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General Sessions

Opening Keynote
Monday, August 13  |  8:00 - 9:30 AM

Sponsor:  Halyard

Change: Do Something Now

Jackie Freiberg

Audience Takeaways. Change is a constant, and leading and owning change is a requirement for ongoing success. This presentation offers strategies for driving, owning, and being the change you want to see in your organization or field. Jackie challenges everyone to stop moaning and start doing.
See it! Notice what is holding you back, routine, white noise, frivolous distractions.
Enable it! Ideal solutions and what if ideas to life.
Do it! Be the change, reach across functional boundaries, collaborate, and engage others to drive positive change.

Jackie Freiberg, award-winning, national best-selling author and entrepreneur, is dedicated to helping leaders create BEST places where the BEST people can do their BEST work to make the world BETTER. And rumor has it, Jackie is recognized as one of the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” and is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation. In addition to speaking, Jackie is an international bestselling author, business owner, and a leadership and culture consultant to various executive teams nationwide. She teaches graduate classes part-time at the University of San Diego, School of Leadership & Education Sciences and she also writes and speaks on the SheEconomy, a $20 Trillion female strength to know.

Her books include: the international bestseller "NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success," its sequel "GUTS! BOOM!" (7-timeless choices for inspiring leadership and accountability), "NANOVATION" (a how-to on innovation), and "DO SOMETHING NOW" and "Be a PERSON OF IMPACT," two quick reads that will change your organization and your life. And most recently, "CAUSE A Business Strategy for Standing Out In A Sea of Sameness." Companies that define themselves as cause-oriented stand out! They have better employee engagement, customer loyalty, stronger profitability and growth, all of which the Freiberg’s document in "CAUSE"!


Tuesday, August 14  |  8:00 – 9:00 AM

Sponsor:  Boston Scientific

Disruption and Innovation – Healthcare Supply Chain at a Crossroads

Eric O’Daffer

Healthcare supply chain is at a crossroads. Change is accelerating and no matter if you are in the first five years of your supply chain career, the last five years or somewhere in between you had better be paying attention. There will be winners and losers. Anticipating the change across healthcare providers, manufacturers, payers, retailers, and having a plan will be important to you and your organization. Join Gartner’s Eric O’Daffer for this session focusing on the next few years of market disruption, innovation, evolving strategies in the healthcare supply chain and what it means to you.

Eric O'Daffer is a Research Vice-President in Gartner’s Healthcare Supply Chain Group. O'Daffer's focus is on the end-to-end value chain starting at the point of care looking back. He focuses most of his time with providers and how they best manage all the components of supply chain. This involves both their internal processes as well as best practices for partnering with their suppliers and service providers to optimize the clinical effectiveness of their products and the best delivered cost possible. Increasingly, O'Daffer's research focuses on the interdependency of providers with their clinical, finance, and supply chain partners. Helping organizations balance high quality patient care with optimal cost aligned with revenue is his goal.

O'Daffer's previous roles have all focused on aspects of the healthcare supply chain, from early-stage product development to optimizing the physician practice supply chain to managing large IDN relationships and all customer-facing personnel, including early-phase value analysis consultants at a division of Cardinal.


Wednesday, August 15  |  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sponsor:  Philips

Six Keys to Success

Karl Mecklenburg

Success is overcoming obstacles on the way to your dreams. It doesn't happen by accident. There is a pattern, a template that these accomplishments have in common.

Karl Mecklenburg gives you the 'Six Keys to Success" that he used to rise from a college walk-on to the most versatile player in the NFL.

His presentation is full of humor and the life lessons that the rigors of the NFL taught him.

Teamwork – leadership is the ultimate form of teamwork, “think we, not me.”
Courage to try new things and the courage to be decisive.
Dedication – hard work, constant learning, and refusing to quit.
Desire – your dreams, your passion, your mission.
Honesty and Forgiveness – with others and in self-evaluation.
Goal Setting – the short-term, reasonable, specific steps that take you to your desires.

These are the keys that you can apply at work, in your relationships, in your personal life, and anywhere that is important to you.

Karl’s presentation has inspired numerous groups in the past, including Cochlear Inc., Piper Electric, Gallo, Progressive Insurance, Coors, The CIT Group, Honeywell, ProLogis, and many more.

Karl Mecklenburg Former Denver Broncos Captain and All-Pro Linebacker, rose from being a college walk-on and a 12th round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Considered the NFL’s most versatile player, Karl played all seven defensive front positions. Bronco coaches wanted him at the point of attack and would move him throughout the game. There were many games where Mecklenburg played all seven positions in the course of a single game.

In 2001, Karl was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Karl has been a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame each of the last three years.

Karl Mecklenburg, CSP, has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speaker’s Association. Less than 10% of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. A much smaller percentage of celebrity speakers are CSPs, and Karl is presently the only football legend to have achieved Certified Speaking Professional designation. He enjoys speaking to a variety of groups, and his story is both humorous and inspirational. The life lessons in the NFL taught him about teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty and forgiveness, and goal setting are his “Six Keys to Success.”

As a highly regarded speaker, Karl tailors his presentations to the needs of the group while teaching and inspiring his audience. His legendary NFL career draws many attendees to events, and the content and delivery of his presentation sends his audience home with a renewed commitment to their goals.

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