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Health Evolution Confab

Pre-Summit Experience: March 31, 2020

Powerful connections. Inspired action.

Our Confab of Women ChangeMakers is an intimate community for women and men driving change by elevating diverse voices at the highest level of health care.

We go beyond the talking points to have honest, transparent conversations with the dynamic, diverse voices leading health care. We dive deep into their front-line stories, go personal on the “how” of these leaders, unpack broader societal issues, and discover new perspectives on our biggest challenges. New friends and colleagues invigorate our thinking and spark ideas that help us tap opportunities ahead to transform health care.

Participants gather to “Get Real” in small, intimate groups for candid conversations with peers to share stories and dig into the biggest leadership challenges.
Leaders share their personal, front-line stories on how they’re setting a new tone for our industry, transforming organizations and driving real progress.

2019 Confab of Women ChangeMakers Agenda

Tuesday, April 9
Get Real: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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Leaders come together in small, intimate groups for candid, honest, transparent conversations with peers who get it.
Combat What Hinders Women on the Rise
Garden Room #1003
Everyday discrimination and microaggressions, sexual harassment and the “only” experience are creating a persistent, uneven playing field for women on the rise. Dig into McKinsey’s 2018 “Women in the Workplace” study to tackle the factors that hinder their ascent.
Hosted by Irina Starikova, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Finding the consumer
Pavilion I
Consumerism is transforming our industry, directly affecting how we use technology and innovate. As the way society accesses health information and services shift, how do you manage your relationship with them? What information do you turn to and what insights do you trust? Share insights on how to best keep the consumer front and center.
Hosted by Beth Bierbower, Segment President, Humana

Inspring a Nimble and Adaptive Culture
Pavilion II
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 promoting diverse thinking, radical transparency and a values-based culture produces a fulfilled, resilient company.
Hosted by Penny Wheeler, MD, President & CEO, Allina Health; Summit & Confab Committee

Invisible Barriers to Reaching the C-Suite
Garden Room #1005
Why does it take women 3–5 years longer to become a CEO? Delve into three subtle but consequential causes highlighted in Oliver Wyman’s “Women in Healthcare Leadership” study—the “affinity factor,” how ability is defined, and implicit bias—and discuss how to confront them.
Hosted by Terry Stone, Managing Partner, Health & Life Sciences, Oliver Wyman

Making an Impact in the Boardroom
Garden Room #1007
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 their members navigate both formal and informal board structures? Talk with seasoned board members about cultivating these characteristics in yourself and on your board.
Hosted by Jackie Kosecoff, Managing Partner, Moriah Partners

Managing Your Board: Tips and Tricks
Garden Room #1009
Recent high-profile board failures are shining a light on the importance of effective board governance. No longer just about oversight, directors are expected to engage more deeply on strategy, M&A, risk, talent, IT and even marketing. Factor in a unique board’s composition, culture and commitment, and managing yours becomes no easy task. Exchange tips and tricks to master this art form.
Hosted by Nancy Howell Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic; Summit Chair

Sticky Situations: Leveraging Leadership Styles that Work for You
Pavilion IV
There are as many approaches to leadership as there are leaders. The savviest shift and blend approaches as the situation demands. On which classic styles—autocratic, charismatic, transformational, laissez-faire, transactional, supportive or democratic—do you tend to rely? Enjoy a
frank discussion of how to use styles dictated by the situation and any pitfalls to avoid in doing so.
Hosted by Maureen O'Connor, President, Whiterabbit

Unleashing Talent and Inspiring Breakthroughs
Plaza (Team A); Pavilion V (Team B)
People are the primary engine behind standout companies. How do leaders inspire all their people to look beyond the status quo, push the envelope and devise novel approaches to persistent issues or rising concerns? 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 Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, Christiana Care Health System; Confab Committee
Team B: Hosted by Ellie Stang, MD, President & CEO, ProgenyHealth

