Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m

Registration & Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Publisher's Opening Address

Fawn Lopez, Publisher and Vice President, Modern Healthcare

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address

The Time is Now: Female Leadership for a New Era in Healthcare

Eugene Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atrium Health

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Networking & Morning Break with Exhibitors

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Breaking Barriers Track

Women Leaders Then and Now

For the past ten years, Modern Healthcare has written extensively about the pathways and barriers to women’s advancement into leadership positions. This presentation will discuss the impact of the diverse leadership in healthcare, exploring the progress and pitfalls of women's advancement over the past ten years as well as predictions for the future.In the past decade, healthcare organizations have reported significant advances in gender diversity and inclusion, but have these increases resulted in meaningful change? A panel of experts will consider this question, supported by data from Modern Healthcare's "Women Leaders Then and Now" survey.

Professional Development Track

Networking Strategies for Making Meaningful Connections

We all know that the size and quality of one’s network is a key factor in career success. Yet the term "networking" often comes with a negative association. In this interactive workshop, come learn strategies for expanding and deepening the key relationships that contribute to your success. You will walk away with a personalized networking plan for yourself, and action items you can implement immediately.

Business of Healthcare Track

New and Unique Approaches to Patient Care

This presentation will focus on a new vision for healthcare leaders: measuring ourselves by how many people we attract and how much ability we create. And by people, we don't just mean patients, but also scientists, managers, supporters,clinicians and legislative people. Learn how to create something that nobody has ever done and achieve unique outcomes. This session will demonstrate transforming the delivery of care to provide the highest-quality patient care with the best outcomes through integrated research, discovery and education.

Joanne Smith, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Breaking Barriers Track

System Reinvention and Diversity

Nancy Schlichting, the CEO of Henry Ford Health System, discusses "unconventional leadership," a style of leadership based on confronting reality and leading headlong through adversity. In this talk, Schlichting will discuss how she conceived this paradigm while leading the successful turnaround of four consecutive organizations and weathering Detroit's bankruptcy crisis. Nancy will discuss how leaders can motivate, inspire, and drive new thinking in today's disruptive business environment, where traditional modes of managing are no longer working.

Nancy Schlichting, Retired Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System

Professional Development Track

Knowing Your Worth in the Workplace

As an early careerist in healthcare, knowing the value you bring into the workforce is especially important as you navigate system culture. Trends indicate early careerists are more conscious of gender bias, especially in the #MeToo era, work life balance and having a culture of openness.This session will break down more ideas such as how to speak up professionally, how to negotiate your pay, as well as determine whether or not the workplace has a supportive upper management team and a culture of acceptance toward other’s ideas.

Business of Healthcare Track

Workshop: Your Guide to Financial and Economic Empowerment

Attend this interactive session to learn how to achieve financial peace of mind. Now more than ever, it is vital that women to take control of their finances. Attendees will gain key strategies for developing a financial empowerment plan and intelligent investing strategy.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Professional Development Track

Reentering, Reinventing, or Rebooting Your Career


Many women hit midlife and realize: it's time for a career change. How do you reboot, relaunch, return to, or reinvent a career at age 40? Or 50? Or even 60? And how can you create a career and life that will provide you with purpose and financial security for years to come?

Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer, Navicent Health

Business of Healthcare Track

Is the US Healthcare System Meeting the Clinical Needs of Women?


It is time for a women’s healthcare model that successfully supports deep relationships between a patient and her provider in the context of their health and livelihood. Our esteemed panel of clinical experts will discuss how to change the model to provide women with the tools, services and community for the distinct needs of women and the providers who serve them. where it matters most.

Sharmila Makhija MD, Professor and Chair, Department of OB/GYN and Women’s Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Health System

Laurie Zephyrin, MD, Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund

Breaking Barriers Track

What Leadership Skills Do You Need Rise Through The Ranks

How can we encourage leaders and early careerists to invest in healthcare administration as a career? What strategic moves can these leaders make to move through the ranks? This session will explore the importance of making both lateral and vertical moves in your career that will lead to growth opportunities. Along with making strategic moves, what makes an early careerist successful in the industry? We will discuss qualities needed to be motivated in your career, as well as the unique challenges that this industry faces as they try to recruit leaders to step into new roles.

3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Networking Break with Exhibitors

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Breaking Barriers Track

Women in Technology


This panel discussion will cover trending topics in tech, and present information on thriving through tech career phases. Panelists will explore what technologies they are most excited about for the future and trends in healthcare technology adoption.

