This week’s Uncharted Member Spotlight features the lovely Sara Hogan. She has brought her gifts of practice management magic to the Uncharted Community and shared her story with us in a Mic Drop at Uncharted: Staff Drama in August! Check out what she had to say in our interview!
For anyone who doesn’t know you, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a hospital manager who followed “Plan B(est)” to work at my current clinic in Arlington, VA. I grew up in the Midwest and have a strong drive towards hospitality, inclusivity and overall enthusiasm for the people in this field! An extrovert hired by brave introverts, I’ve grown to know myself even better because of the awesome people I work with.
Have you ever worked outside of the veterinary field? What was it like?
Yes, I wouldn’t recommend it. 😉
What were you looking for when you joined Uncharted?
I think you learn a lot by actively listening and communicating with people from all experience levels so I was excited to join Uncharted and do just that! This field provides you with an excuse to never stop learning and the members of Uncharted generate opportunities for us to grow at every level of our careers.
What is your current work-related goal?
To develop a reliable stream of ESP with my hospital owners, continually increase awareness of both my own and others around me for the ability to empower and support each other; abolish a person’s feeling of dread when mistakes happen and create opportunities for learning and leadership. In conclusion, world peace.
What is your end-of-workday guilty pleasure?
A glass of wine, something I’ve concocted in the kitchen and an episode of The Office and I’m a happy camper.
Tell us a story of how another Uncharted Member has helped you.
An Uncharted Member once told me that even amidst the many people you work with on a daily basis there are times a leadership position might feel lonely, and that’s part of the territory. I found the statement both simple, yet profound because I had never recognized its sentiment. Now that I do, I can approach those situations with more aptitude and balance.
What is your favorite hobby and how did you discover it? Would you recommend it to others?
A favorite hobby of mine is cooking. I discovered it when extremely hungry one day in college and have never looked back. I have a very basic food blog that I started five years ago, though I rarely have time for it currently. I cook to unwind in the evenings and do so every day during the week and on Sundays. I also love reading about the wine regions of the world.
Do you have a dream for your career? What is it?
My dream is to build a deeper visionary component into my current role and pair it more heavily with the responsibility to inspire and connect. Also, to empower people in the field to push their boundaries and find added success and meaning. I’d also like to become more active in groups like Uncharted where shared ideas are valued and the ability to source information and support is encouraged!
You can join the Uncharted community and meet people like Sara by visiting www.UnchartedVet.com and registering to become a member!