Monday Speakers

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Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green
Speaker - Welcome
Moderator - Conversation with Private Equity

Lynn Shapiro Snyder is a Board Member and Senior Member of Epstein Becker Green in Washington, D.C., a law firm with one of the largest health care and life sciences practices in the country. There, she advises all types of health care companies and companies such as private equity firms that work with health care. She is well- known for her expertise in FDA, Medicare, Medicaid and managed care issues whether it is in connection with the launch of a new product or defending a company under a fraud investigation. She has been at Epstein Becker Green for over 35 years.

Additionally, Lynn is the Founder, Chairperson and President of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation ("WBL"), a non-profit that connects and convenes senior executive women from all across the health care industry. WBL’s focus is on helping these women expand their leadership, such as by serving on a board of directors, and the organization has helped to propel hundreds of women to board directorships. Named a “Director to Watch,” Lynn is a leader in the governance arena and is the co-author of Answering the Call: Understanding the Duties, Risks & Rewards of Corporate Governance – a book to educate busy executives about board service. She also is the author of Advancing Women in Business – 10 Best Practices.

Her current board memberships include Trustmark Companies, Epstein Becker Green, Savor Health and the Maryland/Israel Development Center.

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Katie Bell, Senior Client Partner, Healthcare, Korn Ferry
Speaker - What Are Today’s Boards Looking For?

Bell has nearly 20 years of experience working within the healthcare and consulting industries.

During this time, she has served as a strategic consultant partnering with organizations to achieve their respective business goals. Sharpened over the course of her career, Bell's expertise spans the public and private sectors. Her experiences have led her to work with healthcare providers as well as federal, state and local governments.

Prior to this role, Bell served in numerous leadership capacities at The Advisory Board Company and Gallup. Her experience in qualitative and quantitative research, strategy design and execution as well as product and loss oversight will present a unique spectrum of offerings to clients. She also holds extensive consulting experience with her focus on organizational development and talent management.

Bell is a published author and speaks globally on the topic of strategic leadership and well-being, making appearances on local and national media programs. She was also a featured speaker at the 2011 TedxWomen conference and the 2013 American Banker Mentor Factor event.

Bell graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Education. She has completed Executive Education coursework at Harvard University in Cambridge. She is also an advisory board member for HINRI (The Healthcare Institute for National Renewal and Innovation).

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Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors
Interviewer - Making Board Service Your Next Career Move
Speaker - Creating Your Elevator Pitch
Moderator - Working with Venture Capital and Equity Firms as Operating Partners and Directors to Add Value

Mary Anne Mason is the Chief Executive Officer of Mason Strategic Advisors. She has had the privilege of leading merger and acquisition activity, holding general management roles, building business development teams, and leading sales and marketing executives for over 3 decades. Her experience includes both private equity backed and publicly traded companies.Mary Anne helps healthcare companies tackle strategic challenges, enhance go-to-market strategy, connect with opportunities in the market and accelerate growth. Relevant to today’s program, she works with a number of private equity and growth equity firms, serving in both consultant and board observer roles.  She has worked with firms as they have built boards, selected new members, and identified and filled experience gaps on their boards of directors and senior management.  Her unparalleled network and unique ability to identify and foster strong relationships on behalf of her clients makes her an invaluable resource to these firms and their boards.

In addition to advising on board-related matters, through a combination of dynamic professional development programs, consulting services, and deep experience in the market, Mary Anne provides unique perspectives and powerful tools to help clients optimize strategy and drive growth. Mary Anne focuses on tech enabled/health services portfolio companies of venture capital and private equity firms.  

Mary Anne’s experience includes leading business development and client engage­ment for health plan/emerging markets at Healthways and Axia Health Management, a well-being improvement company best known for its SilverSneakers Fitness Pro­gram. Axia began as a startup and was later successfully sold to Healthways for $450 million. She also led business development for Caremark, a company that grew from a start-up physician practice management business to a billion dollars in revenue in four years. Prior to Caremark, Mary Anne was general manager for a $300 million division of Baxter International. She is also a former executive of American Hospital Supply and Univita Health.  She currently serves as a board observer for Linkwell Health.

Mary Anne is Chair of the Membership Committee of WBL, a non-profit organization for women leading executive teams crossing the silos of insurance, hospitals, life sciences and specialty healthcare organizations.

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Jodi Hubler, Managing Director, Lemhi Ventures
Moderator - Breaking Through to the Boardroom: Advice From Non-Traditional Board Candidates

Jodi Hubler is the Managing Director of Lemhi Ventures, a health care services venture capital fund with $385M under management.  She is especially adept at leading and governing in industries facing transformative change. Her experience across global organizations and multi-industry domains, coupled with her deep health care industry experience, make her uniquely qualified to provide insightful advice to boards and executive teams committed to creating significant value for stakeholders. She is widely recognized for her keen insight, direct approach, and skillful stewardship of organizations from incubated start-ups to multi-billion-dollar corporations.

