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Meet Luminary Member, Adriana Sclafani


Tell us a bit about yourself! How did you get started with your current career path/business journey?

I started my current career path about 7 years ago, from an immediate interest in healthcare during my time as an undergrad & continued on to working for a large health system in NYC & obtaining my Master’s in Public Health. Healthcare is a vast field, with many avenues of opportunity to build an extensive career, but my personal commitment within the field is centered on supporting underserved patient populations. I’m at a point where I don’t see myself necessarily staying in healthcare for my entire career – but I do see my work always being of service to those in need.

How are you overcoming challenges during the pandemic as a business owner?

As an aspiring business owner, I have made an effort to try to gain some insight from observing current business owners as they confront today’s challenges. I have always had a deep reverence for women who have the courage to set out on their own business ventures, but watching them continue to embody courage & resilience through these times has been even more of a testament to what we are all capable of.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

My optimism. I am a firm believer that mindset is very powerful. I like to believe that life’s challenges & obstacles always turn out to be opportunities- a chance to reflect, re-evaluate, course-correct- but only if we allow them to be, & only if we are willing to believe that there is always the chance to come out the other side better.

What’s a mistake you made early on in your career, and what did you learn from it?

Assigning my self-value to a job title or salary. I think this is something that is common for early-careerists, but I’ve also seen people make this same mistake with their business revenue. Of course fair compensation & financial returns for your work or brand are important (& necessary to keep the lights on), but I think sometimes it is easy to allow ourselves to be defined by these numbers or titles – as opposed to the actual value we bring to our jobs or the marketplace.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

Public-Speaking/Story-Telling. I think this is just one skill set that you can never have enough practice in, especially if you are looking to build a brand or business with impact.

In what ways are you taking care of your personal well being and what are your #selfcare tips?

Recently, I started water coloring – maybe about 1x a month I actually sit down to do it. It might sound silly, but I think in today’s world where it feels like we are always on-the-go, making the time to do something where you can slow down, get creative, & be fully present is important. My #selfcare tip is to politely dismiss the voice in your head that sometimes tells you you’re being “lazy” or “unproductive” when you choose to self-care. In the end, allowing ourselves the time to recharge, recalibrate, & re-center, ultimately helps us bring the best version of ourselves to both our professional & personal lives.

How are you inviting others to take a seat at the table #virtually?

By being a better listener & inviting honest discussions. It is one thing to be invited to sit at the table, but it’s a whole other thing to be feel like your opinion & ideas are valued & heard, without the risk of judgement.

What impact has Luminary made in your career? eg: Business Generated, Revenue, New Clients, Career Connections, Advancement Opportunities 

I joined my first Whisper Network event in June. It was with this very group of women that I shared my dreams of starting my own business one day (& even more that I don’t see it having anything to do with healthcare). I had only shared this with one other person in my life up until that point. This single moment speaks to the inclusive, safe, encouraging, & energizing space that Luminary creates & holds. In the short time I have been a member, Luminary has already given me the encouragement I needed to start thinking about this next chapter.