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Rise Together Through Inspiration and Strength

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 28, 2020

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

How are you doing as we head into the final stretch of 2020? Personally, I’m feeling inspired and energized by the momentum and sense of community that continues to strengthen in the TRUST, in my work at Optum, and across the health care system. Of course, there are days I need those reminders to be mindful, strong and resilient, and this has been a uniquely challenging year. And, hopefully you’ve had days when you were filled with so much inspiration you empowered others as well as yourself

One source of inspiration for me is Julie Gilbert, our keynote at the virtual TRUST Virtual Forum on October 27. The TRUST has had the opportunity to speak with Julie throughout the year and she is so full of energy! You naturally leave a conversation with Julie feeling empowered and ready to overcome any challenges you face.
Want proof? Here are just a few of our favorite quotes from Julie:

  • Our responsibility as leaders is to inspire others to believe in themselves and become someone they never dreamed possible.
  • Surround yourself with the very strength you share.
  • Positive thinking drives hope; hope creates outcomes
  • Where you put your energy is where you will land.

And, I know Julie is thrilled to speak with you all in October at the Forum! If you’re still unfamiliar with her, 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, including health care. Julie’s keynote will focus on resiliency, overcoming challenges and the power we hold to transform ourselves as well as the health of our communities – a perfect fit with our Forum theme, “Together, We Rise.”

Our virtual format this year also led to a new opportunity as we host a free Awards Celebration on October 13 to celebrate the 18 awardees in five categories. At the Awards Celebration, you’ll learn more about each awardee and have the opportunity to help 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 on October 27 as well as our Awards Celebration as we rise together to overcome challenges, transform our communities and celebrate outstanding women leaders in health care. As an added bonus, the TRUST is offering a membership discount ($35 off) when a new, nonmember purchases a ticket to the Forum event on October 27. I look forward to sharing these exceptional events with you all as we surround each other with strength and inspiration to rise together!

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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