Midyear Retreats- My first AASA experience
February 21, 2018
My first experience with AASA was at a regional retreat in Charleston, SC in May 2011. Jamie Meyer was co-hosting with Betti Gardner. Fred Borelli was President. I immediately felt comfortable. Given I was 8 months pregnant and the power went out in the restaurant during dinner the comfort level was not necessarily due to the physical environment! I remember the nature of the group and conversations. AASA members included me in the conversations and genuinely sought to get to know me. I connected with individuals from New England to Florida to Texas and even a member from Portland. I felt the benefit of this meeting as I returned home and could email new professional friends to help seek out their experience for a specific issue I was facing at my institution.
Not only did I see the networking value but I also saw the value of AASA through the speaker/topic content. I remember Jamie's chair speaking on his leadership style and journey as chair. Karen Turner and Bess Wildman shared collaboration opportunities between hospital and departments of surgery. Upon my initial experience I found the education programming was directly applicable to my role and where I wanted to grow professionally.
A friend's advice in my professional development and success was to surround myself with people I want to be like and imitate. Upon my first experience with AASA I knew this was a group that I wanted to surround myself. This group has held up to my expectations. AASA Members push me to be my best self through educational programming and networking.
If you have experienced midyear retreats join us again this year for another great experience in Portland or New York City. If you have not yet experienced a retreat it is a great benefit of AASA and we would love to have you!
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Megan Berlinger, MHA is Business Administrator at Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Megan is the President of AASA and has been an active member since 2011.
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