As told by Teresa
I met Ann when I applied for a Project Manager position she had posted. During my interview, I found it so easy and nice to talk with her. We had an immediate connection, but I don't think I realized just how much until a little later when we began working together on projects. Ann is a natural-born leader - it comes pouring out of her. I soon realized that she could not only teach me a great deal of things but also that by watching and observing her behavior, I would become a better associate, and eventually, a better leader myself.
Since then, Ann has been my mentor, manager, and friend for the past six years. She is a successful and influential healthcare leader, and I have learned so much from her about being a woman in leadership.
Ann has always encouraged me to try new things and to take on stretch assignments. She often believed in me way before I believed in myself. She was the one who gave me a chance at a Manager position and then at a Director-level position. She had faith and confidence in me.
Another way Ann invested in me was that she was always direct with her feedback. I appreciated her directness, knowing that everything she said and did came from an area of deep care and concern for my well being and career.
I cannot think of a more humble and kind person who could receive this honor. Thank you, Ann!