We heard from a number of members and non-members they would like some activity north of Boston for networking! Join us at Backyard Brewery in Manchester, NH for appetizers and a cash bar.
Embarking on a career journey can be both exciting and daunting, but having the right mentor by your side can make all the difference. In my professional life, I was fortunate to encounter a remarkable mentor, Susan, whose influence extends far beyond the time we spent working together. In this blog post, I want to delve into the qualities that set Susan apart and explore the invaluable lessons she imparted.
Empowering Leadership: Susan, the executive director who welcomed me into her team over 15 years ago, possessed a rare quality – she empowered her team members. By entrusting me with diverse projects, she allowed me to spread my wings, make mistakes, and learn from them. This hands-on approach fostered a sense of autonomy and instilled in me the confidence to tackle challenges head-on.
Embracing Mistakes as Learning Opportunities: Susan’s mentorship was not just about successes but also about embracing mistakes as crucial learning opportunities. Through her guidance, I learned the importance of humility, the art of seeking forgiveness, and the acknowledgment that errors are an inevitable part of growth. This mindset shift contributed significantly to my personal and professional development.
Effective Communication and Patience: Leadership is not just about having a vision but effectively communicating it to the team. Susan’s mentorship taught me the essence of patience and tact in communicating plans. Not everyone might agree initially, but with perseverance and clear communication, many can be brought on board. This skill has been invaluable in navigating diverse opinions and fostering teamwork.
Maintaining Integrity in Adversity: Susan’s departure from the practice under challenging circumstances revealed another layer of her exceptional leadership. Despite the awkward situation, she maintained her integrity. Susan refrained from speaking negatively about the circumstances or blaming others. This taught me that external conditions don’t define one’s character. As a leader, navigating tough situations with grace and integrity is a testament to true leadership.
Enduring Impact Beyond the Working Relationship: The mark of an outstanding mentor is their ability to leave a lasting impact that extends beyond the professional realm. Susan’s influence continues to shape my decisions, and her teachings serve as a guiding light in my career choices. The ability to impact someone’s life beyond the confines of a working relationship is a testament to the enduring value of exceptional mentorship.
In the journey of professional growth, finding an excellent mentor is akin to discovering a rare gem. Susan’s mentorship not only shaped my career but also imparted life lessons that transcend professional boundaries. As we navigate our career paths, let’s strive to be mentors like Susan – empowering, patient, and unwavering in our commitment to integrity. After all, the ripple effect of exceptional mentorship can create a positive impact that lasts a lifetime.
Blog contributed by WHCM Member Julie Brenman
In the continued journey to evolve in my own leadership style, as well as glean some inspiration, I recently took some time to listen to author and speaker, Ben Nemtin.
Nemtin is a NY Times best-selling author who was thriving at University and an incredible athlete who was unexpectedly faced with depression, leading his trajectory to change dramatically.
In addition to talking about the work he promotes with “bucket lists” and living an authentic life, Nemtin is clear in leadership development possibilities and the opportunity to do the impossible.
As leaders within healthcare, we have been challenged in unimaginable ways for over 3 years. None of us advanced through our education to be proficient in managing a pandemic, nor could we have predicted how our people would be affected throughout this tumultuous journey. While trying to care for our teams, our patients, and our organizations, we often forget about the impact this has had on US.
Nemtin’s discussion was an advanced dialogue outlining how to “fill your own cup, so you have enough to fill the cups of others.” Put yourself first and you will put yourself in a position to help others, give yourself space to think so you can be creative in a different way. We as leaders need to stop only looking ahead at the next project, challenge or deliverable – and celebrate the wins achieved! While this work is far easier to talk about rather than execute, I appreciated Nemtin’s checklist:
While servant leadership, empathy and resiliency are incredible (and necessary) attributes to successful leaders – there is weight in being a little bit selfish, taking the time to grow and sustain your own development, following dreams and passions, and doing the things you haven’t given yourself the space to explore!
Following a great event in Waltham in June, our team is happy to provide expectations for the upcoming year!
