mCHATS: Celebrating Maestronite Women

We were so pumped for International Women’s Day that we celebrated the entire month of March. We’re closing it out with our final mCHAT with Janice Bergeron, Corporate Controller. Be on the look out for future mCHATS, where Maestronties speak their minds and share their insights.


Any advice you can give to a woman looking to advance in her career?

  • Set aside time periodically to reflect on what is important to you, both personally and professionally, and how your goals align with those priorities. Write them down and try to set a timeline for yourself. Break down your large goals into actionable steps.

  • Celebrate your victories and don’t dwell on the setbacks. Take away what you can from those experiences and move on.

  • Quit apologizing for taking up space in this world. Be confident in your value. If you don’t feel it right away, fake it until you do.

Are there any women you look to as inspiration? 
My sisters. I admire that they have identified what is important to them and pursued paths that fit their needs. They don’t believe they have to conform to someone else’s ideals.

Tell us about a mentor that inspired you in your career.
I’ve been strongly influenced by Bob Knott, President of SWC Technology Partners. He is incredibly sharp and challenges himself and others to strive for excellence. He demonstrates a lot of passion for his work and treats team members in a very respectful, genuine way. While working with him, I had the opportunity to grow tremendously and he gave me the autonomy and support to build a stronger accounting team. He helped me realize what kind of leader I wanted to be.  

Are there any books you've read lately that helped inspire you? 

  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • Eighty Days: Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

mCHATS: Celebrating Maestronite Women

Yes, we’re still celebrating International Women’s Day. What can we say, one day just wasn’t enough and we’re having too much fun chatting with the women of Maestro Health. Our next mCHAT is with Rai Barney, Human Resources Manager.


How did you get to where you're at now?
Faith, determination, drive and a whole lot of ambition! I’ve always sought out professional development and educational opportunities. I’m always in the classroom learning something new.

Care to share any fun facts about yourself?
I won a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episode in 2010! I’m affectionally known as “Twirl Girl” in the Harpo Media community.  

What is the best career advice you've ever been given?
Stand up for yourself and help someone along the way. Be an advocate for change!

Can you tell us about a mentor that inspired you in your career?
My mentor is Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA. The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the region, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I love Dorri’s drive and determination to impact social change in the world. She is very relatable and filled with positive energy! We are both members of Oprah’s TV church, “Super Soul Sunday!”

Are there any books you’ve read lately that inspire you?
I love the Crucial Conversations book. I am also a licensed Crucial Conversations instructor and believe in the communication tools they offer for high performers when the stakes are high.

How do you get involved around your community?
I serve on the Board of Directors for the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. Our vision is to create a vibrant arts community in Chicago. I also volunteer with various non-profits within the Chicago area, providing complimentary career coaching to underserved communities.

Any advice you can give to a woman looking to advance in her career?Network, network, network! Be open to change and remain optimistic – attitude is everything!

What do you like about Maestro Health?
I love that we live our values! I see our “kindness” value in action on a daily basis in our office. My other favorite value is “humility.” When we humble ourselves, we are able to positively create the change this is needed in the world.

mCHATS: Celebrating Maestronite Women

Even though International Women’s Day was earlier this month, we’re continuing the celebration by bringing you another mCHAT. Next up is Nancy Reardon, Chief Strategy & Product Officer, who’s discussing all things career, role models and overcoming obstacles.


Any advice you can give to a woman looking to advance in her career?

  • Bloom where you are planted.

  • Be so good that no one can ignore you and the opportunities will follow.

  • If given a “seed,” grow a garden. Be an attentive listener and add value between the lines. This means being very proactive and finding your own opportunities to shine – don’t wait for your path to be paved.

  • Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions – silence assumes you know.

  • Be comfortable with who you are.

What advice do you have for men in the workplace who want to express their advocacy for women empowerment in the workplace and aren’t sure how to start?
Stealing from Nike – “Just do it.” It’s not about male or female in my opinion, it’s about leadership, teamwork and camaraderie. Male leaders should take the same approach with women as they would for a male counterpart; some of my best colleagues and advocates have been men. 

What do you like about Maestro Health? 
It begins and ends with our people – Maestronites. We hire people who possess and live by our core values: teamwork, humility, urgency, bold thought, honesty, preparedness, biz-love, fun, kindness. These are attributes you simply cannot teach.

The end result is  an expressive workforce made up of diverse opinions and backgrounds. This is what makes us stronger as a company. I feel truly privileged to work at a company that values what makes us unique – as opposed to calling out why we are different.