Agenda

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Pre-Conference Workshops

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 do boards and nominating committees 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

 

LIMITED TO 50 PARTICIPANTS ($250 fee)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

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

Sally Hurt-Deitch

Chief Executive Officer, Mid-South Group

Memphis Market and Saint Francis Hospital

Teri Fontenot

Chief Executive Officer Emeritus

Woman’s Hospital

Jan Molino

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Aspire Ascend

Ninfa Saunders

ret. President and Chief Executive Officer

Navicent Health

T2 Biosystems and Laudio Board of Directors

Phoebe Yang

General Manager 

Amazon Web Services

Joe Swedish

Co-Founder and Partner

Concord

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST

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 you professionally? This 2 hour pre-conference workshop will be an interactive session that 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

 

LIMITED TO 100 PARTICIPANTS ($250 fee)

Anouk Pappers
Brand Anthropologist
Signitt

Thursday, July 22, 2021

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

Networking and Exhibits

Networking Carousel

Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with and learn from each other. Participate in the networking carousel. It’s our way for recreating bumping into a new friend. Instead of meeting in line while waiting for your badge, in the elevator or grabbing a cup of coffee– you’ll do it virtually – in 3-minute video chats! It’s a fancy way to say online speed-dating for conference attendees. 

Networking Session

Raising Our Children to Be Leaders

 

All children deserve the opportunity to thrive as leaders of their own lives despite economic, social, or educational challenges. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend or mentor, what role can you play in empowering a child, especially our future female leaders? This networking session will guide you through the various ways to work with the children in your life to help build confidence, leadership and the other necessary business skills to succeed in today's job market.

Facilitators

Natalie Maniscalco 

Co-Founder

Wonder Girls

Irene Zervoudis 

Co-Founder

Wonder Girls

Networking Session

Mindful Meditation: The Art of Cultivating Greater Resilience

When we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives. We lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we're kinder to ourselves. Join us for a mindful meditation to start your day.

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 

Assess and Adjust: Biden Healthcare Agenda Prompts Shift in Strategic Planning

 

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.

Moderator

Erica Teichert

Managing Editor, Digital

Modern Healthcare

Panelists

Catherine Jacobson 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Froedtert Health

Pam Kehaly

President and Chief Executive Officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Debra Ness

President

National Partnership for Women & Families

Professional Development 

Second Act: Reinvent, Reboot Your Career

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 or circumstance.

 

Moderator

Debra Canales

Executive Vice President

Chief Administrative Officer

Providence

Panelists

Patrice Harris, MD

Chief Executive Officer 

eMed

Former President of American Medical Association

Sally Hurt-Deitch

Group Chief Executive Officer, Mid-South, Memphis Market, and Chief Executive Officer St. Francis Hospital Chief Executive Officer

Ninfa Saunders

ret. President and Chief Executive Officer

Navicent Health

11:55 a.m. 12:35 p.m. CST

Networking and Exhibits

Networking Carousel

Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with and learn from each other. Participate in the networking carousel. It’s our way for recreating bumping into a new friend. Instead of meeting in line while waiting for your badge, in the elevator or grabbing a cup of coffee– you’ll do it virtually – in 3-minute video chats! It’s a fancy way to say online speed-dating for conference attendees. 

Networking Session

Hook Your Audience Quickly Using Benefit-focused Language

 

Want to ace your next job interview? Need your company’s leadership team to sign off on your idea? Hoping to make a great first impression with a new manager or coworker? Change the way you speak. Instead of telling people what you do or what you want, tell them what’s in it for them using benefit-focused language. With benefit-focused language, your audience immediately knows why they should listen to you, because you start with the “why” before the “what.”

 

Attendees will learn:

  • What benefit-focused language is and why it works

  • The importance of words with emotional

  • How to start using benefit-focused language in everyday life

Facilitator

Ariana Nikitas 

Partner & Chief Communications Officer

Crystal Clear Communications

Networking Session

Tools for Recognizing and Addressing Burnout

 

The stress of busy careers and personal responsibilities can weigh heavily on your well-being, leading to burnout and other mental health challenges. In an increasingly demanding and connected world, it is vital to understand the factors that lead to burnout and develop self-care rituals to set you up for success. This networking session will be an open dialogue about key drivers of stress that lead to burnout and the personal tools you can use in your own life to help.