To help kick off a renewed year of activity, we will be offering a FREE YEAR of membership to WHCM if you sign up (or log in if you are an existing member) by September 1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code to take advantage of this offer.
We are looking forward to offering two in-person networking events through the next year, in addition to a virtual speaker via Zoom. Our job board is up and running, and waiting for your additions! As a member, you are able to submit a posting at no charge that you are interested in sharing with our network. These postings are live for 90 days unless you ask to have them removed prior to that. In addition, your FREE membership gives you the contact information for other members of WHCM. Continuing to foster the opportunity to network and build professional relationships is our commitment to you!
For those who were able to attend our event in Waltham, you should have received your headshot photos.
We are looking forward to a great year of getting to know you, and look forward to your membership!
Please email us with questions.
WHCM Membership Team
We are thrilled to announce that WHCM is holding an in person, outdoor summer patio networking event for members and nonmembers at Jake n Joe’s in Waltham.
This is our first in person event since COVID! It’s time to reconnect and network with our friends, colleagues, and acquaintances and meet new ones at this very fun filled event!
Enjoy appetizers and soft drinks, cash bar, and a cornhole tournament with prizes. We’ll also have a photographer on hand for those interested in a personal head shot.
To say that the past year has continued to be a challenge, would be an understatement. We at WHCM have worked to provide some online content, but did hope that we would have opportunity to connect in-person when offering a networking event this summer. Unfortunately, the response was not what we had hoped. In the planning stages for our fall forum, we took a look at what we hoped to accomplish, and realized, we may just need more time for our members to feel comfortable in in-person social settings.
In response to these discussions, we are holding off on our Fall Forum plans for this year, but plan to offer an outdoor event in spring/early summer, 2023. I am sure I am not alone in hoping that the summer and 2023 will bring us greater opportunity to get together again.
We on the steering committee plan to keep you informed and up to date via both our website as well as our LinkedIn account.
We sincerely appreciate your input of ideas and thoughts, as you are the drivers of this great WHCM community! Stay healthy!
I hope the attached article brings you pause to identify how we as leaders are working with our own teams for retention.
I enjoy the opportunity to meet with many of my staff on a monthly basis and am able to have these conversations face to face. In our current lives of remote employment as well as the feeling of disconnect throughout society currently, I can see how we may lose the opportunity to gain clarity around this.
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-WHCM Chairwoman Jen Pendleton
We hope you’ll join us for our WHCM Summer/Pre-fall event being held at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Westwood. Dinner and soft drinks are included and there is also a cash bar.
The event is going to happen rain or shine! Join us outside on their patio (weather permitting, otherwise inside the restaurant) for dinner. It will be great to meet new friends and colleagues and reconnect with old friends too! It’s always a lot of fun!
It is truly an honor to be posting today, of all days, on International Women’s Day – by definition, “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also a day that marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.”
How far women have come over the last several hundred years, though let’s talk about a bit more recent….
2021- Our 49th and current vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris is elected. She is the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African American and first Asian American vice president. And not to forget her rise to junior Senator in California in 2017.
2022- The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team receives a settlement for back pay and guarantee of equal pay to the male athletes, for doing the same job.
I reflect on what women have truly made an impact on over the last year, and the names will never fit within this post. I think about the pivot women have made through the last year, many leaving the work force, the primary reasoning being caregiving challenges such as child care and schooling. (Since February 2020, women in the United States have lost more than 5.4 million net jobs). Interesting that in 2020 the transition back to “traditional gender roles” made a comeback.
To all of my lady bosses, rock star moms, and those who are doing it all- today is your day. THANK YOU, the extent of multi-tasking you do every day is an inspiration, and I am so proud to have so many of you as a part of my “life team.” Continue to take care of yourself while taking care of everyone else, you deserve it, and have earned it. Our achievements are many, and we continue to move forward to accomplish so much more!
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” ~ Michelle Obama
-Jen Pendleton, WHCM Chairwoman