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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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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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Embrace Change and Thrive

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 13, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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

Resist change or adapt to it. Those are the core decisions you face when change comes knocking. And change has knocked loudly and often in 2020. Sometimes change is an invited guest we welcome with open arms, while other times change is the visitor dropping by unexpectedly just as you were ready to depart for vacation.

We’ve all needed to adapt in some way (likely many ways) to the change brought about this year by COVID-19, which definitely was an uninvited guest. Have you been resisting change, whether from the pandemic, social justice, your work environment or your home environment?

There’s still time to adapt and move through the changes you’re facing. So, how does one not only survive change, but thrive in change? Here are some tips from Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review:

  1. Acknowledge the change. It may feel comfortable in the short-term to deny change; however, recognizing and being ok with change can be less stressful in the long run.
  2. Focus on your health and wellbeing. Keep to a regular schedule during the day and at night. Eat as healthy as possible and take time for exercise, even short amounts a few times a week.
  3. Focus on values, not fears. Remind yourself of what is important and that your identity isn’t compromised by one situation.
  4. Fight for the future. No matter what has happened in the past, you are free to decide how to respond and what to do. Past negative changes do not need to hold back future positive changes.
  5. Expect change, not stability. Change will always come. Do not spend time pining for the good old days because that time and place no longer exists.

The familiar and predictable can feel very safe; however, the world is ever changing, thus we must be open to change. The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is not immune to dealing with change. This year we have:

  • Pivoted from in-person programming to virtual sessions to maintain education, leadership development and career development opportunities for our members.
  • Implemented virtual networking coffees and happy hours to stay connected and provide continued opportunities to meet others and share ideas.
  • Restructured our signature Forum event.
    • October 13 – a special lunch program, free to the public, recognizing the 18 outstanding women in health care who are this year’s Forum Award recipients.
    • October 27 – the Forum will feature keynote Julie Gilbert and 21st Century Pinnacle Leader awardee, Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners. Julie’s keynote will focus on resiliency, overcoming challenges and the power we hold to change the health of our community.
  • Shared our voice with others in Minnesota health care that stand opposed to acts of racism and violence, and provided information to members on resources to get involved on a personal level.

The TRUST realizes we have more work to do on many fronts as we move through change. We all do! Now is not the time to fear change, but to acknowledge it and move through it for a thriving future.

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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Here's to Strong, Supportive Women

Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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

There’s an unattributed quote I’m continually reminded of: “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back.” It resonates with me because part of the mission at the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is members supporting fellow members – as women leaders in health care and as individuals. Women supporting women – that’s powerful!

During my time with the TRUST, I’ve witnessed and heard a number of stories of our members supporting fellow members or women leaders in their communities. One recent story particularly moved me because it so vividly demonstrates the encouragement and empowerment that can lead to personal and professional fulfillment. Here is the story of TRUST members Katie and Jennifer, two strong, supportive women who took a chance on each other, which led to something pretty special.

Katie Jacobson, a board-certified financial advisor specializing in medical provider planning with Northwestern Mutual, is also a member of the TRUST’s Sponsorship committee. A social distancing happy hour reconnected her with her childhood neighbor, Steve Upton, owner of Schmidt Prototypes. When the pandemic hit, Steve’s company started producing 3D printed “ear savers” – a small device worn with masks to make them more comfortable. Katie knew how valuable these would be to health care workers; however, she wasn’t sure how to quickly get the word out to the large number of health care organizations in the state. But she knew where to start.

 

Enter Jennifer Olson, senior vice president of system operations and chief strategy officer at Children’s Minnesota as well as a TRUST Board member. Jennifer and Katie met through the TRUST’s IMPACT mentoring program as participants. They connected again at another TRUST networking event and stayed in touch via LinkedIn. “One of the first people I reached out to was Jennifer,” said Katie. “I told her, ‘I have access to these ear savers. Would your organization be interested? And if you’re comfortable and willing, would you connect me with other health care organizations that may be interested?’”

Interested might be a small understatement for Jennifer’s level of commitment. Not only did Jennifer help procure 4,500 ear savers for Children’s Minnesota, she reached out to her network at hospitals and helped connect Katie to an additional 18 health care organizations (and growing as this blog was written). Through their efforts, Katie and Jennifer facilitated the distribution of more than 35,000 ear saver donations in Minnesota to dental clinics, labs, hospice care, pharmacies, health clinics and hospital systems.

