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#SMDames17 Facebook Live from Carmel Digital Media Lab Today

July 22nd, 2017

The girl with the face for radio accidentally stepped in front of the camera today for #SMDames17!

Tickets while they last are at: SMDames17.eventbrite.com.

and a separate one over at youtube.

Who’s at the Helm of Healthcare?: A Focus on Deans at US Schools of Pharmacy

July 16th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 9.18.02 AMThis week, the academic pharmacists are meeting for the annual summer meeting of AACP, or the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. So, I thought it might be fitting to post about where we are in terms of gender and leadership at schools of pharmacy again.

First off, when people argue with me about STEM professions overall, and state that there aren’t many women at the helms of STEM organizations because most women opt out of said STEM professions, I always return to pharmacy to refute the argument. Simply because pharmacy, as a profession, since the 1980s, has historically and continues to attract more women than men into the profession, and has for several decades. Historically, 60-70% of pharmacy students are women.

However, when you look at leadership–the very tippy top of pharmacy schools in this case–at the Dean position–that majority disappears. It actually flips, in that 25% of women are running schools of pharmacy as deans, and 75% are men! I went over to ACPE, the pharmacy school accrediting body today, to check the stats again. Despite the fact that ACPE updated its website of accredited programs and actually made it harder to go through the schools to see who’s at the helm, here’s my analysis:

Clearly, women still aren’t running the US schools of pharmacy. (Also, and candidly, I find it interesting that many pharmacy programs are ran by people who are not pharmacists. How can you run a program if you’ve never worked the bench as a pharmacist? I don’t understand this, but I digress.)

Here’s my point with this post: even though pharmacy as a STEM profession attracts more women, there are not more women at the helm of US pharmacy schools (and most of healthcare, as I’ve previously shared). We’re not even at parity – not event close, and we are actually backtracking again.

If we really want gender parity, particularly in leadership positions and in STEM, we’re going to have to keep banging on this drum, ladies and gentlemen. My plea: I hope the 35 women deans in US accredited schools of pharmacy are getting together at AACP this week and having a frank discussion about how to solve this problem – because it is a problem. And while I’m on my soapbox, my challenge to the Council of Deans at AACP: put in writing that you’re going to fix this by striving to attain 50/50 gender parity in pharmacy school dean roles by 2020. That shouldn’t be too hard to do considering the majority of pharmacists are women. And, if you get pushback on workload, try what one school of pharmacy does: have co-deans.

For all the reasons in the literature and then some – we have to have diversity in leadership in order to make programs stronger, more creative, and yes, even more profitable. While a lot of pharmacy schools are non-profit, they can still benefit by improving their programs with more revenue if they are attracting more students and higher quality students–to improve research and programming for students, who in turn can graduate and better serve their patients.

5 Cool Items I’m Working On…Right Now

July 12th, 2017

1. This – on the pharmacy podcast.

2. This – coming soon at #SMDames17 – I’ll be discussing podcasting. Here’s registration if you’d like to take your social media game to the next level.

3. This – working on lining up speakers for #HealthCarDev in Indy with HBA IN. Here’s a peek at our speakers.

4. This - I’m glad Indy and Mother Nature are getting all of the rain out of the way for our HBA IN 7/26 event at the top of Eskenazi Health at the Sky Farm!

5. Upcoming talks – on big data, privacy, ethics – so many egregious real-world cases to choose from…hopefully I’ll see you at Indy Big Data or ASPL to discuss them with you!

4-Letter Words

July 10th, 2017

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Caution: this post is explicit. Well, explicit at least to me.

No, it won’t be full of profanity–at least the traditional vulgar words. (And I won’t even go down the road that showed that those who do swear are more honest.)

Oh wait. I guess I just did.

Anyway, that’s not the point of my article. Instead, I wanted to share with you my own home grown list of 4-letter words. And all of us in business and life should be very, very cognizant of them – because in a lot of cases, they’re even worse than a string of expletives.

My 4-Letter Word List:

