Just as every big business starts as a small business, every senior corporate executive started small. And somewhere along the way, the young person with a small job sees a vivid picture of success that motivates growth. Isn’t that true for you? Aren’t we all looking for role models who set a compelling model to shape what’s possible for us?
That’s why Genevieve Mulkern is a very fortunate young girl. She’s watching her mom blend together what’s important in her personal and professional life…creating a vivid picture of how one energetic, visionary, authentic Mom/leader can change the culture at a very, very large company.
Please consider this an invitation to have breakfast with me on Friday, May 18 at the Good Leadership Breakfast, to meet Genevieve’s Mom. Around 7:15 AM at Minnesota Valley Country Club, I will introduce you to Sue Mulkern, the Human Capital executive at OptumHealth — one of the largest businesses within the United Health Care family of companies. Her mission is to help reverse the “burn ‘em and churn ‘em” reputation of her employer. By any measure, she’s succeeding.
Like many working mothers, Sue Mulkern is a self-proclaimed expert at the “scheduling dance.” While her husband is a full time seminary student, she finds room in the schedule to work hard, spend time at soccer fields, attend dance lessons and be deeply involved at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church.
Her personal mission is helping people live their lives to the fullest — at home and at work. That means articulating strong values, programs, strategies, and tactics for 90,000 employees, and also shaping their health and wellness outside of the workplace. The dialogue within her influence includes different eating habits, life habits and financial habits. That’s why she believes in the Seven Fs.
“I absolutely love helping people have integrity in their relationships…in addition to being healthy,” she explained. “We live and breathe the philosophy: Be here now; be mentally, physically and emotionally fully present.” That fits with my assertion that we need to be 100% accountable for the person we are at work, and the person we bring home from the office.
Good leaders set the example as role models for how to blend their personal and professional lives in ways that inspire others.
Drop me a note with questions you’d like me to ask Genevieve’s mom at the Good Leadership Breakfast this Friday.
NOTE: last month we were SOLD OUT…if you are thinking about attending, you better