Medtech: Boldly Going Where Women Have Not Gone Before
Reyerson attended this year’s event. “There was great value in listening to the presenters share how they are making an impact each day, and to hear their stories of challenges through adversity,” she said. “The path to leadership is a journey; it is helpful when we can learn from others and relate to their experiences.”
Underrepresented across medtech specialties
Many of the MedExecWomen conference attendees were marketing and sales professionals, but female underrepresentation in medtech spans disciplines, according to Olympus’ Harmeet Chhabra, who also attended. “Reimbursement and health policy leaders are predominantly male,” said Chhabra, who was glad to represent medtech support functions outside of marketing and sales as Global Lead Director on the Olympus Health Economics and Market Access team in Westborough, MA.
Admittedly, Chhabra would like to see more representation from professionals in health policy at conferences like these, coupled with networking opportunities. She believes that communities like MedExecWomen can be mutually beneficial for the career seeker and organizations like Olympus, which can benefit from these talent pools. “There’s so many smart women out there, and if given the opportunity, I think they can contribute to this field.”
Networking, personal growth, and taking care
Overall, “I thought it was great,” said Chhabra of the event. “This was the first conference I attended for med-exec women. I was excited. I walked away meeting so many people, learning about people’s experiences in the field, especially with women trying to take leadership roles and the challenges they go through.”
“I also found it valuable to focus not only on topics for professional growth, but for personal growth,” added Reyerson. “Being a leader, a nurse, a mother, I am wired to be constantly thinking about how to help others,” she said. “Just being present at the conference was a wonderful step forward, reminding me that not only was it acceptable to take the time to network and grow professionally, it is imperative,” she stated. “Being surrounded by so many other women taking the time to be present was inspirational.”
Reyerson’s other takeaway is an affirmation: “You need to unapologetically take time to take care of yourself.”
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