IU Health Leaders Share First Summer Jobs and Lessons Learned

July 27, 2017

Al Gatmaitan

“I was a stock boy at a corner grocery in Knightstown, Indiana. Ultimately, I learned that my job was more than a job, it was a service. I wasn’t just stocking shelves. I was making sure the store looked appealing and that people found the food items and help they needed.”
--Al Gatmaitan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dennis Murphy

“I was a paper boy. What I learned: Have a good partner (my brother) and hold each other accountable. It was miserable delivering papers in January in Chicago but we made each other get up and get out the door and rode our bikes through the snow with delivery bags attached. All of it made us closer and allowed us a sense of independence because we had spending money and a savings account at a young age.”
--Dennis Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Janney

“When I was 12, I began entrepreneurial lawn mowing with my best friend. We put an advertisement in our local paper that included our flat rate. We thought, ‘how bad could it be?’ We had frequently cut our tiny lawns at home with no issues. However, the first response to our ad took us to a home (via our bicycles) that was located in an unsafe neighborhood. The house was on a huge lot that had high grass grown up to our knees. The owner gave us a push mower that hadn't been sharpened in years. Lesson learned: The need for clarity around our capabilities and a reality check to our plan.”
--Michelle Janney, PhD, RN, Chief Nurse Executive

Jenni Alvey

“I was a checkout cashier at Kmart. While some customers left with the satisfaction of their blue light special savings, I learned two important lessons, which still apply. First, I learned the importance of accurately balancing my drawer each day. And I also learned the value of patience. I’d often listen to people frustrated (often by things out of my control to change) who just wanted someone to acknowledge and validate their emotions.”
--Jenni Alvey, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Kitchell

I worked at a bottling plant. I had a number of jobs there including on the assembly line making sure that the fluid in the bottle was at the right level and the cap matched the product. I learned that everyone’s role is important and when we all complete our roles to the best of our ability, incredible things can happen.”
--Ryan Kitchell, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

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