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Confab of Women ChangeMakers

April 17, 2018

Tuesday, April 17
9:30–11:30a.m.Pavilions I & II
Confabulation Circle

(Advance registration required)
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.Salon FoyerRegistration
12–2 p.m.Monarch Bay Courtyard
The Lunch Exchange


Host: Dawn Owens, President, TripleTree

Discussion Leaders:
Gail Boudreaux, President & CEO, Anthem, Inc.; Confab Chair
Ramona Sequeira, President, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc.

Power Play: The Quiet Revolution
If there is one thing the past year has taught us, it is that inappropriately used power can wreak havoc on companies. But power has driven major strategic decisions and set in motion significant changes across every industry. What can we learn about power structures and dynamics from seasoned executives to rewrite the rules of the game and drive successful decision-making?

Fueled by WebPT
2–2:45 p.m.Terrace Salon Foyer
Confabulation Break
Fueled by Humana and TripleTree
2:45–4:45 p.m.The Feminine Advantage: Front Line Stories
Terrace SalonThe Next Health Tsunami: The Epidemic of Loneliness

Host: Alexandra Drane, Cashier, Walmart; Co-Founder, ARCHANGELS and Eliza Corporation; Confab Chair

Discussion Leaders:
Esther Dyson, Executive Founder, Way to Wellville
Joan Harvey, VP, Consumer Health Engagement, Cigna; Partner Committee 
Dean Ornish, MD, Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, Sharecare

The statistics are chilling. Loneliness and social isolation are becoming an epidemic, proving deadlier than obesity. Twenty-five percent of Americans have no one with whom to discuss their most important matters—much less connect in deep ways—and the numbers are escalating rapidly. While the broader implications and related costs differ across populations and age groups, the root causes of this massive societal tidal wave demand unpacking.
Terrace SalonLeadership Activism: The Art of Taking a Stand

Host: Donato Tramuto, CEO, Tivity Health

Discussion Leaders:
Madeline Bell, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  
Annie Lamont, Managing Partner, Oak HC/FT
Kate Walsh, President & CEO, Boston Medical Center

Never in our history have we seen more corporate CEOs take a stand for what they believe in. From Weinstein to Trump, CEOs are driven by their personal beliefs, evolved shareholder demands and intensifying consumer expectations. How do you decide when to take a stand? How do you honor your business and personal values? Understand how bold leaders navigate these murky waters.
4:45–5:30 p.m.Terrace Salon Foyer
Confabulation Networking Break
Fueled by Humana and TripleTree
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Get Real: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Powered by Accolade, emids, Kiras and ZeOmega
Small, intimate groups dig into leadership's biggest challenges:

Unleashing Talent and Inspiring Breakthroughs
People are the primary engine behind standout companies. How do these leaders inspire their people—their entire workforce—to look beyond the status quo, push the envelope and devise novel approaches to persistent issues or concerns on the horizon? How do they attract and motivate talent to create what doesn't yet exist? Learn from the pros how to spark and fan their creative fire.

Team A: Hosted by Nancy Ham, CEO, WebPT
Location: Pavilion II

Team B: Hosted by Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, Christiana Care Health System
Location: Monarch Bay Pool, Cabana 4

Team C: Hosted by Margaret Laws, President & CEO, HopeLab
Location: Plaza

Team D: Hosted by Denise Gonick, President & CEO, MVP Health Care
Location: Salons I & II, Space 1

Inspiring a Culture of Resiliency
Organizations under stress can buckle quickly when they are not "in it together." Uncertainty can wreak havoc on people, requiring novel approaches to survive trying times. Discuss how to get ahead of it by fostering diverse thinking, leveraging radical transparency and creating a values-based culture for fulfilled people and a resilient company.

Hosted by AG Breitenstein, Partner, Optum Ventures and Roni Zeiger, MD, CEO, Smart Patients
Location: Pavilion I

Making an Impact in the Boardroom
Boardrooms can be like families—not always functional, coordinated or harmonious. A well-functioning board shepherds a company toward new horizons, bolsters the bottom line and nourishes each member. What distinguishes highly effective boards? How do successful board members navigate both formal and informal board structures to increase their impact? Talk with seasoned board members about cultivating these characteristics in yourself and on your board.

Team A: Hosted by Kim Keck, President & CEO, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Diane Souza, former CEO, UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits
Location: Monarch Bay Pool, Cabana 1

Team B: Hosted by Julie Klapstein, Board Member, Availity and Pascale Witz, Founder & CEO, PWH Advisors; Former EVP, Sanofi; Former CEO, GE Medical Diagnostics
Location: Pavilion III

Unlocking the Boardroom Door
The elusive, yet coveted board position. Seemingly easy for some and a bit of a black box for others. What are the challenges and opportunities in getting on and contributing to a board, different board structures, expectations, career pathways, recruiting and selection criteria? Discuss with the pros how to avoid pitfalls and—at the right time, in the right way—to use board involvement to your advantage.

Hosted by Noel Auguston, Partner, Perspective Group and Jan Berger, Vice Chair, GNS Healthcare
Location: Pavilion IV

Using Preconceived Notions About YOU to Increase Impact
We all know the stereotypes of powerful women: tough, weak, masculine, vulnerable, cold, emotional, non-emotional, a token, an ice princess, a cheerleader… Which do you struggle with? How can you turn these slights into positives that change the status quo? Swap stories and secrets with other savvy leaders to leverage these preconceived notions to drive impact.

Team A: Hosted by Virginia McFerran, Partner, Optum Ventures and Nandini Rangaswamy, Co-Founder, EVP, & Chief Strategy Officer, ZeOmega
Location: Monarch Bay Pool, Cabana 2
Team B: Hosted by Alexandra Drane, Cashier, Walmart; Co-Founder, ARCHANGELS & Eliza Corporation and Barbara Lubash, Managing Director, Versant Ventures
Location: Salons I & II, Space 3

Sexism & Unconscious Bias
These are extraordinary times. Sexism and gender bias are no longer shrouded in shame, discussed in whispers or relegated to the HR and PR offices. Serious offenders are outed daily in the headlines, while parties on all sides are thrust into the ring with few rules of engagement. What is merely distasteful versus unacceptable? How do we decide what is just when facts are unclear and subjective? What practices and actions will establish real systemic change? Share experiences and consider how to best re-draw the "lines."

Hosted by Ivor Horn, Chief Medical Officer, Accolade and Lisa Suennen, Senior Managing Director, GE Ventures
Location: Pavilion V
6:30–7:30 p.m.Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace
Cocktails & Confabulation
Fueled by Vyne
7:30–9 p.m.Monarch Bay CourtyardDinner + The Final Dish
Fueled by Tivity Health

2018 Confab Pre Reads
The Loneliness Epidemic
The Loneliness Quiz
UCLA Loneliness Score

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic (2017), Vivek H. Murthy

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? (September 2017), Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic

Is Loneliness a Health Epidemic? (February 2018), Eric Klinenberg, The New York Times

Chasing the Loneliness Epidemic Won’t Cure What Ails Us (February 2018), Haley Swenson, Slate

Tackling the harmful effects of loneliness HopeLab

Diversity at the Top
Why Diversity Matters
(January 2015) McKinsey & Co.

JP Morgan in the #MeToo Era - A Story of Confusion
(January 14, 2018) Lisa Suennen, Venture Valkyrie
Gender Equality
Gender Equality Stalls in the U.S. (March 16, 2018) Stephanie Garlow, Stanford News