Healthcare Leader to Rare Disease Champion with Lisa Chengary

How can you leverage your leadership experience to advocate as a caregiver? In this captivating conversation, Lisa Chengary, Senior Director of Engagement Strategy at AbelsonTaylor and President of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Chicago Northern Suburbs Chapter, shares the arc of her journey from healthcare leader to rare disease champion. Lisa provides invaluable insights as a caregiver, the challenges of leading during a pandemic, and the importance of advocacy. Join us for this enlightening and inspiring discussion with a truly remarkable healthcare leader.


Be Open to Opportunities

  • Lisa shared what it was like to find a new role and open doors.
  • Nurture your network, it will help you find unexpected career options.
  • Creating a new path can be difficult. Find your support system to lift you up.

Personal Stories: Leading in Challenging Times

  • Discover what it was like for Lisa to become chapter President of HBA (healthcare businesswomen’s Association) Chicago Northern Suburbs Chapter when COVID-19 happened.
  • Find ways to engage with people in unexpected ways. Lisa shares several examples of how she found ways to connect with women, and it opened doorways across the country.
  • Look for ways to encourage participation and find ways people can contribute and feel valued.

3 Ways to Advocate as a Caregiver

  1. You know best. Lisa saw that her son had 14 strep tests all coming up negative over a two-year period and he still was sick. She trusted her instincts to push for more tests and find out why he was so ill.
  2. Find a support group. When a loved one is diagnosed with a rare disease, it is a continuation of the journey to find better outcomes. Having people who understand your challenges is invaluable for you and your family.
  3. Make time for yourself. Find what lifts you up and say ‘yes’ to those things and ‘no’ to things that take away from your joy.


Be A Rare Disease Champion

  • Explore clinical trials. Look at all the ways you can share disease state data for researchers to find a cure.
  • Create the best path to living the fullest life.
  • Never give up. Your journey to find answers can feel at times like there is no solution. Lisa shows the power in persistence and what is possible when we keep pushing forward.

I always say it's life balance. It's not work life balance. The things that bring me joy are the volunteering, the mentorship, the leadership opportunities, and that's what fuels me.”– Lisa Chengary


Thank you, Lisa, for being a featured guest and for inspiring us with your stories of leadership and caregiving.

This podcast is sponsored by Her Health Equity Council. Find out how you can turn stories like Lisa’s into action. Schedule a call to learn more about HerCsuite™ Leadership Programs and which program is right for you.

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