Susan Jadlowski, CEO of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, had some advice for working ladies that could have come straight out of a Disney animated epic.
“Let it go.”
Long before the phrase was popularized by Elsa in Frozen, Jadlowski had these seven letters boldly displayed in her office to help her through decisions large and small. “I look at that at least five or six times a day,” she said.
Cards featuring this phrase were given to all the ladies who attended the second annual Women at Work luncheon on May 4, held at the hospital and hosted by McElvy Media – the parent group of The Leader newspaper.
Jadlowski served as guest speaker for the event, which cast a spotlight on women who balance career and family every day. Supporters of the event offered dinners, spa coupons and other door prizes as a way to show appreciation to nearly 100 Heights and Oak Forest area women who attended.
Jadlowski was one of them. She took the group on a quick tour of her rise through the medical profession, which started with her pursuit of a nursing career. She nearly entered a convent to become a nun until she met her future husband: “He changed my mind.”
It wasn’t long until Jadlowski found herself balancing a continuous flow of school, career and motherhood. Persistence led her into management and she is now CEO of a 260-bed hospital with 1,300 employees and 10 times that number of admissions per year.
“What I tell my granddaughter is, if you want to do something bad enough, there is always a way,” she said. “You have to find your support, surround yourself with that. It’s being focused, working through the issues and not giving up.”
She also shared a story she calls her “My Why,” as in why she comes to work every day in the health care profession. After many years away from nursing, the role was thrust upon her during Hurricane Harvey. One patient, a visiting member of the media who was electrocuted while covering the storm, became her “My Why.”
She took a personal interest in his case. He recovered and proposed to his girlfriend right there in the hospital.
Regardless of profession, job description and family construct, Jadlowski urged all the ladies out there who work to find their “My Why.”