Dear HBA Metro chapter members,
My name is Kathy Fitzpatrick, your HBA Metro chapter president for 2013.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at events during the year and gathering your direct feedback on how we can continue to provide value to you as a member of this outstanding professional organization.
At this time of year, many of you have New Year’s resolutions plus are finalizing your business goals and development plans at your companies. As you develop these plans, use your HBA membership to optimize success in reaching your goals.
We offer a variety of programs at both the local chapter and national level. You can register for all events via email messages that come out and by going to the HBA website.
Here is a recap of our major offerings in 2013 at the chapter level.
Mentoring – In our sixth year, we will be offering a group mentoring program that is composed of co-mentors with up to five mentees forming a mentoring group. Enrollment opens in January with program kickoff in April for six months concluding with a celebration dinner in November. If you are looking for objective career guidance outside of your current network of advisors, this is a high-valued program to consider.
Peer coaching – Our Circle of Advisors program for executive women offers a strong peer-to-peer community to provide meaningful opportunities for innovative career development and peer influence among executive level leaders guided by an executive coach. Enrollment is open through January 25, 2013 and eligibility rules apply. Questions about the program can be sent to Diana Galer.
Leadership/Soft skills development – Upcoming events will cover such topics as influencing, change management and optimizing career success which will be offered in our evening program, dine-around and executive women’s breakfast formats.
Business acumen and industry trends - We also provide a variety of program offerings on industry trends and building healthcare industry acumen. Upcoming programs will cover healthcare reform, pharma 3.0 and biotech primer for the non-scientist.
Networking opportunities – In addition to the networking opportunities available at our events, we do offer our members a unique opportunity to network with similar like minded professionals through programs sponsored by our Careers in Transition, Women in IT, Women in Science, Young Executives and Women in Finance affinity groups. In addition, we host dine-arounds and other networking specific activities throughout the year.
Volunteering – For me, the most satisfying aspect of my involvement with the HBA is through the deep relationships I have built from volunteering for the past six years. I have built broad networks, enhanced my leadership skills and have been able to offer my skills to a worthwhile organization.
I would love to hear from you to get your ideas and advice on how we can add the most value to your HBA membership, please email me and we can schedule time to talk.