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  • 03/18/2016 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Enid OquendoHow a "Millennial" Entered a Booming and Challenging Industry and Reached the Next Step of her Promising Career with Great Success, by Enid Oquendo

    ~An Inspiring Interview with Rebecca Gecan, Recipient of the 2016 John Sasen Memorial Scholarship Award~

    MILLENIALS- Collaborators, team builders, technology wizards, tolerant of difference, adaptable, highly optimistic, recognition.  In a time when many are wondering how to best “work” with millennials (a topic of discussion at the recent HIDA EXEC Conference), members of PWH have been successfully working and partnering with Millennial Rebecca (Becca) Gecan on various levels. This year’s recipient of the John Sasen Memorial Scholarship Award shared her insights about career growth, her PWH experience, and path of success.

    THE DAY ARRIVED when Becca asked herself some tough questions, the kind of questions we all try to avoid every time we get that feeling of “what’s next.”  Becca wanted to make sure she was in the career space she was meant to be.  She took advantage of all opportunities, tools and risks during her time with BOVIE.  And, she succeeded!  During the “what’s next” discovery phase, she learned Rebecca Gecanabout the feeling of a “comfort zone.” Sound familiar?  Becca validated that while grateful and thankful for her “comfort zone,” she was also ready for the next challenge… next set of learnings.  In fact, she also believed that she was exactly where she was supposed to be for the first ten years of her promising career.  Looking back, she would not change it for anything.  Now, it was the right time to take the next step. And while there were some struggles around her decision to progress on a personal and professional level, she also felt empowered, energized, ready to tackle new goals, and most importantly, Becca was eager to continue the path of success!  Did I mention she is a millennial?

    ~“BUSINESS IS BUSINESS, but when you have been with the same company for ten years –

    It is personal.”

    PWH, HER SECOND FAMILY- comes into the picture at full speed, a very special family to Becca.  While working for BOVIE, she was also an active member of PWH.  And, with a contagious sense of pride, Becca shared that she owes the strength to be a driver and a risk taker to all the professional women she has known at PWH for the last ten years.  “I couldn’t have taken the next step without their support.” 

    ~“With that kind of support, change doesn’t seem so painful; it’s just the next step.”~

    These are some of the comments about Becca from her PWH peers:

    ·       “I can say that Becca is one of the brightest young ladies I know!”

    ·       “I met her early in her career with BOVIE and watched her professional growth!”

    ·       “She offers insight to PWH members without hesitance.”

    ·       “Becca has inspired me to become a better leader.”

    JOHN SASEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP- When I asked Becca what it meant to be a John Sasen Memorial Scholarship Award recipient, the conversation took an entirely different shift.  Becca had the opportunity to meet John Sasen in person. “What an honor!” She struggled for a few seconds. It was evident by her tone of voice that he impacted her in a special way. According to Becca, this industry icon will continue to be vivid and relevant in the way she and others have chosen to lead in the industry today.  Words like; engaging, genuine, positive, greatest mentor, a visionary, a legend, were stated when Becca described John Sasen.  I believe she will forever be honored to have received such a prestigious award.  

    ~ “I am honored and humbled. Thank you for the opportunity.” ~

    A NEW CHAPTER- Becca’s creativity and knowledge continue to take her through new paths,   but it is her perseverance, drive, and mantra “follow your dreams” that are clearly embedded in her character.  Because of her passion and vision for continued success in her career path, she took that next step, and recently accepted a new opportunity with KBK Communications as an Account Manager.  

    Whether it’s the personality traits of a millennial, or leadership skills from a combination of hard work merged with the culture of the PWH organization, Becca’s AMAZING STRENGTH AND MAGNIFICENT CHARACTER MAKES HER A SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL WOMAN IN HEALTHCARE.  She is wise beyond her years, and I know she will continue to take a stand as a leader among the PWH Organization to “mentor-up” for all of us as we continue to grow.

