Thomas-Williams, sixth from right, with members of the Women in Leadership Committee

The MGH/MGPO Women in Leadership Committee hosted its annual meeting Nov. 5, featuring Jovita Thomas-Williams, senior vice president of Human Resources. During her talk, “Defining Success: Is it all about getting to the C-Suite?” Thomas-Williams provided a detailed overview of what she views as the three phases of one’s career: Learn. Earn. Return.

“Take time to learn as much as you can about who you are and what matters most – because that is what will guide you in your career and toward success in the years to come,” she said. “Success isn’t universally defined, it’s personal. Your neighbor’s idea of success is not yours, so don’t waste your precious time and energy trying to keep pace. And always remember, success is not achieved in isolation, it really does take a village, so take the time to establish a network of trusted advisors along your career journey.”

Attendees at this year’s event were encouraged to invite a “rising leader” from their departments to attend the presentation, which was followed by a networking event at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

“Whenever possible, return the coaching and mentoring you received by sharing your wisdom with those following in your footsteps,” Thomas-Williams said, encouraging those in attendance to mentor others. “You didn’t get to where you are alone, and neither will they. They need us – and they are going to become us.”