Lookin’ at U – Becky Placek

Becky Placek

Becky Placek

Each Thursday, we randomly feature a medical center employee.

This week, we learn more about:

  • Name: Becky Placek
  • Hometown: Omaha
  • No. of years at UNMC: Three months

Tell us a bit about what you do here at UNMC.

I support my department, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, with various tasks such as coordinating schedules and activities for our chairman, Dwight Jones, M.D., and our administrator, Julie Zetterman. I assist with tracking progress and results, work with internal and external parties to initiate and run projects, and a big focus right now on recruitment.

Courage is one of UNMC’s brand values. Tell us of a time you witnessed a person or group demonstrating courage at UNMC.
I believe courage is a very important value to UNMC and especially to our leadership. An example that I have seen in my short time here is from my department leader, Dr. Jones, and administrator, Julie Zetterman.

These two individuals work together to make our department who we are and expect us to strive for excellence. They encourage us to work with less fear and more courage by taking on projects with tight deadlines, to see the positive side of change, and to speak up about ideas or changes that you feel should be made and why.

Great leadership takes courage and innovation that involves creating groundbreaking ideas to make UNMC be the best we can be.

What is your favorite winter activity?

Having a snowball fight.

List three things people may not know about you.

  • I went Black Friday shopping for the first time this year.
  • I was in Chicago in 2008 and got to see Barack Obama win the election.
  • I have swum with dolphins and stingrays.