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A Note from Shelley

MEDICAL STUDENTS | GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENCY EXPENSES

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (April 15, 2021) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Medical Students, Grants are Now Available for Residency Expenses

Comprehensive Medical Mentoring Program (CMMP) is aware that applying to residency can be a daunting process which can also become more stressful given the associated expenses that come with it.

Therefore, they are providing grants up to $1,000 for rising 4th-year minority medical students as they are preparing for away rotations and residency applications.

If you are a rising 4th-year medical school student applying for residency for the 2022-2023 academic year and a member of an underrepresented group in medicine, fill out your application today!

The application deadline is May 15, 2021.

Apply Today: https://sanovaworks.com/CMMP-medical-student-grant

 

CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE IS GOING VIRTUAL

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (April 7, 2021) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Every spring, we gather to support the Skin Cancer Foundation at the Champions for Change Gala. Last year due to COVID-19, the Gala was canceled. That’s why it’s important to attend, support and donate to the Skin Cancer Foundation this year.

THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION GALA

Champions for Change

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6:30 pm EDT

REGISTER FOR EVENT

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Champions for Change Gala

The annual Champions for Change Gala is The Skin Cancer Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Proceeds from the Gala support the Foundation’s lifesaving educational campaigns, community programs, and research initiatives.

This year, the Foundation is excited to announce the Gala is going virtual!

Guests can expect a jam-packed event, highlighting the Foundation’s work and the significance of the support of our donors, partners, members, and community, all from the comfort of their homes.

Gala attendees include Skin Cancer Foundation donors, industry and physician allies, celebrity supporters, members of the media, and families impacted by the disease.

“I look forward to the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Annual Gala every year since 2002 when I was a Mohs fellow with my mentor, Dr. Perry Robins. The Gala is a time for dermatologists to come together with colleagues, scientists, members of the beauty and media industries, celebrities, and friends in a collective effort to raise awareness about sun protection and skin cancer awareness. While this year we will be physically distanced, we can come together in spirit to achieve our mission!” Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D.

The Foundation is grateful to host this event in a new format this year and raise funds that help save and improve lives!

 

Shelley Tanner Skin Cancer Foundation Champions for Change Gala

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION | TIPS FROM A MEDIATION EXPERT

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (March 31, 2021) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Conflict is a part of daily life. Sometimes we wake in conflict. Our alarm goes off, we need coffee, our inbox is overflowing, and our boss, employee, or associate isn’t communicating quickly, clearly, or at all. Conflict arises, diffuses, or escalates, based on our individual approach to the situation. 

A leadership role often comprises dealing with conflict. Each situation is unique, however, it can indicate a larger issue in a company or organization. These are the things I’ve experienced in my career and my leadership role at SanovaWorks. 

In the past year, I’ve had the good fortune to meet Vickie Williams, a conflict resolution expert. I’ve enjoyed many conversations with Vickie about conflict resolution and how individuals and companies can respond appropriately. Vickie generously agreed to share her wisdom and insights on how to resolve conflict, and why conflict isn’t bad, it’s actually necessary. 

SHELLEY: What are your top tips or suggestions to mitigate the situation when conflict arises?

VICKIE: I have 8 steps that I suggest when conflict is present. 

  1. 5-second rule: In 5 seconds if what you are about to say or do, is harmful to yourself, others or the world around you –do not do it.
  2. Know the outcome that you seek. Why are you having this conversation? What do you seek to gain or learn from this conversation?
  3.  Timing. Just because you want to have the conversation, be mindful that it may not be the right time to have it. Take a temperature check on your attitude. Are you angry? Are you emotional? Is the other party angry or emotional? Take a minute, gather your thoughts and let everyone cool out.
  4. Tone. Manage your tone. Do not get loud or snarky. You have identified the outcome that you are seeking, tailor your conversation to that effect.
  5. Patience. The difficult conversation may need to be revisited. Be patient. Know what you can live without to get to a solution that meets most of what is important to you.
  6. Be open, flexible, and fluid; but know your limits.
  7. No is a complete sentence. No explanation or permission is necessary to disengage with a conversation or person if the engagement causes you stress, pain, or trauma.
  8. Lastly are you prepared for the other party’s action, inaction, or reaction?

SHELLEY: How do you build and maintain relationships?

VICKIE: Ask the question. If there is confusion seek clarity. Boundaries are important. Ensure that you understand that you control them. Communication is critical, say what you need and want and convey them by your actions. Trust is the most important part of any relationship. It is easy to break and hard to regain.

SHELLEY: Is relationship building different in the age of COVID-19?

VICKIE: Yes, it is different –but not difficult.

SHELLEY: When do you know it’s time to call in the experts regarding conflict resolution?

VICKIE: In a personal setting it is when the pain hits you deep and you feel lost. In a business setting, ask yourself the following question:  Are your employees exhibiting the following behaviors? Excessive absenteeism, excessive tardiness?

And are your employees, leaving, disengaged, gossiping, not cooperating, breaking rules, and/or disrespectful?

What is important to note is that at some time or another every workplace will experience some of these issues. It is not the issue in itself that determines when you should bring in an outside consultant, it is the degree and duration of these incidents that raise a red flag.

SHELLEY: What are your final thoughts about conflict?

VICKIE: Conflict is not bad. Conflict is not good. Conflict is necessary. Please do not be afraid of conflict, it can assist parties to identify issues that need to be resolved. Lastly, a mediator is a professional and adheres to the process. The mediator is neutral and not on anyone’s side. Therefore this can be a very equitable process.

Vickie is an entrepreneur. She created OPN-Door Communications; a mediation, conflict coaching and training firm. OPN-Door Communications was developed to help businesses and families resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, build relationships, retain relationships, maintain relationships, preserve relationships, and sever relationships with dignity and diplomacy.

Vickie believes that education is key to your success. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from her beloved, Elizabeth City State University, Master’s in Public Administration from Old Dominion University, and four certifications in Mediation with the Virginia Supreme Court.

Connect with Vickie 

Phone: (757) 816-4478

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STATEMENT REGARDING JANUARY 6, 2021

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (January 14, 2021) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

On January 6, 2021, the unthinkable happened. Our Democracy was attacked at our House, the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. We condemn those actions and those who instigated them in the strongest possible way. Last week’s unacceptable and inexcusable violence at the Capitol shows clearly that the lies and conspiracy theories of a fraudulent 2020 presidential election, perpetuated by elected officials, is not only a reprehensible effort to subvert our Democracy but is dangerous in so many other ways. Our country is weeping. 

After witnessing the violence and speaking individually to staff, friends, and colleagues I sent the below message to our company. I remain committed to my Team and the values and morals that our company and this country are built on. We will get through this, and we will be stronger for it.

Hi Everyone,

It is hard to know what to say but I do know that “this” is not okay.  What happened in the Capitol yesterday is not okay.  It was an act of insurrection and terrorism to our Democracy that has given me a lot to reflect upon and process.

We witnessed a very different show of resistance when you juxtapose it with the protests earlier this year.

No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol.” President-Elect Joe Biden on Twitter this afternoon.

The double standard is not okay. We should not forget about this as we move forward. We must stay committed to action to ensure this is not the case. Period.

That said, yesterday was a bad day for America.  It was a bad day for us all. It was a bad day for many things.  And while the raid on our Capitol, on our Democracy, was not okay – I want you all to know that it is 100% okay to not be okay.  If you need the time and space to cope with yesterday’s events, please let me or your manager know – and we will, of course, make accommodations for you. If you need specific support, please also let us know.

While I am disheartened, after taking a breath, I remain hopeful for a better, more perfect nation.  We are resilient.  We are strong.  And we are better than this. I believe it. Let’s prove it.

