Executive Healthcare Leadership Conference:

Developing Next Generation Leaders

February 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis, MN

Event Overview

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn best practices, be mentored and network while getting accredited training, detailed, leadership training, specifically tailored to those in the medical industry

Developing leadership skills is critical to a successful path for upward mobility. We have the ideal platform to help you develop those leadership skills. Join us in February for the Executive Healthcare Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, MN. This isn't your usual healthcare leadership conference. You will walk away with a plan on how to become a sought-after leader and expert within your Healthcare field.

This seminar is designed to provide executive leadership training for mid-level and senior managers, directors or executives that are looking to break through to a prominent position within your organization of choice.

"Growth in leadership is mandatory, not optional. If we fail to grow it’s not a matter of just staying where we are—we become stagnant and fall further and further behind. Constantly looking for learning opportunities is the surest way to keep your career on track for unlimited growth.”

Hyatt Regency by Mall of America


3200 East 81st Street
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 922-1234

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend

  1. Gain rare insights on what top executives and decision makers value in healthcare professionals
  2. Hear strategies for how to develop your career plan + create a custom plan for your career
  3. Learn how to develop your personal brand to STANDOUT in your healthcare sector
  4. Explore the different healthcare standards and expectations of: Gen-Z, Millennials, Gen-X, and Baby Boomers
  5. Meet a mentor or mentee at our one of a kind "Speed Matching" mixer

Attendee Profile

Mid-Level and senior level managers who are emerging and seeking knowledge to facilitate upward mobility. This conference is for Managers, Directors and VP’s looking to continue their career path to Senior Level, Executive Level and C-Suite Roles with: 

  • Healthcare Systems
  • Healthcare Providers 
  • Health insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotech companies
  • Medical device manufacturers 
  • Healthcare related associations, foundations, solutions providers, educational organizations, government entities and venture capitalists

February 10th, 2020 | Day 1

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks – My Personal Journey to CEO

Chris Garabedian (invited) - CEO 

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Address

Now What? An Emerging Leader’s Framework for Impact

Congratulations! You got promoted….now what?! As an emerging leader, you’re likely looking at your new responsibilities with a mix of excitement and nervousness. You may have more questions than answers. Where can you start your role right, win over your team and lead them to their first big wins, paving the way for a growth-oriented career?

  • How to transform from an individual contributor to a leader who’s respected by direct reports, peers and senior leadership
  • The surprise connection between your humanity and your power to create a tightly-knit team that executes on your vision
  • Explore strategies to developing a solid course of action

Colleen Hauk - Speaker, Trainer, Best Selling Author

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking & Refreshment Break

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking and Mentorship: Who You Know Defines Where You Go

You’ve been told how important it is to network and to have mentors, but are you doing it effectively?  Discover how you can get the most out of networking and mentorship, no matter your personality and your goals. With the right technique you can leverage your network and mentors to guide you up the ladder and into your dream career.

  • Learn the 3 keys to networking
    • Networking intentionally 
    • Stepping outside your comfort zone
    • Networking between the generations
  • How to find mentors and build your personal “tribe”

Richelle A. Ladwig, JD, CCEP - Deputy General Counsel - Director of Legal Services
Quartz Health Solutions

Roberta Monte - Director Of Operations
vRad (Virtual Radiologic)

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

How to Develop Your Personal Brand

When discussing branding, most people think of products and companies. However, creating your own personal brand can skyrocket your career.  A well-defined personal brand can put you in the room with the right people, sooner than you expected. In this session, we will address how to create and properly communicate your personal brand, on and offline, at work and at conferences. 

  • Focus on clearly defining your personal values 
  • What topics most interest you and why
  • How to use social media to become a healthcare influencer

Wessam Sonbol - Brand Building Specialist

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Successfully Navigating Your Company Culture

Every company has their own culture, a certain way of doing things. To move up the ladder it’s important to clearly understand your company’s culture -- both spoken and unspoken. In this session we’ll reveal how, so that you can fit in while standing out!

