Minnesota is filled with strong women leaders in health care and we saw that firsthand at the TRUST Forum on April 9. It was so inspiring to honor dynamic women leaders in Minnesota health care who have built partnerships, advanced health and well-being, innovated technological advances, volunteered to advance health initiatives and been recognized as exceptional leaders. Congratulations to the 2019 TRUST Award recipients: Maria Christu, Children’s Minnesota; Susan Gunderson, LifeSource; Jennifer Hoff, Capella University; Susan Jeska, UnitedHealth Group; Katy Kirchner, CentraCare; Marna Canterbury, Lakeview Health System/HealthPartners; Shanda Demorest, University of Minnesota School of Nursing; Chris Freytag, Get Healthy U; Deneen Vojta, UnitedHealth Group; Kimberly Hansen, UnitedHealthcare; Susan Jepson, Hennepin Healthcare; Anne LaFlamme, M Health/Fairview; Rajni Shah, MyMeds; Kay Greenlee, CentraCare; Helen Kim, Hennepin Healthcare; Carolyn Porta, University of Minnesota School of Nursing; Nikki Shultz, UnitedHealthcare; Annie Ballantine, The Soul of Style; and Mary Beth (MB) Dondelinger, Optum.
We also celebrated the stellar achievements of Jan Malcolm, recipient of the 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award, and Theresa Pesch, recipient of the Jean Harris Award. Theresa, VP of Philanthropy and President at Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, and a past TRUST President, was recognized for advancing health care, embodying Jean Harris’s legacy of inspiring leaders and others to shape a world with hope, honor, and dignity, and exemplifying the vision of the TRUST. Jan, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner, was honored as an outstanding leader who has paved the way for change and transformation in health care. Thank you Theresa and Jan for being outstanding health care leaders!
Attendees left emboldened to navigate their next chapters thanks to a lively keynote from Archelle Georgiou, MD, as she shared insights on how to intentionally map out one’s future. Her stories of following one’s dreams were deeply inspiring!
And as the TRUST celebrated 40 years, we acknowledged we would not be where it is today without the support and accomplishments of those who came before us to bring the TRUST forward as the thriving organization it is today. We continue to build on our foundation to create an even stronger association and engage our work in health care for generations to come.
I would also like to take the time to thank our sponsors for helping make the Forum a stellar evening of camaraderie and celebration. These companies showcase the ongoing leadership in health care that makes Minnesota’s commitment to health renowned.
And a big thank-you to my fellow members of the Forum committee: Carol Kraft, Theresa Pesch, Dee Thibodeau, Aliza Bach, Rhoda Beaird, Christine Bent, Amy Dewane, Kate Lanners, Leslie Parran, Patricia Salkowicz, Holly Scholl, Sherri Walsh, Mary Welsh and Candee Wolf. This group worked diligently for nearly a year to create an uplifting Forum event for all.
The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is proud to have maintained our mission to support women leaders in health care for the past 40 years and we are committed to doing so well into the future. We hope you will continue to join us for the journey!
Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, President of Medicare & Federal Employee 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.