Member Spotlight: Rachel Henely Nelson

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Rachel Henely Nelson

Rachel Henely Nelson

Rachel Nelson is Vice President and General Manager, Federal Programs, with Prime Therapeutics. She provides strategic leadership for the Medicare program offering for 20 health plans and the Federal Employee Program Specialty contract. She manages all program finances, including profit and loss (P&L), budgeting and financial forecasting. Rachel provides leadership direction of the development and implementation of program goals and strategies with primary focus on growth and retention, affordability and access, compliance and quality management and total drug management initiatives. She develops and maintains positive, effective relationships with health plan client executives to ensure alignment and achievement of organizational priorities, investments and outcomes.

Have you ever had a mentor?

Yes, having a mentor in my early career years helped me develop confidence in my judgement by focusing on the positives of the recommendations I was bringing forward for discussion and using the time to hone my own thought process around enhancements and/or alternatives to the recommendation. By approaching the mentoring this way, I was able to grow by learning to trust my instincts with the guidance of a leader I highly respected.

Why did you join the TRUST? What keeps you involved as a TRUST member?

I joined the TRUST to meet new female leaders and expand my network.

The connections that I’ve made through the years and the value I receive from the organization in terms of networking, learning, and mentoring. I am in awe of the personal and professional strength of this collective leadership organization.

What is the best career advice you've received?

I received life advice from my mother, which I use often in my career: advocate for yourself. If I feel I am qualified for an opportunity, whether that be a spot on my high school student council back in the day, or a stretch assignment within my work organization, I vote for myself; if I cannot confidently advocate myself for the opportunity, why would I expect others to advocate/support me? This advice is always on my mind and has served me well throughout my career.

How do you want to support other women in their leadership journey?

I want to support other women on their leadership journey by providing an opportunity for them to showcase their knowledge and experience, whether that be encouraging their engagement and presentation in an everyday, business-as-usual meeting at work, or through active participation in the many industry forums available locally and nationally, such as the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. I truly believe that when an opportunity to shine is provided, most will outperform your expectations!

What is something that not many people know about you?

My husband and I own and operate a small vending business. This business has provided me with many positive learning experiences that I’ve been able to parlay into my corporate career, such as the importance of offering a product clients want to purchase and the value of great customer service…a friendly smile can go a long way in developing and maintaining relationships.

Any words of wisdom to live by?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
I have an air freshener in my car with this saying on it and it is a great reminder to me each day to live my life in a way that betters the world for all.

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