  • 03/02/2016 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever sat back and wondered why you joined Professional Women in Healthcare? I know I have. At first, I joined because a co-worker recommended it. She didn’t fully explain the benefits, but I figured, why not?! I am still very early in my career development, so this may just be the opportunity that I need to gain great advice from women who were once where I am now. Once I joined, I realized that although this organization can provide information and be an excellent resource for pretty much anything that a woman would need to succeed, it was very intimidating! It wasn’t until I got to know a colleague, Odra Anderson that I started to become brave and decided to dive in and experience PWH with the blog committee.

    I recently spoke with Scott Quilty, our Corporate Vice President, who brought the idea of PWH to B.Braun as well as Odra Anderson and Jennifer (Jen) O’Reilly, who are actively involved with the organization.

    Why did you want to get B.Braun involved in PWH?

    Scott Quilty: B.Braun is fortunate to have many talented women helping lead this organization in a very promising direction. It is extraordinarily important to identify outlets and networks for all our employees to develop themselves. Through our Human Resources group, we do expend great effort in making workshops and training available to all employees.  Beyond that, there was a special opportunity to introduce a networking community for women in our organization who desire to advance their careers, build their professional knowledge and develop relationships outside the company.  B.Braun's substantial and ongoing support of PWH is a clear indicator of the value placed on its female employees and the desire to support each employee in reaching her full potential.  

    What benefits have you noticed our members taking advantage of?

    Scott: I have certainly seen networking taking place in a very material way. Relationships are being forged across the country that will benefit these individuals for years to come and, in turn, provide for B. Braun Medical. Beyond networking, there have been many education workshops and leadership sessions.  I participated myself in a local chapter meeting, held at Saucon Valley Country Club, featuring news anchor Eve Tannery, who offered her motivational story. There is significant and meaningful B.Braun activity within PWH, which has been gratifying for the organization.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated and energetic group of professional women at B.Braun.

    Why did you join PWH?

    Odra Anderson: I joined because of the benefits it offered. I knew that professional development and networking were important to further my career and PWH offered that and much more!

    Jennifer O’Reilly: I initially joined PWH as a result of a grant B.Braun provided some of the female leaders within our organization. Before that, I did not have any involvement with PWH but saw it as an opportunity to branch out, network, and grow professionally.

    What activities have you participated in? Committees?

    Odra: I was a PA Regional Director for Regional Connections and had the opportunity to organize local events. I also participate in the mentorship program, both as a mentee, and now a mentor.  Currently, I serve on the board and am the Vice Chair of Member/Market Intelligence for the Membership Committee.

    Jen: I have attended some of the PWH webinars and more recently became a member of the Distance Learning Committee. The Professional Development Committee (PDC) identifies topics that interest the membership as well as secure content experts to deliver the material. The PDC then facilitates the E-Learning webinars that are available to the PWH members on a regular basis.

    What benefits do you feel PWH provides to its members?

    Odra: Industry related networking is big. By joining PWH, you have access to the leaders in our industry. Mentorship is also a major benefit.

    Jen: PWH offers its members the opportunity to network with other women in the industry and learn from their experiences and leadership styles. There are also many opportunities to contribute to the organization, either through committee work or leadership positions. Members also have access to mentors, live events, and E-Learning so no matter where someone may be in their career or physical location; resources, camaraderie, and education are available.

    Odra added, “Joining PWH has been tremendous for my personal and professional growth. It is an organization that empowers you to be in charge of your journey. You can practice your skills, learn new skills, get guidance from amazing women leaders of our industry and belong to a sisterhood that provides you with an amazing support system.”

    By speaking to women who have experienced the organization from different committees and activities, like Jen and Odra, it has inspired me to become more active and take advantage of all the strong opportunities that it has to offer. Empowering women to be true to themselves and guiding them along their career paths can be an amazing experience. This organization has proven to take on the challenge to invest in the best interest of the women behind it. We need to pass the encouragement and the benefits on to other women by sharing our experiences with PWH.  

