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Women in Business 2021: Andrea Ravitz, Access Health CT

Andrea Ravitz Employer: Access Health CT Title: Director, Marketing & Communications See all Women in Business 2021 honorees
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Ravitz leads all marketing efforts for Access Health CT (AHCT). She joined the exchange in 2013 as the multicultural marketing manager, where she led efforts to reach minority communities. In 2015, she was promoted to the role of director. She has 20+ years of experience in marketing and a strong insurance background. Prior to AHCT, she held diverse positions with Aetna, including chief of staff for the Head of Consumer Segments, and in 2012, she managed marketing strategies for the Latin America and Caribbean segment. Born in Costa Rica, has a bachelor’s in advertising, and an MB&A licentiate in marketing.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far?

Access Health CT’s mission is what inspired me to join in 2013. I’m fortunate to lead a team that is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. As of January 2021, that passion resulted in nearly 1 million Connecticut residents enrolled in healthcare coverage through the marketplace.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

Change the story. I want to do everything in my power to help people live a better, healthier, happier life – especially in communities of color. Being Hispanic, this is personal to me.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

Like many working parents, trying to balance work and home responsibilities in the time of COVID-19 has been challenging. I have two young children and a demanding job. This past year really put things into perspective, and I’ve learned a lot about myself as a woman, mom, wife and leader.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to adapt as a leader?

As a business leader, I have found clear and frequent touchpoints to be more critical than ever, especially one-on-one discussions with my team. These conversations can’t be all business. I try to start my meetings with a “How are you?” and finish with “How can I help you?”

Who has been your most important mentor and why?

One connection I made early in my career has become a lifelong mentor and friend. He helped me build a professional foundation by teaching me things you can’t learn in a classroom. He’s a hard-working, successful businessman who believed and empowered me every step of the way. Thank you, Dalton.

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