“I was happy and honored to help Katie navigate the industry to reach the right folks,” said Jennifer. “I am amazed by her ingenuity, persistence and energy to make an impact – not just a little one, but a significant and meaningful one! Katie took a simple lead and ran a mile with it. The credit goes to Katie and Steve for this wonderful, state-wide contribution.”

“I’m still in awe of how kind and professional Jennifer was throughout this process,” said Katie. “She went above and beyond for the community and for me, and I can’t thank her enough.”

Katie continues to work with Steve to supply ear savers for free to health care organizations. Some of you reading this may be interested in obtaining these free ear savers for your health care organization or can help Katie connect with others. You can reach Katie directly at katie.jacobson@nm.com.

Many thanks to all involved, especially Katie and Jennifer! When women support each other, incredible things happen.

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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Thankful for Today, Hopeful for Tomorrow

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 4, 2020
Updated: Thursday, June 4, 2020

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

I hope this message finds you all well. It has now been about three months since COVID-19 upended so many things about the world we knew. And although the journey thus far has not been easy, I find there are many things to be hopeful about and thankful for.

I’m hopeful that all we’ve learned about COVID-19 will ultimately save lives and drive needed fundamental changes in the healthcare ecosystem. I’m hopeful for the work continuing at a swift pace to find a vaccine. I’m hopeful furloughed health care workers and across all industries will soon be back to work. And I’m hopeful for stronger bonds being formed within families as well as with friends, colleagues and previously conflicted groups.

And I’m hopeful because of all of you – more than 500 members of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. You’re all doing amazing things under extraordinary circumstances. You’re saving lives and, during the darkest of days, you’re providing comfort to families experiencing loss. I hear from so many who are taking the time to prioritize their health and are recommitting to family. And you’re giving a lot of grace along the way knowing that although we’re all in this together, we’re also all in different stages of our collective journey.

The Atlantic publication had an article about hope and how we care for one another. The author describes how his partner makes note of signs of hope he sees. He calls these signs of hope “seedlings.” I love that vision of hope seedlings taking root and growing stronger, and it especially resonates this time of year. 

I hope in some small way the TRUST can be a hope seedling for you, whether to help you connect, be more mindful or to keep learning. We’re offering a number of virtual happy hour networking sessions as well as educational programming for professional and personal growth. Please reach out and share your thoughts on additional topics and speakers the TRUST can offer for virtual programming. Your feedback can make us all stronger! 

Wow, that was a lot of HOPE in those five paragraphs – time to switch back to being thankful! I’m so thankful for all of you. It can be tough to get involved as a member in a normal situation, and as we know, 2020 is no normal year. We are incredibly grateful for those who joined the TRUST recently and to those who have renewed. Together, our membership makes us strong!

I’m thankful for our speakers and virtual session leaders who have taken on the extra work with aplomb. We have maxed out attendance in several of our virtual sessions – it’s great to you are finding value in these topics and also as a way to connect with fellow TRUST members.

I’m also thankful for our TRUST board members and committee members, who invest so much of their time to sustaining and evolving the TRUST, to ensure we are delivering value to our members and staying true to our mission and core value pillars.

There’s so much to be thankful for today and hopeful for tomorrow. Start every day with new hope. Look for and nurture the hope seedlings you see. Today’s small sprout can be tomorrow’s strong and vibrant garden because when we support one another, incredible things happen. Enjoy the early days of summer!

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Strength, Resilience and Mindfulness: The Superpowers We All Need Right Now

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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

How are you all doing? The time between my last note to you and now has moved incredibly fast, yet painstakingly slow, addressing this stage of COVID work and personal life. I hope you have been able to take time to prioritize your health and wellbeing – more than ever I’m finding I have to work hard to keep that commitment!

The world has changed a great deal and it can often feel overwhelming. I’m thankful to hear amazing stories of grace and strength. Health care professionals doing their jobs with professionalism and courage. Community members making masks. University of Minnesota Medical School students developing a new, low-cost ventilator. Distilleries making hand sanitizer. Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota partnering for widespread COVID-19 testing. The list goes on and on. I’m so proud to be a Minnesotan and part of our excellent health care industry!

