My guest today is Carine Clark, CEO of Banyan, a company that helps medical practices engage with their patients. A three-time CEO, she’s been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology in the Utah region, as well as Utah CEO of the Year. On top of all her many career accomplishments, Carine is also a mother and cancer survivor.

“I’ve been changed, understanding that we’re all going to die. So I know I’m going to die, I don’t waste time on anything that’s not going to help me do what I need to do, help me become a better person. And I use all that scar tissue from the past to move pretty quickly though problems.”

Truthfully, Carine moved quickly through problems even before her cancer diagnosis. Looking at her career path is akin to looking at a game of Chutes and Ladders—she would seemingly slip down a few steps, choosing to take a job below her existing pay grade, only to rise far above everyone else in a short time frame. From large companies to small startups and back up again, Carine was not afraid to step back to slingshot forward, even if she appeared crazy to everyone else.

“So I guess the message for me is that, you have to listen to your inner core self, that knows you better than anyone.”

Nestled into her career success is also Carine’s amazing battle with cancer, which we discuss in the podcast and I hope inspires you as much as it has inspired me.

“[I]t was…a great learning experience for me because we are tougher than we know. And people are good. And happiness is a choice. Those were the three things that I took out of it.”

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