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Lifting the Next Generation of Women

Posted By Connie Delaney, U of M School of Nursing, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Do you recall the first time someone helped elevate you in your career? Maybe the moment was quiet, serendipitous, a call-out in front of senior leaders, mentor support, a simple card. We see in our own lives, and those of our colleagues, many moments and events that serve as opportunities to lift up innovation, well-being, our common humanity. We too are committed to lifting up the next generation of women leaders. Consider ways to elevate others:

  • Share Your Story. Your stories enable others to learn how to envision and achieve these roles themselves. Share your story during networking, mentoring or presentation opportunities.
  • Give Positive Feedback. Be generous giving positive feedback openly and publicly. Be specific about what you observed or heard, and what the impact was. When we celebrate great behavior, it is often copied and repeated by the individual and others.
  • Teach. Teaching provides deeper awareness, knowledge and skills, and can boost the careers of up-and-coming leaders. Engage in various seminars, programs and advanced education classes.
  • Listen. Welcome opportunities to be deeply present and listen to others. Listening is mutually gifting — we tend to respond more when we are heard. You will likely enhance your empathy as you listen to others who are different from you.
  • Be a Mentor. A mentor has a great ability to advance the health care careers of women and enhance their leadership skills. Establish a relationship with a mentee and share the leadership traits you observe. Listen to her career aspirations and share advice. Challenge her to be bold and innovative. These close mentor and mentee relationships often facilitate lifelong learning and connections.
  • Shine the Spotlight on Others. Provide the opportunity for others to be lifted up. Give praise for others on social media where the reach is large. Let others present to senior leaders, lead a collaborative group or pitch a new idea. Be the person who opens the gate to new opportunities.
  • Create Connections. Advancing in your career and transforming health care is frequently a combination of skill and connections. Create connections for future leaders by introducing them to others in the field. Enlist the reach of social media. Pay it forward — today’s introduction could be tomorrow’s guiding force for you.
  • Ensure Women on Interview Panels. Support women serving on interview panels. The presence of women on interview panels expands a candidate’s ability to envision a career path at an organization where women leaders are visible and engaged.
  • Advance Service of Women on Boards. Promote and nominate women for board positions. The leadership of women on boards expands women’s contributions to strategy and decision-making. Engage with the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST initiative to advance women for board positions.
  • Encourage Membership in Female-Focused Organizations. Encourage women of all ages to become active members of women-focused groups, like the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, with a mission to advance the careers of women.

The elevation of others is an opportunity to change their lives, and your own life as well. The more we lift each other, the more we rise. Let’s continue to rise together through the TRUST.

Connie White Delaney 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.

Tags:  mentoring  next generation of women leaders  women on boards  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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5 Ways to Get More from Your TRUST Experience

Posted By Candee Wolf, TRUST member, Principal, Wolf Olson Communications, Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Many people join an association without giving a second thought to how to make the most of the membership. Guilty as charged. Several years ago, I joined the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST; however, other than attending that year’s Forum, I didn’t get involved. I had let my membership wither on the vine and didn’t renew. When I rejoined the TRUST at the start of 2016, I joined a committee and immediately started shaping my TRUST experience. This time around I made more of my membership in three months than I had previously in one year.

So, how can you make the most of your TRUST membership? Here are five tips for fully realizing your membership experience.

#1 – Attend a New Member Breakfast. I made it a point to attend a New Member Breakfast right away when I rejoined the TRUST and I’m so glad I did. There I was able to not only meet other new members, but I had the opportunity to meet Carol Kraft, who was serving as TRUST president at the time. Meeting Carol opened up new opportunities, including service on the Forum committee. How often do you get to meet the president or other leaders of an organization in an informal, small group setting? It happens each month with the TRUST. Check the TRUST online calendar for upcoming New Member Breakfast dates.

#2 – Take advantage of professional development opportunities. Education is one of the four TRUST pillars and it is on ample display via year-round professional development opportunities. These seminars are focused on leadership development, career advancement, new trends and best practices. Keep an eye on the TRUST e-newsletters, social channels and online calendar for new sessions.

#3 – Join a committee. Why? Those who get involved on committees have the opportunity to enhance existing programs and create unique opportunities. I joined the TRUST Marketing & Communications committee and have helped enhance existing programs. It’s rewarding to give back to the organizations we are a part of.

#4 – Participate in the ACCELERATE! mentoring program. Mentoring programs are a meaningful way to truly learn from a peer in the industry who likely becomes a long-term trusted counselor. The program provides individual access to senior women leaders in health care so participants can build leadership presence, learn from experiences (both wins and mistakes) and have a personal sounding board to help cultivate a path forward. The TRUST’s ACCELERATE! mentoring program is available only for members and is a tremendous opportunity for reciprocal learning.

#5 – Network, network, network. From networking-only events such as the wine & networking event to the annual Forum conference, the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST provides numerous opportunities to meet other women with similar professional interests and goals. Don’t let networking feel like a chore. Fellow TRUST members are peers who can help you learn more about the health care industry, expand your network and perhaps make your next job search a bit easier.

Remember, membership is what you make of it and it doesn’t require a substantial time or financial commitment. Hopefully these tips gave you some inspiration to take charge of your TRUST membership and create an amazing long-term experience.

Candee serves on the TRUST committees for Marketing & Communications as well as the Forum and is a paid consultant for the TRUST’s social media. She has served as President of the Public Relations Society of America Minnesota chapter and is currently President-Elect of Minnesota Women in Marketing & Communications. Candee provides strategic communications planning and implementation for health care and senior care organizations.

Tags:  benefits  collaboration  events  lifelong learning  membership  mentoring  mission  volunteer 

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Powerful, Collaborative Learning

Posted By Carol Kraft, President, Women's Health Leadership TRUST, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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A great gift we can give ourselves and others is the gift of learning. You have likely heard a lot of people say, “I love learning;” though, like me, you perhaps have yet to hear anyone say, “I hate learning.” That’s probably because learning occurs naturally and continuously throughout a person’s lifetime. Learning happens every day whether you realize it or not. I especially love learning from peers whether through formal mentoring or other collaborative learning. In fact, learning from my female peers in health care was a significant reason why I joined the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.

Peer-to-peer and group mentoring are excellent ways to learn new skills, hone abilities and help others grow. What makes collaborative learning, such as mentoring, so powerful? Everyone participating is a teacher as well as a student! Everyone is learning from the unique abilities of each person.

Mentoring is a wonderful form of collaborative learning because it tends to be more one-on-one or small group, which can be ideal for having deeper discussions and more opportunities for questions in an environment that feels inviting and safe.

The TRUST offers great opportunities for collaborative learning. In fact, the Annual Meeting on September 8 will feature a collaborative discussion on partnerships and collaboration! And did you know the TRUST has a mentoring program? The ACCELERATE! mentoring program combines 1:1 learning with group round tables for a combined package of conversations and action steps aligned with development goals to maximize learning and growth.

Mentoring and collaborative learning environments are perfect for benefiting from each other’s resources, skills and experiences. I hope to see some of you at a future collaborative learning event through the TRUST!

Tags:  collaboration  lifelong learning  mentoring 

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