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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Inspiration
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Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Experience a passionate, wise and caring healer who helps people transform their lives by showing them how to rise above their limitations, remove their roadblocks, rekindle their dreams and become the principal agents in their own professional and personal lives. Carl Hammerschlag, MD is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer. A Yale trained community psychiatrist who believes the walls of healing will extend beyond the doctor offices and hospitals as we learn to heal in community. He is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine).

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Stanley Hupfeld
Stanley Hupfeld
With almost forty years of award-winning healthcare leadership experience, Stan Hupfeld brings into focus the problems existing in healthcare today and the solution for our future. Historically, health care delivery has tended to be transactional and unidirectional-in other words one doctor-one hospital stay-one insurance bill. In a post reform world all bets are off requiring a different kind of thinking when we begin to take a risk(read premium dollar) for the total care of a patient population. In that environment we must be much shrewder and have a different approach with the other stakeholders understanding why healthcare seems to defy our best thinking about how to change it and what policy alternatives give us the best hope of survival.

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Brad Ludden
Brad Ludden
A world-class kayaker who also happens to be a world class human being and one of 2016 CNN's "Top 10 Heroes!" By 18, Brad was living his dream. He was Nike's first sponsored whitewater kayaker, on the cover of Outside Magazine and traveling the globe in search of first descents - successfully paddling a river that no one has ever paddled before. But despite those successes, something was missing. At a young age Brad watched his Aunt battle cancer and realized how little support there was for her. Thirteen years later he founded First Descents - an organization that empowers people fighting and surviving cancer by providing free outdoor adventures helping more than 3,000 young adults live beyond their disease and pursue a journey not previously forged.

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Michael Abrashoff
Michael Abrashoff
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, the ship’s performance ranked at rock-bottom. Worse - the crew didn’t feel safe should they be called into action. Determined to improve performance, but without the power to hire, fire or promote personnel, Abrashoff focused on what he could change: the ship’s culture. His innovative approach broke from the traditional command-and-control leadership style and sought to see the ship from the eyes of his crew - creating a guiding set of principles he calls Grassroots Leadership. His results-oriented approach equips organizations with the strategies, tactics and tools necessary to unleash innovation, lead significant change and increase operational performance. Publications from Fast Company to The Harvard Business Review have heralded this remarkable story.

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Laura Adams
Laura Adams
Laura Adams is the President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation. RIQI is the only organization in the nation to win all three of the major HITECH health IT grants which funded CurrentCare (the statewide health information exchange), the RI Regional Extension Center and the RI Beacon Community. Laura served on the ONC's HIT Policy Committee's Governance Panel for the Nationwide Health Information Network. She is a member of the newly-launched HIMSS Center for Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Group and chaired the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Planning Committee for the "Digital Infrastructure for Population Health.

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Robyn Benincasa
Robyn Benincasa
2014 CNN Hero, World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, NT Times Bestselling Author, Founder of the 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler, Proud Owner of 2 Metal 'Bionic Hips' and Full Time San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa definitely knows a thing or two about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Life Network, PBS and FOX have all featured Robyn and her amazing accomplishments. Add to those network credits editorials in Fast Company, Sport Illustrated, Vogue, Corporate & Incentive Travel, The New York Times, Outside, and Harper's Bazaar, and it's no surprise your meeting will be electrifying!

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Rick Brinkman, ND
Rick Brinkman, ND
Co-author of the international bestseller, Dealing With People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, Dr. Rick Brinkman has been sharing his human behavior insights and practical communication strategies in his trademark entertaining and educational style since 1980. Following medical school, he went into private practice and his success there led him to further study communication and the effect it has on our quality of life. His communication programs receive high marks in topics pertaining to sales, customer service, safety and leadership where he is invited back for repeat performances across the U.S.

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Joan Brock
Joan Brock
Working as a teacher of the blind at The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Joan Brock was forced to re-evaluate and transform her life when she lost her own vision in a mere three-week period of time. Through this difficult transition, Brock applied the skills she had been teaching to her own circumstances, and from there, discovered a natural transition to a professional speaking career. In her individually tailored presentations, Brock offers the benefit of her own experience as she addresses the topics of communication and dealing with change.

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Brene Brown
Brene Brown
Dr. Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

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Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner
What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality," which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long. A world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, he travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life.

