Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Pre-conference Workshop Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pre-conference Workshop: Level Up Leadership Academy

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.


Aurora Aguilar, Editor, Modern Healthcare


Susan R. Bailey, MD, President-Elect, American Medical Association

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, Outreach Coordinator, Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Business of Healthcare Track

Creating a New Model in Medicine

This presentation will feature a new vision for healthcare leaders: one that marries science and care to generate better, faster patient outcomes. Learn why Dr. Joanne Smith sought to transform her hospital’s model, environment and name even though it had been ranked No. 1 in Rehabilitation for 26 consecutive years. She will share how she challenged conventional wisdom, mobilized her team to embrace a unique vision, and evolved a radical idea into a novel paradigm poised to change the way in which patients recover.

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

Unconventional Leadership: Leading Through Adversity

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

Coaching Up for Women: Maximizing Your Message

What holds you back from effectively engaging in important conversations with your division chief, chair, dean or hospital CEO? You think you know what you want. Despite preparation, you leave the conversation feeling unheard and unsatisfied. During this workshop, we'll introduce the concept of “coaching up” and teach you to apply this principle when you communicate with your leadership to have more productive and satisfying dialogue.



Elaine Schulte, MD, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Andrea Sikon, MD, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Cleveland Clinic, Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

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?

Ninfa Saunders, DHA, 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.

Anne Klibanski, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Partners HealthCare

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

Leadership Skills 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 Transforming Healthcare Through Innovation

This panel will cover trending topics in technology, 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. They will also discuss women who have made an impact on the industry with innovative ideas, driving transformation in Healthcare.

Professional Development Track

Resetting Conflict in the Workplace

Sherrie Barch, President, Furst Group & NuBrick Partners
Joe Mazzenga, Managing Partner, NuBrick Partners

Business of Healthcare Track

Accelerating Diverse Leadership Through Active Sponsorship

Development programs can be a once in a lifetime experience to provide the education you need to grow in your healthcare career. Scholarships and development programs require sponsorship and support from a superior. As an early careerist, how do you take the right steps to earn support from a sponsor? How do you make sure you are networking with the right executives to make an impact on your own career? On the other side, as a sponsor, how do you make sure you are supporting and promoting new leaders who are diverse and qualified? This session will feature emerging leader Jhaymee Tynan and her experience with earning a sponsorship.


Jhaymee Tynan, Assistant Vice President of Integration, 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*

*Requires purchase of a separate ticket.

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 Influential 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


Nancy Agee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carilion Clinic

Leana Wen, MD, Visiting Professor, Health Policy and Management, Distinguished Fellow, Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

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

Networking Break

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.

Melissa Davis, MD, Medical Director of Quality, Emory University, Department of Radiology

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.


Marna Borgstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yale New Haven Health System

Darilyn Moyer, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians

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.

Mark Ganz, Chief Executive Officer, Cambia Health Solutions

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.


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


Lubna Shamsi, Administrative Director, Oncology, Mount Sinai Health System

Business of Healthcare 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.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote

Working as a Community to Drive 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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