2020 Session Curriculum


Session 1: The Look and Feel of a Leader

Opening session includes introduction and goals, presentation on the “Look and Feel of a Leader” featuring the HEN Board Chair and representatives from GLI.


Session 2: Leveraging Industry Expertise to Fill the Business Attraction Pipeline

Presentation from John Launius, acting vice president of Regional Economic Development at Greater Louisville, Inc., (GLI) exploring talent attraction and retention.  From nursing careers to tech jobs – Louisville’s job market is expanding rapidly, especially in the healthcare industry. Launius said that there are over 4,100 health-related organizations, over 124,000 health-related jobs with over $90 billion in annual revenue. Nine of the region’s top 25 companies are health related. Launius shared information about Live in Lou, GLI’s four-year talent attraction and retention initiative, and the GLI partnership with The Academies of Louisville, a program connecting high schools to business and community partners. The Academy model aligns education and workforce development needs to better prepare students for postsecondary and career success.


Session 3: Humana’s Population Health (Bold Goal) Strategy

Presentation from Angie Wolff, director of Office of Population Health/Bold Goal and Abbie Gilbert, corporate strategy lead and chief medical officer at Humana, Inc., who discussed Humana’s Bold Goal. Humana’s Bold Goal is a program that addresses the needs of the whole person and co-creates solutions to address social determinants and the health-related social needs for their members and communities.


Session 4: Managing Today’s Workforce: Why Your Employees Leave and How to Keep Them Longer

Presentation from Cara Silletto, president and Chief Retention Officer at Magnet Culture, a Crescendo Strategies Company, exploring how to reduce unnecessary employee turnover.  Silletto discussed COVID-19 specific challenges, such as engaging new hires who are working from home and gaining trust from furloughed employees after they return to work. Silletto also discussed bridging generational gaps and making managers more effective in their roles.


Session 5: Environmental and Occupational Medicine in a Post-Covid-19 world

Presentations by Ted Smith, deputy director at the Christine Lee Brown Envirome Institute and Associate Professor, Environmental Medicine at University of Louisville School of Medicine. Smith provided an overview of the origins and current applications of environmental medicine and why this approach has been particularly important in 2020. He described two major contrasting projects of the Envirome Institute here in Louisville: The Green Heart Project and the Co-Immunity Project to illustrate the importance of not just the social determinants of health – but all of the environmental determinants of health.


Session 6: Fueling Regional Growth: A Global Distribution Hub in Louisville’s Backyard

Presentation from Warren Olson, vice president of Healthcare Distribution Operations at UPS, who is responsible for the distribution operations for 54 pharmaceutical, medical device and invitro diagnostics companies operating across 2.5 million square feet of healthcare compliant space.  UPS Healthcare has been helping healthcare companies make their operations more precise, productive, scalable and smart for nearly 20 years. The team of over 5,000 healthcare logistics professionals and technology-enabled global network helps growth-minded companies with inventory planning, specialized storage and fulfillment, multimodal transportation and customs compliance.


Session 7: Louisville’s Healthcare Sector: Insights from Healthcare Leaders

Roundtable discussion moderated by Ben Keeton, publisher of IGE Media. Panelists included Michael Bryant, executive VP and Chief Administration Officer at Trilogy Health Services, Michael Dees, CEO of BluMine Health and Andrew Steen, director of Strategic Marketing at BehaVR. The panelists discussed how their companies started, lessons learned along the way, who their partners are in the healthcare ecosystem and how the community can support the growth of companies.


Session 8: Louisville Healthcare CEO Council: Aging Care and Innovation

Presentation by Tammy York Day, president and CEO of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (LHCC), and Randall Bufford, Chairman of Trilogy Health Services, about aging care and innovation.  The LHCC is comprised of the top 12 healthcare companies headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The CEOs who make up the LHCC board of directors organized the council to leverage the strengths and assets of their organizations to solve important national healthcare problems that extend beyond the scope of any one single member company. With its representation of healthcare entities across the entire continuum of care, LHCC capitalizes on its sector strength to identify healthcare gaps and connect innovators with capital and customers.


Session 9: Culture and Workforce Management

Russ Cox, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare, discussed his views on positive culture and workforce management. The session also included project report-outs from Craig Long of Team AARP, Holly Symonds Clark and Jill Gaines from Team KNA and Aleah Schutze from Team Alzheimer’s.


Session 10: Closing Session

Fellows celebrated the conclusion of the program with a virtual happy hour celebration, “Vino Amore: Fun with Italian wine & food.”