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Daniel Burrus
Daniel Burrus
The New York Times claims Daniel Burrus as one of Americas top three business "gurus" in the highest demand as a speaker. He has established a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world. Burrus believes wireless telemedicine, point of care transactions, e-enabled disease management, home diagnostics, the virtual hospital, e-enabled customer choice, e-enabled assisted living, e-communities of practice, just-in-time training, and procurement service providers are just a few of the many areas that can be used to accelerate transformation in healthcare.

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Joe Calloway
Joe Calloway
For over thirty years, Joe Calloway has been helping business leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs make great companies even better. He helps organizations focus on what is truly important, inspires improvement, and motivates people to take action to grow their businesses and "Become A Category Of One." Joe's client list ranges from companies like Proctor & Gamble and Coca Cola to Cadillac and American Express. Joe also works extensively with small to mid-sized businesses, franchisees, and a range of professional services organizations.

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Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield
A world-renowned expert at warming hearts and changing lives, Jack Canfield is the originator and co-creator of the New York Times #1 bestselling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. But behind the empire Time magazine called the "publishing phenomenon of the decade" is America's leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees, and educators. A compelling, empowering, and compassionate coach, he has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist, and for the past 30 years, a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and personal development.

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Jim Carroll
Jim Carroll
As a leading international futurist, trends and innovation expert, Jim Carroll dedicates his time to helping people and organizations understand how they can aggressively adopt tomorrow - today. By waking people up to the trends that will affect them, Carroll challenges them to cope with a world that continues to witness constant, relentless, dramatic change. He is recognized for his critical thinking and business-oriented view of issues relating to social, consumer and workplace trends, demographic and lifestyle issues, emerging technologies, as well as economic and business trends. He is recognized worldwide for presentations that involve his signature humor, high-level energy, deep insight, and challenging observations, and which are based on extensive research and customization.

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Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age," which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. Human Resources magazine recently named Ben one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry. He has appeared on CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and CNBC and been featured in various media including The Economist, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Scott Christopher
Scott Christopher
Scott Christopher is co-author of the best-selling book, The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, and VP of Speaking/Training at The Culture Works. He is a contributing author of A Carrot A Day, The Daily Carrot Principle and a feature columnist for Human Capital magazine. As a work culture expert and humorist, Scott has circled the globe entertaining and motivating thousands of audiences from senior leader retreats to all-staff meetings. His unforgettable messages and off-the-cuff humor illustrate firsthand how levity, humor and becoming a 'people person' enrich lives both at work and at home.

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Roger Crawford
Roger Crawford
Born with severe physical disabilities, Roger Crawford notes that his parents were told that he would never walk. But against all odds, Crawford focused on his strengths, conquered his challenges to become an award-winning college athlete at Loyola Marymount University, where he was the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a Division 1 college sport. Named by Sports Illustrated as "one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world," Crawford uses courage, passion, humor and hard-won wisdom to inspire audiences to reevaluate their own limitations - real or imagined.

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Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician. Through riveting personal and medical stories, Dr. Sampson Davis provides a never-before-seen look at health care in America, presenting not only the issues but also the complicated lives behind the statistics.

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Chip Eichelberger
Chip Eichelberger
Chip Eichelberger, CSP will be THE energy source for your event! Formerly Tony Robbins international point man, Chip is a proven pro that will do the homework necessary to customize his message with your theme and business model. He specializes in customized, high energy, engaging, humorous and interactive opening, after meal and closing presentations. Winning Sales Leader of the Year twice, he hired, trained and led sales teams around the U.S. and became Robbins' international point man planting the flag for Tony in Australia and the UK.

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Susan Ershler
Susan Ershler
Susan Ershler tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.

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Joe Flower
Joe Flower
Joe Flower, an internationally recognized healthcare futurist and a world-class presenter, has been writing, speaking, and consulting about creating change for over two decades. In his powerful keynotes and interactive workshops, Flower - - shares his unique grasp of the forces transforming healthcare, such as the aging of the Baby Boom; radically new pharmaceuticals and therapies; digitization and automation; extreme cost pressures; shifts in payment structures; and perhaps greater than any of them, the rising power of the consumer.

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John Foley
John Foley
John is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the how of High Performance teams. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams and individuals to reach for their highest potential while empowering organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.