Unlocking the Boardroom Door
Garden Room #1011
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 the hows, whens and watch-outs to use board involvement to your advantage.
Hosted by Tom Carey, Managing Partner, Perspective

The Lunch Exchange
Monarch Bay Courtyard
Fueled by Anthem, Inc., Medecision and Surescripts

What's Killing Us: Deconstructing Addiction

Host: Beth Bierbower, Segment President, Humana

Discussion Leaders:
Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO, Shatterproof
Karen Murphy, EVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Geisinger

Confab Reads
Addiction and Unhappiness in America

It is hard to comprehend. For the first time since WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic, life expectancy is falling. Fatal overdoses account for more deaths than car crashes, gun violence and even breast cancer. One in 10 deaths among working adults is due to alcohol misuse. This addiction and substance misuse shatters our lives, our society, our economy and our social infrastructure, costing us $700 billion annually. But we have the power to fix this. We will deconstruct persistent myths about these conditions to provide clarity about root causes, and what we, as leaders, can do to turn around this deadly trend. Lives depend on it.
Stories from the Front Line
Salons III & IV

Fresh Perspectives from Outside 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

It’s not healthy to confine yourself to the same room, breathing the same air day in, day out. But as an industry, that is often what we do, gravitating towards familiar ways of thinking and claiming that we are “different” from other industries. It’s difficult to stand back and get much needed perspective without some fresh air and input. Together, we will step outside of our bubble to talk with female leaders from other industries about our shared leadership challenges, on everything from engaging with consumers to major organizational transformation to the role of diversity at the leadership level. Let’s step out and breathe in some fresh ideas.
Organizational Paralysis: Getting Unstuck

Host: Lisa Suennen, Group Leader, Managing Director, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Discussion Leaders:
Nancy Howell Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic; Summit Chair
Deb Rice Johnson, President, Highmark

As the industry continues massive shifts at a sometimes dizzying pace, most organizations are forced to tweak models that have been in place for years or often decades. Getting unstuck
from the old to establish the new requires both creativity and discipline. It can be difficult to avoid losing direction or stalling in the dreaded state of decision paralysis. These seasoned
leaders have been there and have tales to tell about finding their footing, corralling the troops and persevering when the going gets tough.
Get Real: Share Views to Drive Change
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Grab a glass and reflect on reactions to the day's discussions. What did you relate to? What surprised you? What might change your thinking? Sit back, relax and explore implications together.

Addiction & Beyond Pavilion III
Hosted by Alexandra Drane, CEO & Co-Founder, Rebel Health and ARCHANGELS; Confab Chair and Molly Coye, MD,Executive in Residence, AVIA; Confab Committee

What’s Killing Us: Deconstructing Addiction
Garden Room #1003
Hosted by Joan Harvey, SVP Consumer Health Engagement and Behavioral Health, Cigna and Kristen Valdes, CEO, b.well Connected Health

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team A)
Hosted by Terri Kelly, Retired President & CEO, W.L. Gore and Associates

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team B)
Pavilion II
Hosted by Shari Ballard, Former Senior EVP & President-Multi-Channel Retail, Best Buy

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team C)
Pavilion V
Hosted by Ellie Stang, MD, President & CEO, ProgenyHealth

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team D)
Garden Room #1005
Hosted by Maureen O’Connor, President, Whiterabbit

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team E)
Garden Room #1007
Hosted by Stephanie Tilenius, CEO, Vida Health

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team F)
Garden Room #1009
Hosted by Lisa Shah, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Advantia Health

Organization Paralysis: Getting Unstuck (Team A)
Pavilion I
Hosted by Sarah Iselin, Chief Strategy Officer, GuideWell and Florida Blue

Organization Paralysis: Getting Unstuck (Team B)
Pavilion IV
Hosted by Lesley Solomon, Chief Innovation Officer, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Organization Paralysis: Getting Unstuck (Team C)
Garden Room #1011
Hosted by Lisa Suennen, Group Leader, Managing Director, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
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