by Karen Matthias, MBA, RN, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Hayes, Inc.
I’m having a great time at the 11th Annual WBL Summit. The energy here is contagious! The healthcare leaders I’ve met are quite impressive; all bring unbelievable expertise to the meeting and to the industry. Of the 160 women executive leaders in attendance this year, about 50% are first-time attendees, representing many areas of healthcare.
Three themes emerged yesterday, the opening day of the Summit:
- Managing change.
- Identifying and promoting women leaders to serve as members of executive boards, with the goal of having women serving on at least 30% of boards of directors in the future.
Tamara Erickson, award-winning author and an expert on organizations, the changing workforce, and generations at work, kicked off the Summit with a dynamic and enlightening talk titled, “Implementing Change in a Multigenerational Workplace – How can your organization effectively introduce change across generations?”
Ms. Erickson made the point that managing multiple generations and promoting change in the workplace can be difficult. I experienced several “aha moments” as she humorously discussed how Generation X, Generation Y, Millennials, and Baby Boomers all approach their work differently, bringing different expectations, attitudes, and frames of reference to the workplace. The challenge for leadership is how to implement changes in such a way that each generation embraces change, rather than fights it.
I’m looking forward to 2 more days of networking opportunities and thought-provoking presentations. Look for future posts about my experience.