Fail, Survive, or Thrive

October 17, 2022 @ 12:00am

As leaders we should always be up to something big, reaching to obtain our why. Leaders are not lane fillers or worker bees. Now don’t get me wrong, those are important positions within an organization, as they help the wheel move. But there needs to be a driving force to inspire greatness, impact, performance, and outcomes. Those individuals are leaders.

October 14, 2022 @ 12:00am

Several Healthfirst staff and I spent the past few days talking about sex. You heard that correctly, sex. In a space full of individuals who understood the importance of the conversations, who spoke open and freely about the topic, and specifically its impact on sexual and reproductive health. It was rejuvenating, yet worrisome because we are part of the minority.

October 11, 2022 @ 12:00am

In life, in leadership, and in business we have three choices. We can fail, we can survive, or thrive. All three are your choice and you have to decide your destiny. Now I know there are many, many external factors that influence our lives on a daily basis. Sick kids, employee turnover, funding cuts….we have all been dealt those cards before. However, you get to choose how you are going to respond and what the outcome is. Not anyone else.

October 10, 2022 @ 12:00am

Yesterday was an interesting day for me. After putting my all into a Post Dobbs brief, it was time to present it to two hundred plus registrants with two co-conspirators. Thanks Adrian-for that terminology. There was passion, there was fire, and there was anger. The position individuals have been put in, in my home state, is nauseating. The tip of the iceberg has been exposed, and this political chaos plans to dive deep.

About the Author


Jessie Scharfenberg

Jessica Scharfenberg is a nurse by trade but leader by nature. After completing her BSN at Edgewood College, she moved to rural South Dakota, working as a nurse at a critical access hospital near two Native American reservations. This is where her passion for public health and prevention blossomed. After seeing the same patients, week after week being met with severe inequities, she transitioned into public health nursing, working as a public health regional manager for the South Dakota Department of Health. In that time, she earned her Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in policy and administration from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

In the spring of 2016, she moved back home to Wisconsin to assume the role of CEO at Healthfirst Network; a non-profit reproductive health and WIC clinic serving nine counties in central Wisconsin. The transition has allowed her to focus on her true passions: reproductive health and maternal and child health. Jessica is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration, specializing in leadership.