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Spirit of Appreciation, Season of Gratitude

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Friday, November 9, 2018

Thankful. Grateful. Appreciative. There are many ways to say thanks, not only at this time of year, but all year round. Sometimes when life gets too busy and stressful it is especially important to remember all of those things we can — and should — be thankful for. Things like family, health, jobs, friends, faith and home.

Thankful word artIn the spirit of appreciation, I would like to thank all members of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and everyone who joins us in supporting women leaders in health care. On behalf of the TRUST, we are so deeply grateful for all of the support we receive:

  • Members who join the TRUST to be part of the collaborative force of dynamic women seeking to share insights, expertise and trusted knowledge to lead within the industry.
  • Volunteers who give their time serving on the TRUST Board and/or committees. You take on these roles in addition to your regular jobs. You bring your passion for making a difference and it shows!
  • Generous sponsors who host programs and/or provide financial contributions so we can continue to bring you monthly events designed to enhance leadership skills, provide educational offerings and advance the health care careers of women.
  • Speakers who donate their time and energy to inspire attendees of TRUST programs. These women challenge others to innovate, lead courageously from one’s true north, be bold and forge collaborative relationships.
  • Those who genuinely lift up other women whether through mentorship, networking or recognition of others such as nominations for the TRUST Forum Awards. Over the years we often hear how mentors and connections made a significant difference in a woman’s leadership. We also hear from women who note that receiving a TRUST award provided validation for their work.
  • TRUST Charter Members who had a vision nearly 40 years ago to support women leaders in health care. These 23 Charter Members included executives, clinicians, policy makers, business owners and leaders who shared a commitment to advance women in health care professions, influence policy and contribute to health care in our communities. Since its founding, the TRUST has grown to more than 525 members who continue to draw on the vision of our founders.

Thank you all for contributing to the success of the TRUST. Appreciation can change a day, a week or a year — it can even change a life. I can genuinely say my life has changed in so many amazing, positive ways due to my involvement with the TRUST and the remarkable women I have met along the way. I am especially appreciative of my fellow Board members who unfailingly serve and support the TRUST mission. In this season of gratitude, I know what I’m thankful for. What are you thankful for?

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 2019 Forum Awards  TRUST Board of Directors  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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TRUST the Future

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Thursday, October 11, 2018

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.

Tags:  Monica Engel  TRUST 40th Anniversary  TRUST Board of Directors  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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