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Health Evolution Confab

A gathering of passionate leaders committed to health and social impact
Virtual Confab: April 13–14, 2021

Powerful connections. Inspired action.

The Confab is an intimate community of leaders committed to driving change by elevating dynamic, diverse voices leading health care. The Confab community of both women and men has honest conversations on the toughest leadership challenges and unpacks major societal issues impacting our industry. The 2021 Confab will be an invitation-only virtual gathering that highlights initiatives to address racial diversity in leadership to accelerate health equity. Similar to our in-person gatherings, the Confab agenda is designed to invigorate our thinking and create relationships to fuel corporate performance and impact.

Confab Discussion Leaders include:
    • Nancy Howell AgeePresident & CEO,
      Carilion Clinic;
      Health Evolution Leadership Committee
    • Carrie Byington, MDEVP, UC Health (California); Co-Chair, Health Evolution Forum Roundtable on Community Health and Advancing Health Equity
    • Mandy Cohen, MDSecretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
      Health Evolution Leadership Committee
    • Lloyd DeanCEO, CommonSpirit
    • Alex DraneCo-Founder and CEO, ARCHANGELS; Cashier-on-leave, Walmart;
      Health Evolution Leadership Committee
    • Carladenise Edwards, PhDEVP, Chief Strategy Officer,
      Henry Ford Health System
    • Patrice Harris, MDImmediate Past President, American Medical Association;
      Health Evolution Leadership Committee
    • Sachin Jain, MDPresident & CEO,
      SCAN Health Plan
    • Kim KeckPresident & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association;
      Health Evolution Leadership Committee
    • Janice Nevin, MDPresident & CEO, Christiana Care Health System;
      Health Evolution Leadership Committee
    • Nwando Olayiwola, MDSVP & Chief Health Equity Officer, Humana
    • Cheryl Pegus, MDEVP of Health & Wellness, Walmart
    • Ramona SequeiraPresident, US Business Unit and Global Portfolio Commercialization, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited;
      Health Evolution Leadership Committee
    • Tom SkeltonCEO, Surescripts;
      ChangeMaker Committee
    • Stephanie TileniusFounder & CEO, Vida Health
    • Laurie Zephyrin, MDVice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund

2021 Confab Agenda


Tuesday, April 13
8:30–8:40 a.m. PT (11:30–11:40 a.m. ET) Confab Welcome

Welcome by Richard Schwartz, President, Health Evolution

Co-hosts: Patrice Harris, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association, and Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, Christiana Care
8:40–9:40 a.m. PT (11:40 a.m.–12:40 p.m. ET) Main Stage Discussion:
2021 Reset: Creating a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion
From the pandemic and political polarization to economic crisis and racial injustice, health care CEOs are grappling with a myriad of challenges to lead in uncertain times. This moment offers an opportunity to rebuild trust and restore confidence in our institutions – the foundation of trust is built upon a culture of inclusion. Hear perspectives from two prominent and passionate leaders – Lloyd Dean’s experience leading one of the largest Catholic health systems in the U.S. and Mandy Cohen’s insights from public health efforts as Secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Host: Richard Schwartz, President, Health Evolution

Discussion Leaders:
Mandy Cohen, MD, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Lloyd Dean, CEO, CommonSpirit Health
9:45–10:45 a.m. PT (12:45–1:45 p.m. ET) Main Stage Discussion:
Racial Diversity in Leadership to Accelerate Health Equity
Although decades of data have exposed racial inequities in health care access and outcomes, policy makers and health care leaders are now taking a hard look at advancing health equity. Progressive organizations are making changes to ensure that racial and gender diversity on executive teams work to close the gap in health disparities. Learn from Dr. Carrie Byington’s initiatives in creating a DEI taskforce for University of California Health’s 10 campuses as well as Dr. Sachin Jain’s vision to transform diversity into an asset to better serve diverse populations.

Host: Laurie Zephyrin, MD, Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund; Co-Chair, Health Evolution Forum Roundtable on Community Health and Advancing Health Equity

Discussion Leaders:
Carrie Byington, MD, EVP, UC Health (California); Co-Chair, Health Evolution Forum Roundtable on Community Health and Advancing Health Equity
Sachin Jain, MD, President & CEO, SCAN Health Plan
10:50– 11:50 a.m. PT (1:50–2:50 p.m. ET) Main Stage Discussion:
Spearheading Initiatives to Advance Equity
Developing strategies to impact health disparities is incredibly important, but challenging work. New initiatives require buy-in from senior leadership and influence across many business functions as well as commitment from community partners. Hear Henry Ford Health System’s chief strategy officer share insights on shaping policy to provide more equitable care to diverse communities and how Humana’s chief equity officer uses data to redesign benefits and track whether inequities are impacted.

