Track A

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Leading Through Disruption,

Chaos and Uncertainty:

Women Leaders Setting a New Agenda for Healthcare

Every entity along the continuum of care is undergoing transformation. With the accelerated pace of innovation in technology, policy, payment, care delivery and consumerism, no healthcare business can remain unchanged. Challenges range from value-based care, population health and engagement--to primary care, technology integration and collaborative partnerships.


Together, these new imperatives are altering business structures and shifting the roles and responsibilities of C-Suite executives. How will women lead healthcare in the years and decades ahead?


Experts believe that the new market calls for a deft blend of resilience, flexibility, decisiveness and integrity. Why have these qualities emerged as leadership priorities and how will they change the trajectory of what organizations achieve in care design, engagement, and performance, and responding to new market realities?


Join us as a panel of today’s top women healthcare leaders discuss essential leadership traits for healthcare’s future. Key issues to be covered include:


  • The leadership behaviors that will help your organization thrive in the new healthcare marketplace

  • How C-Suite woman leaders view changes in policy and care delivery as opportunities for learning, growth and expansion

  • Identify why leading female C-suite executives must never stop learning

  • How integrity and values shape leadership behaviors and actions

  • How women executives can make choices in the face of mounting ambiguity, complexity, and volatility

  • How women executives can develop styles of thinking that facilitate resilience


Caitlin Zulla

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer

Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA)

Caitlin serves as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), a leading ambulatory surgery center and surgical hospital provider with more than 230 surgery centers and 9,000 team members in the United States. In these roles, Caitlin oversees ten separate SCA business functions, serves as a financial and operational leader within SCA’s parent company Optum and sits on the Development Board of SCA’s philanthropic partner One World Surgery. In her four years at SCA, Caitlin has overhauled SCA’s revenue cycle management, increased profitability and helped SCA grow significantly in the past two years – adding twenty-two new facilities with earnings growth of twenty percent.


Johnese Spisso

President, UCLA Health

CEO, UCLA Hospital System

Johnese was appointed to the position of president of UCLA Health, chief executive officer of UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences on February 8, 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience, and oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system's regional outreach strategy. Before coming to UCLA, Johnese spent 20 years at UW Medicine where she was chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. While there, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and in the operational integration of two major community hospitals into UW Medicine.

Heather Rohan

Division President,

HCA TriStar Division

Chair-Elect, American College of Healthcare Executives

Heather has over thirty years of extensive healthcare experience, serving in a variety of leadership roles in both administration and patient care within HCA Healthcare. Heather has served as president of HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division, since 2016, where she oversees a network of nineteen hospitals and multiple access points across Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northwest Georgia. Heather is committed to a patient’s-first culture, where every patient receives quality, compassionate care. She believes that people are the key to any organization’s success.

Andrea Walsh

President and Chief Executive Officer


Andrea is president and chief executive officer for HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Throughout her career, Andrea has been passionate about health and deeply committed to making a difference in people’s lives. Today, she leads a team of more than 26,000 people focused on the mission of improving health and well-being in partnership with patients, members, and the community. Prior to her appointment as president and chief executive officer in 2017, Andrea was part of the HealthPartners senior executive team for more than twenty years. She served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for nearly fifteen years and joined HealthPartners in 1994 as senior vice president and corporate counsel.

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July 22-23, 2021

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Jodi Sniegocki

Education and Events Director