Shelley

Giving Tuesday

GIVING TUESDAY AT SANOVAWORKS

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (December 1, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

As we begin to close the year that was 2020 out, I have so much gratitude and admiration for Team Sanova. The work they do every day at their jobs is the highest quality and gets results for our clients. Through a pandemic, home-schooling, personal and familial health challenges, increased workload transitioning our events to virtual meetings, for the health and safety of all–Team Sanova has risen to the occasion and is an example and role model for other work families. I am truly humbled to lead this group of exceptional people.

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, I would like to kick-off SanovaWorks’ Giving Month initiatives.

SanovaWorks Giving Tuesday and Beyond Initiatives

The end of the year and the holiday season is a great time to give and share your good fortune with those in need.  Supporting individuals and families not only helps them, but it is a gift to us to do something positive and to spread good cheer.  

Donate TOYS, BOOKS & COATS this Holiday Season

This year we will donate toys, books, and coats to the Morris Heights Health Center which is a tremendous organization located in the Bronx that provides free and low-cost health care and an array of other services.  MHHC is close to our hearts; we have worked with them for the past 12 years, and several of the Team have volunteered there, including Luciana Nofal who used to coordinate their Reach Out and Read program as an AmeriCorps VISTA.  With the pandemic, their services are more important now than ever before.

MHHC reports that they are still sharing warmth to their pediatric patients this year, and that they’re being very strategic and safe in the way they distribute donations. She expressed that they would be grateful for anything we can give – but especially for children under 5 years old. Tragically MHHC has seen an increase in patients who are living in shelters this season, so every little bit helps!

Giving Tuesday Donation to Hope for New York, His Toy Store Reimagined

Again this year SanovaWorks also made a donation to the following organization, which provides NYC families in deep financial need with basic needs and toys during the Christmas season: Hope for New York. Their goal is to fundraise $155,000 to be distributed to 42,000 families in need. 

Invitation to Participate in the Gift Exchange 

Team Sanova is a work-family so we always give our team the opportunity to join a group gift exchange. We will do it virtually this year, instead of at our holiday gathering. If you want to spread a little cheer and camaraderie with your colleagues, it’s a great way to express yourself through a thoughtful gift. 

With gratitude,

Shelley

Shelley Tanner, President / CEO, SanovaWorks

TEAM SANOVA SAFELY HELPING OTHERS ON VOLUNTEER DAY 2020

By | A Note from Shelley


NEW YORK, (October 9, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Volunteer Day at SanovaWorks was Friday, September 25th.

SanovaWorks was closed on this day so team members were free to participate.

Safely Helping Others

We wanted to make sure that our team were supported in their efforts to volunteer amid a pandemic and following COVID safety guidelines. We provided all the recommended reminders: “if you decide to volunteer in-person, please stay safe by wearing a mask, social distancing by 6 feet where possible, and washing your hands thoroughly and regularly.”

Our team reported back on how they were about to participate in deeply inspiring, and safe, ways.

SanovaWorks Volunteer Day 2020

Courtney Cruickshank – On Friday, Brynn and I participated in ‘Save the Great South Bay‘ and cleaned up the beach in front of the Fire Island Lighthouse. It’s our second year in a row doing it, and we were happy to help rid the bay of plastics, balloons, and trash — and it’s a great socially distanced activity!

Signe Pihlstrand – I wrote 10 letters to seniors in senior residential facilities, and will be sending them off today to CMMP, who will send them to seniors in Louisiana or the Washington DC area. I told them about myself and my life, thoughts on life, sent some jokes, talked about the weather, and let them know that someone is thinking of them and that I’m glad they are safe and well during the pandemic. Hoping to send some good cheer and a chuckle to some seniors!

Sarah Shaak – I spent the day planning an hour long yoga class (talks and sequence) for stress relief in the pandemic. This was my first teaching attempt. YouTube Video coming soon!

Dana TurnerI helped [my son] Ashton’s class virtually by taking small groups on zoom and doing their daily reading so the teacher has a little help. She definitely needs it with 11 kindergarteners on Zoom all day long!

Lauren Schumacher – I sent e-mails and made phone calls to encourage people to sign up for Mental Health Colorado’s Tribute Gala. There will be some great silent auction items and it’s free to sign up! I also contacted businesses to try and get more silent auction items for our school fundraiser this year.

Thanks to Team Sanova, and everyone who takes time to give back in meaningful ways.

Shelley

Shelley Tanner, President / CEO, SanovaWorks

VOLUNTEER DAY 2020 AT SANOVAWORKS

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (September 10, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Volunteer Day at SanovaWorks is Friday, September 25th

SanovaWorks will be closed on September 25 so that team members are free to participate in Volunteer Day.

Our Team has worked at the Bowery Mission for many years on Volunteer Day. We certainly encourage participation, but more importantly we want everyone to stay safe and healthy.  We created an internal space where team members can share volunteer ideas that are compliant with COVID safety guidelines: e.g. virtual volunteering, pen paling, phone calling, etc. 

We’ve reminded our Team, if they do decide to volunteer in-person, please stay safe by wearing a mask, social distancing by 6 feet where possible, and washing hands thoroughly and regularly.

Phonebanking

Census phonebanking is extremely important and is an opportunity that only comes around every 10 years. This is the NYC census phonebank volunteer page, but I am sure an equivalent exists in most communities.

How to get involved with virtual volunteering

The Idealist shares some great insights here and highlights some established virtual volunteering programs at the United Nations, Red Cross, and Smithsonian Institute.

Letters of Love campaign

Comprehensive Medical Mentoring Program (CMMP) whom we are partnering with on Skin of Color Update Virtual 2020, hosts a Letters of Love campaign on their website. You can send cards with cheerful messages to seniors in senior living centers, and e-cards to children in children’s hospitals.

VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is an organization that matches passion and talent with important causes. They have hundreds of virtual volunteering experiences–something for everyone. They’ve also created a COVID-19 hub specifically for coronavirus volunteer opportunities. Learn about virtual volunteer opportunities here, and visit the COVID-19 hub here.

DoSomething.org

The largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change. View their campaigns.

Volunteer Day 2020 is more important than ever

Volunteer Day this year is more important than ever.  Let’s face it, 2020 has been testing our limits. Volunteer Day is an opportunity for each of us to help make our communities a little brighter, and our world a little better. 

We hope to inspire others to take a day for service.

Shelley Tanner, President / CEO, SanovaWorks

VOTE.

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (September 7, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Time to Vote

SanovaWorks will join many other companies and give Election Day as a day off work. It’s time to vote. We encourage our employees to vote and be part of the process. Know what platforms you support, and take the action to make your voice heard through your vote. It’s empowering. And yes, the Presidential elections are of utmost importance, but down ballot races are just as important –so it’s good to know where candidates stand on the issues that are important to everyone; environmental protections, social justice, pandemic response, international relations, and the global and national economies.

Register to Vote

Getting involved in political elections means a bit of research. I’ve tried to include some links that will help you find your way to register to vote in your local, state, and federal elections coming up. 

Vote America

Find answers to common questions about voting in the United States. 

State by State Summary of Voting Leave Statues

Aussie Expat to NYC Resident

I became a US Citizen in 2010. I had been living in NYC for almost ten years and was finally able to obtain citizenship. I celebrated my first 4th of July with my Australian friend and travel mate, Michelle in 1998, way before I decided to move to New York to plant myself firmly and establish my roots in what I thought was the greatest city on Earth.

Here I am now, running a company of empowered employees that think results matter — like I do. 

Cheers,

Shelley

Shelley Tanner, President / CEO, SanovaWorks

SanovaWorks remote work structure allows team members the flexibility for work life balance, which is highly effective in work quality and commitment. 

{ PHOTO | Our First 4th of July  | 1998 | Mission Beach | San Diego } 

 

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (July 22, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

The effects of COVID-19 are still manifesting in US households, communities, and markets. The workforce is adjusting to furlough, dismissal, and/or remote worker life. These effects are likely to continue through 2020, and beyond. The long term effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of practitioners and support staff are now part of the conversation and discussion of how we move forward. 

