Plenary Sessions

Tuesday Plenary Session


Fawn Lopez
Publisher & Vice President, Modern Healthcare

Leading through Values: From Lessons of the Pandemic to Leadership Shifts for the Next Normal

The Covid-19 pandemic put a spotlight on our strength and capacity to lead through an unprecedented crisis and into the next normal.  A new brand of leader has emerged to tackle the trends poised to reshape healthcare—from virtual care, remote medicine, and hospital at home, to quality, access and closing  the health gaps of race, gender, and income.  Healthcare leaders are primed to tap into a re-invigorated set of traits and skills—from consistent, reliable, fact-focused communication, empathy, and humility, to flexibility, agility, adaptability, and resilience.  

About Fawn Lopez:
Fawn Lopez is Publisher of Modern Healthcare and Vice President of Crain Communications, a position she has held since February 2005. As the industry's leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information, Modern Healthcare serves the needs of top healthcare executives by reporting on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen. In her role as publisher, Ms. Lopez oversees the editorial, sales and marketing, digital, and audience development associates who together power the Modern Healthcare media brand. Under her leadership, Modern Healthcare has grown from a weekly publication to a robust content platform including a website, several e-newsletters, data, and analytics, and by hosting a dozen annual events and conferences across the country. Modern Healthcare has also won numerous national awards for editorial excellence under her leadership. Ms. Lopez has a passion for developing diverse leaders at all levels in her organization. Throughout her career, she is a champion and advocate for advancing diversity and inclusion in healthcare. During her first year as publisher of Modern Healthcare, Ms. Lopez introduced the first ever Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare list and the inaugural Top 25 Minority Leaders list the following year, in 2006. Over the last 15 years, Modern Healthcare has recognized hundreds of woman and minority leaders who have made significant impact and contributions to the healthcare industry.

Wednesday Plenary Session


Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA
President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences

Lessons from The Long Fix: Leading the Transformation to Value

The US health care system costs two to three times as much as other high income nations and yet health outcomes in the country fall short. The transformation to rewarding and delivering better outcomes at lower costs is a journey the US has embarked on that needs to be accelerated. Dr. Lee will discuss the lessons from her recent, highly acclaimed book, The Long Fix: Solving America's Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone that includes the roles of digital health to engage people in the co-production of their health, tools for leading health system transformation, and lessons for payers, including employers.

About Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA:
Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, is President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company whose mission is to apply digital solutions that enable people enjoy healthier lives. A passionate champion of improving health in the U.S. and worldwide, she works closely with Verily’s clinical and engineering teams to develop products and platforms that support the successful transformation of health systems to value and advance the co-production of health with patients, their caregivers, and communities. She also serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In 2019, she was ranked #11 among the Most Influential People in Healthcare (Modern Healthcare). She is the author of the acclaimed book, The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone (Norton, 2020).

Thursday Plenary Session


Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD
Dean of the George Washington University Law School

Realizing True Health Equity- An Equal Opportunity To Be Healthy For All

The third Principle of Medical Ethics states "a physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interests of the patient." This presentation will posit that inequality, and the laws that ensure inequality are the number one threat to patient health and well-being in America. Therefore, this presentation will argue that the most unappreciated responsibility of physicians is to participate in eradicating inequality under the law. The evidence to support this position will include morbidity and mortality data from the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus as well as our national track record for limiting its spread to date.  These data demonstrate  how important, even indispensable physicians and all members of the health professions are to realizing true health equity in our country.

About Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD:
A nationally recognized lawyer and legal scholar with three decades of industry and academic experience, Dean Matthew is the first woman to lead GW Law. An expert in health equity and public health policy with a passion for public service, Dean Matthew previously served as the University of Virginia Law School’s William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and the F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights. She was also a professor of public health sciences at the UVA School of Medicine and served as director of the Equity Center at UVA, which works to builds relationships between the university and its surrounding community to address racial and socioeconomic inequality. Prior to her tenure at UVA, she served as professor of law, vice dean and associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Colorado Law School and, before that, as professor of law and medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Friday Plenary Session


LaShyra “Lash” Nolen
Second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, student body president, the first documented Black woman to serve in this leadership role.

It's Never Too Early to Become an Agent for Change

In this presentation Lash Nolen—the first Black women to become student council president at Harvard Medical School, will draw on her experiences as a student leader to demonstrate the ways health professionals can create meaningful change for our communities through intentional leadership, social media, writing, and community activism.

About LaShyra “Lash” Nolen:
LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is a Los Angeles native deeply passionate about the concerns of underserved and marginalized communities. She graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with a B.S. in Health and Human Sciences. She then spent two gap years before starting medical school, the first as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain and the second as an AmeriCorps health educator in Chicago. Currently, she is a second-year student at Harvard Medical School where she is serving as student council president of her class, the first documented black woman to hold this leadership position. She is a published author and fervent advocate for social justice whose commentary has been published in the Boston Globe, New England Journal of Medicine, and HuffPost, among others. Lash is also a Foster Scholar in Health Policy, Advocacy, and Media at the MGH Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation and a co-host for the Clinical Problem Solvers Anti-Racism in Medicine podcast. Her work has earned her the honor of becoming the 2020 National Minority Quality Forum’s youngest “40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health” and named a “2020 Young Futurist” by The Root Magazine. In the future she plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy along with her medical degree to advocate for humane healthcare reform as a physician activist on national and international scales.