    Why did you join PWH and what benefits have you experienced?

    By Kristy Spairana, B. Braun Medical

  • 02/15/2016 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Patti Johnson, CEO of PeopleResults and Author, led us last month in a webinar on “How to Make Waves & Lead Change”. The session taught us how we can be more effective in times of change by looking at the traps of perfectionism and conventional wisdom and the actions of those who have mastered starting and leading successful change. Attendees were provided with a mountain of knowledge on the topic, including beneficial tips and tricks from Patti on how we can all start leading change and have a desired impact in our professional and personal lives.

    The webinar was both informative and insightful. Patti shared with us real-life strategies, applications, and tools that everyone can start using right away to make an impact. Among the information presented in the session were the following three main ideas on how to become a wave maker:

    1.    Decide “What is the impact or change that I want to achieve?”
    2.    Dream BIG. Start small.
    3.    Adopt the key questions and behaviors that wave makers rely on.

    The pivotal first step in the becoming a wave maker is to decide on what it is you are trying to achieve in terms of impact and/or change. In deciding on what that will be it is important to dream BIG by looking beyond yourself at the bigger purpose. You should ask yourself the question “Why are we doing this?” and be flexible in your ideas and willingness to try new things. It is important to know that no change happens on its own. It is also important to realize that, when trying to make a change, that it can take multiple attempts to achieve the desired results. Wave makers are persistent, voracious learners who have mastered the ability to collaborate positively with others. It is these main characteristics that help them pave the way through bumps in the road to success. To be a wave maker you need to adopt these characteristics and be flexible in your ability to make changes in your plan along the way to your end goal.

    Wave makers continuously ask themselves three questions in their daily lives. First, these individuals consider what they can control, what they can influence, and how they can put what must happen into action by asking themselves “What can I do?” Second, wave makers continuously think of how things could be different than what they are today by asking themselves “What if?” Lastly, wave makers are willing to jump in and help people do things by asking themselves “How can I help?” We can use these same questions in our daily lives in our quest to drive change.

    – Common Traps of Perfectionism and Conventional Wisdom –

    Patti taught us that we as women are often more cautious and ensure that we have the details on something before moving forward. If things are moving too quickly then there can be a level of ambiguity that many women may be uncomfortable with. Patti recommends getting out of your comfort zone and moving forward without all of the answers in times of fast-paced change. In addition, she noted that asking “why?” has gotten many wave makers past “bumps in the road” on the way to their goals. It’s important to remember the following seven highlights to get past pitfalls when making changes:

    1.    Don’t expect a consensus on your change
    2.    Move ahead without all of the answers (or fall behind)
    3.    Remember to keep all parts of the equation short, fast, and bite-sized
    4.    Find partners to brainstorm ideas with
    5.    Use deadlines
    6.    Have enthusiasm AND ensure that there is substance to your initiative
    7.    Remember that when we care, we share…

    Here are some Tips & Tricks from Patti about leading others to a new way of working when you don’t know where to start.

    If you were unable to make the session, here are some highlights from the Q&A that may help you in your quest to become a wave maker.

    Do you want to hear more from Patti Johnson? Below are helpful links to her book and additional publications that she has contributed to online:

    Make Waves

    Book (Amazon.com)

    How Do You Inspire Confidence from Otheres? Do These 5 Things to Be a Go-To Person


    Why Smart Leaders are Buffers and Translators


    5 Points of Wisdom the Wright Brothers Can Offer about Leading Big Change


    Written by Tamara Taylor, McKesson 

  • 01/25/2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am Susan Kaiser, Public Relations Manager for Midmark, and I am excited to announce the official launch of a renewed PWH blog campaign entitled, Insights. This year I am happy to be the Vice-chair of the new Content/Blog Committee, and I have acquired six committee members who are extremely motivated and looking forward to creating some great content in 2016.