Another health care story that makes me feel good is the much-deserved recognition given to health experts like Jan Malcolm, Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health. Jan was named our 2019 21st Century Pinnacle Leader – the highest honor from the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. I find it extremely reassuring knowing Jan is providing pandemic guidance for Minnesota. As the Star Tribune recently noted, “Her contemporaries have started calling her ‘Minnesota’s Dr. Fauci,’ likening her to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.” Thank you, Jan, for your frank responses, calm demeanor and non-partisan counsel.

There are many like Jan, including the courageous doctors, nurses and hospital staff, demonstrating strength and resilience every day. We likely have a long road ahead and a positive spirit and focus on our wellbeing will serve us well as we navigate forward. One way we can enhance our health and wellbeing is through mindfulness.

Mindfulness is “a state of being aware of one’s present moment and calmly acknowledging one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.” Research has shown this therapeutic technique helps us reduce insomnia, anxiety and depression because mindfulness allows for a more nurturing lens during difficult situations. It helps you focus on the things you can control.

If you’ve ever flown, you know the safety guidelines state to secure your own oxygen mask before helping others. This supports the notion, actually the truth, that you can’t effectively help others if you’re not taking care of yourself.  We all encourage, and support, the wellbeing of our family and friends. Let us all please take the time to do the same for ourselves.

Here are a few mindfulness and self-care resources you may find helpful:

Remember, things will get better. There’s a saying that ‘it may be stormy now, but it never rains forever.’ Together, we are stronger. Together, we can manage through this. Be kind to yourself and to one another.

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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Lessons in Grace Amidst Uncertainty

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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

The past months have been unprecedented across the globe. As professionals in the health care industry, we’ve all felt the effects. My thoughts are with anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19, especially those who are sick and under medical care. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the health care professionals on the front lines working to contain the outbreak and care for patients. Thank you for all you are doing for public safety, even at the risk of your own health. We will get through these times by putting people first and working together.

These past few weeks have required us all to be more mindful as we do our jobs and live our lives. I have been more mindful of what others are experiencing; this has provided new lessons in grace. It’s so important to give ourselves and others some grace during these uncertain times. We’re all going through something monumentally different (and frightening) and many are juggling caring for children and elderly parents, new work environments and more. Now is the time to help out, be understanding and be flexible.

What is normal looks very different for most people right now. And that’s true for the TRUST as well. We have rescheduled our annual Forum to October 27 and paused all in-person programming. We may be working differently, but it does not mean our TRUST work stops. We continue to hold virtual Board and committee meetings, encourage virtual mentor and mentee sessions, move forward with a redesign of the TRUST website and add virtual programming for members until we can meet safely in person again.

We encourage you to register for several virtual networking events as well as for our April 14th program, Impostor Syndrome.

We also want to best meet your needs from us in light of COVID-19. What would be most helpful to you right now from the TRUST? Virtual networking to stay in touch? Links to trusted COVID-19 resources? Other ideas? Please share your thoughts here or at info@whltrust.org.

It’s at times like this when we are guided by our mission to support, inspire and offer insights. Let’s put people first and do the right thing. Let’s be mindful of what others are going through and continue to support one another. Let’s rise together, through the uncertainty, giving each other grace along the way.

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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Why Mentoring Matters to US All

Posted By Administrator, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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

Mentoring finds us all at different times. We may first experience it in high school or college. Mentoring may find us in out career as a leader or colleague takes us under their wings we can even experience reverse mentoring when someone younger guides us with new skills and knowledge. Mentoring is deeply valuable to us all throughout our lifetimes.

I have both mentored and been mentored, and through my involvement, I gained a stronger commitment to my profession with clearer eyes on the road ahead. Those mentoring relationships have come in many forms, informal and formal, internal and external, within and across industry, a close friend or family member, and supportive and inspirational leaders. My experiences with mentoring shape the multitude of personal and professional relationships I have. New knowledge, skills, perspectives and networks we develop have a way of strengthening those around us as well. Mentoring is a gift that keeps giving and helps others rise!

The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST IMPACT Mentorship Program is underway and we’ve been hearing excellent feedback as participants enhance their leadership skills. These women are taking the lead to advance the health care careers of women in our industry.

