Heidi Rozmiarek , UnityPoint Health
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Heidi Rozmiarek , assistant director of IT development, UnityPoint Health.
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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
Certainly working in health care, albeit behind the scenes, is very rewarding. The technology we support helps to ensure excellent care is delivered to our families, friends, and neighbors. However, on a day-to-day basis, I’d say that leading others is the most challenging and rewarding aspect of my job all rolled into one. It’s much like raising a child. You have a tremendous responsibility to guide and shape the future of others and in doing so you rise in their victories and fall in their defeats. As such, the sense of pride and accomplishment when you see one of your staff succeed and go on to achieve great things is very rewarding.
2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
As someone who comes from humble roots, I find that I generally admire people who are self‐made. More specifically, I admire women in business who have been able to rise to great heights despite starting off with very little.
3. What has been the high point of your career so far?
I always find it difficult to pinpoint one pinnacle moment as I see my career as a collective body of work, but I’ve certainly experienced a great sense of accomplishment when completing a major system conversion or implementation. I’d equate it to the engineer that is designing and building a bridge. When they stand back and see the finished product it’s a pretty phenomenal feeling.
4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21‐year‐old self?
I would advise myself to take more risks and save half of my paycheck from day one. Looking back, it would have been much easier to make bold moves in my career when I didn’t have to juggle the responsibilities that come with providing for and raising a family. As for saving half my paycheck, the time value of money is a simple concept that I don’t think resonates with most 20-somethings. Investing small amounts early can yield extraordinary gains over time — gains that ultimately allow for more risk-taking down the road.