We’re off to join the executive ranks today as we visit with Valerie Hillow Gates, Executive Director of the American Heart Association for the Greater Cleveland Region. Valerie tells us about the important work her team is doing and how the nearly 100-year-old organization is making inroads in addressing health equity. She shares her personal passion for the mission of the AHA and the story of her journey with the organization from a new college grad to a seasoned leader. She offers an insightful take on pandemic-era response and company culture and shares some guidance for those seeking jobs today. Of course, we also talk about mom life, get an adorable airport story, and think about what it feels like to pause to simmer in the sweet spots.