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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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The Greatest Gifts and a Full Heart

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Thursday, December 5, 2019
TRUST Blog Post, November 2019

“When life gives you a gift, receive it with all your heart.” – Enid Ivanov

This past year has been such a gift that I welcomed with a full heart! My time as TRUST President is coming to an end and it truly has been one of the greatest gifts to serve you all.

As the year comes to a close, I think of a few Women’s Health Leadership TRUST highlights from 2019:

  • 40th Anniversary – We toasted the TRUST’s 40th anniversary and looked creatively to envision how we can shape the next 40 years.
  • Forum – Nearly 900 attendees of the 2019 Forum heard from keynote speaker and health care industry expert, Archelle Georgiou, MD, as she shared insights on how to intentionally re-invent oneself. And we presented awards to 19 women who are positively impacting health care in Minnesota, the nation, and in some cases, across the globe.
  • Inaugural Well-Being Retreat – Our first annual well-being retreat featured more than a dozen presenters on a comprehensive range of topics related to mindfulness, movement and well-being. This event was extra special for me as it was a vision I had when I joined the board. Thank you to everyone who made it an amazing experience!
  • Impact! Mentoring Program – We reformatted our popular mentoring program and collaborated with Menttium, a local company led by TRUST member Lynn Sontag
  • Voice of the Customer – We actively listened to you, our TRUST members, to look carefully at the ways we gather information from members and non-members as we plan all of the TRUST’s efforts. As part of this work, a new member survey will be used.
  • Refreshed Mission – We updated our mission to better summarize why we exist. Our refreshed mission is: The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is an inclusive network whose members support, inspire and offer insights to women leaders in health care.
  • Collaborative Women Leaders – We engaged with fellow women leaders and organizations determined to elevate women along their leadership journeys. One such example was partnering with TeamWomen Executive Director Katy Burke and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Market President and Publisher Kathy Robideau to present at the TRUST Annual Meeting in October.

And there are far more accomplishments from the year as the result of the unwavering dedication from the TRUST Board members and committee members who created inspiring events and experiences for members.

It has been a true pleasure to serve the members of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and to serve alongside my esteemed Board members. My great thanks to Leslie Bodell, our incoming TRUST President for 2020, for all she has done since joining the Board in 2017. It has been my privilege to serve with her and I welcome her leadership as President next year.

Gift boxAs I end my term as TRUST President, I hope you’ll take this advice to heart: Cherish every moment you have. Seize unique opportunities. Realize the gifts you are given and accept them with an open heart. And perhaps most importantly, for every gift you are given in life, take the time to give something back and you will be better for it.

Thank you all for your friendship, dedication, and service to the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST!

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, Senior Vice President and President of Government Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for MN Council of Health Plans. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is a 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Honoree and in 2017 received the “Women of Excellence” award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tags:  TRUST Forum  TRUST Mentoring Program  women leaders in health care  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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Grateful for the Wonderful Things in Life

Posted By Monica Engel, Friday, November 8, 2019
TRUST Blog Post, November 2019

The season of Thanksgiving is especially a time for gratitude and counting our blessings, big and small. This November I have much to be grateful for as I prepare to wrap up my term as President of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST at the end of this year.

I am honored to have been President of the TRUST. It has been such a pleasure to serve the more than 500 members of the TRUST and to work closely with a wonderful group of women on the Board for several years. It is with a joyous heart that I’d like to express my appreciation for the experience I’ve been given this past year.

The amazing women on the Board set priorities throughout the year that will drive the future of our organization. Thank you to our returning Board members: Tracey Armstrong, Deb Bauman, Rhoda Beaird, Christine (Chris) Bent, Julie Dekker, Amy Dewane, Stefanie Lenway, Diane Nanstad, Lori Nelson, Rachel Nelson, Allison O’Connor, Kim Perry, Joy Plamann, Laura Reed, Amy Ronneberg and Mary Welsh. And I will dearly miss the Board members completing their service to the TRUST at the end of this year: Connie Delaney, Sharon Gabrielson, Beth Honkomp, Jana Johnson and Theresa Pesch — our deepest thanks for giving of your time and expertise on behalf of the TRUST.

