“SHOW UP! You are your biggest advocate.” Powerful words and advice from this Influential Woman in Wellness. Meet Sita Wolford (Amin), Senior Engagement Consultant at Cigna. With an expert background in nutrition and public health, she is now blazing the trail and advocating for employee wellbeing. DEIB and creating a supportive workplace environment are both a priority – read on to learn more.
Tell us about yourself.
I work at Cigna as a Senior Engagement Consultant and I work hand in hand with our Cigna clients to not only create and develop a custom well-being strategy but really to be there every step of the way to help execute that strategy throughout the year in a “boots on the ground” fashion. I am extremely passionate in ensuring that we help our clients create an inclusive well-being program to match their diverse employee populations.
Prior to joining the Cigna team in 2018, I worked as a Nutritionist with WIC, a Supplemental Nutrition Program, that provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University as well as a Master of Public Health from West Chester University.
There are a lot of women in the health/wellbeing space. Do you think women are uniquely positioned to drive wellness/wellbeing? Why?
Yes, even more now than we were before! Women actually tend to be more active champions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging—(more information here) and we understand the importance of creating a supportive environment in the workplace. Combine this with the trend of the Great Resignation, prospective employees and the incoming workforce of Gen Z are looking for companies that have a strategic plan in place to support them in their careers and their lives outside of work—and women are the drivers behind this from planning to execution!
What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
I would go back and tell my younger self to just show up. I spent too much time in high school and my early years of college not putting myself out there and feeling like I wasn’t qualified for an opportunity. When I went to graduate school, I learned opportunities don’t just land in your lap! You are your biggest advocate and you can overcome a lot of definiciences by being the one that shows up and tries.
Is there a woman who has been influential in your life/path?
My Mom has been deeply influential in my life. She has taught me the power of investing in yourself and your family—she’s the reason I love yoga and cooking! She used to tell me that a cluttered life is a cluttered mind—and I thought that was just her way of getting me to make my bed. As an adult, I see now she was right! Taking care of myself and my health allows for me to show up for everything else in my life.