Past Audio Conferences

In previous programs, seven of our nation’s top women CEOs have shared lessons that they have learned on their way to the c-suite. In addition, we have heard from non-healthcare experts like Gail Evans, former EVP at CNN, on how to play like a man, win like a woman and social science researcher Michael Gurian on leadership and the sexes. 


2014 Conferences

Kris Doody, RN, MSB, Chief Executive Officer of Cary Medical Center, Caribou, ME in a program entitled, From Feeder to CEO: Lessons Learned from 30+ Years at the Same Hospital.

Kris has undergone a fascinating journey as a volunteer living in her home town and has transformed her vision to become a Nurse, Operating Room Manager, and CEO. Kris challenges the conventional wisdom that in order to advance, one must move. Join us to learn how she has leveraged relationships to improve care for her community.

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Ginger Williams, MD, President & CEO of Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall, MI in a program entitled, Ten Things I Wish That I Had Known Before Becoming CEO.

When Ginger Williams worked in the E.R. a hospital employee surprised her, telling her that she would become the next hospital CEO. Learn how this process evolved and more importantly, what she learned in her first few months on the job. Her presentation is a must for anybody contemplating a c-suite job.

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2013 Conferences

Change is Upon Us:  Are You Ready? One Organization’s Journey with Christine Candio, RN, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Inova Alexandria Hospital and Senior Vice President, Inova Health System. (A replay is not available for this conference call.)

Ms. Candio presently serves as the CEO, Inova Alexandria Hospital & SVP, Inova Health System.  She has been in the healthcare profession for 30 years.  She is Chairman-Elect of the Board of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Women in Medicine and Management: A Mentoring Guide Dr Deborah Shlian of Shlian and Associates, a physician, medical consultant, and author.

Dr. Shlian wrote Women in Medicine and Management, in which twenty-four women share their career paths from clinical medicine to leadership within academia, pharma, government, hospitals, provider groups, managed care,  consulting and entrepreneurial ventures, including the obstacles and challenges faced inbalancing work, family, and personal life.  When women have an opportunity to be decision- makers, they enjoy the role and are successful leaders

Dr. Deborah Shlian began her consultancy as Shlian and Associates in 1990. She is a board certified Family Practitioner and MBA with over sixteen years of managed care experience as both a clinician and manager who brings a unique perspective to health care searches and consulting.

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The Journey to Fixing It  with Michele M. Molden, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, Piedmont Healthcare and Michelle M. Fisher, Vice President, Strategy, Business Development, and Project Management, Piedmont Healthcare.

Michele Molden will discuss the journey to fixing the dearth of senior women leaders by developing the first Women’s Leadership Alliance at Piedmont which now has over 1,000 members.

She and Michelle Fisher will talk about how to charter an organization and keep it relevant.

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Kenneth H Cohn, M.D., MBA, FACS is a nationally recognized general surgeon/MBA who has worked to promote increased healthcare collaboration for over 15 years. His books, Better Communication for Better Care, Collaborate for Success! and Getting It Done, have sold over 5,000 copies.

Ken is a faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Estes Park Institute, The Governance Institute, The Healthcare Roundtable, and New England College. One of his seminar participants called him “a women’s healthcare executive’s secret weapon.”


2012 Conferences


Disaster Preparedness with Carl Taylor, former Director of the National Center for Disaster Medical Response, and Patti Ellish, CEO of St Tammany Parish Hospital and native New Orleanian. Patti just recently appeared in USA Today for St Tammany Parish, voted by female consumers as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by the group, Women Certified.

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Leadership and the Sexes with author, consultant and co-founder of the Gurian Institute, Michael Gurian. (A replay of this call is not available.)

Changing Behavior with author Georgianna Donadio, MSc, DC, PhD on Changing Behavior – Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy to Learn, Proven Communication Skills

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Jamie L. Haeuser, MHA is Senior Vice President of Operations at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.  She has thirty years of experience in health care management, with expertise in hospital operations, strategic planning, marketing and organizational development.

Jamie is a member of the of the faculty of the American College of Heath Care Executives, teaching courses on leadership and communication, and the adjunct faculty of the Public Administration Institute at LSU.  In May 2005, she was named Professor of the Year in the Department of Health Systems Management at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she received her MHA and stayed on as adjunct faculty.  She currently serves on the national board of the RESCU Foundation, which makes health care available to performing arts professionals.

Kenneth H Cohn, M.D., MBA, FACS is a nationally recognized practicing surgeon and MBA who has worked to promote increased healthcare collaboration for over 15 years. His books, Better Communication for Better Care, Collaborate for Success! and Getting It Done, have sold over 5,000 copies.

Ken is a faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Estes Park Institute, The Governance Institute, The Healthcare Roundtable, and New England College. One of his seminar participants called him “a women’s healthcare executive’s secret weapon.”

Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty six books published in twenty one languages; including, Leadership and the Sexes, with Barbara Annis.

The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals.  As a social philosopher and family counselor, Michael has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. Michael has provided training at numerous corporations, including Cisco Systems, Boeing, NASA, Google, as well as numerous government agencies in the U.S. and abroad.  He has provided keynotes at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, Stanford University, UCLA and many others.

Before becoming a consultant, Michael taught in the School of Education at Gonzaga University, offering that university’s first gender biology course.

