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Confab of Women Catalysts

April 4, 2017 – Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Gail Boudreaux Health Evolution Confab

Powerful connections. Inspired action.

Connecting and empowering women leaders in health care is imperative to bring a more balanced and diverse perspective to solving health care’s biggest challenges. Our 2017 Confab of Women Catalysts has been expanded to provide more front-line stories and substantive discussion, a richer environment for idea exchange and more meaningful time for networking.

2017 speakers

  • Beth Bierbower
    Beth Bierbower President, Employer Group Segment
  • Gail Boudreaux
    Gail Boudreaux CEO, GKB Global Health;
    Former CEO, UnitedHealthcare
  • Ruth Brinkley
    Ruth Brinkley President & CEO
    KentuckyOne Health
  • Nancy Chockley
    Nancy Chockley President & CEO
    NIHCM LLC & NIHCM Foundation
  • Molly Coye
    Molly Coye Executive in Residence
  • Karen DeSalvo
    Karen DeSalvo former Assistant Secretary for Health
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Alexandra Drane
    Alexandra Drane Co-Founder
    Eliza Corporation
  • Jennifer Dulski
    Jennifer Dulski President
  • Teri Fontenot
    Teri Fontenot President & CEO
    Woman's Hospital
  • Julie Gerberding
    Julie Gerberding EVP & Chief Patient Officer
    Merck & Co.
  • Mary Grealy
    Mary Grealy President
    Healthcare Leadership Council
  • Rebecca Onie
    Rebecca Onie Co-Founder & CEO
    Health Leads
  • Dawn Owens
    Dawn Owens President
    Triple Tree
  • Alexis Stiles
    Alexis Stiles Consultant
    Spencer Stuart
  • Penny Wheeler, MD
    Penny Wheeler, MD CEO
    Allina Health System;
    Summit Chair
  • Pascale Witz
    Pascale Witz Founder & CEO, PWH Advisors
    former EVP, Sanofi; former CEO, GE Medical Diagnostics


10:30 am - 12:30 pm Registration
12:30 - 2:15 pm The Lunch Exchange
How Big is Your Bubble? Know Your Customer.

2:15 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 5:00 pm The Feminine Opportunity: Front-Line Stories
Steering Through Turbulent Times
The Art of Building Relationships with Intent

5:00 - 5:30 pm Break
5:30 - 6:30 pm GET REAL: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Building the Backing You Need
Cultivating a Resilient Culture
Boards: "Best Practice" Lessons from the Pros
Boards: “How To” Lessons from the Pros
Thorny Issues at the Top
Leading in Crisis

6:30 - 8:30 pm The Final Dish: Think Differently about the Root of Change
8:30 - 10:00 pm Après

2016 Highlights

Alexandra Drane Co-Founder, Eliza and Engage With Grace

Nancy Schlichting Retired CEO, Henry Ford Health System

Building Impactful Companies Graphic Record of 2016 Confab

"Know what you stand for. Never compromise for yourself or your teams. Never walk away from that."

Gail Boudreaux, CEO, GKB Global Health; Former CEO, UnitedHealthcare

"Know your people, understand them, their capabilities and aspirations. You'll get more from them."

Nancy Schlichting, Retired CEO, Henry Ford System; Summit Chair