Meet Bijal Patel

Bijal Patel, Sr. national account executive, managed care, Genentech
HBA chapter: Austin
Current role with the HBA: HBA Southwest region president, marketing and communications

I volunteer for the United Force for Change because I believe that we all have a voice to share and part to play in achieving the HBA’s core purpose: To further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.

Volunteering has impacted my career by providing opportunities for me to connect with a larger network of diverse professionals across the healthcare industry and continue to strengthen skillsets in new ways.

My favorite HBA event I ever attended was HBA Austin’s Power Moves 2020: Social Media Workshop, which helped us focus on how to build our brand and share our experiences on social media, focusing on the LinkedIn platform. I learned a tremendous amount of insights and actionable steps to support the HBA Southwest region on social media as well as my own personal brand.

The most valuable lesson I learned from a fellow volunteer is to leverage the larger collective—our broad and diverse experiences and backgrounds—because that it what deepens the value of HBA events, connections and conversations.

My employer encourages me to volunteer for HBA because they are a huge supporter of prioritizing professional development and seeking opportunities to grow.

My favorite part of volunteering for the HBA is connecting and sharing ideas with fellow business professionals in healthcare.

I applied for my current role with the HBA because I wanted to share my expertise with an organization I am missioned-aligned, continue to build my professional skills and connect with a broader network of individuals across the healthcare business industry

Anything else you would like to share? My one piece of advice in general is to simply ask for the opportunity—whether a job, rotation, volunteer, professional or personal development, etc.—because, really the worst that anyone can say is “no.”

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