Director of Physician Relations, Parkridge Medical Center & Parkridge East Hospital
What is your favorite aspect of being a leader?
I don’t see myself as a leader, so to speak. I take on responsibility because I know I can follow through on the responsibility. Whether you have children or a career, life happens. You learn to prioritize and accept responsibility and you know you can follow through with things, regardless.
What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?
It’s important to recognize talents and strengths in other people. Leaders are only as good as the people around them.
Apply for experiences you think you may not be qualified for. Feel the fear and put yourself out there. If you only apply for positions you think you’d be successful at, you could be missing opportunity.
What does leadership mean to you?
Being centered, being aware of your own gifts and the gifts in others.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
Butch Carter, the VP of Sales at my last job. He made such an impact with the way he related to people. When he walked away from an appointment, he made an impact on everyone he met, whether it was a client or someone he managed.
What do you see as the biggest challenges facing female leaders today?
1) Women could still be more supportive of female counterparts.
2) Women are still struggling with working in a man’s world. We don’t need a chip on our shoulders “because we’re female.” If you’re qualified, you’re qualified—regardless of gender.
Approximately how many years have you been involved with CWLI?
I’ve been a CWLI member for 2 years.
On which committees have you participated?
I’m part of the Leadership Luncheon committee and the IMPACT planning committee.
With what other community organizations/activities are you involved?
I’m on the Justice committee, the sub-committee for Healthy Sexuality, and part of the committees for Wine and Pearls and the Kidney Foundation.