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Jackie Freiberg, PhD
Jackie Freiberg, PhD
One of the best female business speakers available in today's market place, Jackie Freiberg, PhD, is a connoisseur of companies that blow the doors off business-as-usual. She is the co- author of the compelling book, GUTS!: Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, and the award-winning national bestseller, NUTS!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. As a professional speaker, Freiberg is in high demand to deliver practical business strategies that prove to increase productivity, retention, service, loyalty and profitability. She is passionate about equipping leaders at all levels with hope, ideas, and practical tools to kick-start and re-inspire their journey toward becoming employers of choice!

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Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD, is recognized in the business arena as a thought leader and authority on gutsy leaders and companies. His book, GUTS! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, the exciting sequel to their hugely successful book, NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. One of the most influential voices on the speaking circuit today, Freiberg is widely acknowledged for his expertise in helping clients build strong, purposeful cultures that attract top talent and loyal customers; developing gutsy leaders who excel at hiring, retaining and unleashing world-class talent; re-recruiting people and re-inspire the passion for increased performance and productivity; and increasing customer loyalty by building customer-centric organizations.

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Daniel Friedland, MD
Daniel Friedland, MD
Daniel Friedland, MD, is an internationally recognized thought leader and a passionate and dynamic keynote speaker, educator, coach and consultant on Evidence-Based Medicine, Health, Wellness and Productivity. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and is the author of Evidence-Based Medicine: A Framework for Clinical Practice, one of the first textbooks on this topic.

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Joe Greer, MD
Joe Greer, MD
At the Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony President Barack Obama said, 'It's a life that might be distilled into a question Dr. Greer asks all of us: 'If we don't fight injustice, who will?' In 1994 Joe was named by Time magazine as one of "America's 50 Young American Leaders Under 40" as well as receiving the CBS/Newsweek Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center. He was one of 10 recipients of the Caring Award based on his vision of a clinic to treat the poor and homeless populations of Miami, later chronicled in his book: "Waking up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most."

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Phil Hansen
Phil Hansen
Referred to by his fans as "the Artist for the People", Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator -- at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. He defies conventional thinking by approaching limitations as opportunities and his inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage with over 2,000,000 million viewers, and then shared around the world including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. The complexities of running a business today are like creating a work of art: a continuous process of discovery, risk - taking, and adaptation. Phil's approach to achieving artistic success is not only a natural fit for business but also a necessity for how to adapt to the accelerating pace of change.

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Sally Hogshead
Sally Hogshead
Sally is Chief Fascination Officer of Fascinate, Inc. As an international keynote speaker and author of the internationally-acclaimed book, FASCINATE: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation, she is the creator of The Fascination Advantage test and was named "the most successful junior copywriter of all time. Sally founded the West Coast office of the illustrious ad agency CP+B and frequently appears in national media including NBC's Today Show and the New York Times.

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Chad Hymas
Chad Hymas
At the age of 27, Chad Hymas broke his neck in an accident which left him a quadriplegic. Inspired by his son, Hymas made the decision that he had the power to control his own future. Now President of his own communications company and author of the book, Soaring to New Heights, he shares principles and values that have helped him to achieve the unachievable - inspiring audiences to stretch out their own wings, take off with confidence, and not worry about where they're going to land. Through his unique sense of humor and touching stories, Hymas delivers a message that taps into the heart of every audience.

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John Izzo, PhD
John Izzo, PhD
Dr. John Izzo brings to health care organizations around the world a powerful message and formula for renewing the heart in health care and creating a culture where compassionate service and a focus on excellence sit side by side. He is an established author who has focused on the power of people at work and the creation of vital workplaces, and his PBS featured special - The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, all culminate to support his powerful message.

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Willie Jolley
Willie Jolley
* Named "One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World" - by Toastmasters International * Best Selling Author of "A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback" & "An Attitude of Excellence!" * Host of "The Willie Jolley Show" on CBS-TV, PBS, Sirius/XM & WHUR-FM

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Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku, PhD first became attracted to science as a young child where he famously built an atom smasher in his parents' garage. He holds degrees from Harvard University and UC at Berkeley, where he worked at the Berkeley Radiation Lab. He is the author of several international best-sellers. Besides The Future of the Mind, his other New York Times best-sellers include: Physics of the Future, and Physics of the Impossible. Kaku has appeared on international radio and TV including Larry King, David Letterman, Colbert Report, Nightline, 60 Minutes, CNN-Financial, BBC-TV, PBS’s Nova and Innovation, and numerous science documentaries including PBS’s Steven Hawking’s Universe, Science Odyssey, and Einstein Revealed.

