Dear HBA NY,
It has been a great privilege to lead HBA NY this year; as such, it is with mixed feelings that I write my last letter as your president. In my previous communication, I announced that Connecticut, my state of residence, will be forming its own chapter in 2018. However, NY will continue to have a strong team dedicated to serving the needs of the NY Corporate Partners and members. At the end of this year, I am pleased to announce that Kristy Aro, your current chapter vice president, will serve as your chapter president. Kristy will introduce herself and her plans for the chapter in 2018, but for more information on Kristy, please see her member highlight.
Throughout my term as the HBA NY president, I witnessed the tremendous impact that individuals and groups can have in creating change when we are driven by a common purpose. Each step toward progress involved questioning the status quo and taking accountability for creating long-term benefits. We each have a responsibility to lead, to inspire our peers, and to leave a lasting legacy for those who follow. Looking at our progress this year, we have:
- Increased networking social events - to help you build your networks and establish the mentoring and sponsoring relationships that are so crucial to our success.
- Provided impactful programs - to help further your advancement and impact in healthcare. Topics included achieving gender parity, building business acumen, and digital transformation.
- Established more volunteer opportunities - smaller in scope, thereby taking less time and allowing more people to participate as volunteers and develop the skill sets that you may not be able to build through your employer. We currently have over 30 volunteers in the chapter!
Jim Rohn said, “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want”. I am thankful for what we have accomplished. This year, we have worked together to blaze a new trail for the NY/NJ region and ensured that we met the evolving needs of the members and Corporate Partners that support our mission and rely on our incredible network. I am also thankful for the people, for the ideas and the challenges, and for the chance to work with the HBA’s talented volunteers to produce results. I am thankful for your continued support and passion. I'm thankful for it all.
As we move into 2018, we are presented with the gift of a new chance to be a better person, friend, colleague, mentor and community. Angela Duckworth, as a teacher of seventh grade math in a New York public school, quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. She found that "grit" was a better predictor of success. Grit is the passion and perseverance for long-term goals. I think about what grit means for your professional development. Grit isn’t talent, or luck, or how intensely you want something in the moment. Instead, grit is about having a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal over time, even when you fall down, even when you screw up, even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow. In his farewell speech, President Obama said that “…change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it”. We are committed to the mission and core purpose of the HBA and have proven that we have grit as we strive to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. Continue striving for the future you imagine for yourselves, your families, and the communities of which you are a part of. Begin in our own HBA community. We are a community of brilliant, collaborative individuals with shared motivation to advance our careers and shape the future of healthcare.
If you have any comments, questions, and/or would like to volunteer, please reach out to us.
2017 HBA NY president