The TRUST has many volunteers bringing leadership, experience and passion to their service on a number of committees. There are too many to personally name here; however, I am extremely grateful for each and every volunteer who works collaboratively to build on our past successes as we lead into the future to embolden women as an influential force for change.

The TRUST would not exist without its members. Thank you to our members who guide the work we do and the evolution of the TRUST. Everyone who serves the TRUST does so to support the voice of our members so please continue to share your voice so we can improve our offerings for you.

The networking, support, relationships and work we do within the TRUST have made an important difference in the lives of many. I know this because I hear it directly from TRUST members at networking and programming events. Thank you all for making 2019 an exciting year filled with accomplishments. The TRUST is in great hands going forward to continue its work as an inclusive network whose members support, inspire and offer insights to women leaders in health care. I hope to thank many of you in person at the TRUST Holiday Party on December 17 and raise a glass to the wonderful things in life we have to be grateful for.  

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, Senior Vice President and President of Government Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for MN Council of Health Plans. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is a 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Honoree and in 2017 received the “Women of Excellence” award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Strong, Determined Women are a Powerful Force

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At the 2019 Emmy Awards a few weeks back, there was a powerful moment when award-winning actress Alex Borstein dedicated her win to the strength of women and told the story of her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor.

“My grandmother turned to a guard. She was in line to be shot into a pit and she said, ‘What happens if I step out of line,’ and he said, ‘I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will,’ and she stepped out of line, and for that I am here, and my children are here, so step out of line, ladies. Step out of line.”

There was incredible strength in that story. Her grandmother knew the answer to the question, ‘What happens if I stay in line?’ The question of ‘What happens if I step out of line’ brought apprehension, but it also brought hope. Her determination brought the opportunity to forge a new path, whatever the consequences.

Stepping out of line
At some point in our lives, we find ourselves on a line we don’t want to be on, though the stakes are rarely as high as they were in Alex’s story. Maybe we chased the unfulfilled dreams of family members rather than our own. Perhaps we followed in the footsteps of friends because it was a comfortable path. Or we lost our way and are unsure how to return to the road we were originally on.

Stepping out of line can be frightening; however, so is staying in a line that aims to defeat you instead of elevate you. Are you taking advantage of opportunities to step out of line, either collectively with other women or singularly? What will happen if you step out of line? What happens if you don’t?

You're not alone
It’s important to know you’re not alone. If you’re a member of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, you know you’re a member of a strong group of women creating opportunities to enhance and advance each other. The TRUST and other groups like us are determined to elevate other women throughout their leadership journeys and to help women step out of line to confidently forge their new paths. We believe passionately in this mission and are joining with TeamWomen and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women’s Leadership Council to share our commitment to embolden women as influential forces for change and for each other. We hope you will join us October 29 at the TRUST Annual Meeting for this engaging discussion.

There is strength in numbers and determined women are a powerful force. Imagine what we can accomplish if we all step out of line and challenge the status quo.

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, Senior Vice President and President of Government Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for MN Council of Health Plans. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is a 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Honoree and in 2017 received the “Women of Excellence” award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Seasons of Reflection

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Wednesday, September 11, 2019

There’s something about the transition from season to season that invites reflection. Is it because we can see, hear, feel, smell and taste the changes around us? The calendar shifted to September, and seemingly overnight, the days are crisper, the leaves have more hues and pumpkin spice lattes are once again the order at the coffee shop.

The natural flow of seasons
There is a natural flow of the seasons as they tell the story of the year. Summer’s chapter focuses a great deal on warmth and abundance, which invites reflections of gratitude. Fall’s chapter is mellower as life slows in anticipation of winter’s quiet. I find fall’s reflections to be grounding as we plan ahead for the next year.

