Alumnae Chats: Health Careers

Meet Mount Holyoke College Alumnae virtually and in-person at the Career Development Center for a series of afternoon chats about careers in health.

You'll have the opportunity to meet with:

Meredith Baratz ’81

Vice President Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, UnitedHealth Group

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Ms. Baratz brings 30+ years’ experience to her work driving market-based solutions at UnitedHealth Group. She spearheads UnitedHealthcare’s development of unconventional partnerships that advance the company’s mission to help people live healthier lives - with an emphasis on innovation, consumer value and shared commercial success. In a related capacity, she is also an active partner in the strategy development and governance of UnitedHealth Group’s enterprise-wide Innovation Council.

Across several roles, she has worked to connect UnitedHealthcare’s investments in innovation and product development to specific market needs, working closely with employers, their consulting partners, and other critical stakeholders. Ms. Baratz led UnitedHealthcare’s Strategic Insights Group, a team of research and analytics professionals dedicated to providing meaningful, actionable information to support strategy, innovation and growth. She provided operational leadership for the Innovation Council, established by company CEO Stephen Hemsley. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring that the company: created a culture of innovation; maximized value by leveraging development across business segments; delivered practical, scalable solutions to unmet needs; and earned a reputation for outstanding innovation. As a leader of our consumer-driven health business from 2002 - 2009, she worked regularly with the policy, legislative and media communities to drive a shared understanding of consumerism in health and UnitedHealthcare’s role in transforming health care.

She has served as a frequent source of strategic expertise in public forums, client discussions and business coalitions. Working as an industry expert with the National Business Group on Health (National Leadership Committee on Consumerism and Engagement; Board of the Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions), AHIP (HSA Leadership Council) and URAC, Ms. Baratz has contributed to driving transformation in health benefits delivery through effective consumerism. She represents the health industry as a member of the Berkeley Innovation Forum, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. After leading the company to a successful bid for the 2011 Outstanding Corporate Innovator award from the Product Development and Management Association, Ms. Baratz is now a member of PDMA’s OCI Committee. In 2013, Ms. Baratz joined the Board of PDMA, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the organization. She has been quoted in trade publications and national press (The Washington Post).

Ms. Baratz’s career in health benefits and insurance also encompassed account management, sales and marketing leadership, and innovation with MetLife, MetraHealth and UnitedHealth Group. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, and holds an Executive MBA from New York University.

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Deanna Hart '13

Clinical Research Manager, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

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Deanna Hart graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College in 2013 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Art History. She was a member of the varsity rowing team for four years and named captain her senior year. She also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a team representative and as Secretary of the Executive Board. She was the recipient of the Margaret Andrews Winters '35 Award for a summer internship at the University of Michigan hospital for cancer research and the Holly Metcalf Award for outstanding dedication to the pursuit of excellence in rowing.

With the help of Mount Holyoke's strong alumnae connections, Deanna became a clinical research coordinator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston after graduation. There, she helped patients navigate their care in clinical trials and was exposed to many aspects of the healthcare field. After three years as a research coordinator, Deanna was promoted manager of her group, overseeing a dozen employees and in charge of the overall conduct of clinical research in the Genitourinary Department. She is responsible for communicating with pharmaceutical companies, physicians, nurses, patients, and peers.

Currently, Deanna is considering a career in nursing and healthcare administration. She has been taking additional classes at Northeastern University to prepare for graduate school while working full-time. Deanna plans to apply to graduate school in the near future.

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