WATCH SAFELY REOPENING SAFELY REOPENING DERM PRACTICES

Whether you are on furlough, updating your resume, or comfortable and confident in your current role, communication in the age of COVID-19 looks different than anytime in our history. We are writing the book on how to manage business during a pandemic. The age of COVID and guidelines about safe distancing certainly have changed work life for many people, not only in the US, but across the globe as well. With adjustments to how we “show-up” for work, many companies have now transitioned to operating remotely. New systems and processes are being created to accommodate remote work and establish safe distancing and protection guidelines. 

READ MENTAL HEALTH IN THE AGE OF COVID19

Effective communication during a global pandemic

Step one for effectively communicating during a global pandemic, make sure you have a good internet provider and a strong connection because you are going to need it. We rely on video conferencing and bandwidth for effective communication more than ever now. If you have connection problems, it’s time to fix them. 

Follow up is essential

Don’t forget to follow up after an interview, a meeting, or a chance encounter with someone in your network. Writing a personal note is essential to remind them of the conversation, to stay at the top of their mind and to stand out from the crowd. You can even go a step further than an email communication with a personal note on a unique one of a kind card. Who does that anymore? You will certainly get someone’s attention with something chosen especially for them. 

READ COMMUNICATING WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH

When and how

If you are adapting to a remote work life during the pandemic, then you need to know the two most important aspects of communication. Working remotely requires clear communication and expectations. Setting up guidelines for when and how to communicate is important.

Signe Philstrand explains, “It’s not productive to be bombarded with IMs and emails throughout the day, and radio silence can leave you wondering if anything is getting accomplished. Set up a clear plan for when you expect to hear from your staff, or colleagues – for instance, a 15-minute touch-base call every morning, emails returned within 24-hours, or maybe a daily end-of-day report from your staff. Pick the ways that your team will communicate and get everyone on the same tools. You don’t want to have to check numerous places for messages. Decide what is communicated by each. Short, occasional messages are best for IMs, while longer messages can be via email – while longer yet should be done in a conversation by video chat.

READ REMOTE WORK AND BENEFITS OF VIDEO CONFERENCE

As we all make the necessary adjustments to type, frequency, and tools, we should remember, that clear communication is the most effective communication. And don’t forget sincerity and a personal touch go a long way.

Be well,

Shelley

COMMUNICATING WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (July 3, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Communicating with a personal handwritten note or letter is becoming a thing of the past. Fast paced, emoji packed, short text and acronym driven digital communications are the current trends in getting your message out. I’m all for staying current and riding the waves of progress; however, I believe that a personal touch goes a long way. 

Personal and handwritten or unique one of a kind cards 

Either a personal handwritten note with a thoughtful message or a one-of-a-kind card, conveys a wish to cultivate a deeper more meaningful relationship. There are certain types of communications we all know require a more personal touch. Invitations to special events, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation wishes, condolences and messages of sympathy, all require a personal message, from the giver to the receiver. The time and effort taken, in these particular types of communications are always self-evident. 

In my leadership role at SanovaWorks, I am consistently impressed with short meaningful communications from peers, team members, interviewees, and others that I interact with. When they follow up on a meeting, conversation, or interview, with a personal communication that recalls something we spoke of, a promise to reconnect, or just a simple note to check in and say” hi, how are things?”, I experience the value in cultivating that relationship. 

Meet Erika Burnett, CEO & Creative Designer A Single Suggestion

A Philadelphia entrepreneur, Erika is the CEO and Creative Designer at A Single Suggestion. Erika creates handcrafted cards for people who love to make others feel special. 

“A couple years into running the business, I found out that creating cards was relative to my passion for making others feel special and giving their heart something to remember. In other words, I want others to feel, like I feel when someone does something special for me.” – Erika Burnett

Erika’s mission “to rekindle person-to-person intimacy through handwritten notes, one card at a time” is a true inspiration, especially considering the current state of affairs, the need for social distancing and wearing masks. We may need to adjust our styles of communicating now and in the future, but one constant is that the impact of a personal message or note is immeasurable. It’s actually a gift that keeps on giving. Every time you write a sincere, personal communication, in whatever medium you choose, it’s guaranteed to have a positive impact on the receiver. 

Follow Erika and learn more about A Single Suggestion

TWITTER @ASingleSuggest

INSTAGRAM @a_single_suggestion

FACEBOOK.com/ASingleSuggestion

JUNETEENTH

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (June 15, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

In the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd, and the swell of the social justice movement Black Lives Matter, we are witnessing a watershed moment in time. Things are changing. People are, finally, paying attention. Statues are coming down and confederate flags are banned in the very environment they once flew proudly. Symbols of racism, oppression and hundreds of years of suffering; they are no longer welcome in the “land of the free.”

Many people agree that these actions are welcome — and long overdue. Other steps are being taken to properly acknowledge the history of Black Americans in this country. It’s the right direction, but still a long way to go. Reform and change are necessary, when progress is to be achieved. 

BLACK LIVES MATTER, A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19, which is commemorated as African Americans’ Independence Day. This pivotal year marks the 155th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States in 1865.

“June 19th is the anniversary of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved African Americans in Texas, the last Confederate State to have the proclamation announced. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, and the American Civil War had largely ended with the defeat of the Confederate States in April, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.” Wikipedia

Currently, forty-seven of fifty US states recognize 6/19 as Juneteenth, either in the form of a state holiday, ceremonial holiday, or a day of observance. As we have seen these past weeks, change is happening, so we can expect the other states to fall in line with this recognition that is long overdue.

This year and every year going forward, SanovaWorks and its affiliates will acknowledge Juneteenth as a company wide holiday. SanovaWorks isn’t the first company or organization to commemorate Juneteenth, but we hope to inspire other businesses in Dermatology and other professional communities to follow suit.

Juneteenth Celebrations

Johnson House is holding a Virtual Juneteenth Celebration

Johnson House is of historical significance because it was a stop on the Underground Railroad that functioned to transport runaway slaves from the South to the North where they could be free. Harriett Tubman, an Abolitionist, is reported to have visited the Johnson House.

Food for the Body, Food for the Soul

Black Heritage Trail New Hampshire

Live Streamed Cooking Demonstration, African Drumming Live Streamed from the Portsmouth African Burying Ground, A Virtual Concert, & A Virtual Community Dialogue Featuring Special Guest Adrian Miller

I encourage you to do a search to find a Juneteenth Day celebration that inspires you to take part.

As I personally take a very long pause and acknowledge my own privilege and lack of awareness, in this age of radical and needed change, I encourage my Team, and anyone reading this, and anyone I encounter, to celebrate and acknowledge Juneteenth, a profound day, inspiring hope, and reflection.

Shelley Tanner
President/CEO

Resources

Juneteenth.com

Wikipedia

Emancipation Proclamation 

BLACK LIVES MATTER | A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (June 3, 2020) –  Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

The below was sent to the employees of SanovaWorks.

This is an issue we should all be aware of, we should all be engaged in, and we should all be actively fighting together against for a solution. Each company, as a collective of humans, has a responsibility to do everything we can to protect our fellow humans and ensure that we all have access to the things we hold dear. We cannot stand by knowing that our fellow Americans are being targeted unjustly from all angles.

On the heels of the global and national devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, we are witness to the glaring evidence of an epidemic that has existed for hundreds of years in the USA, and that is the systematic racism and injustice against black Americans. The devastation that results from this affects lives in literally every facet: education, careers, health, families, finances, safety, etc.

The pandemic unveiled in clear numbers the disparity between black and white communities in this country, where only 13% of the population are African American, yet represent 23% of the deaths. In some states, like Georgia, African Americans make up little more than 30% of the population, yet almost 50% of deaths are from within this group.

On May 25th this year George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis who is also a brother, a cousin, a nephew, a friend, a boyfriend, a son, and a fellow human, was murdered in a horrific incident that has reinvigorated people to stand up and say that this is not acceptable, spurring the nationwide protests that are not only just, but also necessary to demand change for a reality that has been accepted through complacency and inaction.

