Meet Denise Bash – one of HBA Indianapolis' August Member Spotlights, and a current volunteer on the HBA Indianapolis Programming Committee.
Denise learned of her interest in healthcare from an early age when as a high school student, she engaged in an opportunity to shadow different roles at a local hospital. She officially started her career as a radiology tech after getting her biology degree – and in 2016 she was very proud to have earned a certificate from Harvard Business School.
Over the past 30 years, Denise’s career journey included working for Pfizer (9 years), Eli Lilly (9 years), and in medical communications for the past six years – roles including everything from sales and marketing to innovation and strategy. She currently works for The Lockwood Group as Vice President, Strategic Services – and loves every part of it as she never does the same job for two days in a row.
Just after Denise joined Lockwood, she had a colleague who was named an HBA Rising Star and it opened her door to the HBA. She told us “It was so exciting to find out there was a whole group of women in healthcare who had joined together to support one another, when often during my career, I have been the only woman in the room.” One of the best things about the HBA for Denise is the inspiration she receives from other women who are balancing career and family while wanting to make a difference in what they do. As a current programming committee volunteer, Denise applies her skills of listening and providing solutions to creating valuable programs for members. She enjoys her engagement with the chapter and finds it a valuable way to keep abreast of what is happening in the HBA.
With her powerful career journey and amazing character, Denise has been a wonderful HBA Indianapolis team member. When asked about the best advice she has received, she shared, “It is okay to say no…we as women are by nature ‘do-ers’. It is okay to say no so that you can focus on the quality of your work and family life. You don’t have to be the one to take notes in every meeting. You don’t have to be the Mom that organizes every bake sale. It is better to say no to good opportunities so you can focus on the quality of great opportunities.” Thank you, Denise, this advice has never seemed more vital to live by than in the fast-paced world we live in today.