Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2021
cannot believe this calendar year is nearing the end, and we are moving into
the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
While still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still have much to be
thankful for this year. As you reflect on all you have accomplished this
past year, I hope you can be thankful for all the opportunities and successes
you have accomplished. If maybe this year did not go so well, then it is a time to reassess and refocus on your next challenges.
the past few months, I have had the honor to visit with all the Higher
Education Network (HEN) graduate and undergraduate
healthcare programs in our region. The reception I received at each school was
overwhelmingly positive, and the
questions these young students asked were thoughtful and intentional. They are
eager to learn, want to be involved,
and look to you, the senior leaders
in healthcare, to help guide them to the future.
had our Student and Early Careerist Symposium in San Antonio,
and one of the greatest
requests from young executives was the need for a
mentor. Early careerists are craving that one-on-one relationship with a senior
partner who can help guide and direct them as they move forward
in their careers.
in search of mentors for these individuals, and I ask you to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org if you
want to step up and be a mentor. The
time commitment is as much or as little as you can give and is worked out individually between each mentor and
mentee. This is an opportunity to help mold the future of healthcare by sharing your wealth of experiences and
lessons learned in an engaging and active one-on-one relationship with the next generation of healthcare leaders.
Thank you to those who have already
expressed interest in being a mentor.
this said, I implore those of you who do not have a mentor, to reach out and
find one. You can formally request
one through ACHE at ACHE.org, through your local chapter, within your own
organization, or to me directly at email@example.com. A mentor can help you build self-confidence,
hone your critical thinking skills, and expand your professional network of influencers to help
in your leadership growth.
come to the end of the year, your chapter will be holding its annual strategic
planning session to discuss education,
volunteer, and social events for 2022. If you have something you would like
your chapter to offer, if they did
something in 2021 that you really liked, or if there is something the chapter
needs to do better, reach out to
your chapter president and let her know. Better yet, reach out and offer to
work on one of the committees for 2022.
I wish each of you a blessed
holiday season and look forward
to working with you
Lynn T. Downs, PhD, FACHE
Regent for Central and South Texas