Over her 25-plus-year career, she has held executive positions in a variety of public and private companies, including a lead role in global human resource re-engineering efforts for Cargill; driving systems to instill lean manufacturing and process change for a $2B division of Alcoa; and start-up experience with venture-backed Definity Health, where she served as chief people officer. 

Jodi currently serves on the boards of Lemhi Ventures portfolio companies Bind On-Demand Health Insurance and Digital Reasoning and serves as Chair of Recondo Technology. She also serves on the non-profit boards of CaringBridge as Vice Chair and Medical Alley Association and privately held Central Logic.  Jodi previously served as a director or chair of nine additional Lemhi portfolio companies over the last decade. She is a frequent and seasoned speaker and conference panelist.  Jodi is a member of the Healthcare Executives Leadership Network and Women Business Leaders Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, with a B.A. in Administration and a M.A. in Industrial Relations.

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Dawn Bir, Chief Commercial Officer, Reata Pharmaceuticals
Panelist - Breaking Through to the Boardroom: Advice From Non-Traditional Board Candidates

As a start-up biotechnology leader and member of the Executive Team, my experience and strengths have lead to my success as a business owner and people leader.  I’ve built and lead commercial teams within Neurodegenerative diseases, Oncology, Hematology, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary Medicine, Rare Disease and Dermatology.

My greatest strengths include mobilizing teams, creating alignment for execution, and quickly assessing all available information to make decisions best for both our business and our people. All of the above have lead to my ability to consistently deliver on or exceed our financial expectations.

My greatest professional accomplishment is building and leading a start-up biotech organization into a successful commercial company.  As Vice President of Sales, I hired and lead a world-class sales team that delivered a historical oncology/hematology launch.  In this capacity I established both brand and field direction and worked to develop many of the operating platforms needed to support a commercial organization. I presented to the Board of Directors and to major investors, and managed the field relationship with our US strategic partner, Johnson & Johnson. I now currently lead all global Commercial planning efforts as Chief Commercial Officer for REATA Pharmaceuticals. My responsibility includes all Marketing, Market Access, Operations and Sales strategy in preparation for our first launch.

Recently I was appointed to the Binghamton University Scientific Advisory Board to help guide their efforts in technology transfer, the creation of interdisciplinary research centers, and to facilitate funding for novel scientific discoveries.

My diverse exposure within the biotech industry has provided the following experiences:
·        Commercial Leadership, Biotech Start-up and Organizational Build
·        Investor Relations and Funding
·        Brand Positioning and Field Execution, Market Access Strategy
·        Trial design to maximize commercial potential
·        Financial Profitability (P&L Ownership)
·        Operations:  Drug Manufacturing & Packaging
·        Business Development, Acquisition due-diligence & divesture experience, M&A
·        Corporate Partnership/Relationship Management
·        Sales Forecasting, Performance, Field Impact Assessment, Quarterly Business Review, Incentive Compensation

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Deborah Daccord, Partner, Co-Chair Healthcare Transactions, Mintz Levin
Panelist - Breaking Through to the Boardroom: Advice From Non-Traditional Board Candidates

Deborah Daccord is a member (partner) in the Boston office of Mintz Levin.  She leads complex transactions and strategic growth strategies for leading health care providers and investors across the United States. At any given time, Deborah is engaged in leading a team of the firm’s transactional and regulatory lawyers on several large-scale deals. Her clients value her strategic thinking as well as her project management skills, from both a deal closure and cost perspective. Deborah also provides general counseling and strategic planning for both nonprofit and for-profit health care providers. She is consistently recognized by her peers and leading publications for excellence in health care law.

Deborah’s recent merger and acquisition activity includes acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, and strategic affiliations totaling in excess of one billion dollars. Her clients span the health care spectrum, including a Fortune 250 company that is a leading provider of kidney care and the country's largest operator of physician networks, post-acute care facilities, vision care providers, ambulatory surgery centers, radiology services providers, and behavioral health and addiction services providers.

Deborah is a member (and immediate past Chair) of the Board of Directors of Big Sister Boston. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Lasell Village, the nation’s first senior living community to require each resident to commit to a goal-oriented program of education. Deborah is also on the Board of Visitors for Fenway Health and a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (WBL).

