Finding my “Big Brave” through the HBA

Life is full of clever quotes and anecdotes that encourage you to challenge yourself, both personally and professionally. They not only sound good, but they give you a sense of motivation and adventure when they roll off your tongue. And then you step back into your office, where you’re comfortable and happy. Where it is easy to accept the status quo and play it safe, because after all, change is scary.

I was in this very situation until recently. After 12 years with a company that I loved, surrounded by great staff and supportive leadership, I made a change. I left my comfort zone and embarked on a career with a new company. Let me be very clear, I was content in my previous role but I wasn’t feeding my passion every day…and success for me requires both. That company had done everything right and I was so grateful for my time there, I was just ready for a new adventure. My resignation felt very much like the cliché breakup line, “it’s not you, it’s me”. But it was very true.

The HBA had a recurring theme in 2017 about being brave and it really resonated with me. Didn’t I deserve to feed my passion? The HBA has taught me to always expect more from and for myself, and to never settle. Their programs have equipped me with the skills to navigate difficult negotiation discussions whether that be for a new customer or promotion/new role for myself. More importantly, the other members have given me the courage and support to make these tough decisions.

Imagine having a network of career counselors on call for you personally – that is HBA Cincinnati. Whether it has been career advice, moral support, or more formal coaching, this team of career (and family) oriented women have been both the crutch of support and catalyst for change for me.

So, the next time you hear “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take” or “Great things never come from comfort zones”, I encourage you to recall this anecdote about the fierce women leaders of the HBA who gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and be brave. “Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.” – Merida from Disney’s Brave

 - Kasey Griffin, MBA, AD Clinical Operations, PRA Health Sciences

Kasey Griffin is the LEAD (Leadership, Excellence, and Dedication) award 2017 HBA Ohio winner