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Stephen Kiernan
Stephen Kiernan
A prolific writer and award-winning journalist, Stephen Kiernan's true-life stories focus on the disparities in healthcare, and a sense of disconnection that people feel distress, anxiety, and prolonged belief that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Brought to the stage in word and video, his program is inspirational, educational and defines a path we can follow in sustaining the strength of our country. Stephen features individuals whose work made economic, as well as humanitarian, sense. Also their projects could be replicated in other communities. An uplifting message delivering positive results!

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Isaac Lidsky
Isaac Lidsky
A visionary thought leader, Isaac Lindsky provides life lessons on surmounting fears, avoiding assumptions and responding to circumstances. Blind by the age of 25, he was a child television star, onetime Supreme Court law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Conner, and now a CEO of a $150 million construction services company. Author of "Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can't See Clearly," Lindsky’s book is one of the 10 books to read on Leadership in 2017 by the Washington Post.

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Laura Ling
Laura Ling
Award-winning journalist and author Laura Ling has traveled the world reporting on critical issues ranging from slave labor in the Amazon, to energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, to the challenges faced by military families in the U.S. As a correspondent and director of development for Discovery Communication's Seeker Network, Ling has focused on creating inspiring programming for a millennial audience. Her web-series Rituals highlights the practices of extraordinary individuals to see how they strive, thrive and gain focus. Ling was recently honored with a national Gracie Award, which recognizes exemplary programming created by women, for women. Ling has hosted two documentary series airing on the E! Network: E! Investigates and Society X with Laura Ling.

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Douglas Lipp
Douglas Lipp
As former head of training at Disney Studio's Walt Disney University, Doug Lipp understands the power of a strong organizational culture. Lipp brings audiences into the unique culture of customer service that sets Disney apart. In the process he shows them how to design a system that works for their own industry - outlining ideas that will enable them to create the same kind of "service magic" in their organization. He has authored six books. His latest, The Changing Face of Today's Customer, reveals how to develop a "cultural sense" in addition to common sense about customer service.

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Allison Massari
Allison Massari
A powerful advocate for both patient and provider, Allison Massari is an invaluable resource for healthcare professionals. She experienced firsthand what personalized health care, delivered by committed empathic providers, really means when she was burned alive in a fire caused by a head-on auto collision, followed by a traumatic brain injury two years later. Allison spent over 400 days in hospitals, doctors' offices and physical therapy centers. She delivers a passionate story to inspire the collaboration of teams of medical personnel to profoundly demonstrate the power of authentic patient-centered care. Prepare to be delightfully surprised, to laugh, to perhaps have a few tears and to feel your heart crack wide open.

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Ian Morrison, PhD
Ian Morrison, PhD
An internationally known author, consultant, and futurist, Ian Morrison, PhD, specializes in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on healthcare and the changing business environment. The author of Leading Change in Health Care: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow; Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership and the bestseller The Second Curve: Managing the Velocity of Change, Dr. Morrison combines his research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future. He is also a frequent commentator on the future for television, radio and the print media.

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John O'Leary
John O'Leary
John began speaking in 2005 to a total of eight organizations. Since then, John has partnered with over 850 organizations in 46 states and nine countries. His life is proof of the power of the human spirit. At nine years old, he was burned on 100% of his body and given less than one percent chance of surviving the first night. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to amputation. As a boy in a hospital bed, John could not have foreseen his many accomplishments. Yet his experiences throughout the journey are what fuel the incredible compassion and authenticity that are evident in every presentation he gives focused on personal awareness, clarity of purpose and personal mastery.

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Alan Parisse
Alan Parisse
Alan Parisse has helped healthcare executives, medical professionals, and pharmaceutical sales teams with substantive messages that allow them to recognize, adapt, and thrive in an ever-evolving industry. His knowledge of the healthcare universe comes from an insider's perspective. As a doctor's "wife," Parisse lived through the frustration and satisfaction of medical school and residency. But more importantly, over a decade of daily bicycle rides with one of the world's foremost leaders in medical education has yielded a depth of understanding not usually afforded to outsiders. Recognized by Successful Meetings magazine as "One of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century," Parisse is the author of This Is Your Time and Taking Charge: Lessons in Leadership.

