Thank you to Women's Health CT for hosting this month's CEO Luncheon! We were fortunate enough to sit down with Nancy Bernstein, President & CEO, and learn about her journey in healthcare.
Nancy has been with Women's Health for 15 years. She not only loves what she does but she also has an interest in non-profits. Nancy began the luncheon telling the group what leadership means to her and she referenced a couple of her favorite quotes:
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams.
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle,stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson.
Nancy then told the group the seven traits that she believes all true leaders have. Nancy believes that most of these traits describe women. 1. Empathy, 2. Vulnerability, 3. Humility, 4. Inclusiveness, 5. Generosity, 6. Balance, 7. Patience.
"Being a leader is also being a mentor to others. I was fortunate enough to have some great mentors throughout my life. Some I sought out myself, and others found their way to me."
Her best supporters and mentors did not just tell her what to do and boss her around, but they were empathetic, kind, and giving with their time and knowledge. Nancy's mentors and her personal journey are the reasons why she is where she is today at Women's Health. "I am inspired by many things, but it is about how you get there and your journey rather than just the goals you make for yourself. If you do not enjoy the journey than having those goals could be frustrating."
When Nancy first become CEO of Women's Health, she could not even say her title out loud. "It sounded pompous to me. Now, it is just one of my many roles and identities. I do not think that anyone graduates from college and wants to be CEO of a major company as their goal. My journey took me this way and I was fortunate enough to have amazing mentors along the way." It is interesting to think that a person can begin their journey in one direction but may end up doing something completely different.
Nancy closed the luncheon by giving advice in how one can be perceived in a positive way but all the while still enforcing constructive criticism. "Find your moral compass. If you do not have one now, then get one! Be who you are but in a nice way, so that others can be receptive to you." Nancy also values holding high standards for herself and her team. Being engaged, having patient satisfaction and relationships are important to her and her company. "The standard at Women's Health CT is excellence and always will be."
Thank you to all of the HYPEsters that were able to make it to the lunch! View all of the photos from the luncheon on our Facebook page.