I am thrilled to share my first blog as TRUST President with all of you! If you attended the TRUST Annual Meeting in late September, you heard us reflect on the past year and focus on the year ahead. We remain committed to the mission of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST to support women leaders in health care as we celebrate the TRUST’s 40th anniversary in 2019.
We are so proud of the accomplishments of those who came before us, especially our founding Charter members, who blazed trails to shape the TRUST into the thriving organization it is today with more than 525 members — a new record! We will build on the foundation of those who came before us to create an even stronger organization. Throughout 2019 we will celebrate 40 years of TRUST history and envision 40 more years of success! To celebrate our past and envision our future, we created two special logos for use in 2019. As you see these celebratory logos, pause to consider how far the TRUST has come and how we can lift us all to new heights.
One way we are adding to the TRUST value proposition is looking at ways to weave in the theme of well-being to our existing pillars of Leadership Development, Education, Networking and Career Advancement. Well-being starts with each of us, how we stay in touch with ourselves. We will address how well-being plays a role in TRUST offerings.
2019 also looks to include even greater richness of programming content and engaging presenters. And new this year — most of our educational content will be provided to TRUST members at no additional cost! We are developing a Voice of the Customer initiative to more actively listen to you, our valued TRUST members, and better utilize the research to inform future programs. We’re also rolling out a new app in late 2018 that will allow you to use your phone or tablet to register for events without having to login every time you visit the TRUST website. In addition, we are excited to relaunch our popular mentor program in collaboration with Menttium. Applications for mentors and mentees are open now with a program launch in January 2019.
I also want to take this time to thank Connie Delaney for her outstanding leadership over the past year during her term as TRUST President. Connie influenced the Board and the TRUST in so many ways. She encouraged us to focus on creating strong processes and to work synergistically so committee leaders were better equipped to carry out the work of the TRUST. It has truly been a pleasure to work closely with Connie over the last year and I welcome her ongoing contributions to the Board.
I also welcome our returning and new Board members. Officers serving as the TRUST’s Executive Committee include: Leslie Bodell, Optum, TRUST President-Elect; Connie Delaney, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, TRUST Immediate Past President; Chris Bent, Allina Health Group, TRUST Secretary; and Amy Ronneberg, National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match, TRUST Treasurer. Our full TRUST Board of Directors includes: Deb Bauman, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation; Rhoda Beaird, Lurie, LLP; Julie Dekker, University of Minnesota School of Nursing; Amy Dewane, HealthPartners; Sharon Gabrielson, Mayo Clinic; Sheri Henck, Medtronic; Beth Honkomp, CentraCare Health System; Jana Johnson, Anthem Dental; Stefanie Lenway, Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas; Allison O’Connor, Fathom Consulting; Theresa Pesch; Niobus “Nio” Queiro, most recently with HCMC; Laura Reed, Fairview; Francine Savage, 3M Health Care; Sherri Walsh, Prime Therapeutics; and Mary Welsh, UnitedHealth Group.
I look forward to serving as TRUST President and encourage you to reach out with new ideas as we continue our journey as a collaborative force of dynamic women in health care, aligned to share insights, expertise and trusted knowledge to lead within the industry.
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.