Carl W. Taylor, BA, JD is Vice President at Independent Living Systems (ILS). ILS is a participant in managed long-term care efforts nationally.

Carl is the former Assistant Dean of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Director of the Center for Strategic Health Innovation (CSHI) and Director of the National Center for Disaster Medical Response. He led the development and deployment of Xtreme Collaboration Hubs in Kenya and Haiti. His newly launched African centric tool Kisima is geared to providing sub-Sahara communities with online tools to prepare for crisis.

Carl has provided testimony and guidance to committees of the United States Senate, House of Representatives, the Institute of Medicine, the World Bank, and the Centers for Disease Control and varying organizations on both the future of healthcare and disaster response. Both the United States Senate and the State of Louisiana commended him for his work during Hurricane Katrina.

Patti Ellish, RN, BA, MHA, FACHE is St. Tammany Parish Hospital President and CEO who has transformed a small community hospital into a thriving regional medical center. Under her leadership, the facility has tripled in size to serve the fastest growing parish (county) in Louisiana. An Employer of Choice, a Best Place to Work and ranking in the 97th percentile nationally for patient satisfaction, STPH bears measurable results of her influence.

A native New Orleanian with nursing, bachelor’s and masters of health administration degrees, Patti began her career in health care as a R.N. at West Jefferson Hospital, rising to Director of Nursing over the course of 22 years. She left her position at West Jefferson to become Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Memorial Health System of East Texas, where she led significant growth and improvement before joining St. Tammany Parish Hospital as CEO.

Patti is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, past chair of Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans, board member of Louisiana Hospital Association and St. Tammany Healthcare Alliance and member of Northshore Business Council and Women’s Leadership Council of Greater New Orleans. She has earned regional recognition including Youth Leadership Council (YLC) Role Model, Top 10 Female Achievers, and Women of the Year.

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, DC, PhD has been a pioneer in the field of behavioral health, working with healthcare professionals and patients to change behaviors that lead to improved health. A nursing scholar, educator and researcher, her pioneering work is the foundation for the newly published book Changing Behavior: Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy-to-Learn, Proven Communication Skills.

Georgianna is the Director of the National Institute of Whole Health, a popular blogger for Huffington Post and Dr. Mehmet Oz’s, and her expertise has been showcased in hundreds of print, online, radio and TV interviews including on, WebMD, CNN News, Self and Shape Magazines, to name a few. In addition, for 20 years, until recently retiring, she hosted a nationally syndicated cable TV show, Woman to Woman which explored all topics of interest to women, with a special focus on relationships. Georgianna currently hosts the “Changing Behavior” radio program, featured on the Healthy Living Network.



2011 Conferences

Kathryn J McDonagh, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACHE is Vice President Executive Relations at Hospira, Inc. She has been a CNO, COO and CEO at such organizations as Saint Joseph’s Health System of Atlanta, Saint Thomas Health Services in Nashville, Saint Clare’s Health Services in New Jersey and CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. She has published extensively and speaks at national conferences about governing board effectiveness and healthcare leadership topics. Kathy won a Telly Award in 2000, a National Cable Television Award, for her role as host and creator of the program Focus on Health.

Nancy Paris, BA, MS, FACHE is President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education. She has served as President of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services and as Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Healthcare System. In 2002, she was named Woman of the Year in Healthcare by Women Healthcare Executives.

Nancy and Kathy teach the acclaimed ACHE seminar, The Power of the Labyrinth: Women’s Wisdom on Career Advancement in a New Age.


September 8, 2011: Navigating the Labyrinth/ Engaging Physicians

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Nancy Paris and Kathy McDonagh review practical strategies for navigating the labyrinth of healthcare career progression and Ken Cohn reveals secrets for engaging physicians, especially those who resist engagement. You will learn:

  • How to navigate the labyrinth of women’s healthcare leadership roles from people who have been there and succeeded
  • Effective strategies for leveraging systems, culture, and relationships
  • Ways to engage physicians, especially challenging physicians who resist engagement: insights from a fellow practicing physician

October 6, 2011: Leveraging the Power of Women’s Leadership Skills

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Maureen Bisognano, CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement discusses ways that women can leverage strengths, such as networking and nurturing to be more successful. You will learn:

  • How to leverage the power of nurturing to maintain effective organizations
  • Effective strategies for mentoring and being mentored
  • How maintaining focus on improving organizational safety can benefit both patients and one’s career

Maureen made the cover of Modern Healthcare April 18, 2011 as one of the the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

January 5, 2012: Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman

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Gail Evans, Associate Professor of Business, Georgia Tech School of Management, previously EVP at CNN and author of the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Business Week bestseller, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, discusses how the game is played and how you can win at it without compromising your values. You will learn:

  • The rules of the game as men play it
  • To love the game
  • How to set up your own winning team
  • Ways to use the resources already at your disposal much more powerfully
  • Rainmaking, and why it’s absolutely essential to women’s success
  • When to stay quiet and when to share information
  • Why women should forget networking and start “webbing”

February 2, 2012: Pathways to the Journey of Success and Sustainability

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Ninfa Saunders, President and COO of Virtua Healthcare System speaks on how she balanced learning, performance, and sustainability to become president of a four-hospital system in New Jersey. You will learn how to:

  • Prepare yourself technically to become a healthcare executive
  • Differentiate yourself in the marketplace
  • Have in place a system of values that projects your authenticity, balance, and sustainability