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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST 

Pre-conference Workshop: Level Up Leadership Academy

This transformational pre-conference leadership experience will honor the seismic shifts happening in our industry, our homes and within ourselves. Level Up is designed to help you create movement in your career journey. As more women take charge of their growth, leadership training and discussion are urgently needed to create robust, sustainable pathways for advancement. This interactive workshop will explore the evolving idea of what makes an effective leader using core principles from Brené Brown's Dare to Lead, Dr. Emily Nagoski’s Burnout and the latest research on women entering the C-suite. Attendees will leave this workshop armed with goals, strategies and relationships to bring their careers to the next level.

$250 | Limited to 100 participants

Emily Drake, LPC

Owner and Lead Facilitator

The Collective Academy

Meredith Moore 

Leadership Coach and Communications Lead

Leverette Weekes

Thursday, August 13, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. CST

Mindful Meditation and Networking Carousel

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CST

Publisher's Welcome

Fawn Lopez
Publisher and Vice President
Modern Healthcare

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST

How Women Leaders in Healthcare and Politics Came Together to Fight COVID-19

Join women leaders for a fireside chat and learn about the role of healthcare leadership in addressing racial disparities, health inequities, responding to the COVID-19 crisis and working with government to advance policy.

Carladenise Edwards
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Henry Ford Health System

Donna Lynne
Former Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Chief Operating Officer, Columbia University Medical Center, Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Doctors

Aurora Aguilar
Modern Healthcare

11:00 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. CST

Transition to Next Session

11:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

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.


Aurora Aguilar
Modern Healthcare


Dr. Susan Bailey
American Medical Association

Nancy Schlichting
Retired Chief Executive Officer
Henry Ford Health System

Dr. Joanne Conroy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

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.


Kaitlyn Chana
Graduate Assistant, University of North Florida


Dr. Tiffany Love
Chief Operating Officer at Humboldt General Hospital, Founder of “Times Up Healthcare”

Ann-Marie Knight
Vice President, Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer
UF Health Jacksonville

11:55 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. CST

Afternoon Yoga Stretch / Diversity and Inclusion Group Discussion / Networking Carousel

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions


Breaking Barriers Track

Leading Through Chaos and Crisis

This session will cover how to lead your organization through a local, national, or world crisis. In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, this session will cover how leaders were able to keep it all together and move forward with survival strategies and economic solutions. In a year of crisis how do you deploy personal and business survival strategies to get through the coming year? How will you manage wear and tear on executives and maintain resilience through the chaos? We will hear from executives who experienced these crisisfirst hand and how they were able to put on a brave face and continue their organization's mission.


Mary Boosalis

President and Chief Executive Officer

Premier Health


Debra Fields
Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer
City of Hope

Dr. Darilyn Moyer

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians

Professional Development Track

Leading and Managing the New Remote Workforce

In response to COVID-19, many organizations have asked their employees to work remotely. While close to a quarter of the U.S. workforce already works from home, at least part of the time, the new policies leave many employees — and their managers — working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time. This panel discussion will provide strategies you can take to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees. as well as best practices and tips on how to be successful and productive from home.

Karen Coleman

Director, Corporate and Women’s Health Strategy

Baptist Health


Debra Canales

Executive Vice President and

Chief Administrative Officer

Providence St. Joseph Health

Lisa Khavkin
Vice President, Human Resources

Northwell Health


Debbie Chang
President and Chief Executive Officer Blue Shield of California Foundation

1:30 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. CST

Transition to Next Session

1:35 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions


Ninfa Saunders, DHA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Navicent Health

Breaking Barriers Track

Women's Role in Bettering Our Healthcare System

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.


Dr. Anne Klibanski

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mass General Brigham

Dr.  Sharmila Makhija

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

Dr. Laurie Zephyrin

Vice President, Delivery System Reform

The Commonwealth Fund

Professional Development Track
Emotional Intelligence: More Important Than Ever

The year 2020 will forever be thought of as a time of great challenge. A global pandemic, economic devastation and social unrest are a few of hardships we continue to battle. Never has there been a time when the Emotional Intelligence of a leader has been more important. Recognizing the impact of these hardships on ourselves and those around us will be critical to overcoming them and building resilience. This session will discuss the elements of Emotional Intelligence and will also demonstrate a practical tool that will increase your ability to lead yourself, others and your organization through and beyond any challenge or obstacle.


Sherrie Barch


Furst Group & NuBrick Partners

Joe Mazzenga

Managing Partner

NuBrick Partners

Marsha King
Senior Consultant NuBrick Partners

2:20 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CST

Message Mapping and Networking Carousel

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers Track

Coaching Up for Women: Maximizing Your Message

To move forward in your career, confidence is key and sometimes takes practice. Early on, you may have experienced situations where, despite preparation, you leave the conversation with your supervisor, chair, dean or CEO feeling unheard and unsatisfied. How can you more effectively engage in these important conversations? During this workshop, we'll introduce the concept of “coaching up” and teach you to apply this principle when you communicate with your leadership so you can have more productive and satisfying dialogue.