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Mary Ann Christopher, VP, Clinical Operations and Transformation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Panelist - Breaking Through to the Boardroom: Advice From Non-Traditional Board Candidates

Mary Ann Christopher is a strategic health care executive and board member with an exceptional record of innovation and market expansion at leading payor and provider companies. An industry veteran with a passion for improving access to quality care, Mary Ann is a noted authority on transformational health care, value-based payment models and the social determinants of health. She has lead mergers, integrations and turnarounds at multibillion-dollar organizations, launched far-reaching community health initiatives and guided successful exits for healthcare startups. She inspires teams to innovate, rely on data and pivot quickly, and she’s provided crucial leadership on dozens of boards and commissions, including the boards of health care companies.

As a Vice President and Corporate Officer at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (2016-2019), Mary Ann led a broad expansion of services to fully leverage its role as the No. 1 private insurer in the state, including the development of a statewide payor/provider system to promote payment and practice integration. She built a consumer-driven and community-centric focus on care that delivered on the promise of the Triple Aim, and she designed nationally replicable, value-based models for Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and commercial lines of business. She also advised private equity firms investing in health innovation, individually and through her role at Horizon.

Earlier, Mary Ann was President and Chief Executive Officer of Visiting Nurse Service of New York (2012-2014) and Visiting Nurse Association Health Group of New Jersey (2001-2011), the largest community-based nonprofit home care and hospice organizations in the nation. In those roles, she launched federally qualified health centers, community-based long-term care, home-based primary care and community-based systems of care for people affected by substance use disorder and mental illness.

Mary Ann has served as a director on the boards of startup companies, universities, health plans, trade associations, hospitals, community-based behavioral health systems, and senior living corporations. She serves on the boards of private equity backed companies, Medbridge and RestorixHealth. She was a founding member of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, facilitating its merger with Rutgers University. She currently serves as a congressional appointee to the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice for the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Across her career, Mary Ann has developed a reputation for strategic ingenuity and fast action in the face of industry disruption. She combines a comprehensive understanding of regulation, operations, data and finance with an enthusiastic embrace of innovation and transformation. She demonstrates effectiveness in translating strategy into operational execution and mobilizes diverse stakeholders toward common goals.

Mary Ann has written extensively and appeared at hundreds of national health care conferences, including the World Congress Summit in Washington, DC, and the national conference for the Center to Advance Palliative Care. She has presented to international audiences on the topics of health care equity, access and financing. Mary Ann has received numerous honors and was included on NJBIZ’s list of the Best 50 Women in Business (2017), the Top 50 Most Powerful Health Care Leaders in New Jersey and was awarded the prestigious American Nurses Association Honorary Human Rights Award.

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Sharon Gabrielson, Global Business Solutions Chair, Mayo Clinic
Panelist - Breaking Through to the Boardroom: Advice From Non-Traditional Board Candidates

Ms. Gabrielson was recently elected Chair of Sharps Compliance Board of Directors and holds other board seats including Catasys, Strategic Partners, Inc. and Mayo Clinic Holding Company.

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Maureen Spivack, Senior Industry Advisor, New State Capital Partners and Board Chair, Community Health Accreditation Partner
Panelist - Breaking Through to the Boardroom: Advice From Non-Traditional Board Candidates

Maureen Spivack's 30 year investment banking career has focused on advising corporate executives and boards on the execution of strategic and financial transactions for publicly traded, privately held and not-for-profit healthcare companies, globally. The combination of her in-depth industry knowledge with expertise in finance, strategy, negotiation, and deal structuring has served to create significant value for stakeholders.

Ms. Spivack recently joined New State Capital Partners, after working at KPMG Corporate Finance. Prior to that Ms. Spivack was a Managing Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group of Morgan Keegan.  Previously, she was a Managing Director in the Global Healthcare Investment Banking Group of UBS.  Prior to UBS, Ms. Spivack spent eight years as Managing Director and Head of the Strategic Advisory Group within the Merrill Lynch Health Care Group.  Prior to Merrill Lynch, Ms. Spivack was a Partner at Ernst & Young, where she ran the National Health Care Corporate Finance practice for 10 years.