 

Attendees will learn:

  • How to recognize and avoid burnout

  • The three habits that can make a difference

  • Personal tools that can help

Facilitator

Kety Duron 

Chief Human Resources Officer

City of Hope

Brought to you by: City of Hope

12:40 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

On the Rise: Advancing Women in Tech and STEM

 

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.

Moderator

YiDing Yu, MD

Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Olive

Panelists

Diane Comer

Chief Information Technology Officer

Kaiser Permanente

Karen DeSalvo, MD 

Chief Health Officer
Google Health

Phoebe Yang

General Manager

Amazon Web Services

Professional Development

Group Effort: Support Networks Key to Combating Isolation in Leadership

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.

Moderator

Debra Fields

Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer

City of Hope

Panelists

Helen Burstin, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Council

Medical Specialty Societies

Former Chief Executive Officer of National Quality Forum

Sherry Glied

Dean

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University 

Ruth Krystopolski

Senior Vice President, Population Health

Atrium Health

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Find Your Champion: Accelerate, Advance Leadership Through Sponsorship

Sponsorship can be an effective way to improve diversity and leadership opportunities but there are key practices involved to build a successful relationship that benefits both the sponsor and the protegee. As the person seeking sponsorship, what steps should you take to secure a sponsorship that is right for you and how do you ensure the relationship will help you advance professionally? And as a sponsor, how are you effective and supporting new leaders who are diverse and qualified? This session will feature sponsors and those they sponsor discussing best practices to the dynamic.

Moderator

Ruth Williams-Brinkley

President

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.

Panelists

Marna Borgstrom

Chief Executive Officer 

Yale New Haven Hospital

Joanne Conroy, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Anne McCune

Chief Executive Officer

Carol Emmott Foundation

Professional Development

The Curiosity of Clarity: A Simple Methodology for Navigating Your Career

Whether you’re a CXO, early careerist or somewhere in between, you encounter barriers and challenges that cause undue stress, slow progress, and impede goal realization. You’ll leave this session with an understanding of a simple methodology that will shift your vantage point, activate focus, and refine your approach in nearly any situation. Engage and lead with clarity regardless of your level or entry point to easily identify and navigate challenges.

Presenters

Sherrie Barch

Chief Executive Officer

Furst Group & NuBrick Partners

Marsha King, PhD

Senior Consultant

NuBrick Partners

 

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2:20 p.m. 3:05 p.m. CST

Networking and Exhibits

Networking Carousel

Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with and learn from each other. Participate in the networking carousel. It’s our way for recreating bumping into a new friend. Instead of meeting in line while waiting for your badge, in the elevator or grabbing a cup of coffee– you’ll do it virtually – in 3-minute video chats! It’s a fancy way to say online speed-dating for conference attendees. 

Networking Session

Yoga Stretch

We know that sitting at a desk all day isn’t exactly the best thing for our bodies. Ease tension and undo the damage caused by too much sitting with our afternoon yoga stretch. This session will help reset your body quickly to be able to continue working while establishing more blood flow, brain flow and body comfort.

3:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Your Money: Your Guide to Financial and Economic Empowerment

 

There continues to be a gender wealth gap in society today. Attend this 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. Learn how to advocate for yourself in regard to salary and promotional opportunities in your career and how to achieve economic empowerment.

Facilitator

Carolina Silva 

Financial Advisor

Morgan Stanley

Professional Development

The Next Normal: Leading in the Workplace of the Future

Instead of returning to business as usual, healthcare leaders are taking advantage of this exceptional opportunity to emerge better and create workplaces that are healthier and more productive than ever before. This session will discuss the new leadership strategies to improve employee engagement, productivity and create new ways of working to lead your workplace into the future.

Moderator

Annette Walker

President

City of Hope of Orange County

Panelists

Nancy Howell Agee

President and Chief Executive Officer

Carilion Clinic

Mary Boosalis

President and Chief Executive Officer

Premier Health

Cynthia Hundorfean

Chief Executive Officer and President

Allegheny Health Network 

4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. CST

Networking and Exhibits

Networking Carousel

Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with and learn from each other. Participate in the networking carousel. It’s our way for recreating bumping into a new friend. Instead of meeting in line while waiting for your badge, in the elevator or grabbing a cup of coffee– you’ll do it virtually – in 3-minute video chats! It’s a fancy way to say online speed-dating for conference attendees. 

Networking Session

Book Club

 

Join avid readers to meet and discuss what people are currently reading, what has inspired them and the most enjoyed books of 2021. From business advice to pleasure reading, attendees will also get a list of recommended reads to refer to.

