A lively group of San Francisco chapter members attended Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Woman of the Year (HBA WOTY) networking/viewing event held at the Genentech campus in South San Francisco. The satellite conference focused on the 2017 theme of Transforming with G.R.I.T. (Gratitude. Resilience. Influence. Tenacity.) through authentic leadership experiences.
Jennifer Steinmann, Chief Transformation Officer at Deloitte, kicked off the celebration with an engaging discussion of the importance of mentoring, reciting the mantra, “I think I can, I think I can” from the popular children’s book, The Little Engine That Could, as an analogy for the much-needed support we all could use at some point along our career paths. June Lee, Chief Operating Officer at MyoKardia, spoke of her personal experience, advising the audience to “Find things you are passionate about—to make a meaningful impact and give you a better perspective on life’s everyday challenges.”
A robust panel discussion followed, moderated by Marc L. Watrous PhD, Senior Vice President, Managed Care and Customer Operations at Genentech. Each panelist was given the opportunity to reflect on the theme of G.R.I.T. and how it had impacted their personal and professional growth. Charlotte Arnold, Head of Corporate Communications at GRAIL, Inc. and member of the HBA Board of Directors, spoke of gratitude, not only for the mentoring she has enjoyed throughout her career, but for the support of the HBA. Speaking to the idea of resilience, Eric Steckelman, Chief Growth Officer at Giant Creative Strategy, discussed how to transform what could seem catastrophic into a positive development—reframing the way we think to: “Failure is a comma, not a period.” He also spoke about how he has depended on the HBA as both a personal and professional advisory board throughout his career.
On the subject of influence, Mr. Watrous pointed out that even people with a negative influence had helped shape the kind of leader he had evolved into by showing him the characteristics he did not want to emulate as a manager.
Finally, speaking on the subject of tenacity, Asha Collins, Vice President, Clinical Trial Sourcing at McKesson Corporation encouraged the audience to “Be clear about where you are headed, what you are trying to accomplish. Stay close to this vision—about why you are doing what you have chosen to do.”
Following the discussion, the group was treated to a lavish breakfast buffet along with a Webcast of the live WOTY ceremony in New York City, that included a special shout-out to JUICE HBA Luminary Colleen Carter—our very own shining star!
Read more about all of the honorees in the annual HBA WOTY issue of PharmaVOICE.