    In support of the PWH marketing strategy, the mission of the blogs is to help support the themed content focus of the quarterly newsletter, educating our members on featured topics relating to mentoring, leadership, networking, trends and legislative updates. We will also integrate other interesting content and current news into our blog plan that will be beneficial for business professionals within our industry.

    Our goal is to create blogs consistent with the topics of our webinars based on the interaction of the participants or interviews with the speakers. In addition, we will speak with board members and other PWH members about select topics throughout the year who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences.


    The committee members who will be interviewing and creating the content are Enid Oquendo of Seneca Medical; Gina Andoloro of Covidien; Jennifer Bates and Tamara Taylor of McKesson; Kristy Spairana of B. Braun; Patty Cisco of Marketing Essentials, LLC and myself. We will also accept blog requests and write about topics that members deem valuable. No matter where you are in your career path, we want to help you learn and grow.


    We look forward to engaging with you this year, learning from each other and helping empower women to lead and succeed. 

  • 11/05/2015 10:04 AM | Anonymous
    Announcement: Sandi Parker will join GF as Vice President, Medical-Surgical SBU on November 2nd. Sandi brings vast experience in global business development, strategic planning, sales and marketing and has held senior leadership positions in various corporations, including General Medical Corporation (now McKesson) and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Sandi has also demonstrated her leadership as a founding member, past National Chair and member of the Governing Board of Professional Women in Healthcare (PWH).
  • 02/13/2015 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Patty Cisco, founder and catalyst for Marketing Essentials

    Throughout my career, I’ve had an intense desire to achieve executive status with a reputable company. While I’m not sure where that drive came from, I think deep down it has something to do with wanting to establish a sense of identity or prove my self-worth.This quest to define myself as someone important doesn’t come from a need to please or accept the praise of anyone but myself.

    Through a journey of vertical career opportunities and educational advancement,
    I achieved my goal by becoming a VP of Marketing & Development for a large
    corporation. For seven years, I navigated the battle field of politics (no one ever tells you about this part of the job), achieved successful company growth and developed my professional area of expertise in marketing and sales.

    Despite the fact that I had indeed “arrived” and accomplished what I had set out to do, I couldn’t deny a feeling of emptiness. I just knew something about what I was waking up to go do every day no longer felt right.

    Do Passion & Purpose in Careers Really Exist?

    Wikipedia defines emptiness as, “A sense of generalized boredom, social alienation
    and apathy.” 

    I struggled with these feelings of emptiness. I had lost my sense of purpose for what drove me to get up and go to work every day. My zest for life and the higher calling to give back and serve others were gone.

    Yvonne Pierre author of, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir captures my reference to purpose best.

    “Recognize that there's something AMAZING about you. Everyone has something that comes very natural for them - natural gifts and talents. That gift/talent is that thing or things that comes easy for you, but hard for most. The greatness that is stored within was given to you, because it was meant to be used. Whether you've been running from it or haven't discovered it yet, it's there. It's your job to discover and master it. It wasn't given to you in vain, it's part of your purpose.”

    My journey to discovery was not easy. Looking back though, I realize it was necessary in order for me to grow into the person God intended for me to be. From leaving the “ideal” job, to a mission trip to Haiti, to becoming a caregiver for my father during his final months, to be willing to become vulnerable and really look at myself through a fresh set of eyes with the help of a business coach and spiritual support network, I ended up just where God intended me to be - as the Principal of my own company.

    Finding purpose at work is not a new concept. Research reported by The Guardian
    shows that the top three career motivators for women are: 1) challenging, passion driven work 2) making a difference, and 3) recognition.

    In addition, women leaving companies to start their own businesses as a result of a need for purpose fulfillment is a hemorrhage that companies are suffering. In 2003, The Center for Women's Business Research estimated that, as of 2002, the number of women owned businesses was 6.2 million. These same women-owned businesses employed 9.2 million workers and generated $1.15 trillion in annual revenue. Currently, there are 8.2 million women-owned businesses, and that number is growing 50% faster than new business growth overall. Women now control almost $6 trillion in assets. That's a lot of purchasing and investment power.


