Right out of college, I began working at National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC). Prior to working there, I had no idea what women’s health was outside of my annual visit to my OB/GYN. I spent 6 years at the NWHRC, wearing many hats. This was a great opportunity to learn and be creative. In 1997, NWHRC was relaunched with two additional partners, one of whom is still with the organization and an integral part of my senior team.
We continued to raise national awareness, through partnerships with women’s magazines, capitalizing on what HealthyWomen does best–providing medically vetted, evidence-based information and resources for consumers and HCP’s on a multichannel platform. We were not afraid of change and continued to evolve our platform to meet the needs of our audience. HealthyWomen is the go to source for women’s health and wellness information.
My Daily Thoughts:
I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I find myself. ‘For I have learned the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.’ – Martha Washington
Goal of the Day:
Always be ready with a smile and a chat with a complete stranger.
Action of the Day:
Morning Work Out–It’s a must!
Deed of the Day:
Tip of the Day:
Take time to celebrate your successes no matter how small!
What do you love most about Your City:
It is truly a small town vibe. It is safe and you can get to know people from the cashier at the grocery store, to the pharmacists, to the person who works at the gas station. Bonus is that it’s close to New York City, Philadelphia and
Washington D.C., plus an international airport, which is important when you travel as much as I do. It is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Plus, you can be on the beach in 10 minutes.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant:
Egg white, ham and swiss omelet, fresh tomato sliced and rye toast from our town diner (Remember I live in NJ)! I do not have a favorite local restaurant, but my favorite meals are Greek/Mediterranean, and of course Italian.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Working out need before I have to wake my son up for school.
10:00 AM – Start my line up of conference calls.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Good Salad/ Favorite Lunch Spot is in Washington DC–Zaytinya.
7:00 PM – Getting dinner started while playing some type of game with my little one. Soccer and or Hockey are pretty common.
11:00 PM – I am sound asleep or at least I hope I am. Sleep and staying asleep has been a bit of a challenge recently.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many):
Coffee for sure. Although I never feel like I finish a full cup. I always have a few sips here and there and set my cup down. However, when I add them together it equals one large coffee.
Also, infused water, seltzer with lemon and, sometimes, I just need a Diet Coke. Friday night a big glass of Pinot Noir or Kettle One Martini up with olives.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account:
I don’t know how I survived without my Amazon Echo, Waze, and MindBody App.
What should everyone try at least once:
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
My Native AdVice:
How did you get into the industry?
I knew I wanted to do something in health care, and possibly policy. I had no idea what women’s health was or that there could be a business built around education/women’s health. To be honest, the reason I applied for this job was to keep me in Washington, D.C., and help support graduate work and nursing school, while providing my parents some relief that my college degree was being put to use! This is not something I had mapped out or planned to do with my life.
Career advice to those in your industry?
If you’re going to start a business, you need to really love it.
Passion plays a big role in success.
Be fair and honest.
Okay is not okay. You have to be better than okay and expect the same from everyone on your team.
Listen—it’s okay not to talk.
Find a mentor.
Never be afraid of change. Those small wins can give you the most significant success.
Any emerging industry trends?
We are in the healthcare industry, which changes daily with advancements in devices, treatments, plus our platform is web-based. We need to constantly understand, embrace, and execute the emerging trends and changes.
Ideal experience for a customer/client:
If our client enters HW.org, she will find information on health topics that is useful, she is able to find out about current treatments that are available with
pros and cons of each treatment, as well as questions that can help her begin that conversation with her HCP. She is also able to find out more about clinical trials in her area. In addition she can learn about other women who are living with the same diagnosis, sharing their story and journey. She has the information and resources to help her navigate her next steps. Engage, Educate and Empower.
How do you motivate others:
Foster collaboration within the team.
Avoid useless meetings. Each meeting has to have an agenda and invite only the people who really need to attend. Start the meeting on time, and then end it as quickly as you possibly can.
Set clear goals and make sure everyone on the team understands what those goals are, what their relative priority is, and what the team’s role is in reaching them.
Don’t micromanage–it all goes back to clear goals. Team can figure out how to get there and I am always available to listen and help guide if needed.
Pay your people what they are worth.
My Native AdVantage:
My Biggest Success: Being a mom, and running an organization that makes a difference in women’s health.
Every day and in every way my life gets better and better.
My Favorite People/Role Models:
Two people in business would be Dr. Leslie Braksick and my sister-in-law Tammy Butler Battaglino. Personal would be my dad and mom and my Aunt Philomena.