2018 WBL Board Program In-Person Program Agenda

Monday, July 23, 2018

1:00 PM - 1:05 PM - Welcome

Speaker: Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green

1:05 PM - 1:50 PM - What is your value proposition to boards as a healthcare executive?

Moderator: Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green
Teri Fontenot, Board Member, Amerisafe (NASDAQ: AMSF), American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Association Health Forum; Board Chair, Louisiana Hospital Association Professional and General Liability Insurance Funds; Former Board Member, The Baton Rouge Water Company
Denise Gonick, CEO, MVP Health Care and Board Member, Chemung Canal Trust Company (NASDAQ: CHMG), Business Council of New York State, New York Health Plan Association
Health reform, health insurance, and the health of a company’s employees are concerns at the forefront of every business… after all, how these issues are managed can make or break a company.  And, as a highly regulated industry, health care executives know all about dealing with the government, regulations, and managing customer interests while managing business interests.  But, while most boards of directors include “slots” for those knowledgeable about finance, IT, and risk management, they don’t always think to include health care expertise. Learn from the experiences of two health care leaders who serve on non-health care related boards.  Hear how they've been a value-add, what from their health care expertise has been most helpful, and discover how their health care backgrounds have been their secret weapons. 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Workshop: Developing your elevator pitch for board service

Speaker: Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors
We’re told if we want a board seat, we need to network, network, network. Do you know how to start the conversation?  In this fast-paced, information-overloaded, multimedia society, we have little time to capture interest and differentiate ourselves as someone who can join a board as an impact player.  In this workshop, you’ll learn the language of board service and how to demonstrate your credibility as a candidate when authentic relationships count.  We’ll share how to uncover your unique value, tell your story, and network with confidence.

Following the break, the session will provide attendees an opportunity to consider how best to make the ask, stay top of mind, and even how to use WBL to network and hold these important conversations. 

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Break

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM - Making the ask: keeping yourself front and center and top of mind

Speakers: Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - How to strategically consider and accept board roles

Moderator: Laca Wong-Hammond, Managing Director, Healthcare M&A, Duff & Phelps, LLC
Leslie Norwalk, Board Member, NuVasive, Press Ganey, Endologix, Abode Healthcare, GWU Medical Faculty Associates, HealthPlan One, STARUS Medical Group
After considering your own value proposition, it’s also important to consider the value of a board opportunity to you.  Why is board service worth your time, and how do you go about determining which opportunities to pursue and which ones to walk away from. With board relationships being a long-term commitment, it is more important than ever to find board roles that are the right fit for you. Learn more about how to locate, select, and accept (or decline) these opportunities from Leslie Norwalk, a WBL member who serves on many boards of directors.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Reception & Dinner, sponsored by New Mountain Capital

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM - Breakfast

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM - Welcome & Overview of the Day

Speaker: Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - How startups and early stage companies can help advance your governance goals

Speaker: Kerry Rupp, General Partner, True Wealth Ventures and Board Member, Texas 4000 for Cancer
For many, being on a board may be the first significant time spent advising a company that is not also their employer. Observing from the outside. Learning about playing a role where advice is given, but you are not involved in the execution. Staying out of the weeds while asking the right questions. Managing your own reputation and relationships with fellow board members.   

A great way to get your feet wet in an advisory capacity is to work with small businesses and startups that have much to learn from senior executives like yourself. Learn from our speaker, who runs a very successful health accelerator/incubator, about the exciting opportunities to support her companies as mentors and advisors. Reach out, meet new people, expand your network, and share your wisdom.  It may result in a board seat, or you may even be offered a board seat and not want one, but at a minimum, you'll get hands-on experience advising, insight into a different company atmosphere, and get to know a new set of people who are familiar with you and your talents.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Getting on the radar of growth equity boards: what do they look for in independent candidates and advisors?

Moderator: Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors
Dusty Lieb, Board Director, lifeIMAGE, FastMed, and Phreesia
Steve Sellers, Growth Partner, Frontier Capital
Terry Woodward, President, Healthcare Private Equity Association and Director, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Private companies are the perfect way to get experience serving on a board of directors. But, where do the growth equity firms look for candidates?  At what stages do they consider independent directors, and what skill sets are the most sought-after? Gain insights from a panel of men and women at growth equity firms in the health care space who are in the business of locating independent board members, and see what it would take to get yourself on their radar screen. This 50 minute panel will include several leaders from growth equity firms and will focus on: 

  • Where do growth equity firms look for candidates?

  • At what stages are independent directors considered?

  • What skill sets are the most sought-after from outside candidates?

  • What skill sets do most of the non-independent directors already have?

  • What would you suggest to establish a reputation with firms like yours in order to be considered for independent seats?

  • What happens to your board seat when changes happen with the company (acquisition, IPO, etc)?

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Break

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM - Cracking private equity boards: How to build win-win relationships with PE firms

Speakers: Andre Moura, Managing Director, New Mountain Capital
Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green
How do large private equity firms work with independent directors to add value to their boards?  In this session, you will hear more about how independent directors and PE firms collaborate.  At what stage in the investment are independent directors invited to join the boards of portfolio companies, and how do private equity firms establish relationships with the individuals who could be considered for these seats?  Are there particular candidate backgrounds that are needed now more than ever on the boards of their holdings? This session will provide an interesting and informative look at the role independent directors can play in helping large PE firms grow and support their portfolio. 

