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Learning Is Endless and Transformative

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Maya Angelou is quoted as saying, “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” Isn’t this true for all of us? We engage in learning through formal education systems resulting in degrees and certifications, informal learning through reading or attending professional development programs, and learning through living life. Learning in its fullness — mind, body and spirit — fosters transformation of self, others and the communities with which we engage.

The synergy among each of us, others and the world invites continuous growth. While we each see areas in ourselves for growth, we also depend on others to show us what we cannot see, to be mirrors showing us opportunities. T. S. Eliot reminds us of the cyclical nature of learning noting, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” This unbroken learning invites us to co-create the future through new explorations, new partnerships and renewed insights.

A love of learning can build knowledge, inspire hope, generate confidence, spark innovation and enhance wisdom. Learning is a conscious act. As Abigail Adams noted, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.”

Lifelong learning and education is one of the TRUST’s four core pillars. Through education we can gain knowledge, new attitudes, skills and experiences necessary to nurture our personal self, professional self and their integration. We invite you to engage in the TRUST to support your learning journey; consider these examples of benefits:

  • Professional and Personal Development — The TRUST offers professional and personal development opportunities that engage participants in cutting-edge topics of importance to women leaders in health care. Our event calendar includes up-to-date programs of interest such as our Special Programs and Pinnacle Leader Dinners.
  • Annual Meeting — Our signature Annual Meeting, held each fall, is scheduled on September 27. This is a wonderful event to share and receive wisdom from fellow women leaders in health care and hear an inspiring presentation. We welcome keynote Cindy Kent, former President and General Manager of the 3M Infection Prevention Division. Cindy will share her insights as a health care veteran with more than 20 years in the industry. Moreover, we will celebrate the TRUST’s accomplishments of the past year and discover what is coming in the year ahead.
  • Accelerate! Mentoring — The TRUST mentoring program is a unique learning opportunity. The newly redesigned, stronger and more meaningful program will be launched in September.
  • TRUST Communications — Blogs, newsletters and social media are regular avenues used to share thoughtful information, data and trends as well as third party articles on topics related to TRUST pillars, our mission and our vision. We learn from each other, and we invite you to like, comment on and share our communications and social media posts.

Learning is your personal journey. Your passion for learning fosters your own transformation as well as that of others. The TRUST is a community of women leaders that creates opportunities to network within the health care industry, offers programs designed to enhance leadership skills, provides educational offerings, and advances the health care careers of women. The TRUST is here to inspire and support you. Most significantly, the TRUST offers the gift of listening to one another in support of learning and transformation. Enjoy the journey.

Connie White Delaney 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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