CEO & President, Rochester RHIO
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
I’ve learned the importance of people working together in teams. We need to work together with fun and passion. I’ve always believed that when people collaborate they become more energized, and this past year proved it even more to me. Partnering — even virtually — forms an important bond, which is key to business relationships and a positive work environment.
Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?
Women in leadership roles have been my biggest mentors throughout my career. More specifically, I have a group of personal friends who are leaders in their own sectors and in their own careers. We’re good friends, but we support each other professionally as well by discussing our successes and failures with candor and unique perspective. I also regularly meet with a group of nonprofit CEOs: a group of women who have similar business acumen and experience.
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
I hope we find success in our community’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution campaign. This effort is important to more than just the immediate immunity gains, because it brings all of our residents together as part of a bigger quest for health and prosperity. It is a long road, especially to make sure that access and distribution are fair and equitable. Succeeding would be a big win for our community and build a foundation for future health initiatives.