Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), shared lessons learned from his
childhood in South Africa to his position today as a global health care
industry leader with the 2019 Meharry Medical College graduating class
at the College’s 144th Commencement Exercises. The event was
held on May 18 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO for Henry Schein, Inc., lends his wisdom to graduates at Meharry Medical College’s 144th Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 18, 2019. Bergman was the main speaker for the event. Henry Schein, Inc. is a global Fortune 500® company and the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental and medical practitioners. (Photo: Business Wire)
Sharing stories from his life as illustrations, Mr. Bergman imparted 10
lessons with the Meharry medical and dental graduates. Thinking big,
showing up, remembering that it is all about people, recognizing the
importance of family and friends, and learning from failure were among
Mr. Bergman’s earliest learnings from his years growing up in the South
End neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
“The process of overcoming our individual challenges is what made us
what we are today,” said Mr. Bergman to the graduates. “Each of us was
at one time a clay pot that has been made stronger, more useful, and
more beautiful by undergoing the heat of the kiln.”
Also addressing leadership, Mr. Bergman stressed the importance of
developing the skills of persuasion, engaging everyone in a shared
mission, and finding caring mentors and being a mentor to others. Noting
that “doing well by doing good” really works, he underscored the
multi-faceted value of giving back to society and encouraged the class
to focus on increasing access to health care, promoting collaborative
care between all medical and dental disciplines, providing compassionate
care to patients, and providing cultural competency in an increasingly
diverse society. Last but not least, Mr. Bergman encouraged the
graduating class to enjoy the journey of life, make time for family and
friends, and to have fun along the way.
About Meharry Medical College
Meharry Medical College founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest
private, independent historically black academic health sciences center
dedicated solely to educating minority and other health professionals.
True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church related
institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely
nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence
in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based
health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the
nation’s health professions workforce. Diverse Issues in Higher
Education’s ranking of institutions annually lists Meharry as a leading
national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and
Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit www.mmc.edu
to learn more.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. is a solutions company for health care professionals
powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 19,000
Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company’s network of trusted advisors
provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300
valued solutions that improve operational success and clinical outcomes.
Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help
office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so
they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also
support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care
clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.
Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution
network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and
Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than
180,000 additional products available as special-order items.
A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100®
indexes, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has
operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company’s sales from
continuing operations reached $9.4 billion in 2018 and have grown at a
compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein
became a public company in 1995.