HBA Tampa served as a Woman of The Year (WOTY) simulcast site for the second year in a row. The event was held at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) North American Capability Center (NACC) in Tampa. Along with the simulcast, the chapter also hosted Carole Gill, a management consultant, facilitator and professional speaker, to provide a motivating presentation on “Leading Without Authority.” Regina Rolocut, a BMS employee and a member of HBA, shared her experience and key take aways below, following the event:
For the second year in a row I was able to attend the live webcast of the HBA WOTY. The WOTY award is presented to someone who has made significant contributions to the healthcare industry as well as someone who sponsors and mentors women to achieve their goals. There were several awards given out at the event and this year HBA presented two awards to BMS employees. The Rising Star was awarded to Allyson McMillan, executive director, lung, head and neck, US commercial lead, as well as the Luminary award to Simona King, head, business and corporate analysis. In addition to the webcast, Carole Gill gave a presentation on leading without authority.
Below are a few key takeaways from her talk:
- Characteristics of a good leader (GRIT)
- Gratitude – Look into the face of a challenge
- Resilience – The ability to get back up, over and over again, “I can and I will”
- Influence – Take action, act and not just plan to act
- Tenacity – Resolve, staying power, “Let’s do this”
- Leadership is influence. We influence everyone we come in contact with and we choose if that influence is positive or negative. It’s not about a title it’s about impact and how you contribute to moving the organization in the right direction.
- Leadership is vision and values. Effective leaders are able to paint a picture of the future they want to create.
- Leadership is action. It’s not what you say, but what you do that matters most, be proactive and take ownership.
- Leadership is creating an environment that supports and enables personal responsibility.
- Leadership is a choice, influence is not. We influence everyone around us and who you are and what you do makes a difference regardless of title or position.
- People must trust you to be a good leader and you must build that trust to facilitate change.
Finally, the 2017 WOTY, Bahija Jallal shared the following lessons learned that we can all benefit from:
- Don’t be afraid to fail – when you do fail, figure out what went wrong and start over incorporating what you learned
- Dream big – believe that what you dream is within your power to achieve
- Focus on why you work in healthcare – to help patients
- Be true to yourself and don’t apologize for it – don’t strive for perfection or let fear of perception stop you from being yourself – empower yourself to focus on what you need to do