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Health Evolution Confab

Pre-Summit Experience: April 9, 2019

Powerful connections. Inspired action.

Our Confab of Women ChangeMakers is an intimate community for women and men driving industry change by understanding how women at the top are taking on the big issues.

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 (optional morning program)
Ritz-Carlton, Multiple Locations
Powered by Advantia Health, Humana, Oliver Wyman, Perspective, ProgenyHealth and Whiterabbit

Leaders come together in small, intimate groups for candid, honest, transparent conversations with peers who "get it" to share stories and advice on today's biggest leadership challenges.

Combat What Hinders Women on the Rise
Garden Room 1003
Hosted by: Irina Starikova, Partner, McKinsey
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.

Finding the Consumer
Pavilion I
Hosted by: Beth Bierbower, Segment President, Humana
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.

Inspiring a Nimble and Adaptive Culture
Pavilion II
Hosted by: Penny Wheeler, President & CEO, Allina Health; Summit & Confab Committee
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 for produces a
fulfilled, resilient company.

Invisible Barriers to Reaching the C-Suite
Garden Room 1005
Hosted by: Terry Stone, Managing Partner, Oliver Wyman
Why does it take women 3–5 years longer to become a CEO? Delve in to 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.

Making an Impact in the Boardroom
Garden Room 1007
Hosted by: Jackie Kosecoff, Managing Partner, Oliver Moriah Partners
Boardrooms can be like families — not always functional, coordinated or harmonious. A wellfunctioning
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.

Managing Your Board: Tips and Tricks
Garden Room 1009
Hosted By: Nancy Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic; Summit Chair
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.

Sticky Situations: Leveraging Leadership Styles that Work for You
Pavilion IV
Hosted by: Maureen O'Connor, President, WhiteRabbit
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.

Unleashing Talent and Inspiring Breakthroughs (Team A)
Plaza
Hosted by: Janice Nevin, MD, President & CEO, Christiana Care Health System; Confab Committee
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.

Unleashing Talent and Inspiring Breakthroughs (Team B)
Pavilion V
Hosted by: Ellie Stang, President & CEO, Progeny Health
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.

Unlocking the Boardroom Door
Garden Room 1011
Hosted by: Tom Carey, Managing Partner, Perspective
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.
The Lunch Exchange
Fueled by Medecision and Surescripts

What’s Killing Us: Deconstructing Addiction

Discussion Leaders:
Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO, Shatterproof
Karen Murphy, MD, EVP & CIO, Geisinger Health System

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-ten 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

Fresh Perspectives from Outside our Health Care Bubble

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. Yet 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

Discussion Leaders:
Nancy Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic
Deb Rice-Johnson, President, Highmark
Tom Skelton, CEO, Surescripts
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.
Beachfront Break
Ritz-Carlton, Monarch Bay Courtyard
Powered by Spencer Stuart and WebPT
Get Real: Share Views to Drive Change
Ritz-Carlton, Salons III & IV
Powered by Advantia Health, Humana, Oliver Wyman, Perspective, ProgenyHealth and Whiterabbit

Addiction & Beyond
Pavilion III
Hosted by: Alexandra DraneCo-Founder & Board Chair, Eliza Corporation

What's Killing Us: Deconstructing Addiction
Garden Room 1003
Hosted by: Kristen Valdes, CEO, b.well Connected Health

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team A)
Plaza
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, President & CEO, Progeny Health

Fresh Perspectives from Outside of Health Care (Team D)
Garden Room 1005
Hosted by: Maureen O'Connor, President, White Rabbit

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

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

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

Organizational Paralysis: Getting Unstuck (Team C)
Pavilion I
Hosted by: Lisa Suennen, Group Leader, Managing Director, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Cocktails + Confabulation
Fueled by Vyne
Dinner + The Final Share
Fueled by Medecision and Surescripts
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The 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

Leadership 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