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Reflections and Focus for a New TRUST Year

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, 22 hours ago
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I am honored to serve as the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST President and join the Board of numerous strong, stellar women leaders in the health care industry: Monica Engel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; Theresa Pesch, Children’s Health Care Foundation/Children’s Minnesota; Chris Bent, Allina Health Group; Amy Ronneberg, National Marrow Donor Program/Be the Match; Leslie Bodell, Optum; Julie Dekker, Fulcrum Health; Amy Dewane, HealthPartners; Sharon Gabrielson, Mayo Clinic; Sheri Henck, Medtronic; Beth Honkomp, CentraCare Health System; Ellyn Hosch, Prime Therapeutics; Jana Johnson, formerly of Medica; Stefanie Lenway, Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas; Leslie McDonnell, 3M’s Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division; Nancy McMorran, DeCare Dental; Allison O’Connor, Fathom Consulting; Dee Thibodeau, Charter Solutions; and Mary Welsh, UnitedHealth Group.

Join me in expressing our gratitude to Theresa Pesch, Immediate Past President of the TRUST. The TRUST was fortunate to have Theresa’s influence and strong leadership on the TRUST Board and organization. It has been a pleasure to work closely with her over the last year.

The Board of Directors met recently to define and refine our priorities for 2018 and reaffirm the TRUST’s mission “to support women leaders in health care” and vision “to be a collaborative force of dynamic women in health care, aligned to share insights, expertise and trusted knowledge to lead within the industry.”

Our full plan for the year is very detailed with priorities to empower the membership through support from each of our committees. Here are some highlights that the Board, in partnership with all members, believes will have a transformative impact and lift up the collaborative force of dynamic women in health care in the year ahead.

  • Take TRUST Programs to a higher level. We plan to expand new, edgy content, responding to member feedback valuing thought leader and other strong programming focused on our turbulent health care market environment and opportunities to foster transformation.
  • Strengthen our value proposition. We are committed to advancement of women in health care and welcome thoughts and insights to enhance our value proposition for both current and prospective members.
  • Continue to grow and retain membership. We celebrate our recent milestone of reaching 500 members! And, we welcome creative engagement of both new and veteran members to advance our mission.
  • Continue to define our core competencies. What does the TRUST do best, and how can we improve?
  • Create enduring relationships between the TRUST and our sponsors. Strong support of sponsors is a hallmark of our Forum and other events. We will continue to expand visibility of our sponsors and partners throughout the year.

I welcome engaging with current and prospective members, sponsors, and partners via the TRUST’s communication channels. Please visit our website as well as our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter channels for more information about our inspiring and thought-provoking programs throughout the year.

Connie currently serves as TRUST President, and Professor and Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Delaney holds degrees in nursing and mathematics, adult health nursing, educational administration, and informatics. Delaney’s work is expanding connections, collaborations, integrative informatics, and social structures which advance co-discovery of solutions that transform health and education systems.

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The Definition of a Strong Woman

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Friday, September 1, 2017
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This is my last blog post as Women’s Health Leadership TRUST President and I can’t begin to tell you all how much I appreciated serving in this role for the past year. I’m especially thankful for the nearly 500 women in health care who make up our membership.

You are the strength of the TRUST. The TRUST exists for and because of strong women like you. Melinda Gates has frequently spoken about what makes a woman strong1:

“How does she grow into a strong woman? It begins with a step that sounds simple, but isn’t. She finds her voice. A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. …
“It’s not easy to bring a new idea into existence. It’s not easy even to stand up and talk about why things need to change. I know that from my own experience as a young adolescent searching for my own voice. It’s a long and difficult process, and I think it’s fair to say that it’s never finished. At least I hope it’s never finished. I think a voice is always a work in progress.”

Thank you all for contributing to the success and strength of the TRUST. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as President and truly hope you have become stronger through your TRUST experience. I often hear from members who share how their involvement with the TRUST has positively impacted their lives whether through volunteer service, one of our professional advancement programs, Accelerate! Mentoring or someone met during a TRUST networking opportunity.

I hope you continue to use the TRUST to find or enhance your voice and strength. You will soon be in the very capable hands of Dr. Connie Delaney who will take over as TRUST President at the Annual Meeting on September 28 and I know Connie will carry on the enduring mission of the TRUST. I look forward to staying on the board as Immediate Past President and continuing to serve you all.

