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Overcoming Challenges and Rising to Success

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 2, 2020

By Leslie Bodell, TRUST President
Senior Vice President of OptumRx Client Services & Pharmacy Benefit Management Operations for Optum

We spend a lot of time thinking about things we start (careers, families, volunteering, friendships and more) and just as much time planning for success in each endeavor. But what happens when we face adversity along the way? How do we equip ourselves mentally and emotionally to address that adversity, and to pick ourselves back up to rise again?

  1. We need to realize that challenges are common and can lead to personal and professional growth. There’s an unattributed quote that speaks directly to this: “Challenges make you more responsible. Always remember that life without struggle is a life without success. Don’t give up and learn not to quit.”
    Something that has stuck with me as great resiliency advice comes from Sheryl Sandberg in her book “Option B” to avoid the “3 Ps”: Personalization: The belief we are at fault. Pervasiveness: The belief an event will affect all areas of our life. Permanence: The belief the aftershocks of the event will last forever. Any one of these beliefs can make a tough situation almost unbearable. Why do that to ourselves?
  2. We should embrace the right attitude for the situation. Success is the byproduct of your attitude when you’re dealing with adversity. Do you shrink from the situation or stand taller to face it head on? Believe in yourself. You are greater than any obstacle.
  3. We can ask for help. We don’t walk through life alone and you can still be independent and strong with a help from those around you. This can be a hard step as it requires the individual to be vulnerable. Find people, such as those who have been in a similar situation or are where you want to be, and ask for their advice.
  4. We can seek out experts in transformation and overcoming adversity. Experts in these areas have repeatedly overcome challenges and have gained transformational knowledge along the way.

The TRUST Forum is a wonderful opportunity to hear from one of those transformational experts as we welcome renowned speaker, Julie Gilbert, who will keynote the virtual event on October 27. Julie is a Senior Advisor in the Minneapolis office of McKinsey & Company, and she has extensive experience driving strategy and transformation across many different industries. We’ll also hear from Andrea Walsh, president and chief executive officer of HealthPartners, who is our 21st Century Pinnacle Leader awardee for 2020.

The Forum theme, “Together, We Rise,” rings truer than ever and the Forum will be a great chance to focus on resiliency, overcoming challenges and the power we hold to not only transform ourselves, but to change the health of our communities.

We’re all dealing with challenges this year and the TRUST is no exception. We’ve needed to pivot on a lot of programming, including the Forum, which traditionally has more than 800 attendees. While there’s no denying we will miss the opportunity to meet in person, I can assure you we have an extraordinary program that retains the traditional Forum’s inspiration, celebration and empowerment for women in health care.

And to kick things off early, this year we are hosting a free Awards Celebration on October 13 to celebrate the 18 awardees in Collaboration/Partnerships, Health/Wellbeing, Innovation/Technology, Leadership, and Volunteer/Community Engagement. At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about each of our awardees and help local charities, Second Harvest and the Minnesota Domestic Violence Project, rise through a giving campaign coordinated by the TRUST.

Join us for the 2020 TRUST Virtual Forum as well as our Awards Celebration as we rise together to overcome challenges, transform our communities and celebrate outstanding women leaders in health care.

Leslie Bodell currently serves as TRUST President and is Senior Vice President of OptumRx Client Services & Pharmacy Benefit Management Operations for Optum. Bodell holds a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a finance degree from Drake University.

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