Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST

Pre-Conference Workshops

The Power of Your Online Presence (and how it can position you for your next professional goal)


Do you know how you are being projected online and what impact this has on your professionally? This 2 hour pre-conference workshop will be a interactive session will provide an understanding of the critical mistakes even senior executives make and how to avoid them. By building and taking control of your online presence, you can position yourself to achieve your next professional goal.

Participants will gain an understanding of how to:

  • Change your mindset - why it's important to build and maintain a strong online 'brand'

  • Improve your skillset - how to start, what is relevant and what is not

  • Build your toolbox - understand what online tools are available to you, tips and tactics



You Don't Have to be a CEO to Get a Seat on a Paid Board 


Want to join a corporate board but don’t know where to start? Start here. If you are a woman leader with aspirations to sit on a corporate board, you already know that the competition is fierce. Boardroom pros will provide insights, strategies and tips for finding a for-profit board role through a combination of roundtable discussion and breakout groups in this 2-hour pre-conference workshop.

Participants will explore:

  • Where board service is going for gender equity/diversity

  • Shared experiences of getting and sitting on boards

  • What CEOs look for in potential board members

  • Time,legal and fiduciary responsibilities

  • Why you want to sit on a board and what do you need to get there

  • How to effectively market yourself for board consideration



4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CST

Welcome Reception

Thursday, July 22, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. CST

Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CST

Publisher's Opening Address

Fawn Lopez
Publisher and Vice President
Modern Healthcare

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

Opening Keynote

Nurturing Resilience to Build Inclusive and Equitable Cultures

Resilience just might be the key to humanity being the best it can be. In the workplace that looks like inclusive, diverse, just and equitable cultures. What does it look like to draw from the experiences of people who don't give up in the face of adversity? What could it mean for a community of colleagues to hone in on perseverance, the combination of persistence and tenacity? In this engaging keynote, Cara Yar Khan will share where her resilience comes from and how it has helped her navigate some terrifying and foreign situations, in her personal life and career. Sharing anecdotes from her international assignments with the United Nations in post-conflict zone and emergency settings, Cara will take the audience on a journey that led her to embark on a dangerous expedition through a Natural Wonder of the World. In the face of serious injury in a true wilderness, she discovered just how deep her resilience was. 

Cara Yar Khan
Disability Inclusion Advisor and Entrepreneurial Humanitarian

11:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

How Healthcare Leaders are Approaching the New Administration


Over the next four years, the Biden administration is expected to alter the healthcare industry with new policies and regulations that can impact the bottom line for providers and payers alike. Hear from influential executives about what changes they expect with the new administration on vital issues such as value-based payment, the Affordable Care Act and drug pricing, and how those potential changes are impacting their strategic plan in the years ahead.

Professional Development 

Tips for Reinventing or Rebooting Your Career

Navigating a career change can be daunting, but it is never too late to hit the reset button and reinvent your career. Career reinvention is not only possible, but it is also critical to staying relevant in today's healthcare workplace. How do you reboot, relaunch, return to, or reinvent a career at age 40, 50, or even 60? In this session, gain tips for how you can create a career and life that will provide you with purpose and fulfillment at any age.

11:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. CST

Lunch, Exhibits & Networking

12:40 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Advancing Women in Tech and STEM to Encourage Healthcare Innovation


For years, women in healthcare technology—in fact, the technology field altogether—were more of an anomaly than the norm. Today, they are still in the minority when it comes to executive leadership in the field, but opportunities for women in healthcare technology are increasing. In this panel discussion, technology leaders will share their career experiences, as well as discuss their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for women interested in leading healthcare information technology at major healthcare organizations. The discussion will also cover trending topics in tech, and present insights on thriving through tech career phases.


Karen DeSalvo, MD, Chief Health Officer,
Google Health

Professional Development

Navigating Loneliness and Isolation

Feelings of loneliness and isolation can be heightened for women healthcare executives who still only make up a tiny percentage of such positions. This panel will be a candid discussion from women leaders describing feelings of loneliness throughout their career and what they did to address it including tips for resiliency and honing new leadership skills.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Finding and Sustaining Meaningful Mentorships

Mentorships play an important and strategic role in today’s business environment. What was once a "nice to have," is imperative for professional growth and effective leadership. This is true for the mentor and the mentee alike. In this session, our esteemed panelists will discuss how they cultivated and maintained important professional relationships and what it has meant to their career. Attendees will gain insight into how a successful mentor/mentee relationship functions, how to find a mentor or mentee, and why it’s important to start now—no matter where you are in your career journey.

Professional Development

Practical Tools to Increase your Ability to Lead Yourself and Your Organization

What tools do you need to lead your organization successfully through the unprecedented changes in healthcare? How do you continue to grow professionally? In this session, gain insight into how to be a better leader for your organization and for yourself.

