HBA Los Angeles president’s update – Q1 reflective note

First quarter has been full steam ahead for HBA Los Angeles. The board has been focused on enhancing the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare through execution of high quality programs, increasing membership and corporate relationships, and continuous development of the boards at the local and regional level. 
 
In January 2018, the chapter kicked off with a new year’s brunch. This event brought together HBA members and potential members for an exciting afternoon of networking and an introduction to the 2018 board and their vision for the year. In February 2018, HBA Los Angeles hosted a sold out event on Giving and Receiving Feedback – The Art of Delivery and Receptiveness facilitated by Kimberly Farrell, CEO, Unlimited Training Performance, Inc. This event equipped attendees with excellent strategies on how to deal with positive and negative feedback as well as how to approach performance review and talent management conversations with finesse and grace. In the same month, HBA Los Angeles chapter partnered with HBA Orange County leadership to host Kimberly Farrell’s executive round table and crowded evening event sponsored by KPMG on Elevating Your Voice and Contributing Strategically to one’s organization.   
 
In March 2018, keeping on building our momentum, HBA Los Angeles, in collaboration with Google, hosted a timely and extremely well-attended event. “Ok Google, Tell Me How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are Applied in Healthcare.” Over 100 guests engaged in an inspiring and informative panel discussion on how the cloud and AI are dramatically changing healthcare with Google’s Katherine Chou and Aashima Gupta, moderated by our own DeAnna Steiger. We were inundated with positive feedback and passionate further conversation after the event, in-person and on social media.
 
Since the start of January 2018, HBA membership in the LA area has grown by 30 percent. In addition, relationships with corporations continue to grow. This quarter, HBA Los Angeles in conjunction with HBA Central supported Amgen, a key corporate partner, in the launching of its Ambassador Program. 
 
Q1 has also been a time where HBA Los Angeles has worked with its sister cities in the HBA Pacific Region (San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Orange County) to further develop and strengthen the overall regional operating model with a leadership summit and the formation of the regional advisory board. 
 
I am excited for what is in store for the next quarter and am truly grateful for the stellar, talented women I have the opportunity to work with locally and regionally.  We are a United Force for Change.
 
Disha Patel
 
 
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