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM - Break

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM - Candidate Exchange with Speakers and Search Firms

During this session, you will meet with fellow executives and current board members in a face-to-face setting. This candidate exchange is your chance to get to know sitting board members and share your unique value proposition as a board candidate. To facilitate a dynamic discussion about board service, WBL has pre-assigned networking groups based on your experience and interests and will provide a list of relevant questions related to board service. 

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM - Lunch

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM - Locating and securing public board opportunities

Moderator: Mary Flipse, SVP, Chief Legal & Administrative Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Tivity Health
Adele Gulfo, Chief of Commercial Development, Roivant Sciences, Inc. and Board Member, Bemis, Inc. (NYSE: BMS)
Denise Jackson, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare and Board Member, Tractor Supply Company
Linda Rebrovick, CEO & President, Integrated Healing Technologies, LLC and Board Member, HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM)
Nearly all board opportunities – more than 85% of openings -- are found through networking.  This even applies when it comes to large public boards! This panel offers a chance to meet women who have made the leap -- members of public boards -- and learn from them in the best way possible: by hearing the stories of how they located their opportunities. Even if you have the right experience, finding a board seat like this can still be largely serendipity. So, this session will provide case studies where our panelists will: 

  • Share the story of how they networked and connected the dots with contacts and friends to achieve their first major board role

  • Discuss surprising ways that connections can lead to opportunities (either through their own experience or experiences of others they have witnessed)

  • Reveal different backgrounds that their boards have sought in filling other openings

  • Share ways that they have seen other members network their way to a board role

  • Highlight inadvertent actions that may sabotage the chances of receiving an invitation.

2:20 PM - 3:05 PM - Non-profit boards: stepping stone or final destination?

Moderator: Jill Schwieters, Founder & President, Cielo Healthcare
Panelists: Anne McGeorge, Operating Partner, Havencrest Healthcare Partners and Board Chair, Be The Match
Joyce A. Murphy, Executive Vice Chancellor, Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School and Board Chair, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Maureen Spivack, Senior Industry Advisor, New State Capital Partners and Board Chair, Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP)
In health care, non-profit organizations represent some of the integral, core parts of our industry. Accrediting organizations, charities, and major health plans and health systems are among the non-profit organizations that comprise the healthcare ecosystem, and they offer opportunities to serve on a significant board. For many, serving as a board member for these organizations is a career goal. Whether you view these types of roles as a stepping stone to something larger or your final boardroom destination, learn from our panel – a board member of a major charitable organization, a board member of a major health system, and a board member of a major accrediting organization – about how they found these board seats, what they are gaining from them, and the challenges and opportunities that they present.

3:05 PM - 3:20 PM - Break

3:20 PM - 3:55 PM - Putting the right foot forward: Politics of the first meeting

Speakers: Archelle Georgiou, Board Member, Tivity Health
Mary Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council and Former Board Member, TEAMHealth, Duquesne University
Once you accept a board opportunity, the process has only just begun. How do you approach the first meeting – making a good impression and building relationships with your new colleagues? How do you set the right tone for the long-term relationship you are about to embark on with a new board?   Hear from seasoned board members Archelle Georgiou and Mary Grealy and sit in on a “conversation” as they discuss the politics of being a successful new board member. They’ll discuss their experiences as boardroom newcomers, how they’ve brought others along, developing relationships and setting the right tone with company leadership, being effective, and their approaches to committee roles and board leadership.

3:55 PM - 4:40 PM - Is the public or private company experience better for you?

Moderator: Nancy Falls, CEO, The Concinnity Company; Board Member, Agrin Health, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Former Board Member, Avenue Bank (NASDAQ: AVNV)
Jan Berger, President & CEO, Health Intelligence Partners; Board Vice Chair, GNS Healthcare; Board Chair, AccentCare; Board Member, Cambia Health Solutions, Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRHC)
Peter Grua, Partner, HLM Ventures; Board Member, Ampersand Health, Linkwell Health, MedOptions, Oceans Healthcare, OnShift; Former Board Member, The Advisory Board Company
Join board members Peter Grua, Partner, HLM Venture Partners (board member, Ampersand Health, Linkwell Health, MedOptions and former director, Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) and Jan Berger, CEO of Health Intelligence Partners (board member, Cambia Health Solutions, GNS Healthcare, and Tabula Rasa (NASDAQ: TRHC)) for an honest discussion of the real experience of serving on public vs private boards.  Learn from the opportunities and challenges that Peter and Jan have encountered in their various roles, and walk away with an idea of what you should expect from a board role and what that board will expect from you.  The discussion will be moderated by governance expert and fellow public and private company board veteran Nancy Falls, CEO of The Concinnity Company, a software company that provides boards of directors and C-suites with the technology and best practices.

4:40 PM - 4:45 PM - Program Close


*All session times, speakers, topics, and descriptions are subject to change.