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Terry Paulson, PhD
Terry Paulson, PhD
Terry Paulson, a PhD psychologist and columnist, is considered by many to be the preeminent expert on the human side of change management and author of the popular books: The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Paulson on Change, Making Humor Work, 50 Tips for Speaking Like a Pro, and Can I Have the Keys to the Car? For more than 30 years, he has been helping audiences transform their self-limiting beliefs into self-fulfilling breakthroughs to achieve their personal and professional goals. Business Digest called him the "Will Rogers of management consultants!"

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Vince Poscente
Vince Poscente
At the age of 26, a recreational skier at best, Vince Poscente decided to act on his dream of becoming an Olympic athlete. He chose the sport of speed skiing and at the age of 30, he was vying for gold in the Winter Olympics. A peak performance strategist and author of The Ant and The Elephant: Leadership for the Self, Poscente has developed a series of proven strategies for attaining and sustaining peak performance, on both an individual and corporate level. Audiences learn how to apply his time-tested techniques to ignite their vision, execute their strategies, and eclipse their competition. Sought after by countless organizations across North America for his high-energy keynotes and leadership forums, he blends a high-energy presentation style with humorous anecdotes, powerful visual and audio tools, and meaningful content designed to educate and edify while it entertains.

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Freddie Ravel
Freddie Ravel
Internationally acclaimed "Keynote Maestro" Freedie blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world. Backed by #1 hits and collaborative successes with Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Prince, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend Carlos Santana, the #1 chart-topping pianist is the founder of The Rhythm of Success. His program enhances leadership, innovation and collaboration for small, midsized and large corporations alike. Freddie's media appearances include FOX, ABC, CBS, Universal, Business Rockstars, Clear Channel and SiriusXM. His delighted clients refer to him as "the ideal balance of entertainment and content."

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Mike Rayburn
Mike Rayburn
When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it's to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak "virtuoso" levels... and thus transform their success and significance. Featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, Gig, American Entertainment, and Successful Meetings magazines, Mike has presented for hundreds of the worlds leading corporations and associations.

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Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins is best known for delivering one of the most popular TEDxTalk’s in the world: “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over.” When she’s not on stage, Mel is on TV or trending on social media for her captivating analysis about the biggest stories of our time. She’s an award- winning on-air analyst for CNN and drives millions of page views for CNN.com as one of their most prolific opinion writers. She’s been named “America’s Outstanding Talk Show Host” by The Gracie Awards and has hosted original shows for A&E, Fox and Cox Media. She’s appeared as an expert on a wide range of talk shows, from Oprah to Dr. Phil, Fox News to Good Morning America. Mel is a contributing editor for SUCCESS Magazine and is continually featured in publications like The New York Times and Inc. Magazine.

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Mark Sanborn
Mark Sanborn
Mark Sanborn is an international bestselling author and noted authority on leadership, team building, customer service and change. To meet healthcare challenges and navigate the changes, healthcare businesses will need to focus more than ever on leadership, change management, and the patient experience. Mark has helped hundreds of organizations and clients rise to meet challenges just like these as he assists organizations through the uncharted territory of 21st Century healthcare. He's the author of eight books, including Up, Down Or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times Are Good, Bad, or In Between and The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Make the Ordinary Extraordinary which has sold 1.6 million copies.

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Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen is the Founder of "because I said I would." Through his philanthropic work, his personal commitments and the stories of his supporters, Alex speaks to audiences around the world about the importance of keeping a promise. His work has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, the TODAY show, Steve Harvey, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, NPR and many other programs. Alex has spoken at over 110 events in 2014 and is a three-time TEDx closing speaker. He has spoken to audiences ranging from middle schools to the world’s largest consulting firm.

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Natalie Stavas, MD
Natalie Stavas, MD
A Harvard Doctor and a physician at Boston Children's Hospital who went from runner to first responder in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Dr. Stavas is a healer, educator and expert on turning chaos into courage, fear into action. She received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation. On April 15, 2013 Dr. Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. "Running Toward Chaos" is actually in our genes.

