During a June 13 event hosted by the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) and the MGH Training and Workforce Development Office, more than 20 employees participated in roundtable discussions; posing questions to hospital administration staff, seeking advice and learning about various career paths.

“We hope people will be inspired by the conversations they have today to dream, seek to learn more and will help people form their own career trajectories,” said Evelyn Abayaah, chair of AMMP. 

Dianne Austin, Workforce Diversity program manager, said the five featured panelists were selected for being mentors, coaches and leaders who truly strive for and promote growth and development. They were: Melissa Joseph, Ellison 12 nursing director; Mara Bloom, executive director of the MGH Cancer Center; Andrea Paciello, executive director of Teaching and Education; Danielle Le Hals, executive director of Radiation Oncology; and Bill Banchiere, director of Environmental Services.

Attendees sought input about topics ranging from education, tips and tools for moving ahead and best practices. “Education gives you tools,” Banchiere said. “It is vital to get your tools and your foundation from school. After that you start learning and tweaking and growing.”

Paciello encouraged attendees to tap into things that are happening in relation to their units because people often find success when they find new experiences, and all panelists stressed the importance of networking.

“Not having experience shouldn’t stop you,” Le Hals said. “Never say no to an opportunity that comes your way.”

This article was originally published in the 07/21/17 Hotline issue.