Rosa Garriga Mora recently transitioned to the role of Digital Learning Officer at the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), following over a decade of working with with medical associations as a professional conference organizer. Her career took an innovative turn during the pandemic when she co-founded the European Association for Flower Growers, blending her passion for associations with flower farming. This initiative led to the successful organization of online conferences for organic cut flower farmers worldwide, demonstrating her commitment to innovation and community building in both the medical and agricultural sector. Rosa enjoys exploring flower farming intricacies and leveraging digital platforms to foster global community growth.

Rosa Garriga Mora
Digital Learning Officer, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA)

Rosa’s Story: Discovering My Passion for Associations

My inspiration to work in the international association sector stems from a deep-seated belief in contributing to the greater good, a value much more aligned with my personal ethos than the corporate sector. Since childhood, I’ve harboured a desire to orient my career internationally, a dream that has taken me across various countries including the UK, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. This journey has not only enriched my professional experience but has also deeply connected me to the global community, reinforcing my commitment to making a meaningful impact.

Working for nonprofits has allowed me to fulfill this lifelong ambition, offering a sense of purpose and fulfillment that is unmatched. I would wholeheartedly encourage others to explore this path, for it offers a unique opportunity to contribute positively to the world while experiencing the rich tapestry of global cultures and communities.

Rosa’s Approach: How to #InspireInclusion through Our Work and Actions

In my interactions with association teams, leaders, and members, I always prioritize the inclusion of diversity in all aspects of our work, especially when it comes to speaker panels, faculty selection, and the creation of educational content. Recognizing the importance of catering to diverse needs from different communities, I strive to ensure that our initiatives are as inclusive and accessible as possible. This includes promoting multilingual content to bridge language barriers and thoughtfully considering the varied perspectives and experiences of our global audience.

By actively seeking out and amplifying voices from underrepresented groups, we can create a richer, more inclusive dialogue that reflects the true diversity of our community. My strategy revolves around listening, learning, and adapting our approaches to meet the needs of all members, fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and heard. This commitment to #InspireInclusion is not just about promoting diversity; it’s about weaving it into the very fabric of our association’s culture, ensuring that inclusivity is a cornerstone of everything we do.

Rosa’s Perspective: On the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Associations

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just important for the future success of associations; they are absolutely vital in our increasingly globalized and interconnected world. These principles are essential for tackling the immense challenges of the 21st century, as they foster a rich tapestry of perspectives, experiences, and ideas that are crucial for innovation and problem-solving.

By embracing DEI, associations can tap into a broader range of insights and creativity, driving growth and ensuring their initiatives and solutions are as comprehensive and effective as possible. Moreover, DEI contributes significantly to the strength and cohesion of communities within the sector. It builds an environment of respect and belonging, where all members feel valued and empowered to contribute their best work. This sense of community and shared purpose is critical for driving collective action on global challenges, making associations more resilient and adaptable in the face of change.

In summary, embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of associations is not just a moral imperative; it’s a strategic one. These principles are key drivers of innovation, growth, and community strength, enabling associations to remain relevant and impactful in a rapidly evolving world.