Friday, July 23, 2021

9:00 a.m. 9:55 a.m. CST

Networking and Exhibits

Networking Carousel

Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with and learn from each other. Participate in the networking carousel. It’s our way for recreating bumping into a new friend. Instead of meeting in line while waiting for your badge, in the elevator or grabbing a cup of coffee– you’ll do it virtually – in 3-minute video chats! It’s a fancy way to say online speed-dating for conference attendees. 

Networking Session

Check Ins: A Powerful Tool for Building Connection and Resilience

 

Languishing in the aftermath of the myriad stressors over the last year has become all too common. During this session, we will introduce a powerful and memorable tool that provides the opportunity to creatively connect with others. We are more aware now than ever before that human connection is one of the most important stress reducers. You will leave this session equipped with a universal tool you can use in all facets of your life to build connection and resilience.

Facilitator

Joe Mazzenga

Managing Partner

NuBrick Partners

Brought to you by:

Networking Session

Mindful Meditation: The Art of Cultivating Greater Resilience

When we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives. We lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we're kinder to ourselves. Join us for a mindful meditation to start your day.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Blazing the Trail: The Journey of Healthcare’s Most Influential Women Executives

To stay competitive, leaders of healthcare organizations must be confident, decisive, adaptable, strong communicators, all while getting 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.

Moderator
Sarah King

Chief Growth Officer

OptumInsight

Panelists

Laura Kaiser

President and Chief Executive Officer 

SSM Health

Fawn Lopez

Publisher

Modern Healthcare

Vice President

Crain Communications Inc.

Beverly Malone

Chief Executive Officer

National League for Nursing

Professional Development

Equal Approach? Reducing Racial Inequities in Healthcare

For decades, 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 populations.

Moderator

Michellene Davis

Chief Executive Officer

National Medical Fellowships

Panelists

Tonya Adams

Chief Customer Experience and Operations

Regence BlueCross BlueShield

Tanya Stewart Blackmon

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity 

Inclusion and Equity Officer

Novant Health

Karen Teitelbaum

President and Chief Executive Office

Sinai Chicago

10:50 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

Stories of Resilience: Getting Candid about the Psychological Toll Healthcare Workers Face

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 emotional and mental toll frontline workers face. This panel will be a candid discussion with some of the frontline workers battling this virus about the psychological impact of the pandemic and how employers can best support their frontline workers as they cope with emotional and physical exhaustion.

Moderator

Tara Bannow

Reporter

Modern Healthcare

Panelists

Marjorie Bessel, MD

Chief Clinical Officer

Banner Health

Amy Compton-Phillips, MD

Executive Vice President

Chief Clinical Officer

Providence

Debi Pasley, RN

Senior Vice President Chief Nursing Officer 

CHRISTUS Health

Professional Development

How to Embed Innovation into Your Workforce to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Healthcare organizations embraced innovation over the last year to adapt to the unprecedented crisis. Now that the industry is largely in the recovery phase, how will healthcare leaders keep up the momentum to continue to innovate? This panel will share their biggest lessons learned from the pandemic and share tips for how to educate and upskill employees and to continue to rethink the operations for the future.

Moderator

Kate Huey

Healthcare Executive

IBM

Panelists

Angela Brandt

President

ProMedica Senior Care

Carladenise Edwards

Chief Strategy Officer

Henry Ford Health System

Amy Perry

Senior Vice President of Integrated Care Delivery Chief Executive Officer of Hospital Division

Atlantic Health

11:40 a.m. 12:25 p.m. CST

Networking and Exhibits

Networking Carousel

Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with and learn from each other. Participate in the networking carousel. It’s our way for recreating bumping into a new friend. Instead of meeting in line while waiting for your badge, in the elevator or grabbing a cup of coffee– you’ll do it virtually – in 3-minute video chats! It’s a fancy way to say online speed-dating for conference attendees. 

Networking Session

How to Put Your Health and Well-being First, without Feeling Guilty

 

In a professional’s life, work can be an all-consuming priority. Because of that, health and wellness often take a back seat… or they don’t get a seat at all! The truth is, in order to sustain professional success, making time for healthy habits is non-negotiable. But how do you fit it all in? Attendees will learn tools and strategies to make health and wellness a priority in their busy schedules so they can achieve their personal and professional goals without sacrificing their sanity!

 

Attendees will learn:

  • The one bold move you must make to reach ANY goal.

  • Learn how to shift your mindset to make healthy habits stick.

