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Trust the Future, Trust in Women

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

At some point in our lives, we’ve all wondered what the future holds. What will my career path be? What kind of leader will I be? And although there will be uncertainty along our various paths, there comes a point when we start to trust in the future. We trust in those we have surrounded ourselves with. We trust in ourselves as we become confident in our own skin. As pioneering anthropologist Ruth Benedict stated, “We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.”

I trust in the future thanks to women like Ruth who paved the way for other women in science, business, education and a host of other disciplines. Countless women before us stood at the proverbial fork in the road and contemplated which route to take. These strong women made some of these roads easier to travel while some bypassed the options readily available and blazed their own trails — all of which aided women in navigating their own unique paths.

I am especially thankful for the charter members of the 11-15 Club, which evolved into the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. These women started the organization 40 years ago in order to network within health care and work together to break the glass ceiling in the industry. Some charter members stated how they initially wanted to be “like the guys,” but soon realized it was best to navigate their own path.

We have come a long way thanks to countless trailblazers — women and men — who trusted in what the future could be and led a journey years in the making that resulted in strong leadership by women in Minnesota health care. And we still have roads to create, more women leaders to trust as we continue to advance the health care careers of women.

On April 9 at the TRUST Forum, we will celebrate the achievements of our TRUST Award recipients, recognize the Jean Harris Award and 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award recipients, toast 40 years of success for women in health care leadership and look to the future as we shape the next 40 years. And if you’re dreaming of navigating to the next chapter of your journey, be sure to attend and hear from Forum keynote speaker Archelle Georgiou, MD, as she shares her insights on how to intentionally reinvent yourself and map out your future. Be sure to register for the Forum on or before March 13 for early bird pricing for tables of 10 as well as individual registrations for TRUST members, TRUST graduate student members and nonmembers. Join us this year for an extra special Forum event 40 years in the making as we TRUST the Future!

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 Minnesota 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. In 2017, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Engel with a “Women of Excellence” award.

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New Year, New Dreams

Posted By Monica Engel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, 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.

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Power of Courage and Gratitude

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, Thursday, April 12, 2018
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The Forum lifted up powerful and inspiring stories of courage of Minnesota women in health care. When we gathered on April 11 we came from all sectors of Minnesota’s health care community, representing diverse career stages and leadership paths. Our common mission that evening was to celebrate women leaders who found the courage within to tackle risk, open themselves to vulnerability, and in that journey transform health and health care. Our common mission increased our awareness, engagement, and liberation through experiencing the potential of an integrated community dedicated to transformation through bold leadership.

The 2018 TRUST Courage Awards celebrated 20 incredible women who showed grit and determination, dared without fear and boldly transformed health and health care in remarkable ways. We are grateful that these courageous women in Minnesota health care chose courage, moved through fear and transcended challenges to inspire countless other women in the industry. Congratulations to the 2018 Courage Award recipients: Khadija Ali, Global Language and Staffing Connections; Jane Anderson, University of Minnesota School of Nursing; Julie Burton, ModernWell; Sara Criger, Mercy Hospital and Allina Health; Jill Davies, GeneMatters; Gina Tallarico Hall, HealthPartners; Lee Jones, Rebiotix, Inc.; Barbara Jordan, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Molly Joseph, UnitedHealthcare Global and UnitedHealth Group; Marie Manthey, Creative Health Care Management; Elizabeth Murphy, Be the Match; Leslie Pitt Schneider, Project Lolo; Jen Rosetta, Allina Health; Uzma Samadani, HCMC; Lisa Schafer, Teva Pharmaceuticals; Trisha Stark, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice; Martha Turner, American Nurses Association Center for Ethics & Human Rights; Kari Willey, HealthPartners; Ghita Worcester, UCare; and Yvonne Ybarra, Be the Match.

We also celebrated and learned from Forum keynote Ann Bancroft – an exemplar of courage and transformation. Her Minnesota roots helped her link the wisdom of nature and humanity and find the courage to achieve greatness as an explorer, teacher, author and philanthropist. We are thankful Ann shared her stories of courage and breaking down barriers to inspire the Forum audience and motivate women and girls around the world to unleash the power of their dreams.

The evening celebrated the Jean Harris Award presented to Paula Hart and the 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award to Patricia “Patsy” Riley. Paula, President and CEO of Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin, 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. Patsy, recently retired Senior Vice President and Chief Government Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, was honored as an outstanding leader who has paved the way for change and transformation in health care. Thank you Paula and Patsy for being exemplary health care leaders and, lifting up women in leadership; and congratulations on your achievements!

And we thank you to our sponsors whose essential support empowered the TRUST in offering a stellar evening of learning and networking for more than 900 attendees. These companies showcase the ongoing leadership in health care that makes Minnesota’s commitment to health renowned on the global level. The TRUST is deeply grateful for all of our Forum sponsors!

