10  |  HBAdvantage So you’ve joined the HBA and you’ve probably already attended chapter meetings, networking events and professional development webinars, but did you know there’s more? Yes, HBA members have the exclusive opportunity to participate in one of the HBA’s six affinity groups. Each affinity group addresses a targeted professional need so that members can focus their attention on their specific interests and goals. These special interest groups meet both in-person at local events and online across the entire HBA network. WHAT ARE AFFINITY GROUPS? The HBA’s affinity groups are self-forming communities of members who connect through a common interest, focus or need associated with their career and professional development. Affinity groups offer a number of ways for members to get more involved and engaged including: virtual communities for discussion and dialogue; in-person or virtual programs focused on group specific infor- mation and education; networking and development opportunities for members within their region or chapter; platforms for members to share and expose their work and accomplishments. GROW YOUR NETWORK. BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY. STAY CONNECTED. Get involved with an HBA affinity group. “The Fit to Lead affinity group has completely changed my perspective on what I can accomplish in leadership and in fitness. You learn to set ambitious goals, create a plan to get there, ask for expert advice and then smile with pride once you cross the finish line. I have pushed the limits in learning how to swim and in asking myself ‘why not me?’ when I have a new opportunity.” JessicaPfennig, FittoLeadmemberandchair,globalcommitteecouncil TOP Fit to Lead member Jessica Pfennig celebrating a victory BOT TOM HBA Fit to Lead team getting ready to take on the Philadelphia Tri Rock INCLUSION  |  PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT  |  BUSINESS GROWTH  |  RADICAL HOSPITALITY