The Benefits of Attending the HIDA 2017 Executive Conference for Someone New to the Industry, by Enid Oquendo
An Interview with Valeriya Stoyanova, Concordance Healthcare Solutions
Q. In your current role, how was the HIDA Executive Conference helpful to your professional development?
A. As the Supplier Relations Administrative Assistant, and especially being very new to the industry and my role, attending the conference earlier this year was certainly significant. In supporting the Supplier Relations team at Concordance Healthcare Solutions, I am often in communication with our suppliers. The conference presented me with the opportunity to meet and interact with many of our key contacts. In addition, my goal was to attend as many events and meetings as possible to learn about each of the companies in attendance and their contribution to the industry as well as their relationship with Concordance. The meetings and events I attended allowed me to do that.
Q. What were the key topics of discussion that offered the most insightful information for you?
A. From the sessions I attended, I found there were a couple of topics that were very educational and impactful – “Economic Outlook for 2017” and “C-Suite Thought Leaders on the Big C’s of Healthcare: Consolidation, Convenience, and Care Continuum.” Both breakout sessions provided great exposure and meaningful insights from high-caliber speakers that helped me understand the trends in healthcare in depth.
Q. Is the conference more about networking, education or connections?
A. In my opinion, the conference provided a great setting for participants to network, for education AND making connections equally and interchangeably. The schedule of events offered various opportunities for professionals to connect and expand their network, as well as to exchange news and learnings about their companies and the healthcare industry.
Q. What were your takeaways?
A. I consider being a part of the 2017 HIDA Executive Conference as an honor and a great learning experience. I witnessed great interactions, impactful negotiations and strategy exchanges. With this being my first HIDA conference, I walked away reassured that all the companies and individuals present understand the importance of coming together to build a strong community within the industry by bringing talent, innovation and competitive edge.
Q. What networking events did you attend? How was the experience?
A. I had the pleasure of attending a few networking events – the Welcome Reception, the PWH Leadership Lunch, and the Executive Networking Dinner and After Party. Meeting professionals in such settings was a great way to strengthen existing supplier relationships and create new and lasting connections. All the individuals I met seemed genuinely engaged and excited about being a part of these events.
Q. Would you return to the conference next year?
A. Most definitely. I look forward to attending the 2018 HIDA Executive Conference. From an organizational perspective, the content and networking made the conference an invaluable experience for me.