Women of September 2020: Chelsea Strawn

Tell us a little about yourself and who you are? My name is Chelsea Strawn. I am a Workers Compensation Operations Manager for Field Case Management, teacher of Life Skills and Professionalism, Mom of 2 beautiful boys, Army wife, and active member and mentor in my local church.

How does a day in your life look like these days? Full of life and love! So, my days start out with quiet time... I start each day with exercise and reflection, music and podcasts, and then balance webinars, meetings, teaching CEU classes. I teach a class called ELEVATEU for youth outside of work and also act as our online host for church on Sunday morning and mentor youth on Wednesday night. I have two boys (7) and (14) who are very active in sports and attend their practices and functions.

What makes you unique? I love to invest in everyone around me. It doesn't matter how well I know someone, I truly want to help them GROW and love them so that they know, they can always be the BEST version of themselves. My heart is truly with those who need a second chance or maybe don't have the ability to see all that they can become. I love to encourage and inspire others so they can elevate to the next level!

What is your “why?” What inspires you every day to do more/better? I wake up every day with God's leadership on my life. I seek His purpose. I know that as long as I follow where HE leads me, I will succeed. I have a story and it's really amazing and the bottom line is, God has been there every step of the way and opened every door. He is always my why.

Tell us about your career and how you got started? I began my career as a Registered Nurse at the age of 18 (I had my son at 17). After a wreck that left me in intensive care and unable to work for a year, I transitioned to Orthopedic Surgery in a clinic where I was later recruited to Workman's Compensation as a Case Manager. I then had my second son who was born with a brachial plexus injury but does very well. During 2018, my husband was scheduled for a deployment, and to keep busy, I went back to school to obtain my BSN. I have since moved up the ladder quickly to Regional Manager for TN, MS, and oversee several in-house accounts and present CEUs for our company.

What are your future goals? My future goals are to continue to move up within my company and expand my class to assist others college-age and older with achieving their own personal and professional goals.

How do you empower other women? Each day, I work with my personal team of 18 women and an expanded team of colleagues and external professionals. I make it a point each day to check in on a minimal of 5 people to see what I can do for them. As the youngest person on my team, I am the most tech-savvy, so I typically offer that sort of assist on a personal basis, but on a more personal level, I check on their well-being, offer encouragement and support and ways that they can make shifts to improve at home and work. We are in such an unprecedented time and kind words, speaking life is so necessary.

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