Name: Katina Beard
Company: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Brief description of your job responsibilities: To ensure the financial, strategic and clinical goals are met to provide quality health care to the communities served by MWCHC
Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable to interact with professional women who represent the diversity of our community. As with any area, you tend to stay focused on the people in your area of expertise. By joining Cable, I knew I would meet women whom I would not otherwise have an opportunity to connect with who would help me grow personally and professionally.
What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? My personal and professional network has grown, and I have more resources to reach out to for help.
How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Cable helps you grow your professional network. For new careers, you get to meet women in your area, for mid-careers, you get to reconnect with women you’ve crossed paths with, and for end-careers, you get to see there is light on the other side.
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? The biggest challenge professional women face is the feeling of isolation. Many believe the struggles, fears and self-doubt they feel are only happening to them and no one else. The challenge is to create safe spaces for women to have real conversations of compassion and solidarity.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? My advice to a young woman starting her career is to take it slowly. Build relationships for the sake of really getting to know a person and not just because you believe it will benefit your career. I would also say to stay in learning mode; it helps renew your mind.
What was your very first job? McDonald’s. And, yes … I loved it! I worked there when I was in high school, and I still remember the sense of independence it gave me to say, “I have to go to work.” But it also gave me a different work ethic because, at that time, the “no-call-no-show-you-get-terminated” policy was in full effect.
What is a catch phrase that absolutely drives you crazy? “I’m just living the dream.” Really? My dream is to live on a beach and be able to eat doughnuts without regret.