Meet the YPLC! – Sarah Rickert-Poppler

Who are you?

I’m Sarah Marie. I am on the finance and strategic partnership committees. I have been involved with the Young Professional Leadership Group (YPLC) for over a year.


A little bit about me!

In 2011, I graduated from MSU-Mankato with a major in Corporate Finance and minors in Accounting and Business Administration. Recently, I graduated from Capella University with my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Corporate Finance. I work as a financial analyst at Prime Therapeutics. Prime Therapeutics is a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) for Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans. I love working for a company whose mission is ‘To help people get the medicine they need to feel better and live well.’

In my free time I enjoy working out, training for races, binge watching Netflix, reading, knitting, and hanging out with family and friends.


What is your connection to diabetes?

My connection to diabetes goes way back. Since I grew up in a nursing household I knew at a young age about diabetes and its effects on others. I even worked in the healthcare industry world for almost eight years before I truly knew how much diabetes affects a person as well as their family and friends. In 2011, I started dating my husband then boyfriend at the time (Trevor) who is a diabetic. He taught me about diabetes even more than I would have learned in any healthcare setting, and he also taught me how to carb count. I also work with a few Type 1s and they appreciate the respect and knowledge I have of the disease. We all work together in battling this disease, but we still live a very normal and active life!


How did you end up joining the YPLC?

I met a former YPLC member at the Tour de Cure event where I was volunteering. Since I have family and friends with the disease I was thrilled to join a group whose mission is to cure diabetes. She put me in contact with Sean Finn to join the newly developed club.


What do you hope to take away from your work at the YPLC?

I hope to make a positive difference in the fight to end diabetes. I do this by volunteering at events and at Camp Needlepoint, raising awareness in the community as well as in the workplace, and lastly, to build new relationships through networking opportunities.

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