Leslie Snavely, Senior Vice President, Marketing at CHG Healthcare Services
Years in staffing: 6
Fun fact: Leslie first learned about CHG Healthcare from Fortune’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” – and only months later started leading the team that manages the submission for this prestigious award each year. After an impressive career working for CPG powerhouses like PepsiCo and P&G, Leslie embraced the opportunity to work in services and is enjoying it more than she ever imagined.
After 15 consecutive #womenINstaffing Wednesday interviews with women averaging over 20 years of staffing experience, I was excited to get Leslie’s perspective after 6 years in this industry. Below are highlights from our conversation which further illustrate the true rewards that come from working in staffing: delivering a service that truly impacts people’s lives while working alongside a great team.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
In my first job out of college, I was fortunate to work for a great leader that I still consider a mentor. He coached me to be authentic about what I know and what I don’t know—and to be inquisitive about the things I don’t know, ask questions with good intent and really learn. Whatever you don’t know, just keep trying to learn more. These lessons were very impactful for me and I now focus on staying authentic and always learning.
Can you share one of your proudest career moments?
I feel really lucky to have had great experiences throughout my career. One moment that I won’t forget is when we won the Fortune #3 “Best Company to Work For” award in 2013. At CHG, we put a lot of effort into creating a company that is a best place to work. My team is in charge of the essay submission—writing about the culture and telling the unique CHG stories that are included. I remember vividly the morning of the award announcement, thinking about the hard work that went into the submission and anxiously waiting to see the result. I woke up at 5:00 a.m. MT when the award was published online and started scanning. After being recognized at #9 the previous year, I started there and scrolled through the pages and couldn’t find us. I finally started at the beginning and was so proud to see CHG at #3 knowing the years and years of work that had gone into building the culture. It was a really fun and meaningful day for the entire company.
You’re relatively new to staffing. What excites you about this industry?
What I love most about staffing is that it’s built on human relationships and service. We build relationships in all aspects of healthcare, partnering with hospitals and physicians to make a huge impact. It’s incredible to work with physicians to educate them on their career opportunities, and provide insights for our hospital partners to ensure they have the best team in place. I’ve found myself way more invested than I ever thought I would be. This is so different than past marketing roles I’ve held and I enjoy the tangible impact you can make.
If you had to give advice to your 21 year old self graduating from college, what would you say?
- Don’t pretend. Early in your career, it’s tempting to act like you know more than you do. I needed a great leader to give me that advice, and it took me longer than I thought to actually execute it. Instead of pretending, ask a lot of questions.
- As a woman, don’t be scared in male-dominated environments. Be confident and walk through that door. I should have stepped through doors much earlier than I did.
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