Alma B.

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Alma B. | Meditation Practitioner & Advisory Services Analyst

Alma B

As an Advisory Services Analyst, Alma is constantly adjusting to different projects for different clients and drawing on her bilingual skills. She uses meditation to keep herself centered on the tasks at hand. Alma started meditating for personal reasons, and by meditating every day she discovered ways to cope with anxiety and improve her sleep. “At work, I can take a five minute walk and listen to a meditation app,” she says. “It’s like re-charging my batteries so I can continue on with the work I need to do.”

“Meditation helps me re-charge and do my best work for the client.”
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How do you describe your job to family and friends?

I work with different projects and my job is to support the clients whether they need general marketing or project management. I also provide language support when they need someone who speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?  

 Instead of having a set role we’ve done for years and years, our roles are constantly changing and they can last for a few months or a year. The constantly changing nature of my work requires me to develop new skills for a project and sometimes there’s a travelling aspect that can be challenging. I have to be ready to adapt to whatever is needed.

What interests or passions do you have outside of work?

 I use meditation because it really relaxes me if I'm stressed out, feel anxiety or just need five minutes to chill. I can block out everything else in the world and focus on myself and relaxation.

How do some of the elements or traits you possess for those passions and interests show up when you are at work?

 I use meditation at work to be calm and relaxed. If I’m having a really stressful or busy day, I take a five minute walk by myself and listen to a meditation app. For those few minutes, I block out work and everything else going on in my life. It’s like re-charging my batteries so I can continue on with the work I need to do. I know if I’m not stressed, I can do better work.

How have you grown at UnitedHealth Group?

 I started out as an intern in college and now I have a full time position. The program I’m in and the company itself really promote learning new skills, taking classes and training. I make sure to take advantage of that so I can grow as a professional and bring more value to the company and my clients.

What’s the most important thing someone should know before joining our company?
It’s a great company because we always have the members in mind. Everything we do with our programs and services is geared toward helping our members understand the process and make it simple.

What do few people know about you that they would be surprised to learn?

 I ride horses. My family grew up on a ranch in Mexico and I spent my summers at the family ranch with horses. When I was six years old my mom gave me a pony for a birthday present.

What are you most grateful for?

My education. Coming from an immigrant family, education is the key to upward mobility and opening doors. I’m the first generation of my family to graduate college and I’m definitely the first person in my family to have a job in an office.