What can we do?

I, for one, have not done nearly enough and in this I am and have been the problem.

For our employees who are impacted by this, we need to support you. As a team and your friends we are here to back you up.

If you don’t already know how you can personally help, I hope you will take the time to learn what we can all be doing at this time to be a part of the solution. You might feel helpless or overwhelmed by this matter, and feel like there is nothing you can do, but this is part of the problem. Doing nothing is a choice and an action. The support we show for one another matters. One of my friends sent me this article on the weekend, for which I was extremely grateful, as it outlines many things we can all be doing for racial justice.

READ What White People Can do for Racial Justice

President Barack Obama

On June 1, President Obama published an article on how he believes we can use what is happening now as a turning point for real change that is definitely worth the read. In this article there is a link to a very detailed report and toolkit developed while he was in office by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with a dedicated site of resources and organizations to learn about and get involved with.

READ How to Make this Moment The Turning Point for Real Change

Grassroots Organizations

Below is a list of grassroots organizations supporting this cause. I have personally donated, and I encourage you all to consider doing the same. There are many more that I have read about and perhaps that speak to you more personally. I encourage you to look up some of these groups and read about what they are doing.

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home

https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/

On Wednesday June 3rd

We as a company will take a moment of silence at 1:30pm ET to reflect on these injustices, and how we personally might help. I would like us all to pause together and show solidarity. For those who choose to sit on their own, know we are with you.

Going forward

I am committed to ensuring that this is not the end of the conversation for SanovaWorks. We are committed to increasing our network and recruiting to include a bigger pool of qualified candidates of color and expanding leadership roles to Black candidates. Stay tuned for more information and please get in touch with me directly if you have thoughts on this. I welcome all ideas and feedback.

And finally. To ALL of our friends of color: know that we see you, we appreciate you, and we will do everything we can to support you.

Shelley N. Tanner
President/CEO

@NAACP on Instagram

Letter to State & Local Representatives – Share by SanovaWorks Team Member, Lindsay O’Connor.

MENTAL HEALTH IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (May 26, 2020) –  – Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Everything has changed; and it will never be the same. How we adapt and move on will determine many things about our future personal, and professional lives. SanovaWorks has been a 100% remote company for many years now. While many things about our focus and priorities have changed, the thing that hasn’t changed is our adaptability and our success with a flexible and remote work culture.

See our Diary of a Remote Company Series

Now that we are well into month three of social distancing and quarantine guidelines, the physical and mental impact of the worry, and anxiety, are being felt across our industry and many others. Companies are responding with increased internal support, and available resources for their employees. In the uncertain world we currently live in, mental health is a major concern for many people. With all the added worries, and concerns of financial, and physical health, you have a recipe for mental and physical suffering, in the form of stress. 

SanovaWorks and the Mental Health Support Plan

Managing stress in healthy ways is an ongoing conversation at SanovaWorks. We have implemented several initiatives that offer tools that are designed to reduce stress and give our Team time to recoup, so they are never feeling that work is too much for them to handle, with all that life is demanding, right now. 

Guided Meditation – SanovaWorks offers guided and recorded meditations for use by all teams at all times.

Mental Health Day – SanovaWorks closed the company for a day in May and will close for a day in June. It really meant so much to our Team to be able to turn off their notifications, not have to check email, and just relax and properly rejuvenate. 

COVID -19 Resources – SanovaWorks provided a resource document with a variety of links and information for adults and parents and we also made sure our team knew to where to look for their local resources.  

Flexible scheduling – We already have a very flexible culture for schedules. Our Team isn’t bound by a 9 – 5 routine, however we moved meeting schedules to ensure that all people who had a restricted schedule because of COVID-19 were able to work around their specific needs.

Giving back to the dermatology community

In response to COVID – 19 the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) in partnership with SanovaWorks, Derm In-Review, Next Steps in Derm, ODAC and Skin of Color Update, hosted two webinars that are specific to the topic of mental health. 

COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Dermatologists and Dermatology Practices

COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Team Members  

The Invisible Impact on Dermatologists and Dermatology Practices was moderated by Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD (Board Certified Dermatologist & Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Yardley Dermatology Associates); and included panelists Evan Rieder, MD (Board Certified Dermatologist & Psychiatrist, NYU Langone Health); Paul Jarrod Frank, MD (Chief Medical Officer & Founder, PFRANKMD), and Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD (Founder, Entière Dermatology).

As Dr. Fried explained COVID – 19 is having an invisible impact, “[the] invisible virus, visible virus, the invisible impact. It’s almost an ironic thing that COVID – 19 is so invisible yet stepping into [NYC] or other major cities throughout the states and beyond, it’s quite visible– invisible virus but stepping into the psyche and into the functional status of some many clinicians– it’s invisible, but very very visible.”

Dr. Evan Rieder, Board Certified Dermatologist & Psychiatrist, NYU Langone Health gave the following tips along with insight and encouragement to our audience.

If you are stressed out : 

  1. Dedicate time to worry – 20 minutes a day, and start a worry journal.
  2. Limit exposure to things that increase worry, example, limit news, certain people and social media and other triggers.
  3. Identify productive vs unproductive worry, i.e, what you can change and what you can’t change – paying a bill vs. the nature of the corona virus, what’s happening to economy who is wearing a mask. 
  4. Try not to compare yourself to others – hard to do, limit stressors like social media that foster comparison.
  5. Exercise
  6. Limit sugar and caffeine
  7. Slow down your breathing
  8. Practice mindfulness, and meditation
  9. Pilates or yoga
  10. Aroma therapy or a simple skin care experience of mindfulness

Other ways to free your mind of anxieties and unproductive worries are apps like Insight timer, and others that use guided imagery to lead the user to experience the beach, mountains or wherever you like. 

A unique and sobering perspective from our Derm community

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, Chief Medical Officer & Founder, PFRANKMD shared his tips for our listeners. Dr. Frank contracted and recovered from COVID – 19. His experience and unique perspective, and insight were a sobering addition to the panel. Dr. Frank’s advice to people listening was to always appreciate and focus on your teams. “It’s important to streamline your practice.” and build emotional slack and protection for yourself. Keep more money in the bank and have team leaders. 

What’s your silver lining?

Each experience of adversity is an opportunity to find a silver lining. Regarding COVID – 19, Dr. Frank stated that streamlining of patient care with no over booking, and no crowed waiting rooms is definitely a positive result.

Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, Founder, Entière Dermatology in New York City had to shut down her new practice due to COVID – 19. Dr. Levin shared her thoughts on the positive impact that COVID – 19 has had on the environment, sustainability, and the resultant ‘slowing down’ that has occurred across the world. 

My silver lining

My personal silver lining is an increased feeling of gratitude for all of Team Sanova. Our Team has risen to the occasion. While I know that our small company has felt the personal and professional impact of COVID – 19, I also witness the level of resiliency that each Team member exhibits. I’m proud to lead this team.

Shelley Tanner,

CEO/President SanovaWorks

Watch both webinars 

COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Dermatologists and Dermatology Practices 

COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Team Members  

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GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEW ADVENTURE

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (May 12, 2020) – Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

FROM ALL US AT TEAM SANOVA

It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a coworker and friend. Janel Doyle, you will be greatly missed, and we wish you much happiness in your new venture. Janel embodies the ability to balance professionalism with fun. These two traits are evident in all that Janel does. She is a wonderful advocate for clients, representing their needs and wishes across our entire organization, and has been a pillar of strength for the brands she represents. 

Janel was so good at her job she was hired twice for it! 

Janel is a rare individual who takes every goal and challenge head-on. She is a skilled sales professional and has shown the dermatology client community all the things that ODAC, SOCU and SanovaWorks accomplishes or plans to accomplish. 