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Quint Studer
Quint Studer
Quint Studer, named one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful People" by Modern Healthcare, has gained national recognition (USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Investor's Business Daily) as a change agent and thought leader in health care today because he so aptly links a sustained focus on service, quality, employee and patient satisfaction with growth and bottom-line results. Quint spent nearly 20 years inside health care, beginning in a staff position, later becoming COO of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago and President of the Baptist Hospital Inc. in Pensacola, FL, where the hospital was awarded the Quality Cup by USA Today and Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Ronan Tynan
Ronan Tynan
Irish tenor Dr. Ronan Tynan is a modern day renaissance man. Raised on a dairy farm in Kilkenny, Ireland, his personal story of triumph and his impassioned singing inspires audiences. A natural born storyteller, and gifted with humor, Ronan's message empowers audiences to overcome adversity, take risks and achieve peak performance. Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., presenting speeches annually for major international corporations and organizations. Ronan also continues to travel all over the world to perform concerts.

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    Distress signals are starting to sound in two of the country’s major sectors, retail and healthcare. Last week, the discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it will close 400 brick-and-mortar stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The announcement comes on the heels of a seemingly unending parade of bad news from traditional retailers in recent months. So far this year, Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penney among others, have all announced significant store closures. Ralph Lauren is shuttering its flagship Polo store, a foot-traffic magnet on tony Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the latest step in a massive cost-cutting effort.
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  • magnifying-glass-1001506_640The payment landscape is shifting dramatically in the US health care industry and this has serious implications for the survival of providers. With the volume-to-value transformation, traditional fee-for-service payments are being replaced with a financial incentive framework that rewards for improved quality and outcomes. Although this impacts only Medicare payments today, it lays the groundwork and provides strong incentives for other payers to move in the same direction, thus potentially disrupting the health care system at all levels.

    Ultimately, value-based payments transform traditional business models by putting significant revenue– and risk– at stake. Building the outcomes-based financial models to maximize value-based care (VBC) reimbursement pathways will be fundamental to sustainable growth in the future.
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  • health-2082630_1280We are living through what is arguably the most challenging time for the health care industry. Globally, health care appears to be on a collision course with patient needs and economic reality. No one is happy with the current system, and the combination of rising costs, poor access, inequitable care, and diminishing quality and safety has created anxiety and frustration for all. Decades of interventions have failed to improve the situation; if anything, things have become worse. Current approaches tend to focus on a single issue or problem (the price of drugs, rising numbers without medical insurance, provider incentives to over treat), but an overarching solution has remained elusive.
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  • US Medical care illustrated by flag and stethoscope

    There is no issue more important to the future of America than it’s long-term fiscal sustainability. And the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States has been placed in jeopardy primarily by the structure and expense of America’s healthcare system. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly the entirety of the growth in federal spending as a share of the economy—excluding interest—can be explained by government health programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Medicaid-related Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, one of the principal economic challenges faced by middle- and lower-income Americans is the expense and instability of American health insurance.
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     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • American Health Care Act

    After a seven year wait to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the GOP’s much-anticipated replacement collectively called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week. Amidst a revolt from the left and right, doctors, hospitals and insurers, the plan cleared its first hurdle at 4.30 am on Thursday- approval by the House Ways and Means Committee and The House Energy and Commerce Committee after 18 and 27 of hours of debate respectively. It now has to be approved by a full House and the Senate…the former likely (although not guaranteed) and the latter impossible without bipartisan support.
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  • fixing the drug pricing problem

    The one thing that all Americans agree on – politicians included- is that prescription drug prices are on an unsustainable trajectory. Americans pay, by far, the highest prices for prescription drugs in the entire world. On average, Americans pay $1,100 per year for their drugs — $300 more than Germans or Canadians do. In addition, total US drug spending has more than doubled in the past 15 years, from $121.2 billion in 2000 up to nearly $374 billion in 2014, squeezing both payers and insurers alike……all of this while the largest pharmaceutical companies are cumulatively earning $80-$90 billion per year in profits at higher margins than other industries.
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  • The 2016 election is over, and a top priority for the new administration and Congress is healthcare. The candidates discussed little substance about healthcare during the campaigns, despite the fact it is approaching 20% of our economy and touches every American. You could say the problems in healthcare have been caused by action by one party and inaction by another party. You could say Republicans want this and Democrats want that, but I don’t think labeling should be the focus. The problem is Congress (both parties) are tied to special interest groups. Insurers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the plaintiff’s bar, along with Congress created our unaffordable healthcare system.
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