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What are the challenges for women in leadership today?
"We need to be careful that we are not inadvertently creating more roadblocks for more women. I think that is a unique challenge as we get into positions of power. We need to be careful not just to take on the persona of the status quo... women were expected to look like men and to act like men. You were successful if you did that and you rose through the ranks. But how crazy is that? If I look like the guy in power, dress like the guy in power and I do all the things like the guy in power, I must get power. I think it's easy to forget that that's a really bad thing. You need to show up as yourself. And if you can't, it's not the right company for you."
A little perspective and insight from our featured WiLL speakers...
We've had fun getting to know these women this year. We hope you enjoy these thoughts from each of their sessions and feel inspired.
Deirdre Savage, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Michelle Markowitz, Cardinal Cushing Centers
Lily Hsu, Labouré College of Healthcare
Renee has served as Chief Executive Officer of NVNA and Hospice since July 2016. Renee has over 30 years clinical and management experience in home care and acute care settings. Her tenures at NVNA and Hospice have included vice president of business development, director admissions/marketing, nurse case manager, and Alzheimer’s specialty team leader. Renee also launched and directed NVNA Works, providing private duty care to the community.
In addition to her NVNA and Hospice career, Renee has been a clinical case manager at Tufts New England Medical Center and a clinical liaison for New England Sinai Hospital.
Since 2016 Renee has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Board of Home Care Alliance and is an Executive Committee member for the Visiting Nurse Association of New England. She also serves on the National Association of Home Care Advocacy and Government Affairs Council. An RN, she is currently pursuing an MBA and is a graduate of the Suffolk University Emerging Leaders Program and Harvard Business School’s Leadership for Senior Executives Program.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
As CEO of an innovative non-profit home health and hospice agency, I am honored to lead an organization that provides much needed services for our patients, in particular, at the end-of-life. The increased use of technology supports patient satisfaction and quality for our patients. The mission remains the same, to care for our patients and the community with the best quality of care possible. As a nurse, the staff and patients inspire me every day with their compassionate stories of healing and support. The generous donors also inspire me, without them, the Pat Roche Hospice Home would not remain viable to provide the charitable care that is needed for so many.
As our 2020 Chair, what is the one thing you are most looking forward to/hoping to achieve?
As 2020 Chair, my goal is to consistently message to the south shore community the value of the Chamber. Not only for South Shore businesses, but for housing, work force development and our regional economy. I want the business community to understand how the important work they do supports all of us who live and work here. Another goal is to increase the engagement of the Board members to support the strategic initiatives.
What was the last great book you read? Movie/TV show you watched?
I recently read The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. Her messages are about inclusion, connection, empathy, education, and most importantly not judging others’ cultures and values. She urges readers to help educate women to achieve what is important to them, resulting in their highest quality of life.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
We are so appreciative of everyone who made LiA 2019 - our 8th LiA event - a huge success. We had over 150 students attend and heard from 9 speakers who shared valuable experience, perspective, and advice.
We are incredibly grateful to the support of our sponsors as this is a genuine work of love and everyone involved is passionate about empowering the next generation of young women! Thank you Eastern Bank, Rockland Trust Company, George Washington Toma & Appliance, Inc., The Woodward School, and Marinelli Law Offices.
The day would also not be possible without Curry College providing space and food, especially Anne Beaumont, Director of Conference Services, who helps guide us through this process.
Thank you to our Moderator, Jill Beresford of Massachusetts Business Development Center, and to all of our panelists:
And to all of our workshop speakers:
And a HUGE thank you to our fantastic Keynote Speaker Tamara Gardner - Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Owner of Boldly-Branded and TGX Talks.