Title of Presentation: WPS Health Solutions Panel Discussion: How Our Military Service Shaped Female Leadership
November is National Veterans and Military Families month! Join us for a special panel discussion from the WPS Veteran’s and Women’s Employee Resource Groups where we’ll discuss how military experience, including challenges faced, prepared our panelists to lead. We’ll hear from three of our Nation’s finest as they talk about leadership, mentorship and the role technology played in their path to leadership. We know you’ll enjoy hearing from them as we learn from their experiences and forge strong channels for female voices in our community.
Ann is a Lead Senior Project Manager at WPS. She was in the Army National Guard for 9 years as a flatbed truck driver. During her military career she supported local Illinois and stateside transportation missions while trying to get her college degree. She spent a year and a half in Kuwait/Iraq as a Sergeant for Operation Enduring Freedom. Ann graduated from UW Madison in 2007 with a degree in Consumer Affairs. Her civilian career has always been in management or leadership roles in manufacturing and healthcare. Her favorite part of being a leader is seeing and celebrating the successes of those she leads.
Tori currently serves as the Lead Senior Business Analyst in the WPS Project Management Office. She served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a Lance Corporal, as a 1391 Bulk Fuel Specialist. Her military experience has honed her leadership, discipline, and problem-solving skills, which she has been able to apply in her civilian roles. She has over 17 years of customer service experience, including accomplished roles in Product Ownership, Business Analysis, Compliance and Production systems support, office and retail management, and Enterprise communications.
Tara started with WPS in 2015 and is currently the Director, Strategy and Transformation in our Health Insurance division. Tara joined the US Army Reserve in 1996 and served as a Civil Affairs and Supply Specialist through 2004. She participated in multiple operational exercises in Europe and a deployment to Kosovo with her Civil Affairs unit to rebuild the infrastructure of the country and provide humanitarian assistance. In her civilian or non-military career, Tara has held a variety of leadership positions in non-profit and healthcare related organizations. She has led in roles from sales development through service operations, as well as teams focused on customer experience, quality, continuous improvement, and strategic execution. She enjoys learning, music, outdoor adventures and spending time with her children. Mason (21), Kaysa (18) and James (7). A quote that she would like to share regarding leadership is: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams
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