  • How to fit in while maintaining your values
  • How to stand out, while playing by the rules
  • Building good alliances with co-workers and bosses

Crystal Moore - Director of Business and Quality Operations
Matrix Medical Network

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking & Refreshment Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Energy is Everything

ENERGY IS EVERYTHING - A fun, lively, interactive event that demonstrates how important it is to have bring positive energy to your team.  

Topics Covered:
Becoming Raving Fans for your team and co-workers. 
ENERGY X EXECUTION = RESULTS  A simple formula that delivers big results. 
Personal Research and Develop.  It is a lifestyle not an event. 

James W. Anderson - Performance Coach

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The World Café’: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter

The World Café method is designed to create a safe, welcoming environment in which to intentionally connect multiple ideas and perspectives on a topic by engaging participants in several rounds of small-group conversation.

The World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting group dialogue. It is a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes.
The technique builds on the notion of group intelligence. By organizing several discussion rounds where people are invited to discuss a topic of mutual interest in small groups, the technique enables bringing together individual ideas into one comprehensive message.
Each table will be staffed with top Medical Recruiters and audience members will move from table to table for each round.

Transforming the Way We Lead is about:

  • Navigating Complex Challenges
  • Moving Beyond Business As Usual
  • Facilitating Creative Conversation
  • Transforming Group Dynamics

World Café Host:
Steve Nilsen, Partner
Boyden Executive Search

February 11th, 2020 | Day 2

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Chairperson’s Recap of Day One

Chris Garabedian - invited

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Featured Panel: What Executives Are Looking For When They’re Ready to Promote 

Director, Vice President, CMO-- which seat are your aiming for? Join us as we discuss what it takes to be considered for one of the top seats. Our panel includes esteemed executives and decision-makers that do the promoting: We’ll discuss: 

  • What your boss is looking for when they’re ready to promote someone 
  • How to create value within your network and workplace  environment 
  • Hear examples of  what does and doesn’t work, and how to avoid potential career pitfalls 
  • Learn the small nuances that helped fast-forward their career

Steve Nilsen, Partner
Boyden Executive Search


Bill George - Former CEO
Medtronic (invited)

Angie Zavoral Conley - Founder/CEO
AbiliTech Medica (Invited)

Chris Garabedian
Xontogeny (invited)

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Communication to your team in Healthcare

Each generation has their own likes and dislikes, their own standards and expectations. We’ll discuss the differences and how it affects healthcare. You’ll gain tangible insights on how to strategically reach and resonate with these 4 generations:   

  • Gen-Z
  • Millennials
  • Gen-X
  • Baby-Boomers

Crystal Moore - Director of Business and Quality Operations
Matrix Medical Network

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Recipes for Success

RECIPES for SUCCESS-  A Dynamic look at the traits that successful men and women use to drive results for themselves as well as others. 

A. Creating a Positive Psychology and be solution conscience in a world that likes to complain.  
B. Tools, tips and strategies for building a successful team.  

James W. Anderson - Career Coach

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Avoid the Burnout: How to Self-Care as a Healthcare Professional

A high rate of individuals are leaving their positions due to the challenges of balancing career and personal life. After suffering a breaking point, Colleen Haulk transformed her circumstances and developed successful methods for balancing her life.

Attendees will be able to immediately implement these proven strategies to:

  1. Access their current lifestyle and discover where immediate transformation is needed
  2. Design their own life to truly ‘have it all’ without losing it all.
  3. Reclaim their power to create a healthy and balanced life.

Colleen Hauk - Speaker ,Trainer, Bestselling Author

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Team-Building: The Link between Team Performance and Emotional Intelligence in Healthcare

Description: Every member of a professional team brings various moods and feelings into the workday, in addition to habits for dealing with challenges. Both an individual’s emotional intelligence (EQ), as well as the team’s emotional intelligence, can make or break performance at work. Discover the difference between individual and team EQ, learn what the latest research tells us about EQ and team, and recognize how developing both personal and team EQ skills can positively impact cohesiveness, work satisfaction, and performance.