Over the years, Janel has developed and maintained close relationships with our clients. Each year, growing those relationships stronger and deeper. She is very engaging and talented. We have watched her deal with some very difficult situations. Throughout all, she was able to maintain the highest level of industry trust, evident through repeat and increased business.  

[Janel] the passion and enthusiasm you bring to every project is palpable! Wishing you lots of luck and happiness in your new adventure! 

The thing that stands out about Janel Doyle the most is her strong professional demeanor – her ability to stay smooth, level-headed, and polished at all times, even in the stressful setting of a conference. Her sales ability and how well she connects with clients is really her claim to fame, and her new team is lucky to get her! 

Janel will be missed at SanovaWorks.

Shelley Tanner, CEO / President, SanovaWorks

DERMATOLOGY INDUSTRY JOINS FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (May 7, 2020) –  – Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

COVID-19 continues to be a major pandemic which is changing they way we live and work. Our company, SanovaWorks, is responding by hosting webinars and sharing what a working at remote company is like from an employee’s point of view.

Additionally, companies in the dermatology industry are playing a role in the fight against COVID-19. From researching possible treatments and vaccines to modifying production lines for essential products, the following is a listing of dermatology companies and their COVID-19 efforts. Read more about each individual companies efforts at Dermatology Industry Joins Fight Against COVID-19 on Next Steps in Derm.

As we continue to fight the pandemic together by social distancing, washing our hands, and staying home, we can all  be grateful for the front line workers who we can all agree, are doing the hardest and most compassionate jobs in the world right now. Thank you for your selfless and tireless work to care for the sick and dying.

Best wishes to everyone. Stay safe and healthy.

Shelley Tanner

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO HANDLE PUBLIC CRITICISM ABOUT YOU AND YOUR COMPANY DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK, (Apr. 21, 2020) – Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

For most people, their entire world has changed overnight. We are in around week 5 of the global pandemic since its impact started rocking the inhabitants of the US. Almost all of the nations citizens are under some kind of “shelter in place” order to minimize risk of disease spread, and ultimately the toll that the impending wave of sickness, suffering and death that the COVID-19 virus would bring. Kids aren’t in school. Parents are now home-schooling while working. The degree of separation between each one of us and a COVID-19 death or critical illness is rapidly decreasing. Millions of people have lost their jobs, and for those who still have jobs, there is certainly some kind of anxiety attached to the conditions under which they are now working. Among the many professions and jobs that are considered “essential services”, are all healthcare workers. Whether they are on the frontlines or not, they are stepping into daily risk simply because of the nature of their work. 

And what is the result of all of this? Anxiety. Fear. Depression. Anger. Emotions are high and many people do not know either how to deal with these new intensified feelings, nor do they have a clear understanding of the ripple effect left on the other side of them acting out of any of these particular feelings. 

JAMA recently reported:

“The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to contain it, represent a unique threat, and we must recognize the pandemic that will quickly follow it—that of mental and behavioral illness—and implement the steps needed to mitigate it.”

The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical Distancing The Need for Prevention and Early Intervention

SanovaWorks Initial Response to COVID-19

During the initial wave of uncertainty that hit my network of friends, colleagues and peers, SanovaWorks decided to bring together panels of various healthcare practitioners to help aid the anxiety that was boiling up through opening conversations that would help guide people. To date, we have completed four panels on various important topics in which no-one received compensation. Each is given and received as an offering to the community it served.

During promotion of our webinars, our choice of topics and panelists have come under scrutiny in a private, closed social media group.  Emails and messages were sent to our staff that included emotionally charged language.

How Do You Respond to Negative Feedback?

I would say that the number one response in this kind of situation is to listen and inspire dialogue. By email, we have requested dialogue with every single person who has reached out. Although many have not responded, we continue to appreciate those that have.

In addition to listening, it is important to acknowledge the other party’s opinion and feelings. Acknowledging does not mean agreeing, but it does say “I hear you, and I respect that you have this opinion and these feelings”.

You do not have to apologize for doing things you believe in, but you can apologize for any issues that have been experienced by the other party as a result. Of course we did not intend that any action would result in suffering for the other party, and an apology is appropriate for unknown ripple effects like this. Any apology you give should be one hundred percent authentic or it isn’t worth saying at all.

Above all you must be respectful and kind. This should be “table-stakes”.

How Can You Learn from Feedback?

When marketers ask their target market research questions, while tantalizing to the ego, they are not looking for glowing recommendations. They are looking for the truth. Even if you do not agree with a person’s opinion, one piece of feedback can represent the opinion of more than just that one person. I would expect that leaders are grateful that some people are willing to stand up and verbalize their thoughts, giving insight to the market that would otherwise stay hidden. When someone in your market complains to you about something, as mentioned above, listening is the best course of action. 

I live my life by the following advice that was shared by a very wise person I know:

If someone insults you and it is false, you should ignore them.

If someone insults you and it is true, you should thank them.

We should always be open to hearing what the market has to say. Their insight will prove valuable to navigate some of the complex business challenges you face. 

How Can You Protect Your Teams

Many of SanovaWorks employees; have spouses who have lost jobs, are isolated in other parts of the country, have suddenly become full time carers for young children and have home-school responsibilities. While they all still have their jobs, they have uncertainty in general because we cannot make promises given the uncertain nature of things, are working on all the programs we were working on before the pandemic, but now to survive as a company, we are all working on additional programs. Our previous brick and mortar office location was in New York City, so many of our employees are located in that area–the global epicenter of the pandemic.

Add the recent feedback calling into question our decisions to facilitate a webinar for a group of heath care practitioners, that we had agreed to support, it makes an already bad day, week, or month, into an even more overwhelming situation.

What you can do is keep everyone informed. Do not let the rumor-mill increase any feelings of tension. You should state your position with regards to the matter by giving them basic facts, and an open line of communication to discuss the matter further. And you should reiterate the most important facets with points such as:

  • We always listen to others
  • We do not tolerate bullying and disrespect
  • We should let people experience us by example and our integrity
  • We believe all healthcare practitioners need and are entitled to appropriate education 

As I reflect on the past weeks, and months, I can say that there has never been a moment that I did not feel hopeful– and ultimately that hope is that this global crisis gives each of us the opportunity to grow as human beings, citizens, leaders, and employees.  

Shelley Tanner, 

CEO/President SanovaWorks

 

STATEMENT ABOUT COVID-19, CORONAVIRUS ACTION

By | A Note from Shelley

SanovaWorks Sanova Works Logo

NEW YORK (Mar. 13, 2020) – A Note from Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

First and foremost, in light of the rapidly evolving global COVID-19 situation, we hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. We send companywide thoughts and prayers to the individuals, families, and other groups who have been impacted by this situation, and hope that things will improve very soon.

While many things are uncertain surrounding this virus, as an organization, SanovaWorks believes in taking action early. We are dedicated to providing the best care and support we can to all our employees and business partners.

We have the extremely good fortune to be functioning already as a virtual company and because of this we hope to be able to provide support and resources to our entire network who might not have the experience we have. Please check our blog for our tips and recommendations for transitioning to and being successful in a remote work environment:https://sanovaworks.com/2020/03/11/top-immediate-needs-of-remote-employees/

In addition to this, in order to protect our teams and others, until further notice, we have issued a complete restriction on all business-related travel. While the CDC has not placed restrictions on domestic travel, they have recently posted travel warnings on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html?mod=article_inline

The CDC also provide general recommendations that we should all be following to prevent the spread of this disease:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

We will be working diligently as teams to connect with many of you so that we can share some very interesting ways to accomplish our results in this new, virtual environment. We have many years of experience transitioning traditional programs to digital programs, and launching successful virtual programs. Because we are already positioned as a remote company that produces virtual programs, we hope that we are able to support your own initiatives and bridge the gap this global situation has caused.

And last but not least, with a shout out to Jim Collins who introduced me to the Stockdale Paradox in his book Good To Great, we all need to look squarely at the facts, but have confidence that together we will prevail, as we balance realism with optimism.

