Stephanie gets up at 4:30 every morning and prepares for her run: she puts on the shoes, the running clothes, the ear buds, and the run tracker. And the minute she walks out the door, she just focuses on her goal for the day. Running clears her mind, she says, and takes her away from everything else. It's also a lot like work, because at UnitedHealth Group she's dedicated to empowering her team and moving them forward to reach their objectives. No day is ever the same, and just like running they may find themselves tackling one tough hill after another. With Stephanie beside them, they'll stay on track through the end.
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
I tell them I lead a team of employees who support and assist clinicians with securing, monitoring and maintaining licenses. What I do here contributes to our corporate mission because by helping clinicians maintain their licensure, we make sure they can do their jobs and help people live their lives to the fullest.
What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?
It's always changing. We work with a lot of moving parts and we need to keep up to speed, maintain our flexibility and responsiveness.
When you’re facing those challenges, what are some of your personal strengths and abilities that come into play?
I'm very passionate about what I do. I take things in stride so when we face challenges and changes, I can adapt and still get the work done.
What are the elements of your job you love?
I love change and I love being challenged. I'm always being pushed to the boundaries of figuring out how to make things work and empower my team. I love the fact that when I come to work it's never the same thing.
How do those same elements show up in the passions and interests you pursue outside of work?
When I go for a run, I just try to clear my mind. When I set a goal, I just go for it. During my run I focus on keeping my pace and persevering, enduring to the next point I put my mind to.
How have you grown at UnitedHealth Group?
I've grown significantly with UnitedHealth Group. My skills have developed in this role and the leadership has helped me develop my skills and become a better employee. When I started, I didn't have my master's degree, but they allowed me to flex my schedule and motivated me to finish my degree. I think I've grown a lot not just in the skills for my role but as a person, too.
What should a veteran should know before joining our company?
If you're a veteran, this is a great company to work for. UnitedHealth Group is very supportive of military service members and equally supportive of your military schedule as an employee. It's important to work for an employer who knows what you have to do to accomplish your role.
If you weren’t working at UnitedHealth Group or doing what you do today, what would you be doing?
I'd be training for multiple runs, participating in my kids' schools more, and learning to cook.
What do you like more—luxury hotel or cabin? Why?
The cabin. I do a lot of traveling and I'm in a lot of hotels – so at some point I like to get away. With a cabin, there's always a good road to run on nearby!
What is your favorite food?
Anything with carbs.
What do few people know about you that they would be surprised to learn?
I'm originally from Germany, and I can read, write and speak the language.
What are you most grateful for?
Life and family. Every day is a gift, and I'm grateful to live each day out with my family to make the most of life.