When it comes to succeeding in the workplace, women should always speak up when they see opportunities, according to Mary Sue Patchett. She is the Executive Vice President of Community and Field Operations for Brookdale Senior Living, and was featured as a panelist at the annual Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference, held earlier this month. The panel discussion was called Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Success Stories from the Top.
Patchett shared with the audience that the path to leadership in senior living has many different starting points, that you don’t have to be a healthcare administrator. You can move up with a business degree, or sales, or food & beverage. She said there are lots of avenues for advancement.
Patchett also shared that the key is perseverance and resilience. She said that you should never count yourself out. There’s always someone else ready to count you out, so make a play for whatever opportunities you see.
Patchett has over 30 years of senior care and housing experience serving in leadership roles. She was an integral part of the team that created the assisted living industry’s first trade association, ALFA (now known as Argentum) and currently serves on the Argentum board, and a founding faculty member of the ALFA Institute, created to educate administrators. She also was the driving force behind the creation of today’s Florida Senior Living Association, is past Chair of the FL-ALFA board and served for many years on the foundation board for the Retirement Housing Council.