9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Step Up and Lead

To move more women into leadership positions, corporate culture also needs to change. Attitudes and behaviors trickle down from managers to workers and only when there is a commitment to ensuring gender equity from those at the top will change be realized. It’s not enough for women to look at breaking through the glass ceiling---workplaces need to change.


Mentors and sponsors are beneficial for personal and career growth. Women leaders need to encourage and support women through mentorship and sponsorship to help develop skills and build their career paths. Mentors can help with career growth, while sponsors can help make it happen. Healthcare organizations can enhance career opportunities for women and drive local and national initiatives that support, advance, retain and reward women by focusing on mentoring, networking, relationship building and leadership development.


This presentation will address driving female leadership by supporting, mentoring and fostering growth opportunities.


Key issues to be covered include:

  • Developing programs to educate, train, develop and mentor up-and-coming healthcare executives

  • Enhanced negotiating and bargaining power for women

  • Working together to create a better place for all women in all workplaces

  • Building a network of professional support

  • Supporting and celebrating women of color whose experiences with are even more difficult

  • Building, helping and effectively supporting and accelerating women to the next levels


Andrea Zopp

President and Chief Executive Officer World Business Chicago

Andrea is the president and chief executive officer of World Business Chicago, where she leads the organization’s mission of inclusive economic growth, supporting businesses, and promoting Chicago as a leading global city. Most recently, she served as deputy mayor, chief neighborhood development officer for the City of Chicago. Andrea has dedicated her career to be a force of change. She has championed job creation, access to education, corporate responsibility and promoting economic development initiatives in underserved communities. Andrea served in the United States Attorney’s Office and was the first woman and African American to serve as the First Assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.


Kety Duron

Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer

City of Hope

Kety is a seasoned healthcare human resources executive who is passionate about aligning the organization’s people with its mission, vision and values.   Kety has over 25 years of proven ability in leading high-performing teams and translating ideas into successful outcomes. As chief human resources and diversity officer, Kety partners with the senior management team to develop and implement a comprehensive human resources strategy for meeting corporate-wide human capital needs.  She leads culture transformation to ensure that people are valued and reflect excellence, accountability, fairness, innovation, and diversity through the adoption of shared values and trust.

MaCalus Hogan, MD

Vice Chair and Program Director Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Hogan oversees all educational and training programs within the department. He is an associate professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. He was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Training Grant and served as a Musculoskeletal Tissue Repair and Regeneration Research Fellow at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Hogan has experience in the realm of healthcare policy and quality of care delivery currently serving as the medical director for Outcomes and Registries for the UPMC Donald F. Wolff, Jr. Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation. 

Chuck Stokes

President & Chief Executive Officer

Memorial Hermann Health System

Chuck joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 2008 as chief operating officer. In June 2017, he was named president and chief executive officer of the system. In his role, Chuck is responsible for leading and overseeing the system’s network of more than 250 hospitals and diagnostic and specialty centers, with more than 26,000 employees and 5,500 affiliated physicians in the Greater Houston area. Chuck has nearly four decades of leadership experience in healthcare, and throughout his accomplished career has achieved success in service line leadership, quality and patient safety improvement, leadership development, employee engagement, and physician collaboration.

Marilyn Tavenner

Former Chief Executive Officer

America's Health Insurance Plans and Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Marilyn began her career as a staff nurse in Virginia.  She worked with the Hospital Corporation of America(HCA) for twenty-five years where she served as hospital and division chief executive officer prior to becoming Outpatient Group President in 2003.  She left HCA in 2006 to become secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia, serving under then Governor Tim Kaine. From 2010-2015 she served as CMS administrator for President Obama during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  In 2015 she joined AHIP as president and chief executive officer until her retirement in 2018.  Marilyn currently serves on both public and private Boards in the Healthcare Sector.

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July 22-23, 2021

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For more info, contact:

Jodi Sniegocki

Education and Events Director