My final thank you is to the Forum Committee: Carol Kraft, Theresa Pesch, Dee Thibodeau, Aliza Bach, Christine Bent, Monica Engel, Cheri Jacoby, Kate Lanners, Diane Nanstad, Leslie Parran, Amy Ronneberg, Patricia Salkowicz, Kandace Schuft, Janet Stacey, Sherri Walsh, Mary Welsh, and Candee Wolf. This committee’s unwavering work and heart-driven joy brought the Forum theme to life and lifted up courageous women in health care.

I trust that each of you will accept opportunities to embrace courage, determination and inspiration to manifest your dreams and to transform Minnesota health and health care, planetary health, and most significantly cultivate exciting new directions.

Connie currently serves as TRUST President, and Professor and Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Delaney holds degrees in nursing and mathematics, adult health nursing, educational administration, and informatics. Delaney’s work is expanding connections, collaborations, integrative informatics, and social structures which advance co-discovery of solutions that transform health and education systems.

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A Time for Renewal and Inspiration

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring is drawing near and it’s a great season for reaffirming, rededicating and reimagining. This is a season of renewed optimism and an ideal time to open up to new ways of thinking and feeling.

Spring is also a sure sign the TRUST Forum is right around the corner. This year’s Forum will be held on April 11. The Forum brings inspiration, renewed confidence, and rededication to the spirit and passion of the TRUST’s support of women leaders in health care. These themes are often echoed in the statements of those who attend the Forum. Here’s what a few people had to say about the TRUST and our 2017 Forum:

  • “I love the camaraderie. I love the inspiration.”
  • “There’s no place other than right here in Minnesota that has a women’s health leadership Forum like we do.”
  • “The Forum is a great way to recognize women and to inspire.”
  • “It’s a superb networking event to meet women from all sectors of health care throughout Minnesota.”
  • “These are pivotal years in health care and the Forum is the perfect place to address this and help share the value of the TRUST.”

It’s so heartwarming to hear women speak of how the Forum inspired them to act. We bring the Forum to you each year because we know it can make a positive impact in the lives of women leaders and spark the innovation and courage to transform the health care industry.

I anticipate this year’s Forum will again inspire action in ways currently unknown. Our theme this year is courage, which we talked about on this blog in January. Courage expands our awareness, our ability to be transparent, our vision to transform, and most significantly, the audacity to act.

The TRUST believes strongly in supporting women leaders in health care to move through fear, choose courage, and transcend challenges. That’s why the 2018 Forum will recognize 20 Courageous Women in Minnesota Health Care who found the courage within to tackle risk and vulnerability with grit and determination. We are excited to celebrate these women who discovered the power of “we” and partnering, and gain inspiration from their courageous achievements. The 20 Courageous Women will be announced on March 9 via the TRUST website and that day’s issue of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

The TRUST is overjoyed to have Ann Bancroft as keynote speaker for the 2018 Forum. I have had the opportunity to meet Bancroft; she is truly dynamic and engaging! At the Forum, she will share her insights as a teacher, author and explorer who has repeatedly demonstrated vulnerability, grit and courage through her incredible expeditions. The TRUST recently talked with Bancroft and we were a bit surprised to hear she doesn’t view herself to be courageous. You can find the TRUST’s Q&A with Bancroft in the February 23 issue of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and on our website.

I hope you will register for the Forum as an individual or as a table of 10, and join us April 11 as we celebrate courageous women and connect with women leaders in health care. One final note on spring — the first day of spring, March 20, is also the International Day of Happiness. May your spring be filled with joy, gratitude, and renewed inspiration!
 
Connie currently serves as TRUST President, and Professor and Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Delaney holds degrees in nursing and mathematics, adult health nursing, educational administration, and informatics. Delaney’s work is expanding connections, collaborations, integrative informatics, and social structures which advance co-discovery of solutions that transform health and education systems.

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The Power of a Personal Brand

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, Thursday, February 1, 2018
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You have a personal brand, whether or not you consciously set out to build one. Your brand is one of your most important assets and it is essential to shape and nurture it. Powerful personal brands have numerous benefits, such as leadership opportunities, greater credibility, higher compensation, more clients, added recognition, rewarding partnerships, and most significantly, impact on the health of your community.

Defining Your Brand

Your personal brand is at the intersection of how you see yourself and how others perceive you. A brand is the value, emotion and reputation an audience attributes to you. In other words, your personal brand is what people say about you when you’re not around. Although you cannot define your own brand, you can influence your brand.

Brand alignment occurs when how you see yourself and how others perceive you are similar. Brands can change as we gain new skills and grow both professionally and personally. There are opportunities to shape and build your brand throughout your career.