Just as September brings the end of summer and the start of fall, I find myself giving thanks for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and how it has inspired me for many years, and I envision the TRUST’s future.

Reflections of gratitude
So many members of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST have reflected on their gratitude for the organization and its members during its 40 years. I read back through a few of the TRUST’s Member Spotlights and wanted to highlight some of their reflections:

  • My intention is to gain self-confidence and develop as a leader through the role models in the TRUST.
  • I have been so grateful for the openness of others to offer their counsel and camaraderie.
  • I’d never have had the life and career I have had if it weren’t for a number of amazing people along the way who gave me the confidence and often courage to forge my own path.
  • Many organizations want you to volunteer — the TRUST wants you to engage by sharing your time, talent and treasures.
  • I look forward to learning from other women leaders in health care who are passionate about making a difference in the health and lives of patients.

I personally find a great deal of value in shared expressions like these as a way to learn more about my fellow TRUST members and as a means of measuring the TRUST’s impact. I also appreciate personal reflection, the kind that isn’t necessarily shared, but is deep, special and markedly meaningful. The TRUST’s Your Journey to Well-Being Retreat in October promises ample time for personal contemplation, which fits well with all seasons of reflection.

Looking ahead
And for others like me who are also looking ahead, I hope to see you at the TRUST’s Annual Meeting on October 29 as we take a look at the organization’s plans for 2020, revisit what we accomplished in 2019 and hear from an outstanding panel of women leaders. May you see your world with fresh eyes during this season’s reflections and find growth personally and professionally.

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, Senior Vice President and President of Government Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for MN Council of Health Plans. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is a 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Honoree and in 2017 received the “Women of Excellence” award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Mindful, or Mind Full?

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Is your mind full of thoughts about work, home, family, health and friends? Or are you mindful and focused on the present moment? It can be challenging to remain in the moment when life hands us countless balls to juggle; however, there are many positive benefits of practicing a life that is more mindful.

We all know daily life can get hectic.
There’s laundry to deal with, date nights with your spouse, early morning and evening work meetings, kids who need rides to activities, friends to catch up with on social media and in real life, and aging parents to stay connected with. Maybe you try to multi-task on the way to work by listening to an audiobook or podcast. Or you watch your favorite show on Netflix while also keeping an eye on Facebook. Or you check your work emails while having dinner at home. We lose the present moment when we do or think about things outside of that connection. Having a hand in different activities and thoughts all at once keeps us in chaos, rather than calm. We think we can decrease stress if we can just get it all done; however, it often leads to an increase in stress.

Enter mindfulness.
You are being mindful when you focus your attention on the present. Practicing mindfulness has been researched and found to reduce stress and increase happiness. We can be fully engaged when we’re mindful and “in-the-moment.” This allows us to be completely present and focused on those we’re with at that time. Not planning the grocery list. Not responding to the work email. Not checking our phones.

Mindfulness is tied closely with health and well-being. Those who practice mindfulness — really focusing on the present moment — tend to worry less about the past or future, and they’re able to form deeper connections with others. And it’s easy to see how mindfulness can help relieve stress, which can in turn reduce anxiety, improve sleep, lower blood pressure and aid other health conditions.

The art of mindfulness can be especially beneficial at work as it can allow us to improve focus. Our work can suffer when we bounce endlessly from the task to task. When we train ourselves to be aware of what’s going on around us as well as our emotions in that moment we learn to become more focused in all we do — and are better able to see amazing opportunities around us.  

Now is a perfect time to create a well-being and mindfulness journey thanks to greater research and insights into the topic. That’s why the TRUST is excited to introduce our inaugural two-day event focused on the many facets of well-being, including mindfulness, movement and engagement. Your Journey to Well-Being: A TRUST Inaugural Retreat will be held Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska. We have many great sessions and experiences, and I know attendees will leave with several takeaways from the two days to aid their path toward being mindful rather than mind full.

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, Senior Vice President and President of Government Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for MN Council of Health Plans. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is a 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Honoree and in 2017 received the “Women of Excellence” award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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