What would you do if you didn’t work in healthcare?

I’d be working with people no matter what.

Can you give a shout-out to someone who helped you at a pivotal time in your career?

I’ve had a number of pivotal times in my career but the one that I will be most appreciative of is when Glenn Zujew, my now boss, supporter and someone I call friend, took a chance on me to step into the role of building out people practices at one of the many major growth periods at Klick and I haven’t looked back since.

How has the pandemic reset the rules on your work-life balance?

Has it reset my work-life balance, was my first thought! But then I remembered during the first year we moved out to the country and got a puppy and now I’m able to hike at least 7km every day out in the beautiful forest and rivers. Nothing better than unwinding from a tough day communing with nature.

Share a moment when you left your comfort zone; what did you learn?

A few years ago I took up hiking two months before heading to an eight-day, 130-kilometer hiking/camping trip on the Choquequirao Trail in the mountains of Peru ending at Machu Picchu. It took me out of my comfort zone both physically and psychologically and I learned to stop every now and then, take a deep breath and bask in your surroundings then keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy the journey!

What’s something your colleagues don’t know about you?

When I was in my 20s I was lead guitar in an all-girl rock band called Wild Innocence. We were a basement band but it was a really fun time in my life.

What is one thing you would tell young women starting their careers in healthcare marketing?

Build your network and nurture it. Find a few mentors that will sponsor and encourage you, but don’t forget to give back to your mentors. Make it a worthwhile relationship for them as well.

Recount an experience with the healthcare system, positive or negative, that inspires you.

20 years ago I went to see my Doctor about my bunions. During my visit she noticed my neck was thick so she sent me for testing. It turned out to be thyroid cancer but all of the doctors involved said this should not have been found for another 10 to 20 years. What inspired me was how much she cared and essentially saved and prolonged my life.

Favorite TV show/movie/song/book?

My favorite TV show is This is Us; favorite movie is Dirty Dancing; favorite song is “Last Resort” by The Eagles; favorite book is The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.