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Seasons of Reflection

Posted By Monica Engel, Wednesday, September 11, 2019

There’s something about the transition from season to season that invites reflection. Is it because we can see, hear, feel, smell and taste the changes around us? The calendar shifted to September, and seemingly overnight, the days are crisper, the leaves have more hues and pumpkin spice lattes are once again the order at the coffee shop.

The natural flow of seasons
There is a natural flow of the seasons as they tell the story of the year. Summer’s chapter focuses a great deal on warmth and abundance, which invites reflections of gratitude. Fall’s chapter is mellower as life slows in anticipation of winter’s quiet. I find fall’s reflections to be grounding as we plan ahead for the next year.

Just as September brings the end of summer and the start of fall, I find myself giving thanks for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and how it has inspired me for many years, and I envision the TRUST’s future.

Reflections of gratitude
So many members of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST have reflected on their gratitude for the organization and its members during its 40 years. I read back through a few of the TRUST’s Member Spotlights and wanted to highlight some of their reflections:

  • My intention is to gain self-confidence and develop as a leader through the role models in the TRUST.
  • I have been so grateful for the openness of others to offer their counsel and camaraderie.
  • I’d never have had the life and career I have had if it weren’t for a number of amazing people along the way who gave me the confidence and often courage to forge my own path.
  • Many organizations want you to volunteer — the TRUST wants you to engage by sharing your time, talent and treasures.
  • I look forward to learning from other women leaders in health care who are passionate about making a difference in the health and lives of patients.

I personally find a great deal of value in shared expressions like these as a way to learn more about my fellow TRUST members and as a means of measuring the TRUST’s impact. I also appreciate personal reflection, the kind that isn’t necessarily shared, but is deep, special and markedly meaningful. The TRUST’s Your Journey to Well-Being Retreat in October promises ample time for personal contemplation, which fits well with all seasons of reflection.

Looking ahead
And for others like me who are also looking ahead, I hope to see you at the TRUST’s Annual Meeting on October 29 as we take a look at the organization’s plans for 2020, revisit what we accomplished in 2019 and hear from an outstanding panel of women leaders. May you see your world with fresh eyes during this season’s reflections and find growth personally and professionally.

Monica Engel currently serves as TRUST President, Senior Vice President and President of Government 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.

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