 

Together.

Shelley and the entire SanovaWorks Team

ODAC General Sesson Dermatology Conference

SANOVAWORKS IS BRIDGING THE GAP FOR GENERATIONAL LEARNING

By | A Note from Shelley, Uncategorized

NEW YORK (Feb. 27, 2020) – A Note from Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Ask a Boomer, a Gen Xer, and a Millennial about their favorite icon. Considering the word “icon” means different things to different people, the answers will likely vary. An icon is a person of great stature, a Boomer might reply.  A Millennial may point to an app on a smartphone. GenX may request clarification. Communicating with audiences that include multiple generations requires a multidimensional approach. For the first time in history 4 – 5 generations are working together in the workforce.  This presents challenges for human resources, communication directors, and learning and development teams. How do we effectively bridge the gap between generations for generational learning? At SanovaWorks we consider the differences in communication and learning styles among our multigenerational clients. We make sure we hit all the marks when presenting the educational materials through our print, online and in person conferences. Why? Because results matter.

What is a generation?

Wikipedia defines a generation as:

“All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.” It can also be described as, “the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own”. 

For the first time in history 4 – 5 generations are in the workforce a the same time. Those generations are: 

  • Traditionalists—born 1925 to 1945
  • Baby Boomers—born 1946 to 1964
  • Generation X—born 1965 to 1980
  • Millennials—born 1981 to 2000
  • Generation Z—born 2001 to 2020

According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey “just 26% of internet users ages 65 and over say they feel very confident when using computers, smartphones or other electronic devices to do the things they need to do online”.

Teeniors is an inspiration

The startup Teeniors founded by Trish Lopez, pairs teens and young adults with older adults to help them learn technology through one-on-one coaching. This brilliant idea was born out of a personal need when Trish realized her mother needed help.

In this NPR article that first aired on Morning Edition Trish explains, “The intergenerational learning experience is really remarkable and that’s why I always say the main service we provide is not tech support. It is human connection.” 

Millennials are currently the largest group in the workforce. However, considering that in the field of healthcare, practitioners don’t tend to retire early–or at all. Many doctors and nurses continue to work into their golden years. This presents a unique challenge when communicating, educating, and marketing to these individuals. 

Bridging the gap between generations is necessary to effectively get your message out, and educate in the preferred mode or learning and communication style. Doctors aged 75 and 35 consume information in different ways. Print is more appropriate for one age group while email is the preference for the other. One generation uses pen and paper while another uses apps like Evernote

Print vs. Digital, the Great Debate

This article, that first appeared in Education Week in 2014, highlights research that shows greater comprehension when reading is performed via print rather than in digital format. 

“We have to move into the 21st century, but we should do so with great care to build a ‘bi-literate’ brain that has the circuitry for ‘deep reading’ skills, and at the same time is adept with technology,” said Maryanne Wolf, the director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

And this article from the Washington post proclaims, Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally.”

What is Generational Learning?

The various generations have always had their own language, slang and pop culture. But since the technology age has been fully ushered in, generational learning differences are of major consideration when presenting content, data, and learning objectives. Communication channels are also of significant interest across the generations. While one generation prefers emails, another prefers phone calls, and yet another would rather get a text message.

There are key distinctions on how generations in the workforce today learn most comfortably. Baby Boomers were taught in a linear fashion. Gen Xers were taught in pods or modules. Millennials were taught in a more constructivist environment. Examining these differences and finding similarities and opportunities for connecting the generations in the classroom or online is a key component to success.

The subject matters.

Linda Warren explains “Having considered educational trends and computer skills, it’s important to note that the nature of a subject has a lot to do with the way it is taught. For example, some topics have to be taught in a linear manner. Some have definite right and wrong answers while others allow multiple correct options. The subject matter has a lot to do with the way training is structured, regardless of the target audience”

How SanovaWorks Bridges the Generational Gap

At SanovaWorks we offer diverse material and tailor each communication and learning experience so that we reach our unique and niche audiences that span across the generations. We effectively bridge generational gaps using a mix of  print, digital content, email, websites, study tools, podcasts and of course of sold out live conferences.

We cater to individuals who learn by:

  • classroom lecture
  • listening
  • reading
  • taking tests
  • in class participation
  • reflection and feedback
  • highly personalized training
  • on-demand information
  • self-directed that enable them to learn on their own schedule

REFERENCES:

Barriers to Adoption and Attitudes Towards Technology

pewresearch.org

Youth Teaching Tech To Seniors Fosters Generational Connections, NPR

Are Learning Differences Between Generations a Myth

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.

ODAC DERMATOLOGY AESTHETIC & SURGICAL CONFERENCE 2020

By | A Note from Shelley, ODAC

NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2020) – A Note from Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

The SanovaWorks team was at our usual mid January event, The ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic & Surgical Conference held January 17-20 in Orlando, Florida.

This year we celebrated a sold out conference with over 850 attendees that included US dermatologists, ARTE Scholar residents, dermatology nurse practitioners/physician assistants and industry leaders. The 11 breakout sessions, 12 sponsored sessions,10 live demonstrations, 10 roundtable sessions, and industry supported sessions, each with over 75 attendees and a brand new, 4-hour pre-conference aesthetic workshop with Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera were filled. 

A successful Monday program for 100+ dermatology residents and young dermatologists with hands-on injection training a young dermatology leader and mentorship program that offered seven dermatology residents the opportunity to connect one-on-one with leaders in the various areas of dermatology. 

Outstanding Educator & Mentor in Dermatology Award

The ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic & Surgical Conference, in partnership with the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD), honored dermatologist Susan H. Weinkle, MD, with the Outstanding Educator & Mentor in Dermatology Award at the conference. 

It is a pleasure and an honor to recognize the tireless work of exceptional leaders in Dermatology, not only do these dermatology leaders dedicate their entire lives to benefiting patients every day, but after the “work day” ends, they spend countless hours involved in activities to improve the specialty’s future. We congratulate Dr. Weinkle for being chosen for this award. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to educating and mentoring the next generation of dermatologists, and who have devoted a major portion of his or her professional life to enhancing the practice and profession of dermatology through education.

“Physicians around the globe have learned so much from Dr. Susan Weinkle,” said dermatologist and ODAC vice conference chair Joel Cohen, MD. “Susan has given all of us in aesthetics so much of her time and energy, and I am honored to present this award to her.”

More About Susan H. Weinkle, MD

Dr. Weinkle is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She is a past president of the Women’s Dermatological Society and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Weinkle is a former committee chair and member of the board of directors of several dermatology organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatology Foundation, and Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Weinkle is in private practice in Bradenton, Fla., specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Her daughter, Allison, will join the practice upon completion of her dermatology residency and fellowships in cosmetic dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

The recipient of the Outstanding Educator & Mentor in Dermatology Award, given by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, is nominated and chosen through the recommendation of a panel of senior national thought-leaders in dermatology, a committee of dermatology practitioners and several industry leaders.

About the JDD

The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD), a full-color, peer-reviewed publication indexed with MEDLINE ® /PubMed ® , was founded by dermatologist Perry Robins, MD. Now in its 19th year, it offers one of the fastest routes to disseminate dermatologic information, and is considered the fastest growing publication in dermatology, presenting original articles, award-winning case reports, and timely features pertaining to new methods, techniques, and drug therapy in dermatology, which provide readers with peer-reviewed content of the utmost quality. JDD is available complimentary to US dermatologists, residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Sign up at JDDonline.com

When the SanovaWorks team is in the ODAC zone and we are producing this conference and presenting awards for exceptional work, it is all worth that extra effort and push we give. I want to thank my team, the physicians, exhibitors and everyone who made ODAC 2020 a success.

Planning for ODAC January 15 – 18,  2021 is underway and I look forward to another successful and (SOLD OUT!) conference. Join us as an attendee or supporter.  

Cheers!

