During Women’s History Month, Kettering Health Network is celebrating the impact of all the women who support our network. The responses below came from an interview with Renee Morgan, manager of Labor and Productivity at Kettering Medical Center. Click here to see the original story, including more interviews.
What is your role and what are your responsibilities?
I am the manager of Labor and Productivity for Kettering Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center.
As a woman, have you faced any barriers in your career?
I have not faced any barriers yet. My biggest hurdle is maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
What woman has had the most influence on you, and what qualities did she possess?
I would have to say my grandmother was the greatest influence on my life. She always made sure I believed that I could do anything I put my mind to. She would always tell me that anything worth having is worth working for, which is why I have such a strong work ethic. She taught me to be a strong, independent woman and never let anyone or anything get in the way of my dreams. She instilled so many values in me that I will forever be grateful for. These are the same principles that I have instilled in my children.
What is something unique that you think women bring to our organization?
Emotional intelligence, patients, and healthy work/life balance
What value do you think inclusion brings to organizations?
It gives organizations a competitive advantage. Customer bases are always changing, which means preferences and tastes change. I believe customers are more comfortable dealing with people that they can relate to. In order to keep up with the needs and preferences of the changing customer, it is in the best interest of an organization to have these customer bases represented throughout the organization. Without inclusion, an organization would be shutting out groups that make up the new customer base, giving the competitor the edge.