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Founder, Executive Vp
Cypress Care Inc.
Having spent years in the workers compensation industry, Lisa Datelle Quarterman saw much room for improvement among pharmacy benefit managers. Ms. Quarterman eventually left her job at One Call Comprehensive Care, a pharmacy benefit management and home health services provider, and helped form Cypress Care Inc. in 2001 with her brother and father, both technology gurus. After recognizing that inefficiencies could be corrected with technology, the group introduced software that allowed companies to tailor their workers compensation programs to fit the needs of employees. Ms. Quarterman’s experience and vision won her a nomination in the 2004 edition of “Who’s Who in Corporate America,” the 2005 Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute’s Rx Benefit Innovation Award and a finalist nomination for the 2006 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
Greatest influence: "My father, Henry 'Hank' Datelle, has been an inspiration and a role model. His poise, perseverance and focus have been invaluable to my education as a business owner. I am constantly amazed at his business savvy and how he can unfailingly plan to live today for the benefit of tomorrow. ‘There is nothing we can do that does not have a result,’ he often reminds me, and he’s always right. He’s also a great dad."
Best professional advice: "When I first contemplated starting my own business, I was handed a notepad and pen and was challenged to list 10 things that I could do differently to improve the market space I wanted to enter. That list eventually became a list of industry firsts and resulted in the innovative technology and information services that put Cypress Care on the map."
Advice to young women: "Do not trade your knowledge for expectations. I believe that in some situations, women as business leaders might still feel pressure to conform to more 'traditional' boardroom expectations. Bear your pride and follow your course without regard for these external pressures—they have nothing to do with your business. It is your talent, your purpose and your dedication that will take you where you want to go, despite the obstacles. Never forget that you have more to offer than people might expect."