21st Century Pinnacle Leader

The TRUST established the 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award to recognize individuals who are "trailblazers" in leadership, transformation and innovation in health care.

This award is not given each year, but only when the TRUST wants to recognize a great health care woman who has made a difference in our state in health care. This Pinnacle Award shows what a great woman can accomplish in health care!

2020 - Andrea Walsh

Andrea Walsh, 2020 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award Recipient

The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is please to recognize Andrea Walsh as the recipient of the 2020 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award for her leadership and commitment to improving health care in the community.

Andrea Walsh is president and chief executive officer for Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation.   Throughout her career, Walsh has been passionate about health and deeply committed to making a difference in people’s lives. Today, she leads a team of more than 26,000 people focused on the mission of improving health and well-being in partnership with patients, members, and the community.

Prior to her appointment as president and CEO in 2017, Walsh was part of the HealthPartners senior executive team for more than 20 years. She served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for nearly 15 years and joined HealthPartners in 1994 as senior vice president and corporate counsel. Prior to joining HealthPartners, she practiced law and was an assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Kansas.

Walsh has a long history of community service.  She currently serves on the Greater Twin Cities YMCA Board, the St. Paul Downtown Alliance, Greater MSP, and Wilder Foundation.

2019 - Jan Malcolm

Jan Malcolm, 2019 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award Recipient

The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is pleased to recognize Jan Malcolm as the 2019 21st Century Pinnacle Leader. The TRUST established the 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award to recognize individuals who are "trailblazers" in leadership, transformation and innovation in health care.

Jan was appointed the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner in January 2018. The MDH is the state’s leading public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. She oversees a department of 1,500 employees and an annual budget of $600 million. This is Jan’s second appointment with the state, serving as Commissioner from 1999 to 2003.

In between her appointments, Jan was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where she co-directed a national research and leadership development program. Earlier she also helped develop initiatives to strengthen the nation’s public health system as a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Commissioner Malcolm previously served as CEO of the Courage Center and President of the Courage Kenny Foundation following the merger of Courage Center and the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She has also served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Philanthropy at Allina Health. Throughout her career, she has been active in state and national health care, public health associations and government commissions on health care access and quality.

Jan is a seasoned administrator and is a nationally recognized expert on health policy. In selecting the award recipient, the TRUST looked for a woman in health care who has made a significant difference in the industry. Commissioner Malcolm was at the top of the list.

2018 - Patsy Riley

Patsy Riley, 2018 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award Recipient

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As the recently retired Senior Vice President and Chief Government Officer, Patricia (Patsy) Riley oversaw the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s government health program business; state and federal public policy initiatives; and interactions with elected o cials and regulatory leaders. She was responsible for more than $4 billion in revenue and 950,000 enrollees; Riley was instrumental in shaping the organization’s diversity and inclusion, health equity and caregiver support initiatives.

Riley has over 40 years of professional experience in health and human services concentrated in the area of government programs including Medicare and Medicaid. From 1999 to 2006, she was President and CEO of Stratis Health, the Quality Improvement Organization for the State of Minnesota. Stratis Health is a non-pro t organization which guides health

care providers to improve clinical and organizational performance. Riley has also held leadership positions with Medica, United Health Group and Aetna. She currently serves on the Board of Managers for the Northern Plains Alliance.

Riley holds a Master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota with a concentration in Gerontology and Public Policy. She was selected as one of the 2016 Women in Business by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2014, she was selected as one of the top 35 Women in Healthcare in Minnesota by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. Riley was also recognized as one of the top 25 Industry Leaders by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2007. In 2000, she was honored as one of the 25 Most Innovative Women from Twin Cities Business Magazine and earned the Outstanding Member award from the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. In 2017, Riley was honored by her Blue Cross colleagues as the inaugural recipient of the company’s Health Equity & Diversity Award, which will be named in her honor. This award serves to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments of employees whose demonstrable efforts foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of health equity, diversity and inclusiveness in the Blue Cross culture and environment.