2:20 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. CST

Exhibits and Networking

3:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Expanding Private Equity Involvement in Women's Healthcare

Private equity firms making investments in healthcare has increased in recent years but only until lately have the firms been interested in women’s healthcare. Learn why private equity firms are investing in women’s healthcare, what that means for the future of the private equity landscape in healthcare and how to determine the trade-offs and impact of such transactions.

Professional Development

Winning the Talent Wars: Retain, Reward and Offer an Edge to Talented Women

As the industry changes and talent needs shift, so too must women leaders. In this session, we’ll ask our panel: How can women healthcare leaders champion talent management initiatives that ensure success and offer women candidates and colleagues an edge? Our discussion will touch on how leaders can nurture women leaders, encourage their professional development and incentivize them to cultivate a long-term relationship with their organization.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

Networking Reception

Friday, July 23, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. CST

Registration, Exhibits & Networking

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

How the Most Influential Women Executives Got Where They are Today

In order to stay competitive, leaders of healthcare organizations must be confident, decisive, adaptable, strong communicators and be able to stay ahead of emerging industry expectations. What other leadership skills do successful executives emulate to meet current and future demands? Hear directly from this year’s Top 25 Women Leaders, Luminaries and Women to Watch. This panel of award-winning female leaders will discuss the path they’ve taken to get to their current positions as well as the road ahead.


Laura Kaiser, President and Chief Executive Officer, SSM Health

Beverly Malone, Chief Executive Officer, National League for Nursing

Professional Development

Taking Action to Reduce Racial Inequities in Healthcare

For decades, the research literature has shown communities of color suffer from worse outcomes and quality of healthcare services. Recent social unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic have put a renewed focus on this critical issue. Learn how to successfully address racial health disparities in your community including understanding what news services and resources to invest in and how to foster trust with your diverse population.


Tanya Blackmon, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer, Novant Health

10:50 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Healthcare Heroes: Stories from the Frontline

Over the last year, harrowing and inspiring experiences from the physicians, nurses and other frontline workers caring for those infected with COVID-19 have emerged. Their stories are examples of heroism, but also highlight the industry’s lack of preparedness for a public health crisis. During this panel, hear directly from some of the frontline workers battling the virus and what lessons they would like healthcare executives to take from the crisis going forward including issues related to staffing, personal protective equipment and how your organization can better prepare for the next public health emergency.


Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, Executive vice president and chief clinical officer, Providence

Professional Development

Successfully Addressing Burnout, Mental Health Challenges to Sustain Your Workforce

Research shows burnout among the clinical workforce can lead to higher turnover rates and even worse patient outcomes. And over the past year, COVID-19 added to the emotional strain and stress on healthcare workers—ramifications that are expected to last for years. In this session, understand how healthcare leaders are successfully deploying innovative tactics that address mental health concerns and burnout among their workforce to improve patient outcomes and employee retention rates and how you can do something similar at your organization.

11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. CST

Networking and Exhibits

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Overcoming the Disparate Impact COVID-19
has on Women

Anecdotal reports over the last year show women are leaving the workforce in droves as they take on more responsibilities at home, which can impact for years the pipeline of women in leadership positions. It is more important than ever for healthcare leaders to promote workplace cultures that encourage women to stay and grow in their career. Learn how to nurture an overworked and overwhelmed female workforce to ensure your pipeline of diverse leaders remains intact.


Professional Development

Your Guide to Financial and Economic Empowerment


There continues to be a pay imbalance between men and women in the same roles. Attend this session to learn how to advocate for yourself in regards to salary and promotional opportunities in your career. Attendees will also gain insights into how to develop a financial plan and investment strategy.

1:20 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Fixing the Gender Imbalance in Healthcare Leadership

While women make up 65 percent of the entire healthcare workforce, they only make up 30 percent of C-suite teams. That’s particularly problematic considering women make the majority of healthcare decisions for households. If healthcare organizations intend to better meet the needs of their patients and employees, women must have a significant presence in leadership. Panelists during this session will offer concrete steps for resolving the gender gap on healthcare leadership teams, including professional development, mentorship and recruitment best practices.

Professional Development

It’s a Balancing Act: How to Flourish Personally and Professionally

There continues to be a pay imbalance between men and women in the same roles. Attend this session to learn how to advocate for yourself in regards to salary and promotional opportunities in your career. Attendees will also gain insights into how to develop a financial plan and investment strategy.

2:10 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. CST

Closing Keynote:

The Leadership Skills to Prepare you for the Future of Healthcare

What leadership skills do successful executives emulate to meet current and future demands? Gain tips directly from those at the helm of leading healthcare organizations about how to respond to unexpected industry demands and prepare for future needs of your workforce and population.

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CST

Publisher's Adjournment

Fawn Lopez
Publisher and Vice President
Modern Healthcare

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CST

Exhibits & Networking

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST

July 22-23, 2021

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Jodi Sniegocki

Education and Events Director