Building a Successful Brand

Your brand is constructed like a building – from the ground up. The strength and sustainability of your brand needs your attention and action. Words and actions influence your brand. Are your experiences with others positively building your brand?
Consider these three key components to building a successful personal brand:

  • Authenticity – Be who you are. To be who you are asks you to know who you are. Take time to discern who you are now and who you want to be by gaining greater awareness, clarity and intention. Your brand depends on it. Be true to your True North. Be genuine, be who you are.
  • Visibility – It is nearly impossible for others to form an opinion of you if no one sees you or hears from you. You can enhance your visibility via your presence at work and industry events, publishing articles, speaking at programs and volunteering. Writing on social media channels, such as LinkedIn, is also a way to enhance your visible profile.
  • Consistency – Walk your talk to ensure a consistent brand experience. Ensure consistency of your thoughts, actions and words to build a successful brand that is easy for others to ascertain.

Our TRUST Forum event on April 11 is a great place to showcase your personal brand and build upon it. Treat your personal brand with care and recognize it for the essential asset it is. The work you put into your brand now will pay dividends for years to come.

Connie currently serves as TRUST President, and Professor and Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Delaney holds degrees in nursing and mathematics, adult health nursing, educational administration, and informatics. Delaney’s work is expanding connections, collaborations, integrative informatics, and social structures which advance co-discovery of solutions that transform health and education systems.

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Advance Your Career with Passion

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, Monday, May 1, 2017

Another marvelous Forum has wrapped up and, as always, we left inspired and ready to lead with passion. Keynote Susan Salka had us rethinking notions about women and leadership in health care. We got to hear from amazing women leaders such as Stacie Usem, 2017 Jean Harris Award winner, and Dee Thibodeau, 2017 recipient of the 21st Century Pinnacle Award. And we can’t forget about the 12 finalists and six winners of our Partnership & Collaboration awards – women who are truly shaking up the status quo in their areas of health care.

Building on the energy from the Forum, perhaps now is an excellent time to evaluate your career and plans for further development or advancement. Perhaps you heard Susan Salka talk about the need for personal passion in order to innovate and successfully collaborate, and it got you thinking about the things you are most passionate about. Did you know Susan advanced her career at AMN Healthcare in a variety of roles over the span of 27 years? Susan is a prime example of leading and growing personally and professionally by being passionate about her work.

Dee Thibodeau has a wonderful principle she lives by, which she discussed in her Forum video. It’s the idea that when you become a leader, it’s your responsibility to bring other women along with you. If we work together, we all will be successful. This is exactly what the TRUST set out to do and we’re passionate about it. We exist to help lift one another up whether through networking, mentoring programs like Accelerate! or programs such as the Pinnacle Leader Dinners. TRUST offerings are there to help aid leadership development and career advancement to help elevate not just one individual, but all of us as a whole.

Career advancement looks different for different people. To one person, it means reaching a top position. To another, it means starting a business. To another, it means gaining more experience in multiple areas to prepare for a more complex role in the near future. No matter how you define it, career advancement should be continually evaluated and considered rather than left to chance.

If you’re a member of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, congrats; you’ve already taken one step toward your career advancement! As you develop your career advancement plan, map out areas where the TRUST can help you achieve your goals. Do you need to fine-tune or acquire certain skills? Do you need to grow your network?

Think big, be bold, follow your passion, and take control of your career advancement. The TRUST, along with more than 450 members, is here to help!

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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Collaboration, Partnerships and Thank-Yous

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, 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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Enhance Your Creativity through Collaboration

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Hello, 2017! A new year is a time of reflection and, for many, of resolutions. The start of the new year in January is also Creativity Month and it should be no surprise as to why. It’s a fresh start on the clock. A time when the world is full of endless possibilities! This year, as you look ahead to your professional goals, I encourage you to be more creative and innovative.

You may think you’re either born creative or you’re not; however, creativity is a skill anyone can learn. One way to build your creativity is to engage with people who are different from you. If we only engage with those who are like us, we’re not growing. When you open yourself up to new people, healthy disruption can occur and new ideas flow more readily.

Collaboration is a perfect way to open yourself up to creativity – and you’ll meet wonderful new people and organizations along the way. Collaborative experiences can challenge us to open up our minds and truly shake up the status quo and reframe traditional thinking. This is why collaboration and creativity are common themes for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. In fact, this year’s Forum is focused on innovative collaboration and partnerships.

The TRUST is often focused on creativity and collaboration because they make us better people, better professionals. These are skills in high demand for leaders of any industry, and are vitally important for the health care industry. Creative collaboration can create:

  • Empathetic engagement with a focus on developing a diverse understanding of the needs, desires and values of the health care consumer.
  • Radical new ideas when creative tensions fostered by opposing ideas work together to find a solution that improves health care delivery.
  • Vision necessary to move forward past the concept phase to test ideas and learn as you go.

Creativity takes courage to move outside of your comfort zone. Push yourself creatively at least once a month and it won’t be long until creativity is part of who you are. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou

Theresa currently serves as TRUST president; she is president of Children’s Health Care Foundation and vice president of development for Children’s Minnesota. 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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