I’ve used this blog several times to talk about one’s True North — who you are based on your values. My final words of advice are to find your True North and authentic voice if you haven’t yet done so, and then stay true to it. You’ll find when you’re true to your internal compass of values and true to your voice it becomes much easier to be a strong, courageous leader.

1, Melinda Gates Powerful Voices Luncheon, October 16, 2003

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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Show Me the Money: The Business Case for Female Leaders

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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The TRUST is built on supporting women leaders in health care so it’s no surprise our members know women can be great leaders. A recent study proves the point and makes a strong business case for female leaders.

The study by Robert Naess1 of Nordea Bank AB found companies with a female leader, either as a chief executive or head of the board of directors, beat industry performance benchmarks in all but one year since 2009. The female-led companies had an average annualized return of 25%, double the 11% on the MSCI World Index. This main point bears repeating — organizations with a woman at the top performed significantly better.

Another study by Credit Suisse2 found organizations with at least one woman on the board out-performed those without women. That held true for average growth and return on equity and share price.

There’s much speculation as to why women leaders in these studies were able to get better returns for their companies. Naess has two speculations: 1) women may be more conservative resulting in fewer negative surprises, and 2) perhaps “only the very best women can actually get to the top.”

It is interesting to delve deeper into the reasons why things happen; however, it’s disappointing the same question does not appear to be asked of male leaders. Why do women seem to undergo greater scrutiny? Is it so unbelievable that women can be strong business leaders simply because they are smart and excellent fits within their careers of choice?

I find it refreshing Naess and Nordea are walking the talk regardless of the reasons why. The Nordea Global Stable Equity Fund, featuring a substantial number of female-led companies, has returned 14 percent each year for more than five years. That’s nothing to sneeze at and should be a wake-up call, especially to organizations without female leadership.

A recent New York Times article3 noted a little over 6 percent of women hold chief executive positions within Fortune 500 companies. That’s progress albeit at a snail’s pace. The same article stated the lack of women CEOs isn’t due to a pipeline problem, it’s “about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers.” Interviews with a number of senior women in business showed these women found barriers to their ascent were more pervasive than they believed possible. Most barriers were related to perceptions – conscious and unconscious bias – such as being seen as too dependable, not visionary enough, too assertive, or not vocal enough. These themes were discussed in our July blog.

I’m proud of our TRUST members and their organizations for the shared commitment to advancing and empowering women in health care professions. Yet, there’s much more work to be done to accelerate the pace of change for all women in all professions and industries.

1 Smart Company, 8/4/17
3 New York Times, 7/21/17

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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Find Your Authentic Voice, Speak Your Truth

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017
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I believe in the power of the voice of women.” – Malala Yousafzai

Your voice is more than the sound produced by your vocal cords. Your voice is an expression of your wishes, choices and opinions. Your voice has influential power. Unfortunately, in 2017 women are still being silenced or shamed for their voice, especially when viewed as being assertive.

Some of the stories of women being silenced are high profile. Senator Kamala Harris was scolded during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June by the committee’s male chairman who said her style of questioning was disrespectful. Senator Richard Burr went on to inform Senator Harris she should show “courtesy” and be more polite when questioning people. Senator Harris has now turned her admonishment into a rallying cry of “Courage, Not Courtesy.”

The silencing and shaming of women’s voices is not isolated to politics. I’ve heard women in a multitude of industries share their personal stories of being shushed or told their voices were not appropriate, i.e., too loud, too soft, too professional, not professional enough, too feminine, too masculine, too direct, not direct enough, and so on.

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In included a key premise that women are judged more harshly when voicing opinions. Assertive men are respected for being direct while women acting in a similar manner are often deemed to be overbearing or selfish.

Much of the difference of voice by gender comes down to differing standards and cultural stereotypes according to Joseph Grenny coauthor of Crucial Conversations. He states, “Women are burdened with the assumption that they will conform to cultural stereotypes that typecast women as caring and nurturing. Speaking forcefully violates these cultural norms, and women are judged more harshly than men for the same degree of assertiveness.” 1

The perception of women having a more caring and kind voice also appears to be a key reason virtual assistant voices, such as Siri and Alexa, are female. A recent survey by Accenture Federal Services noted more than 60% of respondents preferred a digital assistant voice with a young, female and human-sounding voice.2

How do we combat stereotypes and unconscious bias associated with voice? First, we need to be bold and stay true to our voice in the same way we are authentic by leading from our true north. Second, it’s essential to call out unconscious bias and empower others to do so as well. For example, speak up if you observe someone always relegating women to note-taker roles rather than leading the discussion. Third, consider unconscious bias training. There are many free online resources if your organization doesn’t offer such training. Google has put great effort into its re:Work unbiasing guides, available free online, to make “the unconscious conscious” in order to create a more welcoming and inclusive workplace.

