The week started with #Oprah2020 trending on Twitter. If you missed Oprah’s inspirational speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, you can find it here. Who doesn’t love Oprah? But, should we elect another president who lacks government experience?
These, however, aren’t the questions I want to address. A Slate article by Dahlia Lithwick got my attention on Monday. She said the real message of Oprah’s speech wasn’t about her, but about us — do we feel empowered enough to act? She focused on women running for office at all levels. And that led me to think more about empowerment.
While that buzz was happening on Monday, I was in a daylong meeting with a small group of women leaders from various industries. We had been brought together by the first female president of a large, national organization to discuss the challenges women in leadership face. It was an insightful discussion as stories were shared, dissected, and analyzed.
As I bring this back to health IT, I’m not going to rehash the stories and lessons from my experience as a female IT leader over the years. I’ve shared some of them in previous posts. Rather, I want to again encourage you to take steps to own your career and find ways to develop yourself. Find your voice and speak up. Find the mentors you need to help you. And be bold.
HIMSS18 is less than 2 months away. To get the most out of the annual conference, you need to make choices and plan your time there carefully. There are many ways to invest in “you” while there, including education and networking.
I’ve had the opportunity to present at many previous HIMSS conferences on a range of topics. This year, I was asked to support the Career Fair and the Women in HIT sessions. I’m committed to developing the next generation of leaders, so I gladly said yes!
The Career Fair is Wednesday, March 7. I will be presenting a session called “Advice for the Aspiring Female Executive” from 2:30-3 p.m. in Room Lafite 4, Session CSC7. We will talk about how to make that next move and what work/life balance means to you. And I will share my tips for next generation leaders.
Women in HIT events are happening all week. On Thursday, March 8, the Women in Health IT Mentor Meetup will feature roundtables on a variety of topics from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Room Lido 3104, Session WHIT01. I will be facilitating one of the roundtables. As the conference materials describe it, the roundtables will be an opportunity to:
- Meet with influential women to increase your leadership opportunities and expand your knowledge
- Engage in thought-provoking conversations that address not only gender-related challenges, but job-specific issues and career planning tips
- Network with experienced executives, emerging leaders, and peers outside of your organization for diverse and innovative discussions
It wasn’t that long ago that there was only one session focused on women in IT at HIMSS: the #HealthITchicks meetup. Kudos to HIMSS for the growing number of programs aimed at supporting women in HIT at the annual conference and throughout the year.
If you are attending HIMSS18, I hope to see you there!