WHM 2022 WESTRIVE and RISE

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Name & Title. Emma Skow (she/her/they/them), AAS | Adminstrative Senior Assistant - Quality & Care Experience at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "I would say that my proudest career moment is starting in my position here at Nebraska Medicine last May! I am very proud to be working for a mission driven organization that is continually doing their best to make a positive impact in our community as well as the lives of our patients and their families every day. It is so important to have leadership that is willing to stand up and do the right thing even if it is not the most popular decision to make. There can never be too many people willing to stand up and advocate on behalf of others. Creating this ERG, where all of the women in our company can feel safe and supported, is an integral step towards becoming a more inclusive workplace. This group is not just for CIS women, not just for women in leadership roles, not just for working mothers, etc. All women are welcome and celebrated here (as they deserve to be everywhere. Women should be able to lift each other up in the workplace rather than feeling the need to outshine or compete against each other."

 

Name & Title. Nikki Bateman, MS-RN, SCRN, CMC | Clinical Quality Lead - Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "My proudest career moment relates back to nursing school. I am so proud that I graduated with a Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing as a Deaf/Hard of Hearing woman. I broke barriers to make it where I am today. I think groups and ERGs, such as RISE, are important because they provide a sense of community and empower those faced with challenges. I love having the opportunity to connect with individuals with the same passions."

 

Name & Title. Precious Davis, MSN, BSN, RN | Nurse Case Manager at Specialty Care Center at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "I have too many proud career moments to name that sticks out more than the other. My proudest moment will be when I receive my doctoral degree but for now I would say navigating leadership roles that I would have never thought to navigate or was too afraid too. I think RISE is important to help women leaders and future leaders confidently walk in their roles. Joining this group and thinking of the name RISE makes me think of rise of the Phoenix and the Dr. Maya Angelou poem, Still I rise. Glad to have joined."

 

 

Name & Title. Olivia Jensen BSN, RN | Organizational Excellence Lead at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "I RISE because I believe in strong women promoting strong women! I am fortunate to have incredible women as examples, and look to emulate them as I come together with other incredible women to be the example for our sisters, daughters, friends, and colleagues. Together, women can do anything we put our minds to. I feel most empowered when supporting those around me, and am inspired when I see others reaching success.  #breakthebias #RISE #iwd2022."

 

Name & Title. Kelom Konou, BS PH | Sr. Patient Access Associate at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "My proudest career moment would have to be anytime I am able to get an interpreter involved for patient care and safety. RISE to me encompasses cultural diversity and cultural humility among the immigrant women and first generationers that stand to break the bias."

 

Name & Title. Lynnette (Lynn) Zepeda | Sr. Employee Relations Analyst in HR Operations at Nebraska Medicine | President, African American/Black Alliance ERG

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "My proudest career moment was changing my career path over to HR. I have a newfound respect of how organizations operate from the ground up, and from the top down!  It’s not about the success of the business, it’s about the success of people within the business…   RISE is important because as we women move forward, we need to set the standards and ground work for future generations of women on this globe; that power and strength IS in women, and that we WILL have an equal say in the future of this world and it’s environment."

 

Name & Title. Geetanjali Rathore, MD | Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics at UNMC | Co-President of WESTRIVE | Medical Director at the Comprehensive Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "My proudest career moment was when I was able to advocate for SMA to be on Newborn screening test. This helped me diagnose 3 patients with SMA and treat them with lifesaving gene therapy within a month of being born. These patients are now healthy infants with no signs of muscle weakness, whereas without treatment, their condition would be fatal in first few years of life. It gave me great sense of satisfaction and pride to be able to help these patients and families live a happy and healthy life. WESTRIVE is a great platform for women in our organization to collaborate, find mentors, friends, allies and support to be able to thrive and achieve great success in their careers. It is also an organization that hopes to support women in a holistic approach to prevent burnout and promote wellness. Thanks for making March an opportunity to increase visibility and raise awareness for women!"

 

Name & Title. Kari Zelenka, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN | Organizational Excellence Lead in Operational Improvement at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "I would have to say that there have been a few proud moments for me over the last few years, some significant, and some not so much, but my proudest career moment thus far has been graduating with my Master’s in Nurse Leadership and a Master’s in Business Administration in May of 2022 from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Why RISE – I am a strong supporter of employee resource groups in general, but RISE is important to me because women respecting, encouraging and uplifting other women is such an incredible thing and  I want to be a part of normalizing this at Nebraska Medicine."

 

Name & Title. Shila Kinsley | Employee Relations Sr. Analyst at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "I support RISE for some many reasons but, mostly because it is important to continue to advance gender equity in the workplace. Generally speaking, woman continue to be at a disadvantage; earn less, and less advancement opportunities."

 

Name & Title. Melanie Huber, DNP, FNP-C | APP Primary Care in Internal Medicine at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "My proudest career moment has been working with so many ambitious women to get RISE started! RISE is important for so many reasons! Connecting, supporting, and empowering women at Nebraska Medicine will positively impact individuals, microsystems, and the organization. I am very excited to be a part of this work!"

 

Name & Title. Brandy L. Clarke, PhD, LP | Director of Equity at UNMC | Associate Professor of Psychology in MMI at UNMC | Associate Director of Program Growth and Sustainability in MMI at UNMC 

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "Grantwriting is a skill that I have spent many years working hard to develop because it affords me the opportunity to do the work that I love in creating access to behavioral health services for underserved populations.  Although I am quite proud of my grantwriting successes, I am most proud of the work that I do to mentor and support other faculty and students in their successful grantwriting endeavors.  Currently, those that I have mentored have a hit rate of 50%!  I truly value the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills to propel others on their career path. WE STRIVE offers women the opportunity to network and support each other in their career endeavors and to elevate their important contributions to our campus and beyond. It offers the opportunity for collective mentorship, sponsorship, advocacy and learning.  I am so grateful to be a part of such a dynamic and motivated group of women!!"

 

Name & Title. Stephanie Daubert, MS, BS | Chief Financial Officer at Nebraska Medicine

Proudest career moment and why they think women's employee resource groups matter. "My proudest moment is really any day that I help someone, I especially love solving problems and adding value back to the organization!" (featured in the photo above with her daughter Kelsey who is 13 and an 8th grader at Elkhorn Grandview Middle School)