What drew you to participate in the Healthcare Fellows program?

At the time, I was in a healthcare related industry and trying to absorb as much information about all things healthcare, as fast as I could. I found the Fellows program an excellent way to help me accelerate my learning, while concurrently meeting other professionals.

What company were you with and what was your role when you were in the program?

I was working with TEG Architects at the time, as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. My role in the firm was to lead and implement all marketing, as well as the strategy and pursuit of new business.

What company are you with now? What role?

I am now with Schmidt Associates, a full-service architecture, engineering, and interiors firm. We specialize in healthcare, education and commercial design; our approach to projects lends itself to mission-based organizations, so healthcare and other “institutional” clients are our sweet spot. For example, we are currently working with Spalding University, U of L Health, Baptist Health, and Norton Healthcare.

Any insights gained while you were a Fellow?

The Fellows program gave me the opportunity to understand the broader industry, the challenges that the healthcare ecosystem faces, and the interrelationships that exist between all the different organizations in that sector.

What is one thing you learned about Louisville as a healthcare ecosystem?

It is a far greater network, primarily in the areas of aging care, acute care and insurance, than I would have ever thought, were it not for my engagement in the Health Enterprises Network, and in the Fellows program.

What professional or personal connections were made while you were a Fellow?

I can’t even quantify the personal and professional connections, as they are too numerous to mention. I made it a point to remain engaged in the Network, to offer my assistance and connections, and to respectfully approach others with potential teaming opportunities. I believe that is the key. When we first seek to offer of ourselves, the return on that investment is often far greater.