Message from 2018 HBA New York president Kristy Aro | HBA

Message from 2018 HBA New York president Kristy Aro

Dear HBA New York,

Happy new year and welcome to 2018. As you have heard, Alexis Stroud has taken on a new role launching the Connecticut chapter where she will serve as president. I’d like to thank Alexis for her dedication to NY in 2017 and providing a solid foundation for us moving forward, and look forward to supporting her in new role in growing the CT chapter.

Before I give you a sneak peek into what we have in store for 2018, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself.

I have been a member and active volunteer of the HBA since 2013. During the last five years, I’ve participated on many committees including programs, Corporate Partners, and the HBA Metro chapter 10th anniversary gala. In 2015, I was appointed program director for NY and last year had the honor of serving as vice president of HBA NY. I was recognized as an honored volunteer in 2014 and 2016, and was honored to receive the LEAD award in 2016 and the Everest Award in 2017. The HBA continues to be a cornerstone in helping me build relationships, grow my industry knowledge, and develop the confidence to branch out try things that I wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to do in my day-to-day job as lead of the business development team at Arbor Scientia.

Gender parity continues to be our driving issue. In 2017, we saw women standing up and saying “we will not be silenced.” Let’s continue that wave in 2018 and make our voices heard. I am proud of our chapter and the accomplishments of the board and our members. We have accomplished so much in raising the voices of women in healthcare. As the chapter’s new president, I hope to continue the momentum from 2017 and to bring you an even greater experience in 2018.

We have taken your suggestions and will be increasing our networking social events in 2018. At a glance, 2018 will include:
  • Increased networking social events – to help you build your networks and establish the mentoring and sponsoring relationships that are so crucial to our success
  • Impactful programs  – to help further your advancement and impact in the business of healthcare. Topics include achieving gender parity, building business acumen and digital transformation
  • More volunteer opportunities  – smaller in scope, thereby taking less time and allowing more people to participate as volunteers and build the skill sets that you may not be able to build through your employer
I am excited for the opportunities with our chapter and look forward to a wonderful year. HBA NY is committed to making 2018 the best year yet, and are here to support you in your needs. If you have any comments, questions, and/or would like to volunteer, please reach out to us.

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” ~ G.D. Anderson

Kristy Aro
HBA NY president
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