Tracy Pfiefer, MPA, VP Operations Mother Baby Service Line, Children’s Minnesota
What is your current role?
I have served in health care leadership for over 28 years. I joined the Mother Baby Clinical Service Line, a joint venture between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health, in 2017. My current role focuses on strategic business development, operational workflows and financial management of Mother Baby services for Allina Health and Neonatal services at Children’s Minnesota. The role is a great opportunity to support the care continuum for patients and families and set the stage for them to receive exceptional, seamless care within both health systems. It is a privilege to partner with care teams, patients, families and the community to help improve the care experience.
Why did you join the TRUST?
I joined in 2017. A colleague encouraged me to learn more. My first event was a Forum event, which was so inspiring.
What has been your favorite part of being a TRUST member?
I recently served as a mentor in the TRUST Mentorship Program. This is a great way to help support fellow women as they reflect on their career journey and consider what is most important to them as they shape their future career journey.
What one word would you use to summarize what the TRUST means to you?
What is the best career advice you’ve received?
As a “yes” person, the best advice I received, was, “I can save you from no, but I can’t save you from yes.” Be thoughtful about where you spend your energy and time; understand what capacity you have at the time. I have been so fortunate to work beside many wonderful mentors through the years. Each helping at various stages through my career. Many times they help you reframe your thoughts on challenges you face and remind you of the great resources around you for ideas and guidance.
How do you support other women in their leadership journey?
I enjoy encouraging women to consider what is possible in their career path and help them see the knowledge they have gained through their journey. Many times I will hear women diminish the experience they have gained in comparison to others, this is a great time to help them see their contributions and the unique ways they can continue to contribute.
What do you love the most about the health care industry?
Being in a mission-focused industry, our role can make a difference to improve health care and help improve the environment for those who deliver the care.
How do you maintain or improve your health and well-being?
I enjoy being outside, daily walks and long hikes. It’s a bonus when I can do this catching up with friends and family.
Who inspires you?
Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and many more. But those who have been the most inspirational for me are those I personally know who carved a path on their own, past adversity, achieved their goals and continued to pay it forward. They are my friends and mentors, living their everyday lives while quietly impacting so many lives for the good.