Shelley

Shelley Tanner, President CEO SanovaWorks

A RECORD 2019 FOCUSES THE LENS FOR OUR 2020 VISION

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2019) – A Note from Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

SanovaWorks had a remarkable year in 2019, and we expect more of the same in 2020. Our products, conferences, and partnerships enjoyed record numbers in growth and sales. Our digital content platforms proved popular among the health care practitioners they aim to serve. SanovaWorks’ commitment to giving back was fueled by our employees’ drive toward more social and ecological responsibility. The SanovaWorks 2020 Vision lays the groundwork for increased numbers and quality technology to deliver the content that is provided for the clients and customers we serve.

ODAC & SOCU had Record Attendance

Our returning conference ODAC Dermatology, Aesthetic and Surgical Conference (ODAC) had a record attendance in 2019 – 850 registered attendees, and is currently registering for our 2020 conference.

Skin Of Color Update (SOCU) showed up with a new name and, not only had record attendance, it “sold out on Broadway”, and proved once again to be the leading dermatology conference in the US. 

JDD & DiR Increased Content Publication

Their partner publications and study programs Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, (JDD) launched a brand new website, manuscript portal, continuous publishing model and relaunched the popular podcast.

Dermatology in Review exam study system launched a new study guide to support study with “Boards of the Future”. Derm in Review also announced a new editorial board.  

Next Steps in Dermatology, the popular lifestyle blog for Derm in Review, has taken off with an online following that has increased since its debut.

SanovaWorks in Partnership with GW

In a partnership with George Washington University, we worked together with the  Cancer Center and Hematology and Oncology (CEHP) department to grow their educational programs and support their ever-growing portfolio of programs. In 2019, with the CME support of CEHP, SanovaWorks produced the conferences Hematology Update 2019, Oncology Update 2019,  and Hematology and Medical Oncology Best Practices 2019, and Hematology and Oncology Online Home Study Program. The leaders in their respective medical fields presented on topics with new and consistently updated information.

Giving Back at SanovaWorks

Giving back to causes and communities that are near-and-dear to our hearts is part of our company culture and creed.  Primarily driven by our employees, our sense of corporate responsibility is notable as well.

As a remote company, SanovaWorks makes an environmental impact every day. By not having a typical “office building” we reduce paper waste, minimize electricity usage, and eliminate commuter transportation pollution. We value being environmentally conscious, as a company and as individuals. 

Environmental Awareness Month

Annually we acknowledge April as Environmental Awareness Month. Employees vote on which eco-friendly organization to donate to.  This year, as a group we picked Natural Resources Defense Council, whose mission is to help protect the air, land, water, and wildlife from forces of pollution. 

Think Green & Get Some Green

Our “Think Green & Get Some Green” competition gives employees the opportunity to share their environmentally-conscious and energy saving tips and resolutions.  The top 3 winners this year included:

  1. always ask for an electronic receipt instead of paper, as it reduces waste and BPA in your system
  2. unplug laptops, microwaves, and other electronics when not in use
  3. install a rain barrel as an easy way to conserve water

Additionally this year we extended to our clients an eco-friendly starter pack, inclusive of a reusable straw, tote bag, and cutlery.

Volunteer Month

Giving back is also our way of engaging on a personal level with our colleagues, which is especially important for building camaraderie and culture at a virtual company.  Every September, we encourage employees to participate in Volunteer Month because we believe that acts of service, in addition to charitable contributions, are hugely impactful. In  2019 we closed the company for a day so that everyone could participate. SanovaWorks employees take Volunteer Day as an opportunity to get together and bond over their shared interests in giving back.

Morris Heights Health Center & SanovaWorks Connection

Annually in December for the past 11 years, SanovaWorks has run a drive to donate toys, books, and coats to Morris Heights Health Center (Bronx, NY). One of our employees worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Morris Heights many years ago, where she coordinated the “Reach Out and Read” program. We love partnering with this organization — both to give back to the local community here in NYC and honor the personal connection to our company.

Additionally in 2019 we made a financial donation to an organization, providing new toys to 1,800 NYC families in deep financial need during the Christmas season. This special contribution was the inspiration of another SanovaWorks employee. 

SanovaWorks Shares Our 2020 Vision

After record attendance and sold out conferences, we are in search of larger venue for SOCU and ODAC in the next year. New digital content on the JDD website is coming in 2020….stay tuned! SanovaWorks is expanding our digital media to increasingly provide the content in the formats that health care practitioners want and are engaging with.  

The SanovaWorks 2020 Vision will provide tools that improve the lives of patients by delivering the healthcare education that professional audiences need and want, creatively and strategically.

Luciana Nofal, Vice President of Marketing and Client Relations shares her insights, “A new decade calls for a new approach to healthcare marketing communications. SanovaWorks enters 2020 with data-driven strategies utilizing artificial intelligence, voice search optimization, and social media influencer marketing. SanovaWorks connects the elusive brand experience with engaging, consumable content across print, live and digital platforms.” 

And our Vice President of Operations, Caroline Barrett adds, “In 2020 we will continue to support environmental protective initiatives and organizations, and we’ll continue to encourage and build a culture of volunteering and charity. Just how exactly our support of these causes will manifest will be informed by the ideas and energy of our employees!”

I’m so proud to call SanovaWorks my professional home, and to call my colleagues there my friends.

Cheers to a healthy and prosperous 2020 to our extended SanovaWorks family, our partners, our HCPs and all our clients and customers.

Shelley Tanner, CEO/President,  SanovaWorks

Compassionate Empathy in Action

LISTENING, EMPATHY, AND COMPASSION: THESE ARE THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO BE A STRONG LEADER TODAY

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2019) – A Note from Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Are listening, empathy and compassion the strong skills needed in leadership today? I think so.

Listening may be hard if you really like to talk!  

Of these strong skills, listening can be a challenge for some leadership. For example, listening may be hard for those who really like to talk. Listening is difficult for habitual interrupters. And listening is practically impossible for the digitally (or otherwise) distracted. However, I’ve found listening is a vital skill that I’ve personally worked hard to perfect. Listening is one of the greatest tools we can employ in business. We are so veiled by our perceptions that it is hard to truly open our ears and minds to what others are saying. For example, “ready to listen” is what Chris Voss says is the most effective way to go into negotiations. Never Split the Difference, Voss’ book, enlightens the readers to listening as the key component in mastering a negotiation.

Here’s a twelve minute video of Chris’ Tedx Talk Never Split the Difference

Empathy and listening go hand in hand. 

How can you be a truly good listener without having an appreciation for the other person’s point of view? Many people (and leaders) bucket empathy in with “soft skills” and mistakenly think of it as “being nice” or trying to “make people happy”. This is far from the truth. In this Forbes article the following quote says it all: 

“Empathy enables you to know if the people you’re trying to reach are actually reached.  It allows you to predict the effect your decisions and actions will have on core audiences and strategize accordingly.  Without empathy, you can’t build a team or nurture a new generation of leaders. You will not inspire followers or elicit loyalty. Empathy is essential in negotiations and sales:  it allows you to know your target’s desires and what risks they are or aren’t willing to take.”

Compassionate Empathy the strongest leadership skill.

Compassionate empathy is leadership strength in action. Recently, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern remarked that ‘It takes strength to be an empathetic leader’. Moreover, Ardern’s leadership style is an example to follow. Of the three types of empathy, cognitive, emotional, and compassionate; Ardern clearly has employed compassionate empathy in her response to her constituents needs. 

The Cornerstones: Leadership, Listening, Empathy, and Compassion 

SanovaWorks is a company built on the principles of listening, empathy, and compassion. As a remote company, these cornerstones are imperatives in our daily operations. Without first fully listening and tapping into the needs of our teams, we would not be able to provide the highest level of service and products for our clients. Our leadership style ensures job satisfaction, and peak performance for our clients. Win, Win, Win!