Learning Objectives:
Professionals within a team who continually hone their EQ skills on the job increase their ability to communicate effectively, make good decisions, handle conflict, work effectively with teammates, manage stress, respond to change, and prevent their own career burnout.

Team emotional intelligence offers groups working close together to maximize who on the team are best at key behaviors that bond team and maximize performance.

Sheri Duchoch, Ph. D. - TalentSmart®, Inc. Speaker

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks: Everything a Future Executive Needs to Know

To become a successful, industry disrupting executive you must know the relevant trends, topics, and innovations that are vital to your industry. This session explores key areas of healthcare:

Chris Garabedian (invited)CEO

February 12th, 2020 | Post-Conference Workshop

Leadership Strategies for Sustaining High Performance and Building your Road Map

Join Colleen Hauk, will she conducts this action-packed and interactive workshop session to explore strategies for unlocking barriers, develop skills for negotiation, establish leadership methodologies for navigating change and understand how to work with top executives and influencers to execute on the vision. Be prepared to be inspired and empowered to continue taking your career to the next level.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Opening Interactive Exercises

  • Define your objectives and review outcomes of the day
  • Break down the most common leadership types
  • Review the unique challenges faced by leaders

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Part 1 Developing Your Leadership | Today

  • Explore two of the four emotional intelligence skills to increase top performer success
  • Learn strategies for navigating through perpetual change

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Part 2 Developing Your Leadership | Future

  • Examine mentoring versus sponsoring and how to leverage it all to advance
  • Uncover the secrets of negotiation to elevate yourself with executive presence

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Part 3 Leadership & Your Organization | The People

  • Establish processes to conduct effective 1:1 meetings with greater outcomes
  • Build cultures that create stronger team cohesion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Part 4 Leadership & Your Organization | The Results

  • Explore the remaining two emotional intelligence skills to in order to enhance communication skills and make decisions that achieve positive results
  • Discover the art of leading with questions to foster creative thinking and shared responsibility

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Break

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Reflection & Action Plans

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM





2019 Speaker Faculty

Dawn Anderson

Dawn Anderson

Managing Director, Life Sciences Strategy and Operations, R&D Practice

Craig Lipset

Craig Lipset

Head of Clinical Innovation
Pfizer Inc.

Kyle Faget

Kyle Faget

Special Counsel
Foley & Lardner, LLP

Jeff Kingsley

Jeff Kingsley

IACT Health

Ross Friedberg

Ross Friedberg

General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
Doctor on Demand

Monica Chmielewski

Monica Chmielewski

Foley & Lardner, LLP

Amir Lahav

Amir Lahav

Digital Medicine and Clinical Innovation Lead

Michael Song

Michael Song

Senior Manager, Drug Delivery and Device Development

Jane Fang

Jane Fang

Director, R&D Information Head for Clinical Biologics

Hassan Kadhim

Hassan Kadhim

Director, Head of Clinical Trial Business Capabilities
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Kayla Kostelecky

Kayla Kostelecky

PhD Candidate, Health Care Ethics
Saint Louis University

Terri Ellsworth

Terri Ellsworth

Director of Professional Relations, Patient Advocacy
Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA)

MarlaJan Wexler

MarlaJan Wexler

Patient Advocacy & Education

Jonathan Cotliar

Jonathan Cotliar

Chief Medical Officer

Kelly Conway

Kelly Conway


John Reites

John Reites

Chief Product Officer & Partner

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Product Delivery, Advisor, Technical Center of Excellence
Eli Lilly and Company

Holly Merrill

Holly Merrill

Senior Director, Training & Education
Science 37

Jeffrey Zucker

Jeffrey Zucker

SVP Global Clinical Operations, Site Management & Trial Optimization
Worldwide Clinical Trials

Karen Beyers

Karen Beyers

Senior Director, MAF Clinical Operations
Johnson & Johnson




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