Jennifer Olson, MBA, is a highly regarded, award-winning health care executive best known for her strategic and operational leadership in driving enterprise solutions. Jennifer is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Minnesota. In this role, Jennifer oversees vital areas of health system operations, including inpatient, ambulatory, diagnostic services, pharmacy, contracting, planning and execution, value and clinical excellence, and marketing/communications. She also provides strategic and operational oversight of the Mother Baby Fetal, Cardiovascular, Cancer and Blood Disorders and Neurosciences specialty programs.
Prior to this role, Jennifer served as Senior Vice President of System Operations and Chief Strategy Officer for Children’s Minnesota. From 2010-2015, she was the Vice President of Operations for the Mother Baby Clinical Service Line, a collaboration between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health. Early in her career, Jennifer held roles with Deloitte Consulting and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Jennifer earned her MBA with a focus in Management, Human Resources and Health Care, and an undergraduate degree in Finance, both from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
She is a national board member for the International Society for Pediatric Innovation, board member for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and chair of the Leadership Development Committee, board member on the Ronald McDonald House Charities, as chair of the Programming Committee and member of the Governance Committee. Jennifer is also a member of the Minnesota chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a long-standing member of the Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development. She is a member of the current faculty for a Healthcare Certificate program with the University of Wisconsin School of Business, and serves on a healthcare steering committee commissioned by the Dean to design a new professional MBA in Healthcare.
Honored as a 2018 (Real) Power 50 award winner by Minnesota Business magazine, the award recognized Jennifer as one of the “50 most influential people to know in the Twin Cities, and a lynchpin in the industry”. Jennifer was also recognized as one of the 2018 “Top Women in Business” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.