We will continue to share stories of mentoring and the IMPACT Mentoring Program throughout the year. I hope you will consider participating in this informative program next year. It is a powerful journey for mentees and mentors alike as they broaden industry perspectives, strengthen networks and deepen leadership skills. Learn more about the IMPACT Mentoring Program here. It’s not too early to consider participating in the 2021 cohort!

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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Inspire. Empower. Rise

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 3, 2020
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2020

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

Together, we rise! That phrase is more than just our theme for this year’s TRUST Forum on April 21. The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST exists as an inclusive network of members who support, inspire and offer insights to one another to advance women leaders in health care.

TRUST members are working together every day so we can all rise. We have more than 500 members who bring their leadership, experience and passion for health care to the table every day in order to empower themselves and others in the industry.

It is great to see so many women advancing in leadership positions in healthcare. While progress is being made, research shows we still have work to do. McKinsey’s study, Women in the Workplace 2019, takes a look at progress made as well as areas where more work needs to be done. So, while we can celebrate a 24% increase in representation of women at the C-suite level (across industries), there has been little to no improvement in representation of women at the manager level or for women of color. It is more difficult to rise or help lift others up when any rung on the ladder is broken.

In 2018, Accenture released their Getting to Equal findings that included results such as:

  • Women are four times more likely to rise in a company that values equality.
  • Women are more likely to rise where there are women in leadership.
  • Women are more likely to rise where there's a women's network.
  • Women, and men, are more likely to rise when comprehensive parental leave programs are incorporated vs. maternity leave only programs.

How can we help make more progress? Here are some ideas, both big and small. Serve as a formal or informal mentor. Join your organization’s diversity and inclusion program—or start one if it does not currently exist. Attend programs hosted by the TRUST and similar women’s organizations. Join a TRUST committee. Invite a colleague or friend to attend this year’s Forum to hear keynote speaker Julie Gilbert share her visionary leadership and show she helped transform Best Buy from a “guys” store to one where “women want to work and shop.” Network and be a connector for other women in the health care industry.

The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST has helped support women leaders in health care for 40 years and we remain deeply committed to doing so for as long as it takes. We’re here for your growth. We’re here for your career development. We’re here for your health care industry networking opportunities. We’re here to help you—and all of us—rise.

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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The Magic of New Beginnings

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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

In the blink of an eye, it’s a new year, filled with enthusiasm and excitement for all of the infinite possibilities it holds. There’s a common saying that, “The best time for new beginnings is now.” So, as I begin my term as President of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, I hope you will join me in continuing the TRUST’s strong mission while also seeking out new opportunities that make our organization more robust for members and the health care industry.

During my time with the TRUST, it has been abundantly clear what a special organization we have. We have more than 500 members, including a number of phenomenal women serving on the Board and committees, who bring their leadership, experience and passion for health care to the table every day. I am so excited to collaborate with you all and see where we can take the TRUST in 2020 and beyond on behalf of our amazing current and future members.

We have several priorities ahead for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, including:

  • Voice of the Customer initiative to actively listen to YOU, our TRUST members, to plan out programming, mentoring and how well-being fits our vision.
  • Refreshed website to improve the integration of our customer research work and technology.
  • Higher heights for our programming content richness and engaging presenters, including partnerships with other women’s organizations.
  • Re-imagined sponsorship offerings to better align with our programming throughout the year and to provide a way for our already strong supporters to get additional visibility.

And, of course, I hope you will join us on April 21 for the TRUST Forum as we hear from our keynote speaker Julie Gilbert. Julie is a strategic, resilient and preserving pioneer who brought brave and visionary leadership to Best Buy. She transformed Best Buy from a “store built by guys for guys” to one where “women want to work and shop” by architecting the WOLF Pack enterprise transformation growth and innovation capability. Her work added $4.4 billion in incremental female revenue and more than nine million new female customers. Julie’s work with Best Buy also dramatically increased women employees at all levels and reduced female turnover. When Julie departed Best Buy as Senior Vice President in 2009, the company’s most profitable customer was a 30-year-old female – a first in the company’s 40-year history. I am truly excited to hear her speak on women’s leadership and our Forum theme “Together, We Rise.”

It is my pleasure to serve you all in 2020. Cheers to the year ahead filled with magical beginnings waiting for each of us professionally and personally. Cheers to another year of TRUST members supporting, inspiring and offering insights to fellow 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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