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Strength of Women Leaders

Posted By Monica Engel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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.

Tags:  Archelle Georgiou  TRUST Awards  TRUST Forum  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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New Year, New Dreams

Posted By Monica Engel, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

I love the start of a new year. New dreams. New achievements. Collaborations and innovations ripe for pursuing. Memories waiting to be made.

2019 is an extra special year as it marks the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST! We will celebrate this milestone at the TRUST Forum on April 9 as we toast to 40 years of growth and success, and look forward to the next 40 years.

At the TRUST Forum we will also recognize and honor Minnesota women and companies in health care who are advancing efforts to boldly transform the health care industry. We received truly outstanding nominations for the TRUST Awards in five categories: Collaboration & Partnerships, Health & Well-being, Innovation & Technology, Leadership, and Volunteer Engagement. Award recipients will be announced by the end of the month with awards presented at the Forum on April 9.

The TRUST Awards are a perfect example of what happens when women set new goals, dream new dreams, take the courageous risks, and forge new paths. Women nominated for these awards are building internal and external partnerships to address common goals. They are advancing the health and well-being of individuals, organizations and communities, and leading technological advances that improve health outcomes, patient care and/or business impact. They are often unsung heroes who volunteer their time to advance health initiatives. These women are viewed as imaginative, creative, encouraging, exceptional leaders by their teams, peers, superiors and business partners.

Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with saying, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I can’t wait to honor the 2019 TRUST Award recipients who believed in their dreams and turned them into realities. These women are just some of the dynamic leaders in Minnesota health care who are a collaborative force, using their insights and expertise to lead within the industry. I hope you’ll register for the Forum and join me in honoring these women on April 9. I would love to see a record Forum crowd at our 40th anniversary event cheering all of the award recipients on and giving them their well-deserved recognition.

My wish for you in 2019 is to believe in the beauty of your dreams. Prioritize your health and well-being and practice mindfulness to live in the moment. Create the partnerships necessary to fulfill your dreams. Spread your wings and make the bold leap. Dream big. And believe. It’s a new year filled with amazing promise.

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, President of Medicare Markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and board member for Mii Life Inc./Select Account. Engel holds a degree in business management and has completed the Minnesota Management Institute program from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. In 2017, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Engel with a “Women of Excellence” award.

Tags:  TRUST Awards  TRUST Forum  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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Collaboration, Partnerships and Thank-Yous

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Thursday, April 6, 2017
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April is a big month for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST with our signature professional development and networking event, The Forum, on April 20. It’s fitting the Forum theme this year is Collaboration through Partnership because it takes a great deal of collaboration and partnerships to make this extraordinary event occur. There are a number of people to thank for contributing to the Forum.

Thanks to the volunteers on the Forum Committee who have given their time since last fall to pull together this event. It’s the volunteers who make everything look seamless and easy even when we know it takes a great deal of effort and passion to bring about such a phenomenal event.

Thank you to our spectacular Forum sponsors who give generously so the TRUST can continue to offer a stellar evening of learning and networking opportunities for more than 800 attendees. Revenue generated during the Forum also contributes to our monthly programming throughout the year. When you see our sponsors at the Forum, please thank them for their contributions to the TRUST.

Thanks to everyone who made a nomination for the Forum Awards. We received so many outstanding nominations that the judges said it was very difficult to narrow the field in each category. In the end, 18 finalists were selected and six winners will be announced live at the Forum on April 20. Be sure to talk to the finalists at the Forum and learn more about their extraordinary collaborations. Our award finalists have some amazing stories to tell and we all have the opportunity to learn from their initiatives.

Thank you to our Forum keynote, Susan Salka, CEO, president and director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., based in San Diego, Calif. Under Susan’s leadership, AMN has become known as the innovator in health care workforce solutions and the largest and most diversified health care staffing company in the nation. Susan is a dynamic industry spokesperson in the health care community, is keenly aware of the need to promote the value of women in leadership and takes an active role helping others to achieve their personal and professional goals. Several of us with the TRUST have heard Susan speak in the past and, trust us, you will not be disappointed!

And thank you in advance to everyone who will attend the Forum on April 20. The Forum is an annual event for you! We know you want quality programs and stellar networking opportunities, and the Forum delivers on both. There’s truly something for everyone at the Forum! If you have not yet registered, there’s still time — don’t miss this signature event.

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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