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Friday, July 20, 2007

50 years of change

This week I had the opportunity to sit and talk with an amazing woman at the American Lung Association of Florida's annual conference. Gayle is an enthusiastic woman who has worked for the Lung Association for more than 50 years! Can you imagine? The same place for 50 years! And get this...her first office location was in a log cabin in Orlando, Florida. During the course of her career, she has seen numerous changes in the workplace, from using manual typewriters to using computers; from using carbon paper to using Xerox machines. She has seen the role of women in the organization change from being the assistant to being the CEO. But what is really amazing is the number of lives she must have touched. In five decades she has helped to educate people on lung disease, smoking cessation, asthma, air quality, etc.

I hope that all of us can look back on our careers and celebrate the changes. However, I hope that we can also say that we were able to make a difference in someone's life.

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