Host: Tom Skelton, CEO, Surescripts; ChangeMaker Committee

Discussion Leaders:
Carladenise Edwards, PhD, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, Henry Ford Health System
J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, SVP & Chief Health Equity Officer, Humana
11:50 a.m.–12 p.m. PT (2:50–3 p.m. ET) Closing Comments

Co-hosts: Patrice Harris, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association, and Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, Christiana Care

Closing by Richard Schwartz, President, Health Evolution

Wednesday, April 14
8:30–8:40 a.m. PT (11:30–11:40 a.m. ET) Opening Comments

Welcome by Richard Schwartz, President, Health Evolution

Co-hosts: Patrice Harris, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association,> and Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, Christiana Care
8:40–9:40 a.m. PT (11:40 a.m.–12:40 p.m. ET) Main Stage Discussion:
Health Assurance in the Workforce: Improving Employee Health Outcomes and Equity
All good CEOs demonstrate a commitment to their employees, but it is especially critical for health care leaders to ensure the health and well-being of their workforce. Addressing health broadly includes not only traditional health outcomes, but behavioral/mental health, socioeconomic opportunities for advancement and equity. Hear Walmart’s EVP of health and wellness, Dr. Cheryl Pegus, share how the company supports the health of their associates and invests in communities, as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota CEO Dr. Craig Samitt’s progressive policies to ensure LGBTQ equality for employees.

Host:  Alex Drane, Co-Founder and CEO, ARCHANGELS; Cashier-on-leave, Walmart

Discussion Leaders:
Cheryl Pegus, MD, EVP of Health & Wellness, Walmart
Craig Samitt, MD, President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
9:45–10:45 a.m. PT (12:45–1:45 p.m. ET) Get Reals– Leaders come together virtually in small, intimate groups for candid conversations with peers who "get it" to share stories and advice on today's biggest leadership challenges.

Powered by Amwell, AARP, Doctor on Demand & Merck Global Health Innovation Fund

Catalyzing the Power of Diversity in Leadership Teams

Facilitator: Edna Kane-Williams, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, AARP
Recent studies have shown that a culturally and racially diverse leadership team reaps benefits in creativity, corporate culture and profitability. However, reframing a racially diverse leadership team from a risk mitigation and compliance issue to a business opportunity is a critical, but challenging culture shift. Join leaders to share experiences in developing a diverse leadership team and unlocking the power of racial diversity for organizational growth.

Servant Leadership: Connecting with Consumers and Communities
Facilitator: Joel Krikston, Managing Director, Venture Investments & Head of Strategic Innovation Alliances, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund
Consumerism is transforming our industry, directly affecting how we develop health care services, create touch points with consumers and leverage technology. As the way society accesses information and services shift, how do you manage your relationship with consumers? Share insights on how to best keep the consumer front and center.

Making an Impact in the Boardroom
Facilitator: Molly Coye, MD, Executive in Residence, AVIA
Board rooms can be like families – not always functional, coordinated or harmonious. A well-functioning board shepherds a company towards new horizons, bolsters the bottom line and brings out insights and expertise from each member. What distinguishes highly effective boards? How do their members navigate both formal and informal board structures? Talk with seasoned board members about cultivating these characteristics in yourself and on your board.

Inspiring an Adaptive & Inclusive Culture
Facilitator: Ian Tong, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor on Demand
Each of us will have at least one career experience in which we face enormous professional risk, encounter pushback, drive controversial decisions or manage our companies through an uncomfortable rate of change. These may be some of the best and worst experiences of our careers. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone and the courage to make tough decisions. We will go behind the curtain to understand their mindset and actions as they faced internal and external battles, revealing what courageous leadership looks like.

Measuring What Matters To Advance Health Equity
Facilitator: Hope Kragh, VP, Health Plan Solutions, Amwell
Racial disparities in care have been well documented for decades, but the confluence of the pandemic and social inequities brought the importance of health equity to the forefront. The vast majority of organizations have not tracked health outcomes data by race in order to analyze how disparities continue among their patients or members. Join the discussion to share approaches to define health equity goals and measure the impact of prevention and clinical care on race.

10:50– 11:50 a.m. PT (1:50–2:50 p.m. ET) Main Stage Discussion:
Servant Leadership: Charting a Path Forward
Health care CEOs have faced unique and dire challenges to lead through the “quadremic,” simultaneous public health, social justice, climate change and economic crises. To thrive amidst the challenging times, prominent payer and health system CEOs share personal reflections on the importance of servant leadership principles, approaches to address systemic racism and gender bias within organizations, and the value of mentoring relationships.

Host: Stephanie Tilenius, Founder & CEO, Vida Health; ChangeMaker Committee

Discussion Leaders:
Nancy Howell Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic
Kim Keck, President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
11:50 a.m.–12 p.m. PT (2:50–3 p.m. ET) Confab Close

Closing by Richard Schwartz, President, Health Evolution

Co-hosts: Patrice Harris, MD, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association, and Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, Christiana Care


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Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Our Health Care Bubble

Host: Stephanie Tilenius, CEO, Vida Health

Discussion Leaders:
Shari Ballard, Former Senior EVP & President, Multi-Channel Retail, Best Buy
Margo Georgiadis, CEO, Ancestry
Terri Kelly, Retired President & CEO, W.L. Gore and Associates