  • How to assess your health habits so you can stay on track and reach your goals no matter what life throws at you.

Facilitator

Heather Moreno, MA, CPA

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist

National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach

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Networking Session

Yoga Stretch

We know that sitting at a desk all day isn’t exactly the best thing for our bodies. Ease tension and undo the damage caused by too much sitting with our afternoon yoga stretch. This session will help reset your body quickly to be able to continue working while establishing more blood flow, brain flow and body comfort.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

‘Shecession’: Resilience of Female Workforce in the Wake of Pandemic

Anecdotal reports over the last year show some women – particularly mothers – left the workforce during COVID-19 as they faced more responsibilities at home, impacting 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 and prepared for the future.

Moderator

Heather Owen, MD

Chief Clinical Officer, Emergency Medicine

TeamHealth

Panelists

T. Ruth Chang, MD

Chief People Officer

Northwest Permanente

Nicole Thomas

Hospital President

Baptist Medical Center South

Susan Thompson Hingle, MD 

Associate Dean for Human and Organizational Potential

SIU School of Medicine Chair Emeritus 

American College of Physicians Board of Regents

 

Professional Development

Women Leaders in Medicine: How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling

 

Although women make up nearly 50% of the physician workforce, just 18% are department chairs and even fewer hold the CEO title. In this session, a panel of physicians will discuss the unique barriers women must overcome to earn leadership titles in the medical setting. Panelists will share how they overcame institutional structures and mind-sets to transform the status quo, offering practical advice applicable for any woman leader in healthcare.

Moderator

Suja Mathew, MD

Chair of Medicine

Cook County Health & Hospitals System

Panelists

Vineet Arora, MD

Dean for Medical Education

University of Chicago

Laurie Glimcher, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Soujanya (Chinni) Pulluru, MD

Senior Director of Clinical Transformation, Innovation and Operations

Walmart U.S. Health & Wellness

1:20 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. CST

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Barriers 

A Seat at the Table: Fixing the Gender Imbalance in Healthcare Leadership

While women make up 65 percent of the entire healthcare workforce, they only account for 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.

Moderator

Gayle Capozzalo

Executive Director

The Equity Collaborative

Panelists

Bill Robertson

President and Chief Executive Officer

MultiCare

Ernie Sadau

President and Chief Executive Officer CHRISTUS Health

Professional Development

Taking a Stand: Address Social Determinants in Healthcare

As the anchor institution of your community, you have a responsibility to lead and address challenging issues like civil unrest, racism, violence, and the pandemic. How do you communicate effectively and confidently but in your own voice, not “PR speak”? In this session, leaders will explain how they effectively communicate with their community and their employees as well the role and responsibility of providers in acting on the social determinants of health.

Moderator

Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD

Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Allegheny Health Network/Highmark

Panelists

J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer

Humana

Mary Pittman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Public Health Institute

Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD

Senior Vice President

Community and Population Health

Northwell

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

Closing Keynote

A Fireside Chat: Walmart's Journey to Transform Healthcare

Walmart is poised to be a major disruptor in healthcare. Dr. Cheryl Pegus, who is leading these efforts, will sit down with Modern Healthcare’s Publisher Fawn Lopez to share how the company is addressing healthcare affordability and access, inequities in communities and how to advance better health outcomes. Dr. Pegus will also dive into her personal and professional journey thus far and how she is approaching this role.

Cheryl Pegus, MD
Executive Vice President

Health and Wellness

Walmart

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

Networking and Exhibits

Networking Carousel

Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with and learn from each other. Participate in the networking carousel. It’s our way for recreating bumping into a new friend. Instead of meeting in line while waiting for your badge, in the elevator or grabbing a cup of coffee– you’ll do it virtually – in 3-minute video chats! It’s a fancy way to say online speed-dating for conference attendees. 

Networking Session

Hook Your Audience Quickly Using Benefit-focused Language

 

Want to ace your next job interview? Need your company’s leadership team to sign off on your idea? Hoping to make a great first impression with a new manager or coworker? Change the way you speak. Instead of telling people what you do or what you want, tell them what’s in it for them using benefit-focused language. With benefit-focused language, your audience immediately knows why they should listen to you, because you start with the “why” before the “what.”

 

Attendees will learn:

  • What benefit-focused language is and why it works

  • The importance of words with emotional

  • How to start using benefit-focused language in everyday life

Facilitator

Ariana Nikitas 

Partner & Chief Communications Officer

Crystal Clear Communications

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