Shelley Tanner, President and CEO SanovaWorks

Articles for Reference:  

How Can You Be Sure Someone Is Fit to Be a Leader? It Comes Down to 1 Word

Empathy Is An Essential Leadership Skill — And There’s Nothing Soft About It

Empathy: The Most Important Leadership Skill Needed Today

RESULTS MATTER: A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PHILOSOPHY

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2019) – A Note from Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President

Results Matter in Every Situation

As milestones in life and career approach, I pause to reflect on my past experience. My journey brought me from Australia to New York, with many stops along the way. My story is one of tenacity and a willingness to fight “hard won” battles.  The personal and professional results that ultimately matter the most are the rewards. Results matter is a philosophy that I have adopted across the board. In every situation. Results matter is why SanovaWorks is the leader is our field.

Life and Work: It’s All Experience

My career trajectory is one with a variety of experience and structure. My career turned out to be great training for all that life has thrown at me. Long story short, I’m a cancer survivor. I recently celebrated five years since my diagnosis with friends, family, my SanovaWorks family, and our clients. It was a special evening celebrating life. 

At this surprise party, I’m once again reminded of why I do what I do. My work as President and CEO of SanovaWorks, impacts my employees, their families, as well as our clients, the physicians and healthcare providers. The list is long. I’m truly humbled that I am able to do work that is meaningful.

Recently, I had the honor of attending the Champions for Change Gala held by the Skin Cancer Foundation as a Committee Member and representative of SanovaWorks. This was a great honor for me. Positively impacting the lives of people who are battling cancer is something I strive to do everyday. 

Growing Up Down Under

Born and raised in Australia, my life began Down Under. A certain Warner Brothers cartoon character seems to be our claim to fame in Tasmania; however, my childhood home is where my love of nature, animals, and endless adventure was born. While I never could, or would, deny my Aussie roots, I do currently consider myself a New Yorker, because honestly, I do heart NY. 

Healthcare Got Me into This

As a Registered Nurse in Australia and London, I developed deep compassion for patients. It was also hands on experience in the complex systems that run hospitals. I completed postgraduate studies in Nursing, Health Promotion, and Public Health including a Masters of Health Science. I worked on large-scale government health and wellness programs from the needs analysis stage to implementation and evaluation. Little did I know then that my career would take me in the direction of leading SanovaWorks. 

How Sanova Works 

Seventeen years ago, I was presented with the opportunity to join a start-up healthcare communications provider. The company’s vision and potential were truly compelling, so I accepted and never looked back. Physicians Continuing Education eventually gave birth to SanovaWorks. We are successfully producing materials, web based tools, live, online, and print, CME programs, and podcasts through Sanova Learning, Sanova Publishing and Sanova Live. The SanovaWorks Team is a group of brilliant minds that have a strong work ethic with mutual appreciation and respect. I could not be more proud to be a part of this company.

Did I say that I love being at work and I love our company? A company culture that inspires and gives staff a sense of professional fulfillment and belonging, is one of my most significant and fundamental goals in leading our team

The CEO role was a natural fit. As an RN, I approached every nursing role as if I owned the hospital – always looking for ways to do things better. The results I accomplished included, reducing the disposable waste in operating rooms, and implementing patient assistance programs with the hospital research department. I am passionate about improving products and systems, creating win-win situations, and resolving persistent challenges.

Today, I bring that same commitment to SanovaWorks. We believe that finally, results are what matter and this is at the core of what we do.

Our Results Matter Philosophy

Results matter to us because they matter to our clients and end-users. This philosophy is reflected not only in the work we produce, but in our internal culture as well.  SanovaWorks home office is located in New York, however we have a remote work structure. Our results-oriented work environment maintains flexibility as part of our cultural DNA. Employees are encouraged to work in the way that lets them deliver the best outcome to our clients and the healthcare practitioners we serve. 

We bridge the gaps (and straddle communications channels) in the field of medical education. Our clients are Healthcare professionals that include boomers and millennials. We are experts to speaking effectively to both generations and everyone in between.

SanovaWorks was an early adopter in social and digital marketing to reach millennial and Gen Z healthcare practitioners. We also understand that we reach our more mature audience with print. We are engaging every generation and segment of physicians from residents through retirement preparation. The new and rapidly growing segment of healthcare being managed by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants are not ignored.

Being a healthcare practitioner means a lifetime of learning. This translates into actively seeking advances in medicine in order to give patients the best care possible. Because the results of healthcare matter, we strive to provide only the highest level of education. We use the power of our communication channels to distribute credible science. 

I welcome the incumbent challenges that will arise as our company adopts new products and services and advanced digital marketing strategies. This is how SanovaWorks maintains and expands its client base.

Work Life Balance

Leading a company isn’t easy. It’s hectic and my schedule is packed. The only way I can make it all happen is by finding time to relax. Writing, travel, and meditation are the activities that I credit with giving me personal clarity, concentration, and a balanced view. This is critical when it comes time for decision making. Results matter is not only my professional philosophy, it’s a philosophy that has carried me through my entire career and personal life. 

Shelley Tanner, President and CEO SanovaWorks

Shelley Tanner and Perry Robins Skin Cancer Foundation Gala

CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE WITH SHELLEY TANNER

By | A Note from Shelley

NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2019) A Note from Shelley Tanner, CEO/President

Champions for Change Gala

On October 17th, I had the great honor of attending as a Committee Member for the The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Champions for Change Gala, held at the Plaza in New York.

It was a wonderful evening celebrating The Skin Cancer Foundation’s 40th year of existence, and vital work advancing research initiatives, educational campaigns, and community programs that save lives. With 400 guests in attendance, more than $700,000 was raised. That’s something to celebrate! 

Recognition for Sandy Klein

Shelley Tanner SanovaworksDuring the evening special recognition was given to Sandy Klein, SCF’s 2019 Champion for Change honoree for his ongoing commitment and support of SCF. On behalf of the whole SanovaWorks Team, we celebrate Sandy for this special honor. This year SCF’s Media Award was given to Parents magazine for the article, “Here Comes the Sunscreen” by Leslie Goldman. This award recognizes excellence in print, broadcast and online journalism that addresses skin cancer prevention, early detection, and/or treatment. Thank you to Ms. Goldman and Parents Executive Editor Julia Edelstein for their contribution to skin cancer prevention and early detection.

Skin Cancer Foundation Mission

For 40 years, The Skin Cancer Foundation has worked to educate the public on the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection and prompt, effective treatment. The dedicated staff works with physician members, corporate partners, directors and donors, to treat and prevent skin cancer and, ultimately, save lives. 

As a cancer survivor, I am hyper aware of the importance of the “what’s that moment”, –like when Susan Manber’s daughter asked about the small white dot on her nose. It was only the tip of the iceberg, in so many ways. For skin cancer, the tip of the iceberg is visible, so be on the lookout and continually ask “what’s that?” 

A Special Thank You

A special thank you to Jane Brody for covering Susan’s story. I was born in Australia and spent the first half of my life there, where a story like Susan’s is all too common. Although skin cancer and melanoma rates in the US are not as high as they are Down Under, most people don’t realize not only how prevalent it is – but how preventable it is! Continually ask “what’s that?” about any skin changes you see; better to ask– if it’s nothing, carry on, but if not, you have early detection. Thank you Skin Cancer Foundation for launching “The Big See” to draw more attention to this.

Except for the year that I was undergoing chemotherapy myself, I’ve been to the Skin Cancer Foundation Gala for the past 15 years or so. My favorite thing about the Gala is seeing a passionate group of people come together to support this worthy cause. Skin cancer touches the lives of everyone. The SCF gala brings together dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other healthcare practitioners, skin care industry teams, professional and consumer media, journalists, high-profile personalities, patients, family, and philanthropists to work on this common goal. I can say with confidence that as a cancer patient, I felt deep gratitude for everything that came together to provide the level of treatment I was able to access. The Skin Cancer Foundation helps to provide that same level of treatment and support. Thank you, SCF.

 

Regards, Shelley Tanner