5 Minutes With... | November 16, 2017
Amy Ronneberg, CFO/President Be The Match
Amy is the Chief Financial Officer at Be The Match - the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world impacting thousands of lives annually, as well as President at Be The Match BioTherapies. Amy has been recognized as the CFO of the Year for non-profits and her succession of leadership roles in high profile companies made Scouts curious to learn more…..
Q: If you could try a different job for a day, what would you choose?
A: I think I’d try Broadway for a day. Really similar to being a CFO, huh? The lights, the excitement and the changes in emotions of the audience that the actors make happen would be so fun to try.
Q: What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?
A: Be yourself. Don’t change who you are to please someone else. Yes, we all need to make improvements and we can learn so much for great leadership but always stay true to the core of who you are.
Q: What is your mantra?
A: Learn to dance in the rain. Life will have its ups and downs, as will work. We need to take each of those moments and not only make the best of the moment, but figure out how to learn from it. There is a great book by a friend called “Better or Bitter” and I think those are great words to remind ourselves how we are going to show up each day. We are the only ones who control that.
Q: How do you get yourself out of a slump?
A: It’s time to turn on the Hamilton Broadway songs and go for a run! With friends is even better!
Q: What companies or leaders do you admire?
A: I don’t think I can name just one. There are so many amazing leaders that I have had the blessing to work with. I’ve worked for entrepreneurs, visionaries and some of the smartest people I could ever imagine meeting. I’ve tried to take pieces from each of these leaders to become a better leader myself.
Q: What has been the biggest shift you’ve noticed in your industry in the last decade?
A: I would say that the shift is happening right now. Healthcare has always been a changing environment but with the aging population, better science and outcomes to treat older patients and reimbursement constraints there is a real challenge we are facing in the US. As science is advancing, at Be The Match we are constantly having to evolve to ensure we are providing the most relevant services for our life saving mission.
Q: Who has been most instrumental in your career?
A: My husband. Without his support I would not have been able to do everything I have done. He is my biggest cheerleader during the good and difficult times. He has allowed me to prioritize my career, which has given me so much fulfillment and joy- ultimately making me a better, happier person.
Q: What is your go-to celebration meal, drink or tradition?
A: A chocolate martini- a dessert and a drink all in one.