Healthcare Leader Summit

BKD 2021 Healthcare Leader Summit

September 1 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. CT | Moving Forward

BKD's CPE-eligible event designed for financial, operational, and other top organizational-driving executives in healthcare. This nationwide event offers an open, digital forum for industry leaders to share insight on healthcare’s most pressing issues, so we can learn from one another and move forward together.

Summit Agenda

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Fireside Chat with a Chief FuturistCarter Dredge
11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Rebuilding Stronger: Post-Covid Margin Improvement — Brenda Christman, Eric Rogers
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The Future of Healthcare Workforce from a CMOGhazala Sharieff, MD
12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m. How to Take on Healthcare's Biggest Challenges: Uncover, Activate, and Amplify Your CultureWhitney Kenter
1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. — Break
1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Insights from a Healthcare Venture InvestorMatt Hermann
2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Planning for Potential Impacts of the Pandemic on the Regulatory Environment — Brad Brotherton
2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Fitch's Current View of the Healthcare SectorKevin Holloran
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Future of Healthcare from an AMA PresidentPatrice Harris, MD

2021 Conference Guest Speakers

Carter Dredge

SSM Health

Carter Dredge is the lead futurist for SSM Health—a large, Catholic not-for-profit health system headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that employs approximately 40,000 people and serves communities across four states. Carter provides executive strategic leadership for SSM Health’s research and development (R&D), innovation, and new venture activities by identifying and developing novel and emerging opportunities to accelerate large-scale healthcare transformation. Prior to his role as lead futurist, he also was the chief transformation and chief strategy officer for SSM Health.

Read Carter's latest article here.

Dr. Ghazala Q Sharieff, MD, MBA

Scripps Health

Dr. Sharieff serves as chief medical officer, acute care and clinical excellence for Scripps Health, San Diego. Currently, she is the co-incident commander of Scripps Corporate Command Center and leads the Scripps Corporate Operations Briefings. She was the Scripps chief experience officer and previously served as division director for Rady Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department prior to joining Scripps. Dr. Sharieff is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer on topics in pediatric emergency medicine, patient experience, conflict management, and team building. She has been awarded many regional and national teaching awards. She has served on several national committees, including: past chair of the ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee; past chair of the ACEP Pediatric Section; the ACEP Public Relations Committee; the AAEM Board of Directors; and also was the co-chair of the AAEM Education Committee. She is well published, with two books of her own. In addition, she has authored numerous research articles, book chapters, and review articles.

Whitney Kenter

Glowe Connective

Whitney's wheelhouse is unbounded visionary creativity, audacity to dream big, and the corralling of energy to unlock value and potential in people and businesses. With more than two decades of experience in business advisory, financial services, and executive leadership, Whitney has led highly successful entrepreneurial businesses and organizations in the roles of CEO, managing member, and board member.

Currently, Whitney is founder and CEO of Glowe Connective, the innovative advisory firm to businesses and executives that helps visionary leaders uncover, activate, and amplify energy to scale successfully. Clients and their teams partner with Glowe as their chief synergy officer to identify and align their individual superpowers with their roles in the organization, fostering creativity and collaboration as key elements of the energy needed to shift and grow their businesses.

Matt Hermann

Ascension Ventures

Matt Hermann actively leads Ascension Ventures’ (AV) overall investing efforts. Matt has held board member or observer roles at several AV portfolio companies. Before joining AV in 2001, he served as vice president with Atlantic Medical, a New York-based venture capital management company focused on early- to mid-stage healthcare services and information technology investments. Prior to that, Matt served in financial management roles at two publicly traded healthcare companies, Nutrition21, Inc. and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and worked at J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. and PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from Tufts University, and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University, Leonard N. Stern Graduate School of Business. In his free time, Matt enjoys participating in tennis, spending time with his family, and eating at restaurants with amazing food at reasonable prices.

Kevin Holloran

Fitch Ratings

Kevin Holloran is a senior director and the sector leader of the Not-for-Profit Healthcare Group in the Public Finance Department at Fitch Ratings. Kevin joined Fitch Ratings in April 2017.

With 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, Kevin follows a portfolio of high-profile acute care healthcare credits across the country and is a frequent commentary author and guest speaker. Before joining Fitch Ratings, Kevin spent 14 years at S&P Global Ratings (Standard & Poor’s) as both the analytical manager and sector leader for the U.S. Not-for-Profit Healthcare Group.   

Prior to his work at Standard & Poor’s, Kevin spent almost seven years in healthcare consulting at Ernst & Young, LLP and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, focusing on post-merger integration projects within the healthcare space.  

Kevin holds a Masters of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Patrice A. Harris, MD

AMA Immediate Past President

Dr. Patrice A. Harris is board-certified in psychiatry and has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health director, and patient advocate. In 2019, Dr. Harris was elected as the 174th president of the American Medical Association, the first African-American woman to ever hold the position.

Dr. Harris’ life is marked by her passion to improve the lives of children and communities around her, especially communities of color. She is a recognized expert in children’s mental health and childhood trauma, leading both local and national efforts to integrate public health, behavioral health, and primary care services. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership.

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