Be bold, be courageous and speak your truth.

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.
1 The Huffington Post, 6/8/17
2, 6/28/17  

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Your Career Doesn't Take the Summer Off

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Remember when summer meant three months away from teachers and homework? As adults, our careers do not take the summer off. We need to continually nurture our careers through further education, which includes gaining experience, knowledge and skills. Summer is a great time to review your education strategy and identify any gaps you may have.

Here are a few ways the TRUST can assist with your ongoing education needs:

  • Professional and Personal Development – The TRUST offers many opportunities throughout the year for professional and personal development learning that will engage participants in the latest topics of importance to women leaders in health care. Make sure to review our Event Calendar regularly to map out upcoming programs of interest such as our Monthly Programs and Pinnacle Leader Dinners.
  • Accelerate! Mentoring – This annual mentoring program from the TRUST continues to grow and we’ll start accepting applications for the next calendar year in the fall, which makes summer an ideal time to consider this program. Mentor and mentee partner matches occur late in the fall, and the program begins in January.
  • TRUST Talks – Our TRUST Talks webinar series showcases the expertise of TRUST members and invited guests in fulfillment of the TRUST’s mission of promoting development of health care leaders. Recent TRUST Talks included Sarah Keenan, RN, RSN, Chief Clinical Officer and President at Bluestone Physician Services, sharing how to lead in a high-growth environment, and Laura Gandrud, MD, pediatric endocrinologist at Children's McNeely Pediatric Diabetes Center explaining the importance of core goals to help young patients and their families overcome barriers presented by diabetes. These are truly unique learning opportunities!
  • Annual Meeting – Save the date for the TRUST Annual Meeting on September 28. This is a wonderful time to network and receive wisdom from fellow women leaders in health care. In addition, we’ll take a look back at accomplishments of the past year and learn what is coming in the year ahead.
  • Social Media Sharing – We realize many of our members actively use social media to learn about new skills and stay on top of trends. As such, we routinely share relevant content from reputable news sites on the TRUST LinkedIn “company” page, LinkedIn group page, Facebook @TheWHLTrust and Twitter @WHLTrust accounts. Be sure to follow us and stay connected for additional opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills.

We believe strongly in our role to help members continue to learn through a variety of programs and initiatives. In fact, sharing insights, expertise and trusted knowledge is part of the TRUST Vision. This summer, remember to prepare for your ongoing education needs in addition to prepping for long weekends at the lake and campfires at the cabin.

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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Advance Your Career with Passion

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Monday, May 1, 2017

Another marvelous Forum has wrapped up and, as always, we left inspired and ready to lead with passion. Keynote Susan Salka had us rethinking notions about women and leadership in health care. We got to hear from amazing women leaders such as Stacie Usem, 2017 Jean Harris Award winner, and Dee Thibodeau, 2017 recipient of the 21st Century Pinnacle Award. And we can’t forget about the 12 finalists and six winners of our Partnership & Collaboration awards – women who are truly shaking up the status quo in their areas of health care.

Building on the energy from the Forum, perhaps now is an excellent time to evaluate your career and plans for further development or advancement. Perhaps you heard Susan Salka talk about the need for personal passion in order to innovate and successfully collaborate, and it got you thinking about the things you are most passionate about. Did you know Susan advanced her career at AMN Healthcare in a variety of roles over the span of 27 years? Susan is a prime example of leading and growing personally and professionally by being passionate about her work.

Dee Thibodeau has a wonderful principle she lives by, which she discussed in her Forum video. It’s the idea that when you become a leader, it’s your responsibility to bring other women along with you. If we work together, we all will be successful. This is exactly what the TRUST set out to do and we’re passionate about it. We exist to help lift one another up whether through networking, mentoring programs like Accelerate! or programs such as the Pinnacle Leader Dinners. TRUST offerings are there to help aid leadership development and career advancement to help elevate not just one individual, but all of us as a whole.

