This spring, five students in Suffolk’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program went to Chicago for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Emma Sevigny and Debra Chassey were among those who went.

With more than 30,000 ACHE members worldwide, Congress is a chance for students to connect with leaders in the field.

“It was a lot of fun. I was able to meet a lot of great people—both students and healthcare professionals—and I attended many of the seminars,” said Sevigny, who volunteered as a program assistant. She’s been involved with ACHE since she was an undergraduate student.

“It’s a great place to network with other healthcare administration students and professionals. Plus, you’re attending seminars on key issues in today’s healthcare, which you can apply in the classroom and the workplace,” said Sevigny, who’s working at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

Suffolk’s ACHE student liaison Chassey agreed.

“We had access to ACHE executives and speakers, and the atmosphere was one of connecting and sharing. I have always been a believer that networking is essential to learning, innovation, and mentorship; and Congress was no exception,” she said.

Chassey volunteered as a program assistant and attended several presentations. But what she found most helpful were the career resources.

“Beyond the seminars and networking opportunities, Congress offers career guidance. Industry specialists provided interviewing and resume consulting services at no charge,” Chassey said. She hopes to become an ACHE fellow in the near future.

You can learn more about Suffolk’s ACHE chapter online.