founder and CEO, InYours
HBA chapter: San Diego
Current role with the HBA: HBA San Diego VP
What made you want to take on leadership duties within the HBA?
I am an inherent leader (if you understand astrology, I am a double Leo). Bringing people together through inspiration and sharing my vision for the future has always been my strong suit. Seeing people for their innate skills and gifts has always come naturally to me. So, taking on the VP role with HBA San Diego was a given. I’m so grateful for this ability to give back to women in healthcare.
You have developed innovative group programs for HBA San Diego. Tell us more about it?
I’ve experienced an immense improvement in my life by simply prioritizing myself first. Through mindfulness practices, developing a relationship with my feelings, understanding my ego and uncovering my limiting beliefs - I have discovered what I need to do to become the woman I was born to be. I’ve been able to revolutionize my relationships, gain clarity, cultivate self-love and find my purpose. I am bringing these practices and techniques to the women of the HBA through various 8-12 week group programs that focus on creating space for ourselves and making ourselves a number one priority in our lives through a blend of techniques related to business strategy, mindfulness, energy healing and psychology. These unique programs will let participating women take ownership of their lives and receive what it is that they truly desire - a new take on HBA offerings.
What personal experience attracted you to the HBA?
I have always been involved with a professional organization to strengthen my leadership skills and keep me as relevant as possible in my industry. The HBA came to me in 2019 when I was seeking a change in my volunteer focus. I believe women hold so much inner power and when we can come together to improve ourselves personally and professionally, the world benefits. I was attracted to the HBA so that I can make meaningful changes in my life and encourage women to do the same across the country.
What advice would you give to women who aspire to leadership positions, both in an organization like the HBA and in a career path like yours?
Don’t settle for someone else’s idea of success. Always put yourself first. Take risks and lean into your fears. When you step outside of your comfort zone and follow your intuition, the reward on the other side will be beyond what you could ever imagine.
Which leaders in healthcare, STEM and beyond do you look to as role models?
I find inspiration from women leaders of our time who have dedicated themselves to staying true to their purpose and passion. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton - those in politics such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kamala Harris - and entrepreneurs such as Sara Blakely and Arianna Huffington all share similar attributes. They never apologize(d) for who they are and what they stand for. These women work hard, they face their fears and always emerge stronger and with more clarity of purpose. They touch many people’s lives and are sure to leave a legacy of a better world behind them. These are the leaders I look to as role models.