It is an honor to share with you how special it was for me to be part of last year’s Women in Business Fashion Show. I feel truly blessed to have been a part of LAAHU as a member and to serve on LAAHU incredible Board for so many years.
Serving on the LAAHU board encompasses many important responsibilities, including assuming a position of leadership, working with members, and speaking out on behalf of our organization. I didn’t fully understand the true impact of this fashion show until we actually brought the event back for another year. So many beautiful industry colleagues and partners came together in collaboration to recreate this important event.
The day was very special. Indeed, love was in the air! It was incredible to see the industry come together to celebrate the gift of women in business and to support the charity. The food was top-notch and the service was impeccable, as The Four Seasons hosted us in a day filled with special moments. The celebration should remind us as women not to take our positions for granted and that we should feel encouraged as our important roles continue to evolve in this industry.
The fashion show was not only about the money that we raised for our charity. It was about bringing forth an energy of love and hope to the men and women in attendance. Ours is an industry that experiences constant challenges. We ourselves are challenged every day as we do our best to guide our friends, family, and clients through this fractured healthcare system; always seeking to find the best solutions to the many needs presented to us on a daily basis.
The beauty of giving back and having the opportunity to share our hearts and souls with one another is a wonderful thing. I am always amazed by my own personal growth while working with LAAHU. For me, leading and co-chairing this event enables me to encourage other women to step up and lead too. I am thrilled be a conduit to allow other women to be acknowledged and recognized in an industry dominated by the male energy.
Women working in the Healthcare Industry need our continued support and recognition. I was recently surprised to learn that businesses that employ a minimum of 30% women in their management force are more successful and balanced than companies that don’t. It’s not easy to be a woman in business, eternally striving to find the balance between our career, raising kids, managing a household, being social, enjoying life, resting, and always putting our best foot forward. These life events make us all stronger, both men and women, as we come together, balancing the feminine and masculine energy. It’s refreshing to know we are not alone. We work side by side for the benefit of one another.
This has been a perfect opportunity for me to reflect deeply about myself, the industry, giving back, acceptance, and letting go of attachments. This is my opportunity to call you all for duty, to call each and every one of us in a different way, to show up. Now is the time to shed all our insecurities and attachments to the unknown. It is the time to come together and serve side by side; creating events that will make a difference, a difference that sometimes is even bigger than we can understand.
I would like to encourage each and every one of you to join this incredible organization, either in spirit or in person, that needs so many of us to make a impact. We have the power to change and make this industry shine. If we can gather together in unity, everyone can experience leadership in a colorful way.
I would like to thank the LAAHU Board, LAAHU president, Bobbi Kaelin, my co-chair, Christal Doyle, the amazing committee, and each and every sponsor, supporter, member, and participant that took part of this incredible event. As many of you know, we lost dear Karen Coyle while preparing for this year’s fashion show. Karen was the heart and soul of this committee for many years and my heart was truly shaken by her sudden loss. This fashion show for me was a celebration of her life. May Karen’s name be always remembered in loving memory, side by side with this amazing event, of which she was so proud.
This event reminds me how important it is to support women, and how important is to be a visionary woman. I am very proud to work in this industry and to have been a part of this successful event that made such a beautiful contribution and helped us spread love throughout our industry, right before the start of this last brutal Open Enrollment.
I learn daily from all of you in my life and I love you all.