    6 Tips for Finding Your Purpose at Work

    My experience is not unique. Other professional career-oriented women at different stages in their career hit the wall of emptiness. Here are 6 tips I would offer any colleague or friend who might be looking for guidance at this point in their life.

    1. Recognize Symptoms. Feelings of emptiness, a lack of meaning or purpose, are experienced by most people at some point in life. Emptiness can leave a person feeling emotionally numb, despondent, isolated, and anxious. It’s important to recognize these feelings when evaluating your career path, as well as your personal and professional goals. Don’t run from them or try to suppress. Allow yourself that time of vulnerability to truly understand where those feeling are coming from.

    2. Find Support. Surrounding yourself with a support network where you feel safe to share your feelings and allow yourself to really be vulnerable. Be open to listen to advice and suggestions that may not always feel good at the time. The relationship with a spouse or friend may not allow them to be your best source of support. Seeking outside support such as clergy or a certified business coach who have experience can be very beneficial.

    3. Give Grace. Perhaps along your discovery journey maybe you did or didn’t say/do things at work that you now see as carnage resulting from how you responded to the situation at the time. Accept those as learning experiences and forgive yourself or others involved. Constantly dwelling on what was, only holds you back on becoming who you are intended to be.

    4. Be Bold. Your true purpose will only be unveiled when you allow yourself to take risks and be bold. Whether it’s changing jobs or starting a business, open yourself up to the possibilities of all the abundance that is waiting for you. You will never experience fulfillment if you are stuck where you are and afraid to take a risk.

    5. Re-Align Thinking. All-or-Nothing thinking is the platform of the perfectionist. It’s the voice that says, “If I take a risk, I had better be hugely successful.” This type of thinking can wreak havoc on personal growth. In other words, you don’t give yourself any window for celebration on the minor things; you only see success when something is completely finished and results in a positive outcome. If this sounds familiar take a look at this list of the pros and cons of an All or Nothing attitude (http://goodlifezen.com/are-you-an-all-or-nothing-person-here%E2%80%99s-how-to-change/).

    6. Understand Politics. Office politics is often looked at negatively when in fact office politics is a very important aspect of anyone’s career. If you are seeking a leadership role in an organization, read and research on the art and science of how to navigate office politics. Seek a mentor that will help guide you in this area. However never sacrifice your values to get ahead. Sometimes the organization simply may not be a good fit for your personal values; accept it and look for a company that does.

    Final Thoughts
    It’s common for women to experience a sense of emotional void at different times
    in their career and everyone’s trigger is something different. For me, my “ideal job” was a rich learning experience that helped me create the successful company I own today. I’ve been able to create a culture that allows and encourages people to bring their God-given gifts to work every day. This invites them to do what they love in order to help other businesses grow and be successful. God’s purpose for me is to use my knowledge and experiences to inspire, motivate and encourage people, whether my employees or our clients to reach their goals. I love going to work and surrounding myself with a great team of smart and creative people.

    Have you found your real purpose in your career? Patty Cisco, founder and catalyst for Marketing Essentials, understands the challenges CEOs and marketing directors face in trying to work with passion and purpose and at the end of the day, yield results.

  • 04/09/2014 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out the video about the PeopleMaps™ system prior to the event on April 16th:



  • 01/28/2014 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Check out PWH's next webinar on February 5th! Our guest speaker is Seth Mattison who is an expert in "the shift" or the next generation. Get to know Seth before the webinar by watching the below clip!

  • 01/15/2014 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Do you live in the Tampa area? Are you looking to try something new? If you answered yes to both these questions, join us next week at Painting With a Twist!

    Places like this are popping up all over the country and quickly becoming more popular. Come down and network with other PWH members!

    Register through the events section of our website!

    For more information check out: http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/about/

  • 01/08/2014 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Check out our mentoring program on our website and click on the link below to learn about the 10 things you can do in January that relates to mentoring:
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