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Spirit of Appreciation, Season of Gratitude

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Friday, November 9, 2018

Thankful. Grateful. Appreciative. There are many ways to say thanks, not only at this time of year, but all year round. Sometimes when life gets too busy and stressful it is especially important to remember all of those things we can — and should — be thankful for. Things like family, health, jobs, friends, faith and home.

Thankful word artIn the spirit of appreciation, I would like to thank all members of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and everyone who joins us in supporting women leaders in health care. On behalf of the TRUST, we are so deeply grateful for all of the support we receive:

  • Members who join the TRUST to be part of the collaborative force of dynamic women seeking to share insights, expertise and trusted knowledge to lead within the industry.
  • Volunteers who give their time serving on the TRUST Board and/or committees. You take on these roles in addition to your regular jobs. You bring your passion for making a difference and it shows!
  • Generous sponsors who host programs and/or provide financial contributions so we can continue to bring you monthly events designed to enhance leadership skills, provide educational offerings and advance the health care careers of women.
  • Speakers who donate their time and energy to inspire attendees of TRUST programs. These women challenge others to innovate, lead courageously from one’s true north, be bold and forge collaborative relationships.
  • Those who genuinely lift up other women whether through mentorship, networking or recognition of others such as nominations for the TRUST Forum Awards. Over the years we often hear how mentors and connections made a significant difference in a woman’s leadership. We also hear from women who note that receiving a TRUST award provided validation for their work.
  • TRUST Charter Members who had a vision nearly 40 years ago to support women leaders in health care. These 23 Charter Members included executives, clinicians, policy makers, business owners and leaders who shared a commitment to advance women in health care professions, influence policy and contribute to health care in our communities. Since its founding, the TRUST has grown to more than 525 members who continue to draw on the vision of our founders.

Thank you all for contributing to the success of the TRUST. Appreciation can change a day, a week or a year — it can even change a life. I can genuinely say my life has changed in so many amazing, positive ways due to my involvement with the TRUST and the remarkable women I have met along the way. I am especially appreciative of my fellow Board members who unfailingly serve and support the TRUST mission. In this season of gratitude, I know what I’m thankful for. What are you thankful for?

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, President of Medicare Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for Mii Life Inc./Select Account. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. In 2017, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Engel with a “Women of Excellence” award.

Tags:  TRUST 2019 Forum Awards  TRUST Board of Directors  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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