  1. Time: My one true enemy and precious resource all bundled into one. There’s never enough of it, and once it’s gone, it’s never coming back. I’ve said this many times before, but it bears repeating: if someone gives you their time, they are never getting it back. Honor and respect it by not wasting it. Don’t be late for meetings. Don’t be late and barge in and apologize – that’s even worse, as you’re basically flipping everyone else in the meeting who showed up on time the bird. Don’t blow off or cancel meetings if you called them in the first place–especially last minute, unless there is a REALLY good reason why. Always respect others’ time…and your own, because it is finite. (And if anyone out there can ever teach me how to make more time, I’m all ears–you’re my new BFF!)
  2. Debt: Avoid this 4-letter word like the plague. Debt is an albatross around your neck and shackles on your limbs. If you’re in debt, you have very few options. You’re restricted. “Interest” is another awful word, but it’s more than 4 letters. I still try and avoid it. Pay off your debt. If you don’t have debt, you have one of my favorite words: freedom. You have options, and you aren’t as shackled or confined to your present state. Choices, options, and freedom = awesomeness.
  3. Meet: Meetings play right in to #1 above. I try to avoid them at all costs, ESPECIALLY if there is no agenda or meaningful reason for meeting. I really don’t like meetings WITH agendas but can also be solved with a 5 minute email. One one hour meeting with nothing productive out of it is 1 hour, 60 minutes or 3,600 seconds of your life you’ll never get back. See #1 above.
  4. Talk: High ‘I’ aside on the Myers-Briggs, one of the companies I used to work for (who shall remain nameless) had a crazy number of meetings. They’d have meetings to discuss meetings. They’d just talk at these meetings to hear themselves–the talk would come out, but very little would come of it. (Probably another reason why I hate meetings–scarred for life.) Here’s a two-letter word I like a LOT more than the 4-letter word of talk: DO. Let’s DO more, and talk less! The talkers but non-doers have been branded “Big hat, no cattle” in my life. Less talk, more action!
  5. Tele: Two items here: 1. tele-phones and 2. tele-visions. Both are incredible vacuums of time. The thing about the telephone is that you never know if you’re interrupting the person on the other side of the call (unless you’ve of course scheduled in advance with an agenda, which 99% of telephone calls I receive do not).  There’s a joke over at pinterest for high introverts: if they pick up the phone when you call, they really like you. That’s true!  Send me an email – and I’ll go over it when I have a second to breathe, not to mention a record or trail of our interaction (I can’t remember everything – I don’t have that superpower). Second, the thing about televisions – well, you already can guess where I’m going there – huge time waster. Now don’t get me wrong, I love watching Pride & Prejudice for the 500th time as much as the next gal – but I just have to make sure I earned the flake time after doing some actual work.

There. These to me are far, far worse than typical profanity. They are my brand of profanity.

So, what are your 4-letter words?

The 1 Day Girl Getaway

July 7th, 2017

Today, I hopped in my car, went down to gal pal TBB of Historic Indianapolis, and off we went to the ‘Natti – Cincinnati! We hit many vintage shops, a macaron store TBB conjured up, hit the Findlay Market, tried out Jean-Robert’s new restaurant, L (YUM!), even went to the American Sign Museum (thank you, Atlas Obscura). Pics at Instagram if you’re curious.

The thing I love about getting away for a day:

1. You can reconnect with an old friend.

2. You can see how another city lives.

3. You can get the Hades out of your own world for a few hours.

4. You can steal awesome ideas from the new city and bring them back to your own city.

5. It can help bring you some fresh perspectives and ideas.

6. You can barter and exchange ideas – both with your friend(s) attending, and the city your visiting.

In conclusion, I highly recommend you grab a girlfriend, get in the car, and go. I’m so glad we did!

 

 

Happy Birthday, America!

July 4th, 2017

And here’s what I’m working on…

6+ Things I Love This Holiday Bookcation Weekend

July 3rd, 2017

Other than our freedom…

1. More fodder for my bookcation: @cspan Book TV.

(Honestly, however, I wish they had more girl power on the channel. More books by women, for women, on subjects for business women.)

2. & 3. Other ways to cram in more books: authors @ Google and talks @ Google.

(But again, need more girl power here too.)

4. When books aren’t fast enough for a topic you’re researching (like me on a subject I’m prepping a round of talks for today) – there’s Slideshare to looksie for fresher content.

(Just be sure to watch for valid sources…none of that #fakenews nonsense.)

5. Another work around when you can’t cram in that 600 page book – search the author at Stitcher and see if they’re on podcasts.

(Sorry, iTunes, your search  just not as handy here. I hope the developers’ conference is true and that you’re rebuilding iTunes for podcasts to make it more user friendly.)

6. Last but not least, but something I do love right now that has nothing to do with books…Haim’s channel on Pandora.

(I have no complaints, comments or criticism here. Just 100% awesomeness.)

Happy Holiday Eve – and if you have served our country to protect us and defend the freedoms we enjoy this holiday weekend and all year round – an extra thank you to you for your service!

How to Hit the Half-Year Reset Button for 2017 in 5 Steps

July 2nd, 2017

resetOk, my good people – we are now officially in 3Q of 2017. While my head and heart sometimes feel stuck somewhere between 2011-2012, it’s time for all of us to pause and hit the reset button now on this year for our careers and lives. I’m going to share with you part of what I coach my clients to do at this time of year, and part of the method I use on myself for this time of year to make sure I’m heading in the right direction.

