What's often called "networking" is really a great form of relationship building. The old cliché that business is all about relationships is true. Networking through business and civic organizations can open doors to new relationships and provide a forum for renewing and re-energizing your existing relationships.
In San Antonio, one of the best organizations I have found for relationship building is the local chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, or HBA. The HBA is one of the most dynamic organizations in the city’s largest industry.
About the organization
The HBA focuses on helping women in the healthcare industry advance their careers through education, relationships and empowerment. They understand that supporting those objectives require a variety of forums and opportunities for members to share insights, contacts, best practices and perspectives. They also understand that there are plenty of men in and around the industry who are eager to support these worthy programs. I'm one of many male HBA members in San Antonio.
How I’m involved
As with any organization, getting the most out of the group's relationship-building demands active participation. I get involved wherever I can with the HBA. Since I represent Pierpont Communications, and Pierpont sponsored the HBA's State of the Industry event this past spring, we're members of the Sponsors Council. This gives me a platform on which to interact with other sponsors, including hospital systems, academic institutions and professional services providers (law firms, accounting firms, etc.) The State of the Industry event is highly valuable in its own right, bringing together many of San Antonio’s most influential healthcare industry leaders, including major healthcare system CEOs and successful life sciences entrepreneurs. I serve on a couple of HBA committees and actively work to recruit new members that make sense for the HBA. Recruiting new members is always a good way to bring value to any membership-based organization.
What I love about it
I tell people constantly that what makes the HBA different from many organizations is that they provide members with so many ways to get involved and engaged. It's not just a monthly committee meeting. It's a number of very active committees, plus frequent events, large and small, with high-quality speakers and ample opportunities to make connections and exchange knowledge with motivated and influential professionals. All one needs to do is make the effort to participate.
How you can get involved
The HBA makes it easy to plug in and get active. Online at www.HBAnet.org
you'll find a wealth of information about the HBA as well as a section on the San Antonio chapter. You can also quickly join the HBA via the web site for $225. Once signed up, you'll receive notices on upcoming events. You can call me at 210-372-9200 or post your questions below and I'll be glad to provide more information.