Managing the Pressure of Mission-Critical Work in Medical Specialty Societies 

March 6, 2024

with Alex Bardakh, MPP, CAE

As established here on the 6 Degrees of Associations Podcast, really good things tend to happen when you “stick to the mission.”

Associations gain an advantage in inspiring both constituents and the workforce when their mission elicits passion and purpose. When an association’s reason for existence is to save lives, it heightens the stakes and stress for everyone, including the staff.

In this week’s edition of the 6 Degrees of Associations Podcast, we are joined by Alex Bardakh, MPP, CAE, the Senior Director at AMDA – Society for PALTC Medicine. Alex is a health policy and advocacy leader with an exceptional career that includes financial stewardship, strategic planning, media engagement, and event management.

As discussed in today’s episode, patience is crucial in Alex’s realm of health policy and government affairs. It takes months, years, and even decades to make an impact on legislative issues that can literally change and save lives on a large scale.

“It can break at any moment, and you just never know when it will happen,” he said.

Building trust with your members and never overstepping despite your ambitions have also been key to Alex’s career. At the end of the day, you are serving others, and this is ‘their house,’ as he told us.