Dr. Elaine E. Schulte, MPH, BCC, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, Co-Director, Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Diversity (L.E.A.D.) Program

Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Division of Academic General Pediatrics

Dr. Andrea L. Sikon, ACC, Chair- Dept. of Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

Executive Director- Center for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring Professor of Medicine- Cleveland Clinic Lerner COM of CWRU

Professional Development Track

Economic Recovery Models for Financial Growth

As organizations work their way through the COVID-19 crisis, new models have emerged showcasing different scenarios for ‘recovery’ and a ‘return to normal’ following a large-scale economic disruption. In this session, learn how different systems handled the economic strain and what steps they took to financially secure their organizations. This panel will discuss reconfiguring business models for greater resiliency and ROI.


Liz Foshage
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Amy Perry

Chief Executive Officer

Hospital Division and Integrated Care Delivery 

Atlantic Health System


Amy Mackin
Attorney and Shareholder

Hall Render

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST

Networking Reception: Cooking Demonstration

Friday, August 14, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CST

Mindful Meditation and Networking Carousel

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote Address

Lifting Voices – FOR ALL

‘For all’ – two simple words that mean so much. It’s a purpose that has never been more critical to creating and promoting spaces where men and women can equally grow and thrive together. And for leaders like Eugene A. Woods, president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health, ‘for all’ is more than just part of his organization’s mission statement, it’s his personal mission as well. In this presentation, Gene will draw upon various female voices through personal testimonies about how Atrium Health’s ‘for all’ approach has cultivated a diverse and inclusive environment.

Eugene Woods

President and Chief Executive Officer

Atrium Health

10:15 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. CST

Transition to Next Session

10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 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.


Marna Borgstrom

President and Chief Executive Officer

Yale New Haven Health System


Shawn Sheffield

Chief Strategy Officer

Keck Medicine of USC

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz
President and Chief Executive Officer
Better Medicare Alliance

Sr. Mary Haddad

President and Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Health Association of the United States

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.


Gayle Capozzalo

Executive Director, The Equity Collaborative Retired Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer, Yale New Haven Health System


Dr. Melissa Davis

Medical Director of Quality, Emory University, Department of Radiology

Lubna Shamsi
Senior Administrative Director, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, 

Mount Sinai Health System

Jhaymee Tynan

Assistant Vice President of Integration, Atrium Health

11:05 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. CST

Transition to Next Session

11:10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers Track

Engaging as an Industry 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.


Laurent Rotival

Senior Vice President, Strategic Technology Solutions, Chief Information Officer, Cambia Health Solutions

Dr. MaCalus Hogan

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


Dr. David Blumenthal
The Commonwealth Fund

Glen Tullman
Executive Chairman

Professional Development Track
Finding Your First Seat on a Corporate Board

Women are underrepresented on corporate boards, and the competition is fierce for the relatively small number of roles compared to potential candidates. With so few board seats opening every year, and with a strong preference toward for-profit CEOs to fill the open roles, it is a real challenge to get through the boardroom door. But if it’s an ambition of yours, this presentation will teach you how to crack the code. Board membership offers a high-impact way to leverage your expertise and skills, while working on a flexible basis.  This interactive session will provide insights, strategies and tips for finding a for-profit board role. 


The Honorable Cari Dominguez
Dominguez & Associates

Dawn Sweeney
Board Member, SITE Centers, Executive-In-Residence
Georgetown University

Ellen Zane
Retired, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital


Jan Molino
President and Chief Executive Officer, Board and Career Coach
Aspire Ascend

12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. CST

Afternoon Yoga Stretch / Book Club / Networking Carousel

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers Track
Personalization: Re-thinking Our Value to Our People and Community

COVID-19 has challenged all leaders to respond to their teams’ feelings of isolation, powerlessness, and disconnectedness. For Annette Walker, President of City of Hope Orange County, the situation became very real when a member of her senior staff was among the first hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Orange County. As her staff looked for guidance during troubled times, Annette reinvented and restarted the internal culture to become more personalized and focused on the contributions each individual brings to a team. Her highly personalized approach was the right methodology for the time, bringing people together and ultimately help them achieve more together.


Annette will her share her insights along with those of her senior staff. This is a unique look at overcoming a crisis and developing a barrier-breaking new path for moving forward.

Annette Walker
City of Hope Orange County

Darrin Godin
Chief of Staff
City of Hope Orange County

Professional Development Track

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

From enacting transformative policy, to using advanced technology, to successfully fighting a crisis, how are you going to make an impact on the healthcare industry? What are the goals you hope to achieve to improve the workforce by 2030? Hear from women who have left their mark in healthcare and the advice they have for the next generation of leaders.


Dr. Geraldine McGinty

Weill Cornell Medicine Depts. of Radiology and Population Science, President, American College of Radiology

Donna Lynne
Former Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Chief Operating Officer, Columbia University Medical Center, Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Doctors

Priya Bathija
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, American Hospital Association


Nicole Thomas

Hospital President

Baptist Medical Center South

1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. CST

Social Media Makeover and Networking Carousel

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CST

Closing Panel

Insights and Experience from the Most Important 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
and Vice President
Modern Healthcare


Nancy Agee

Chief Executive Officer

Carilion Clinic

Dr. Leana Wen
Visiting Professor, Health Policy and Management
The George Washington University

Ruth Williams-Brinkley
Regional President

Kaiser Permanente

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST

Publisher's Adjournment

Fawn Lopez
Publisher and Vice President
Modern Healthcare

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

Networking Reception: Wine Tasting

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