Career advancement looks different for different people. To one person, it means reaching a top position. To another, it means starting a business. To another, it means gaining more experience in multiple areas to prepare for a more complex role in the near future. No matter how you define it, career advancement should be continually evaluated and considered rather than left to chance.

If you’re a member of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, congrats; you’ve already taken one step toward your career advancement! As you develop your career advancement plan, map out areas where the TRUST can help you achieve your goals. Do you need to fine-tune or acquire certain skills? Do you need to grow your network?

Think big, be bold, follow your passion, and take control of your career advancement. The TRUST, along with more than 450 members, is here to help!

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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Collaboration, Partnerships and Thank-Yous

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Thursday, April 6, 2017
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April is a big month for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST with our signature professional development and networking event, The Forum, on April 20. It’s fitting the Forum theme this year is Collaboration through Partnership because it takes a great deal of collaboration and partnerships to make this extraordinary event occur. There are a number of people to thank for contributing to the Forum.

Thanks to the volunteers on the Forum Committee who have given their time since last fall to pull together this event. It’s the volunteers who make everything look seamless and easy even when we know it takes a great deal of effort and passion to bring about such a phenomenal event.

Thank you to our spectacular Forum sponsors who give generously so the TRUST can continue to offer a stellar evening of learning and networking opportunities for more than 800 attendees. Revenue generated during the Forum also contributes to our monthly programming throughout the year. When you see our sponsors at the Forum, please thank them for their contributions to the TRUST.

Thanks to everyone who made a nomination for the Forum Awards. We received so many outstanding nominations that the judges said it was very difficult to narrow the field in each category. In the end, 18 finalists were selected and six winners will be announced live at the Forum on April 20. Be sure to talk to the finalists at the Forum and learn more about their extraordinary collaborations. Our award finalists have some amazing stories to tell and we all have the opportunity to learn from their initiatives.

Thank you to our Forum keynote, Susan Salka, CEO, president and director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., based in San Diego, Calif. Under Susan’s leadership, AMN has become known as the innovator in health care workforce solutions and the largest and most diversified health care staffing company in the nation. Susan is a dynamic industry spokesperson in the health care community, is keenly aware of the need to promote the value of women in leadership and takes an active role helping others to achieve their personal and professional goals. Several of us with the TRUST have heard Susan speak in the past and, trust us, you will not be disappointed!

And thank you in advance to everyone who will attend the Forum on April 20. The Forum is an annual event for you! We know you want quality programs and stellar networking opportunities, and the Forum delivers on both. There’s truly something for everyone at the Forum! If you have not yet registered, there’s still time — don’t miss this signature event.

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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Spring Brings Renewed Optimism and Bold Events

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Monday, March 6, 2017
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There’s a saying that “no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” The start of the year can be a bit chaotic; however, springtime brings a new optimism. There’s excitement in the air and people are ready to appear from their winter hiding places. Don’t believe me? In March the TRUST is hosting seven different events, including three free pop-up discussions on collaboration topics.  I think our Programming Committee knows people are ready to ramp up their professional development and networking!

March is also Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day. This year’s Women’s Day theme is Be Bold for Change. Three of their five recommended bold actions for women include forging women’s advancement, celebrating women’s achievements and championing women’s education. Sound familiar? The TRUST is deeply rooted in those principles with our four pillars — leadership development, career advancement, education and networking — to help support the careers of women leaders in health care.

Spring also brings our signature education and networking Forum event on April 20. More than 400 women are already registered for the event and we’re anticipating more than 900 for the evening with keynote Susan Salka, CEO and President of AMN Healthcare. The Forum just gets bigger and better each year, and I hope you’ll join us. You can register as an individual or as a table of 10 — either way you’re ensured ample opportunities to connect with women leaders in health care. Remember, Forum registration rates increase after March 20 so don’t delay. Sponsorship opportunities are another great way to influence hundreds of Forum attendees and maximize your exposure in a fun atmosphere.

All TRUST spring events are ripe for networking, so make sure to freshen up your networking game. Great networking starts with a goal. Do you want to meet a specific person? Seek a mentor? Get to know casual connections better? Find out information about a particular company? Identify a program collaborator? Let people know what your goal is.

Another helpful networking tip is to connect others. Can you help someone with their networking goals by recommending a new connection? Are you helping colleagues meet new people? The Forum is an event where you may find yourself seated with people you know and some you don’t know. This is a great time to get to know your tablemates better.

