By Peter Kung
BYHP Marketing Chair
Nearing the end of a long, hectic day at work, I contemplated attending a summer social event at Tia’s that I signed up for a couple weeks beforehand. I was planning to meet up with a couple friends, and show them what BYHP is about – a fully volunteered organization that takes pride in connecting great people to the Healthcare community.
It was a warm, brisk day in downtown Boston. I had driven home later than usual to grab a quick bite before taking the slow green line train downtown. When I arrived at Tia’s, my friends were sitting on the opposite side of the restaurant, enjoying a few libations while catching up. At that point, I was hesitant to check out the event, but I mustered up enough energy to stop by the social. Although the event was about to wrap up, I was excited to see a group of five people making friendly conversation amongst themselves.
I introduced myself to two new full-time primary care doctors, and a practicing nurse who just moved to Boston. I prepared my pitch to express my excitement of this gathering, saying that “there is a wealth of healthcare knowledge in Boston. I would like to harness that knowledge in order to solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges that may not be considered in the corporate world”. I did not receive an overwhelming amount of feedback on the pitch, but one person that showed interest and supported my ideas was a composed, elegant, smart Dr. Kavita Ketwaroo.
Once we shared contact information, we talked about planning the next networking Meetup wherein I would introduce caregivers and practitioners with engineers. I planned around her schedule, as I knew how busy doctors were during the week. We met that next week, and spent a few hours chatting away at the Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square. Later that night, I decided to ask her out on a date, and she said yes!
Waiting for her text response took all in a matter of half an hour, but I remembered it felt like days. Once we went on the first date, I planned many more dates with her and made sure that we kept in touch for the next few months. Seven months later, I asked for her hand in marriage, and now we are happily engaged!
A lifetime of memories with someone starts with a small, accidental, magical event. Mine happened to start with BYHP. By contributing to the organization as the marketing chair, one of my hopes is that the BYHP community continues to grow so that others can build lasting relationships and share their own stories about them.
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