Tuesday, August 27 l Grand Saguaro Ballroom

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Healthcare Economy Keynote

Keynote Time: 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM



Ford Koles

Vice President and National Spokesperson,

Advisory Board


Uncertainty continues to reign with what seems to be permanent challenges facing each of us as we grapple with a competitive landscape of providing care. After decades of reform initiatives including coverage expansion, vertical integration and physician partnership models, managed care and payer contracting, horizontal integration and system economies of scale, and quality-based payment, among other reforms we are faced with continued uncertainties.

Join us on Tuesday morning, as one of the country's preeminent thought leaders in the area of health system economics, Ford Koles, Jr., explores market forces healthcare leaders need to understand in order to lead their healthcare organizations.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify key economic trends how they impact the Healthcare supply chain.

2. Analyze the significance of the mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry.

3. Evaluate the future of the healthcare industry including the payor and reimbursement changes expected.

4. Outline effective leadership in a supply chain context and understand future implications if implemented successfully.

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Thought Leadership Keynote

Keynote Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM



Nancy Scott

Leadership Development Programs Director,

Haslam College of Business Executive Degree Programs


Relationships are the currency of life and leadership. By investing in yourself and others, you open the doorway to valuable relationships and both personal and professional development. In order to foster and grow these valuable connections, leaders are required to explore strategies in empathy and effective communication.

In this highly experiential keynote session, join Nancy Scott as she leads you through self-reflection and self-coaching exercises crucial to building relationships that matter. Not only will this session give you an in-depth look at meaningful relationships, but also practical strategies to pursue these relationships.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the significance of building and maintaining healthy relationships in personal, professional, and social contexts.

2. Outline principles for maintaining and nurturing healthy relationships over time, including quality time, effective communication, and ongoing support.

3. Define empathy and understanding as they relate to appreciating different perspectives and experiences.

4. Analyze and practice a process of coaching yourself through personal and professional development.

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Inspirational Keynote

Keynote Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Sherri Coale

Hall of Fame Coach

and Best-selling Amazon Author

In a vicious, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, there has to be more than what you get when you win. In a social media driven culture, fear permeates all aspects of our lives. Every generation may feel like they have it worse than the previous generation, but do we?

For 25 years Sherri Coale got student athletes to fight through fear and adversity with her mantra of “Leave Your Story Better Than You Found It." During this inspiring Keynote, Sherri will share her stories of building teams, learning from others, stretching life beyond the lines of a basketball court to help us leave our story better than we found it.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop your story through adversity.

2. Identify ways fear is gripping society.

3. Evaluate the power of your story.

4. Analyze ways to improve your team’s performance through stretching your limits.

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