I hope to see you at several of our March and April events!

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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Stay True as an Authentic Leader During Times of Change: Election Impact on Health Care Industry

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Friday, February 3, 2017
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It’s a small understatement to say the health care industry is in the midst of a sea of change. Leadership in health care is vitally important right now and the TRUST is focused on providing a dialogue as we move through the year. And we continue to support our members through our four pillars — Leadership Development, Education, Career Advancement and Networking — so they can be the best leaders possible.

Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, has written extensively about finding one’s True North, which represents who you are based on your values and sources of satisfaction in your life. When you find your True North, your leadership will be authentic. He states, “The key is knowing the True North of your internal compass, and then staying on course in spite of the challenges and seductions that cause so many leaders to go astray.”1 Remember to stay true to your True North.

Every election cycle sees changes to the health care landscape and this cycle is no different in that regard; however, there appears to be more focus on changing health care at the federal and state levels than ever before. Each day features a new headline, such as, “The Fight for Health Care has Begun,”2 “Republicans Have Plans to Replace Obamacare — Now They Need to Agree on One,”3 and “The Meaning of ‘Access’ to Health Care.”4
Will anticipated changes pan out? Only time will tell which ones will be implemented. What many in the profession are focusing on now is running the business as usual while also keeping a close eye to the horizon and having discussions with fellow health care leaders to prepare for the future.

The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is helping lead the dialogue with an Election Impact Review program on March 3. Key leaders in health care will discuss anticipated changes at the federal and state levels. I hope you can join us for this program as we explore impact on health coverage, Medicare and Medicaid payment reform, health care exchanges, and paying for value. Our goal is to help members and non-members prepare their organizations for success.

The Election Impact Review will include guest speakers Minnesota State Senator Michelle R. Benson, Deputy Majority Leader Chair – Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee; Robert E. Nesse, MD, Senior Director for Payment Reform, Mayo Clinic, and Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic; Chet Speed, JD, LLM, Vice President of Public Policy, American Medical Group Association; Elena McFann, Chief Executive Officer, Central Region, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement; and moderator Sharon Gabrielson, Chair – Global Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic, and Board of Directors, Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.

The new political administration is evolving and it’s difficult to predict what the future of health care will hold. The TRUST will continue to provide educational resources for members to help them parse through changing information as we move through the year. The TRUST is here to support women leaders in health care, and together, we can drive positive change and shape the future of health care even in uncertain times.

Theresa Pesch currently serves as TRUST President and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

1 True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, 2007
2 The New York Times, January 10, 2017
3 NPR, January 26, 2017
4 The Atlantic, January 24, 2017

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Enhance Your Creativity through Collaboration

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Children's Minnesota, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Hello, 2017! A new year is a time of reflection and, for many, of resolutions. The start of the new year in January is also Creativity Month and it should be no surprise as to why. It’s a fresh start on the clock. A time when the world is full of endless possibilities! This year, as you look ahead to your professional goals, I encourage you to be more creative and innovative.

You may think you’re either born creative or you’re not; however, creativity is a skill anyone can learn. One way to build your creativity is to engage with people who are different from you. If we only engage with those who are like us, we’re not growing. When you open yourself up to new people, healthy disruption can occur and new ideas flow more readily.

Collaboration is a perfect way to open yourself up to creativity – and you’ll meet wonderful new people and organizations along the way. Collaborative experiences can challenge us to open up our minds and truly shake up the status quo and reframe traditional thinking. This is why collaboration and creativity are common themes for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. In fact, this year’s Forum is focused on innovative collaboration and partnerships.

The TRUST is often focused on creativity and collaboration because they make us better people, better professionals. These are skills in high demand for leaders of any industry, and are vitally important for the health care industry. Creative collaboration can create:

  • Empathetic engagement with a focus on developing a diverse understanding of the needs, desires and values of the health care consumer.
  • Radical new ideas when creative tensions fostered by opposing ideas work together to find a solution that improves health care delivery.
  • Vision necessary to move forward past the concept phase to test ideas and learn as you go.

Creativity takes courage to move outside of your comfort zone. Push yourself creatively at least once a month and it won’t be long until creativity is part of who you are. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou

Theresa currently serves as TRUST president; she is president of Children’s Health Care Foundation and vice president of development for Children’s Minnesota. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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