Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM, Chief Health Equity Officer, Hennepin Healthcare System

What is your current role?

I create the strategy that helps drive organizational work to assess, build and execute a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion and transform how care is delivered to our community. We are committed to partnering with our entire community, both internal and external, in achieving their fullest health potential by actively eliminating barriers due to racism, or any other consequence of social position or socially influenced circumstances experienced by Black, Indigenous and people of color.

Why did you join the TRUST?

I joined the TRUST about three years ago because I wanted to be part of an organization that focuses on women leaders in health care. I am a TRUST Board member and am excited to be in this leadership role!

What has been your favorite part of being a TRUST member?

My favorite part has been meeting and networking with so many incredible women leaders and learning about the various roles in health care they play. I really enjoy the relationship-building opportunities the TRUST offers.

What one word would you use to summarize what the TRUST means to you?


What is the best career advice you’ve received?

The best career advice I received was from my dad who told me “Remember, no one can take away your knowledge and skill so if you know you are the expert in the room, then be the expert in the room, even if the room doesn’t want you there.”

How do you support other women in their leadership journey?

I love mentoring other women on their journey, especially young women of color. There are not many of us in leadership roles and I want to do my part to change that reality so being a mentor and a sponsor for young women of color is a passion.

What do you love the most about the health care industry?

I love that we get to help people live their best lives in health care.

Who inspires you?

My children. They are the best of all worlds and I want to make sure I do my part to create a world worthy of them.

Words of wisdom to live by?

“Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better” ~ Maya Angelou