Tuesday Speakers

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Karen Gryga, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Dreamit Ventures
Speaker - How Startup Companies and Advisory Boards Can Advance Your Governance Goals

Karen Griffith Gryga is an experienced venture capitalist, investor and entrepreneur with over 25 years of startup and emerging growth company experience. Karen is Managing Director of Dreamit Funds for DreamIt. Karen is also co-founder of Dreamit Health and founder of the DreamIt Athena program which focuses on female founders. Karen has helped launch over 200 companies that have generated close to $2 billion in shareholder value. Karen has held over a dozen board roles on private companies including Synchronoss (Nasdaq: SNCR) and is currently on the boards of Tissue Analytics, the Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and the Please Touch Museum (Executive Committee, Governance Committee Chair and member of the Finance Committee). Karen is Co-President of Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and Co-founder of Wharton Women in Private Equity and Venture Capital. DreamIt is a leading venture fund and technology accelerator for entrepreneurs which has worked with and launched over 330 companies since 2008 including SeatGeek, HouseParty, LevelUp, Biomeme, Biobots, Tissue Analytics, Parsely, MindSnacks and Adaptly. Dreamit is the only growth accelerator designed for mature startups. Post-seed companies with product market fit, some revenue, or early traction are left with limited funding options and resources to scale before qualifying for today's "super-sized" A rounds. We put our companies in front of customers, key strategic partners to drive pilot programs and distribution before we match them with larger venture funds and investor groups to raise follow-on funding. The DreamIt Fund focuses primarily on the follow on investments of DreamIt companies exhibiting strong growth and traction. Dreamit Fund has been named as one of the Top 30 venture capital firms in the United States. We are also one of the most active early stage healthcare investors in the country.

Karen was Co-Founder and CEO of FashInvest, an initiative focused on emerging growth entrepreneurs within Branded Goods, Fashion, Fashion Tech and Retail. The goal of FashInvest is to create a business platform focused on bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and industry executives to foster the growth and development of emerging growth enterprises within Branded Goods, Fashion and Retail. FashInvest is a media, events and advisory entity which was acquired by Penske Media Group. Karen was also Co-Founder of Lipstick Wisdom whose focus was on practical, actionable video-based day-to-day advice for moms with children with neurological challenges.

Prior to her entrepreneurial experience, Karen was a Founder and Partner of Liberty Venture Partners, a Philadelphia based venture fund established in 1997 with $150 million under management. Prior to Liberty, Karen was a Managing Director of Philadelphia Ventures Inc., a privately held venture capital management firm with a family of corporate and institutional limited partnerships exceeding $100 million of committed capital. Notable transactions included Synchronoss (Nasdaq: SNCR), InSoft, (acquired by Netscape), Liveprint.com (acquired by Kinkos), Cadis (acquired by Aspect Development) and WiseBear (acquired by Michael Milken).

Karen has also been Executive Director of MAG, The Mid-Atlantic Angel Group as well as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Context Capital Partners. Ms. Gryga is well known throughout the entrepreneurial community and was previously on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group for seven years and was Chairman of the group for the 1999-2000 term.

Ms. Gryga began her career at TRW Inc., a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, in their Federal Systems Division as a software developer. Ms. Gryga is a frequent speaker on the subject of venture capital and entrepreneurialism in both professional and academic communities. Karen holds a MBA in decision analysis from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (with Distinction). At the same time as Wharton, Karen obtained a Masters in Computer Science from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Anna Haghgooie, Managing Director, Sandbox Industries
Panelist - Working with Venture Capital and Equity Firms as Operating Partners and Directors to Add Value

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Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO, 2020 Women on Boards, CEO, Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search
Speaker - Negotiating the Opportunity

In January 2018, Betsy was named national CEO of the 501c3 nonprofit public awareness campaign called “2020 Women on Boards” dedicated to achieving at least 20% of all public company board seats held by women by the year 2020. Its website 2020WOB.com tracks the Russell 3000 Index companies in the U.S. citing how many women are on each board, if any. As of 2018, the national statistic is 17.7% of all board seats in the Russell 3000 are held by women; and one-fourth of all public companies don’t have any women directors.

Author of the book "The Board Game – How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors," with 10,000 copies in distribution nationally, Betsy explains how 58 women directors found their first board seats. For 17 years, Betsy chaired the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), a global nonprofit network of women serving on public and private boards. She is a frequent keynote speaker throughout the U.S.

Based in downtown Los Angeles, Betsy co-founded Berkhemer Clayton Inc. 25 years ago, specializing in senior management Communications, Marketing, Finance and Board searches for corporations, universities and large nonprofits. Client companies include Bank of America, GAP, Mattel, Toyota USA, Ross Stores, Southern California Gas Company, Sempra, Kaiser Permanente, Tournament of Roses, City of Hope, UCLA, USC, Chapman University, American Lung Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles, and more.

Since 2000, she has served on the statewide board of the National Association of Women Business Owners-California (NAWBO-CA), representing the issues and interests of 1.5 million women business owners in CA. She was on board of Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) for 25 years, and the advisory boards of Edison (SCE) and UCLA Medical Center.

Before going into retained executive search, Betsy built a major public relations agency in downtown Los Angeles which was acquired by global firm Golin/Harris based in Chicago. She's a graduate of UCLA. She lives in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles.