Alison Flynn Gaffney

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Inspirational, transformative leader Alison Flynn Gaffney in brief.

Alison Flynn Gaffney

Home: A New Yorker, born and raised, now living in Utah.  Age: 53.  Birthplace: New York, NY. Saint John’s Riverside Hospital, to be exact.  Profession: Healthcare.  Organization: @JLL.  Title: Division President, Healthcare.  Significant other: Met when we were eight and eleven; the love of my life, Scott Gaffney.  Alma mater: Iona University (B.S., M.S., Healthcare); FACHE (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives).

Recent recognition: I’ve been told that I have impacted lives for the better.  Recent professional development: Learning more about corporate real estate within healthcare.  Latest accomplishment: I listened to my gut!  Latest contribution to others: Serving on the board and hosting the annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House of the Intermountain West.  Thousands of toys have been donated during my eight year tenure to children who in need of some love, laughter and care.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Moving to Utah and creating a life and career where I knew only my husband and stepson.  Hobbies: Baking, cooking.  Also, sharks.  Shark week is one of my favorite times of year.  Notable travel or adventure: Great white shark diving off the Farallon Islands, northern coast of California.  Last book read: Humbitious: The Power of Low Ego and High-Drive Leadership, by Amer Kaissi.  

Personality profile: ESFJ with a developing “humbitious” leadership style.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Inspiring.  Moral compass: Does it align with my heart and mind?  Would this decision make my loved ones proud of me?  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Forthright, inspirational, impactful, collaborative.  What is your greatest joy? Making a positive impact in someone’s life.  Also, a good night’s sleep.  What is your guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate and champagne.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Physicians.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Water.

What was your first paying job? Rudi the Bear, the Christmas bear at John Wannamaker’s Department Store.  What book have you repeatedly read? The Devils Teeth, by Susan Casey. What’s the best advice you received growing up? You can.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Listen, listen, and listen more.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? My iPhone.  What is your favorite app? The Weather Channel.  

What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life?

Being hit by a car when I was twelve.  I nearly died and had to learn to walk all over again.  I believe that I survived and am here today for a reason: to impact others in positive ways and to change the world one person at a time.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Helping people find their “out loud" voice.  What change would you like to see in the world? Respect of opinions rather than fighting about opinions.  Education is the key.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Don't be afraid to use your "out loud" voice; be more afraid of not doing so.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? This Crazy Gift.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandmothers, Alice and Kathryn.  As a kid, what (or who) did you first want to be when you grew up? Dorothy Hamill, the US Olympic Figure Skating Champion.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Pippa, our Rottweiler pup, and Oreo, our Tuxedo cat.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? At Lake Como, with my husband, eating pasta and snuggling.  What advice would you give your younger self? Laugh as much as you can!

Personal mission: To change the world one person at a time.  Personal motto: One Team, One Mission!  Favorite quote: “It is never too late to be who you might have been” (George Eliot, pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans).

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