My Name is ... Helen Drexler

Lone Tree businesswoman shares experience in new book

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/19/21

I'm the CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado. I have a degree in sociology from the University of New Mexico and have spent my 36-year career believing in the power of teams. I'm also a …

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My Name is ... Helen Drexler

Lone Tree businesswoman shares experience in new book

Helen Drexler, CEO of Delta Dental in Lone Tree, contributed to a new book called "Smart Talk Exceptional Women" recounting experiences from entrepreneurial women.
Helen Drexler, CEO of Delta Dental in Lone Tree, contributed to a new book called "Smart Talk Exceptional Women" recounting experiences from entrepreneurial women.
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About me 

I'm the CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado. I have a degree in sociology from the University of New Mexico and have spent my 36-year career believing in the power of teams. I'm also a mother to my son Gary and his wonderful wife Kristin, I've been married to my husband Joe for 36 years, and I am deeply committed to making the world a better place (something instilled in me by my parents).

What is 'STEW'?

I recently had an opportunity to contribute to a book called "The STEW (Smart Talk Exceptional Women)." It can be purchased at www.campexperience.com. In the book, different women share their journey and insights. Sharing and listening to others' insights certainly seems smart to me! My contribution called, "Hope Springs Eternal: No Mud, No Lotus” tells of a challenge in my life that was a defining moment for me and my family.

How I'm 'doing my part' during the pandemic…

I'm very proud of Delta Dental of Colorado's COVID relief effort. In March, after we moved quickly to get almost every team member working from home, we stepped back and said, “How do we respond to this crisis?” I made a commitment to not lay off any of our team members for 90 to 120 days as we assessed the effects of the pandemic. I also said we would not profit from COVID, and in May we announced a $30 million relief effort to all of our customers and stakeholders: members, providers, employers, brokers, community, and team members. Oral health is so vital to overall health, and my role at Delta Dental has given me insight into the importance of advancing oral health equity in our community.

People I look up to …

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I have to say that with the recent events at the U.S. Capitol, I am even more inspired by this man. He was a powerful man who fought for change and for the equal treatment of all races. He did so with respect, rationality, perseverance, passion, and a focus on the vital importance of coming together. He created a movement for change centered around peace and non-violence. Now more than ever, we need his words to be a rallying cry to continue the movement into the future where inclusivity and diversity are celebrated. I am also inspired by our two youngest generations: Millennials and Gen Z. We must listen to those younger than us. My career is in its final chapters. I gain so much when I listen with empathy to the challenges facing young people just starting in the workplace or struggling to get ahead in their careers. They face financial challenges far greater than the challenges I faced in the '80s and early '90s when I was starting my career. Gaining appreciation for the challenges of generations behind us allows us to think of ways to pay it forward.

If you have a suggestion for who should be featured in My Name is,” please contact Nick Puckett at npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

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