Got G.R.I.T.? HBA Houston does

Dear HBA Houston,

On Tuesday, 24 July, HBA Houston hosted an invaluable program entitled “Learning From Leaders: Transforming with G.R.I.T. (Gratitude. Resilience. Influence. Tenacity.)” with Christine Wilson, national sales director, GI rare disease at Shire. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from Christine’s leadership journey and discover how she has used G.R.I.T. for her career success and also discuss their own career choices and experiences during the roundtable dinner discussion. 

Throughout the evening, the attendees engaged in an open conversation about work life balance, the value of mentoring and sponsorship of women. Our members were provided with an incredible opportunity to listen, give and receive feedback and learn in an informal setting that fostered a candid dialogue with leadership. By learning first hand from those in leadership who have remained determined, steadfast, and have forged their way professionally we hope to shorten our learning curve and realize our own professional goals as well! 

Thank you, Christine, for sharing your experiences and for your leadership. The discussion was incredibly inspiring and had a profound impact on everyone’s personal and professional development! The overall experience of the evening exceeded everyone’s high expectations.

This event was led by Rhonda Ater, regional business director at Shire, who was also the moderator for the event. Rhonda did an excellent job chairing the discussion and was recognized that evening as the HBA Houston Honored Volunteer of the month. The attendees pictured above from left to right include: Ashley Scott, Deneen Newman, Jenny Frantz, Shauntell Kelley, Lisa Clissold, Andrea Brooks, Emily Hobaugh, Tracy Lilly, Christine Wilson, Rhonda Ater and Stephanie Madrid.

HBA Houston would also like to recognize Lisa Clissold, HBA Houston operations director, and Jennifer Whipsey, HBA Dallas-Fort Worth vice president, for collaborating on best practices used for this type of event months ago. We greatly appreciate HBA Dallas-Fort Worth sharing their recipe for a successful roundtable event. Collaboration across the HBA chapters and affiliates has definitely been one of the keys for successfully building HBA Houston. Thank you Jennifer and HBA Dallas-Fort Worth.

Thank you once again to Christine Wilson, Rhonda Ater and Shire for making this event possible. We hope to see everyone at our next HBA Houston event Connecting to Your Why and How it Influences You as a Leader with Tina Breslin, general manager from Primeast, on Tuesday, 14 August at Quest Diagnostics.

Emily W. Hobaugh
HBA Houston general manager
Regional Business Manager, Shire

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