ANGELA BRALYPosted On: Jul. 29, 2007 12:00 AM CST
President and Chief Executive Officer
A wealth of leadership and legal expertise readied Angela Braly for her current role as president and chief executive of WellPoint Inc., the nation’s largest health plan in terms of membership. Ms. Braly—who helped lead WellPoint’s integration with Anthem Networks and the acquisition of WellChoice—previously served as executive vp, general counsel and chief public affairs officer for WellPoint. She was CEO and president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri until she joined WellPoint in 2005, and prior to that was a partner in the law firm of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh L.C. in St. Louis.
Best professional advice: "To be myself…the whole issue of wearing your own shoes; don’t step into anyone else’s shoes, there is a reason you got to this position. One of the other pieces of advice I got is 'all roads cross more than once.' You are going to run into people in your life and career over and over. Be respectful."
Advice to young women: "Enjoy what you are doing. Know who you are, know why you are doing what you are doing. It has to be something meaningful to you."
Early aspirations: "Probably like every other young person, I probably wanted to be a fireman. At one time, I wanted to be a scientist. But I thought I would practice law forever. I was a partner in a law firm, I really didn’t intend to be in health care and run a business. But ultimately, I had great, great opportunities along the way and I am very grateful."