  1. 1. I pull out my personality CV - This I’ve discussed before, but it’s a listing and warehouse of all my personality test results over the past decade - Strengthsfinder, results from books like Designing Your Life, values assessment, and about 30-35 other tests I’ve taken on myself over time. (I also have a list of tests that I share with my email subscribers which I distribute through my newsletter – you can sign up here to receive the list from time to time.) You MUST begin with who you are before getting the map out and determining where you’re going–and to skip over this step is an atrocity to your future. So, pull out your personality CV and check it out again, objectively, to understand who you are and what makes you tick. Re-read it.
  2. Next, pull out your goals - I have annual goals that I keep in my Moleskine notebook that I drag around with me. Wherever you keep yours (and I hope you wrote them down somewhere), pull them back out and take a look at them. How are you doing? What can you check off the list? (NOTHING makes me happier than marking a check against items on this list in particular, because they’re big ticket items.) Luckily, I got the chance to check off a couple July 1, but I’ve still. Got. A. Lot of work to do to achieve the rest of my goals for the year! Awareness again is key.
  3. Update your resume/CV and LinkedIn profiles - Add the big achievements, take off the stuff you no longer want to return to, and edit. Ruthlessly. That last bit is really hard for me, because I personally like to have a lot of irons in the fire. And sometimes, it’s the irons that lead me down a different career pathway I never could have predicted. Either way – get all your personal job/career marketing materials on you up to date. And, important note on social media online, including your LI profile: it should have one foot in where you’ve been or where you are now, but it should also have another foot in where you want to head. If you don’t know where you want to head next, read on…
  4. Reach out to 5 people in a new career direction, and try to meet them before the end of the year - This one may sound crazy – but after you do the first 3 steps above, I’m guessing that several of you may want something more for your career. Is something missing? Do you feel stuck? Are you burned out? Do you want to try something else? If so, reach out to 5 people doing the work you think you’d like to try next, and have lunch with them (or a phone call–and you buy lunch, BTW). Ask them what they love about their current work, and what drives them crazy about it, and what keeps them up at night. Then ask about education, certifications, and other experience that led them to the gig they have today. There’s creative license here too – don’t just focus on your day job. Focus on non-profit experiences you appreciate, or part time gigs, people who work at companies who you admire, or people who have started their own businesses or projects that have NOTHING to do with their day jobs (this last group is my tribe). Considering the # of 1099s by 2018 is still around 40%, I don’t believe we will be working in the future the way we do now. We’ll have a lot more affiliative associations and gigs rather than steady 9-5 work coming–for good or not so good. Prepare now for this epic change coming by putting feelers out in different areas of your own career zone. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  5. Reset your short term goals - I just share some of my 3Q goals online and on my email footers, so others can read what I’m up to and focused on. I try to make it easy for the universe to help a sister out…if my friends read my innocuous email footer and an idea pops into their head, they send me cool stuff around the work I’m doing. Make it easy for the universe to fetch you whatever it is that you’re seeking by this type of practice. If you’re a little more private about your stuff, share your goals with a trusted friend or inner circle member. The more you share it, the more the universe will help you out…I am a big believer in this.

There. I hope you found this helpful. As I went on my own bookcation this weekend, one of the things I read about was myself. It’s a complex story–a heroine’s journey, but it’s important to read and study in order to invent a better happy ending – and a rocking rest of 2017!

 

3Q17: What’s Coming Up?

June 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 10.06.41 PMI cannot believe I’m about to write down what I need to get done in 3Q of 2017. I still think sometimes I’m stuck back in 2011 or 2012 somewhere.

Anyway, here’s my list for this quarter. Inspirational color palette to set the tone – check. Kind of a melon-y, sunflowery tone, methinks.

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3Q17: Let’s Roll!

Books:

1. SWE 3 – or bust. Now that I am submitting a SXSW18 Panelpicker on it, I’m motivated to get it done.

2. STEMP4 – really want this to be done in time for the holidaze; let’s see if I can make that happen.

Causes:

3. HBA Indiana – continues to produce amazing programs and stuff. 3Q17 will be no exception. The big project I’m working on is #HealthCarDev on 9/29 - the first ever Unconference for the chapter. We’re going to have 18 speakers in a 1/2 day session that will rock. It’s all focused on healthcare career development. We’ll also have the inaugural #PurpleSock Awards for healthcare amazingness in Hoosierland at our awards gala in November. Read more about how to nominate your healthcare hero or shero here.

4. ASPL - Threw my name into the hat for a board continuation for the next 2 years…more on this coming soon for my pharmacy law geekery.

Talks & Events:

7/26/17 – Networking with HBA IN and Women & Hi Tech – Indy
7/28/17 – Women’s Entrepreneur panel – Cardinal RBC – San Antonio
8/1/17 – #SMDames17 – Indy – talking podcasting.
9/14/17 – Indy Big Data – Indy3Q2
9/29/17 – #HealthCarDev – HBA IN – Indy – we’ll also have a super cool countdown campaign to this that will occupy some time in July & Aug. Dig.

Life Changer:

Trip to Scotland.

I think that covers the highlights, and the highlands…

And here’s an audio version of some of this magic:

 

Everything Old is New Again

June 30th, 2017

Sony is pressing vinyl again – after 28 years.

Millennials think it is time for analog watches.

Flip phones make a comeback? (Smart phones may make us dumb, anyway.)

The Atari retro console is coming back.

Maybe let’s just go back to the 1980s and stay there.