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George Family Foundation Honors Jennifer Lundblad at First-Ever Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders Event

Published Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health, will be recognized by the George Family Foundation as one of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities at its first-ever “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event on September 16.

“Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” will be held at the Guthrie Theater on Tuesday, September 16 in conjunction with a preview performance of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles. Written in 1989, The Heidi Chronicles is a story of women struggling to make greater contributions to the world of art, business, and government.

The event celebrates women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities. Nine groundbreaking women leaders will also be honored posthumously at the event for their contributions in creating the quality of life present in the Twin Cities today.

Dr. Lundblad has served as CEO of Stratis Health since August 2006 and has been in leadership capacity at the organization since 1998. She is a current member of the boards of the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS), OnPoint Health Data, the Neighborhood Involvement Program, and eLumen Collaborative. She serves as a member of the national Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Health Panel, Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee, Women’s Health Leadership Trust, and Minnesota Healthcare Quality Professionals. She is adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Past leadership roles include serving as chair of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee, chair of the American Health Quality Association, and board member for MN Community Measurement.

According to the 2013 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership, produced by St. Catherine University and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, women are gaining ground in corporate leadership positions statewide. Fifty-two of Minnesota’s 100 largest publicly held companies have both women in corporate directors and women executive officers. In 2008, women held 117 board seats and only four women were CEOs in the state’s top companies. By 2013, there were 119 women board members and seven CEOs.

About the George Family Foundation

The mission of the George Family Foundation is to foster wholeness in mind, body, spirit, and community by developing authentic leaders and supporting transformative programs serving the common good. The guiding philosophy of the George Family Foundation is to invest in people, programs and initiatives that further the mission of the Foundation and help build the communities in which we live. For more information, visit georgefamilyfoundation.org.