Professional Development Track

Sponsored Session | Furst Group

Business of Healthcare Track

Accelerating Diverse Leadership Through Active Sponsorship

Jhaymee Tynan, Director, Strategy, Integration Management Office, Atrium Health

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Top 25 Minority Leaders Gala Reception

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Top 25 Minority Leaders Gala Dinner

Friday, August 14, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m

Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Publisher's Opening Address

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Insights and Experience from the Most Powerful

Women in Healthcare


This panel of distinguished women healthcare leaders will discuss the changing roles of women in healthcare, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing women in positions of authority. Panelists will draw upon their personal career experiences and offer insights on leading.


Fawn Lopez, Publisher, Modern Healthcare and Vice President, Crain Communications

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Activity

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Breaking Barriers Track

Women and Entrepreneurship: Starting your own Business


Fahti Khosrowshahi worked in the healthcare industry for over 15 years before founding Ceek. During that time, she observed that there was little focus on innovation in women’s health. During this session, she'll share how—after exhaustive research on gaps in women’s care—she founded Ceek with the vision to bring innovation and compassion into the exam room and raised $3.6 million to help take the product to market.

Fahti Khosrowshahi, Founder and CEO, Ceek Women’s Health

Professional Development Track

Social Media Strategies to Build Your Personal Brand


In a world where social media continues to make a huge impact on the way we communicate and how you are perceived to your peers, it is important to make sure that your "brand" reflects on your character positively. Social media, using the right strategies, can help ensure you are being accurately represented, as well as can give you a platform to express your ideas, achievements, and your leadership style. However, using social media the wrong way can ruin your reputation very quickly and this can be a challenge. This session will break down ideas on how to use social media outlets to reflect your personal mission, explore how the next generation of the workforce feels about being on social media at work, and take a look at strategies to effectively share your ideas throughout different social media outlets.

Business of Healthcare Track

What the 2020 General Election Means for Healthcare


The coming elections could result in significant political and regulatory change, creating both opportunities and challenges. A panel of leaders will forecast the impact their organizations and discuss how they plan to respond.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Breaking Barriers Track

Engaging Men as Advocates for Gender Diversity and Inclusion


Men are an often untapped, yet critical, resource in diversity and inclusion efforts. In the past, initiatives have focused on women or minorities. Men haven’t always been central to the conversation—yet men are 85% of all leadership in Fortune 500 companies. This presentation will discuss the most effective ways for men to engage in creating an inclusive workplace while helping organizations achieve the benefits, including recruiting and promoting talent, mirroring communities and clients, increasing innovation and employee engagement, and driving business results.

MaCalus Hogan, Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medical Director for Outcomes and Registries, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Professional Development Track

Traits you Need to Succeed


No matter where you are in your career path, this presentation will provide you with the leadership tools you need to grow, lead and succeed in today's healthcare workplace.

Business of Healthcare Track

Carrying The Torch: How Will You Make Your Mark In Healthcare?


What does the workforce of 2030 look like? How will the workforce change with Generation Z entering in the next 5-10 years?

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

Breaking Barriers Track

Impact of Gender Equity on Organizational Success


Adopting diversity initiatives and family-friendly policies can bring gender equity to organizational structures, processes, and practices. Data has shown that having more women in leadership positions not only impacts the the climate of the organization, but also reduces gender discrimination. This panel will discuss the importance of gender equity in leadership and its impact on high-quality care, health outcomes and patient satisfaction

Professional Development Track

Why Mentorship Is An Important Relationship For Your Career


In this session, a current woman leader in healthcare and one of her mentees will share an inside look at their professional relationship and how their mentorship program allowed them both to grow along side one another in their careers. You will get insight on what a mentor/mentee relationship looks like, how to find a mentor and recruiting tips for early careerists.

Business of Healthcare Track

How Emerging Leaders Have Influenced Healthcare

As a new workforce generation moves into healthcare as a career, it is important to teach the lessons learned by emerging healthcare leaders to prepare them for change in the industry. What types of roles do emerging leaders have? This panel, featuring a generation of emerging leaders will discuss how they are looking to shape and change the healthcare industry of today, as well as discuss their biggest professional accomplishments and challenges.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote

What We Can Do As A Community to Make Real Change.

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Publisher’s Adjournment

Fawn Lopez, Vice President and Publisher, Modern Healthcare

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August 13-14, 2020


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