The Chairman’s Award 2023: Gaby Bedoya
The Chairman’s Award is Tanner’s highest accolade. It is awarded to the associate who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our team and our partners, and exemplifies our Tanner values of determined and tenacious, resourceful and creative, and responsive and caring to further enable us to pursue our mission to improve patient lives through access to medicine.
This year’s Chairman’s Award goes to Gaby Bedoya! Learn more about Gaby below.
You were just promoted to Sales and Business Development Manager for TannerGAP. What do you do in your new role?
I lead an incredible team that works and builds partnerships with downstream stakeholders, such us hospitals, clinics, NGOs, ministries of health, distributors and others, to deliver therapies to those with unmet medical needs.
How have you built confidence and/or resiliency over the course of your career?
I believe part of it comes naturally by loving what I do, but I have also had great mentors and inspiring leaders throughout my career; Lisa Marie Sherman, Lorena Mora, Maryori Alvarenga, Jonathan Bracey, Somer Hamrick and John Lagus to name a few.
Tell us about a mentor who made an impact on you or set you on your present path.
There is a quote from Craig Groeschel that says “We don’t need a title to lead. We just need to care. People would rather follow a leader with a heart than a leader with a title.” That’s Maryori Alvarenga. She has been a mentor to me throughout my career at Tanner and is someone that I look up to who inspires me to be better. There are not enough words to describe how grateful I am to have such an incredible and inspirational leader.
How do you balance career, personal life and passions?
My biggest motivator to keep a work-life balance is my grandmother. She is 90 years old and still works out and plays with her great grandkids. I love my job and I can easily lose track of time, but I do have a three-year-old daughter who keeps me on my toes, and she is in different activities such as swim and ballet which makes me leave on time to take her to those activities and I do look forward to seeing her progression. I also create “me time” by allocating time during the day to concentrate on myself and workout.
What does winning The Chairman’s Award mean to you?
Winning this award means a lot to me. To be recognized amongst my peers and colleagues—it makes me feel honored and humbled. Winning this award was also a win for my whole team, not just me.
If you could leave one mark on Tanner, what would it be?
To bring out the very best on my team and for them to be successful.