2017 - Dee Thibodeau

Dee Thibodeau, 2017 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award Recipient

Dee Thibodeau is the founder and chief executive officer of Charter Solutions, a health care information services company consistently awarded for results in the areas of management consulting, analytics, business process integration and application development. As CEO since 1997, Dee has led the company in delivering sustained profitability and annual revenue growth while maintaining more than 80 percent of clients in long-term customer relationships. Her expertise and passion are focused on business process improvements that profoundly increase health care quality and efficiency.

An experienced board member, entrepreneur, and investor in emerging companies, Dee has made companies successful by creating highly productive teams focused on strategic planning, customer relationships, sound business practices, and innovative uses for new and existing technologies. Dee has served in top executive positions in the technology and financial industries since 1986, when she served as president of the largest computer training facility in the Midwest. She has been president of Arco Transcription, Inc. and EDI Solutions, a translation software developer, where she negotiated its merger with St. Paul Software and served as executive vice president thereafter.

She has received numerous awards for her success in leadership, her business results and her advocacy for women entrepreneurs and for women serving on boards. These include recognition from The Business Journal, Div 500, Twin Cities E-Commerce Forum and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

2016 - Jeannine Rivet, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN

Jeannine Rivet, 2016 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award Recipient

As Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group, Jeannine Rivet works with and on behalf of all business segments in areas focused on strategic business relationships, customer relations, nursing advancement and social responsibility. Previous roles at UnitedHealth Group include CEO of UnitedHealthcare, CEO of Ingenix and CEO of Optum. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Jeannine held various other managed care and nursing positions.

Jeannine received a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University. She also holds a B.S. in Nursing from Boston College and practiced as a registered nurse for several years prior to entering the managed care industry. She is on the Executive Leadership team of UnitedHealth Group and on numerous industry leadership boards and councils as well as a mentor to women in business. She has been recognized by AAHP, Boston University School of Public Health, Fortune magazine, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota’s City Business, Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, Twin Cities Business magazine and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. She is a driving force in challenging the industry to enhance health and wellbeing through information, collaboration and advancement of optimal health care.

Past Recipients

Following are past winners of the 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award and Outstanding Member (as the award was first known):

2015 - Nancy Feldman

Nancy Feldman, 2015 21st Century Pinnacle Leader Award Recipient

Nancy Feldman is President and Chief Executive Officer of UCare, a non-profit, mission-focused health plan serving seniors, low-income families and individuals from diverse communities. During her 19-year tenure, UCare has grown from a small health plan serving Medicaid members to a 490,000 member, multi-state plan with projected 2015 revenues of $3.5 billion. Before coming to UCare, Nancy directed State Public Programs at Medica and worked for the State of Minnesota in a variety of mangagement positions, including Assistant Commissioner of Health.

Nancy serves on the boards of the Center for the Victims of Torture, Volunteers of America National Services, Park Square Theatre, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and the Alliance of Community Health Plans. She also founded and oversees the Bob Feldman Fund of the War Legacies Project, which provides services and support to Vietnamese families who continue to suffer from the toxic effects of Agent Orange, which was stored and sprayed throughout their country during the Vietnam War.

2013 - Mary Brainerd

Mary Brainerd is president and chief executive officer for Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Under her leadership and direction, HealthPartners has experienced record growth and is often recognized as a national leader in health care. In her role, Brainerd leads more than 21,000 employees in the HealthPartners integrated system, which includes a care delivery system with more than 1,700 physicians at nearly 140 primary, specialty and urgent care clinics, five hospitals, a large dental practice, 1.4 million members in top-rated medical and dental health plans, and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.

2010 Gail K. Boudreaux


Gail Boudreaux assumed overall responsibility for the four benefits businesses that comprise UnitedHealthcare in 2011. She joined UnitedHealth Group in May 2008 as an executive vice president and as president of UnitedHealthcare. Boudreaux was formerly executive vice president of Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) and prior to that served as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a division of HCSC. Before joining HCSC she held various positions at Aetna, including senior vice president of Aetna Group Insurance and vice president of Customer Service.




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