This year’s featured storytellers included three employees from PCC and three from partner organizations. Among them was PCC’s President and CEO Leslie Graham, who talked about the kind gesture of a girl in her class and how that led to a lifelong friendship with six other women that has sustained them through the travails of life. Mary Joseph, who manages multiple projects at PCC, told the story of how persistence, boxes of doughnuts, and persuasiveness allowed her to overcome resistance in a project that required buy-in from all parties and achieve full collaboration. PCC’s Director of Workforce Capacity Liza Greenberg shared how the hard lessons learned as a clinical nurse shaped her perspective on health care.
Chair of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital Dr. Ashley Bone shared the importance of overcoming personal challenges so she could be in a position to help others. Dr. Sonya Bruton, CEO and President of CCI Health Services, a nonprofit health system that provides primary care, behavioral health, WIC, and dental services throughout Montgomery County, shared her story about participating in an Outward Bound program before going to college and how it helped her integrate advice and data into her decision-making and find joy in working with others to achieve a common goal. Tree of Hope Co-Executive Director LaTonia Rich shared how simple acts of kindness can alter one’s life trajectory, in her case how a DMV employee's advice helped her get her life back from alcohol and spousal abuse.
The show, held at The Amp by Strathmore on November 15, was a blockbuster end to PCC's 30th anniversary celebration. Though the show is over, it's not too late to catch this year's stories. Be sure to check next month's Pulse for the video link.