way to and from work, go for a walk or just sit quietly for 15 minutes and reflect on accomplishments, best learnings and pivotal moments of 2012.

HBA Chicago chapter presidentAs I am practicing what I preach, I am reminded of the challenges the HBA board faced in the beginning of the year. A new board of directors who didn't know their new roles, didn't know how to work together as a team and were expected to achieve goals for the chapter. On top of that, as a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, the HBA Chicago chapter was not a priority in anyone's crazy, busy lives. 

Well like most high performing teams, we built relationships with each other and shared not only our HBA goals, but our personal and professional goals. We got focused on what we were going to achieve and how we would measure our success. And mostly, we committed to each other that we would make or break our goals as a team and we would support each other personally and professionally.

Reflecting on the past 11 months, the HBA Chicago chapter has met not only all of our membership and sponsorship goals, we also achieved some major milestones like creating a five-year vision, a robust 2013 program calendar and executed a very valuable advisory board meeting. The most personal accomplishment to me however, is how the HBA Chicago chapter has really created an engaged healthcare community. We made our corporate partner relationships stronger, we initiated more frequent new member activities and our programs were more highly attended than ever before.

None of these things could have happened without the full engagement of our chapter board and all of the many volunteers that worked so hard to plan, execute and make all of our programs and events engaging, fun and valuable. Words cannot express how grateful and proud I am of all the people and their contributions to the HBA Chicago chapter. I wish all the best during this holiday season.

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