2019 Featured Speakers

Sam Baker

Deputy Health Care Editor, Axios

Sam Baker is the health care editor at Axios, focused on the intersection of politics, policy, business and tech. He has covered the politics and policy of health care in Washington for more than a decade, through every step of the Affordable Care Act. Sam worked at Inside Heath Policy, The Hill newspaper, and National Journal before coming to Axios.

Nathan Bays

Managing Director, Cain Brothers & Company, LLC

Nathan Bays is an experienced healthcare executive with extensive experience in health policy, investment banking, venture capital, and law, advising Leading Health Systems, early stage companies, and financial sponsors on health policy, strategy, and M&A. In addition to his advisory work as President of Bays & Co., he is a Venture Partner at LifeForce Capital, a health care investment firm.

Mr. Bays served as a Managing Director in the Health Systems M&A Group at Cain Brothers, advising health systems, physician groups, and health information technology and services companies on transactions, partnerships, and affiliations. Before joining Cain Brothers, Nathan was General Counsel and leader of the health policy and strategic advisory practices at The Health Management Academy, an organization that works exclusively with Leading Health Systems and their executive teams. Prior to joining The Health Management Academy, he served as legal counsel to hospitals, health systems, and corporate clients on transactional, regulatory, and policy matters.

Nathan is a frequent author and speaker on industry trends, strategy, the M&A landscape, and federal health policy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of UniteUs, Chairman of the Health Policy Council at The Health Management Academy, and a formal advisor to numerous health care IT and services companies.

Nathan received his juris doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Julie Brussow

Chief Executive Officer, Security Health Plan

Security Health Plan Chief Executive Officer Julie Brussow has a long string of achievements marking her 30+ year career in health insurance and health care. And with the wind of experience behind her, she is pushing for ideas and actions that stir innovation toward greater results in such areas as lowering the cost of care, and upending negative perceptions of health insurance by setting high service level expectations that her company delivers to its customers.

With Brussow at its helm since 2014, Security Health Plan has enhanced its suite of products and services, expanded its coverage to every county in Wisconsin, maintained consistently high quality ratings, and increased its revenue by 11.5 percent.

Conley Cervantes

Assistant Vice President of Integrated Care Networks, Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Conley Cervantes leads the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) strategy and innovation programs that are built around Tenet’s delivery network assets which today cover nearly 1M lives and have been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Top 100 ACOs in the nation. Conley has over 25 years of experience in the health care industry specializing in collaborative contracting strategies with the nations’ largest managed care payers. Prior to her current position, Conley held various roles within managed care at Tenet and its predecessor companies in California, Florida and Texas.

Eric Coleman, MD, MPH

Director of the National Care Transitions Program

Dr. Eric Coleman is an international leader in geriatric and chronic disease care whose work focuses on a problem in American health care that has been largely ignored: the many challenges that occur as patients transition from hospitals to post-acute care and to home. Working closely with patients and families, health care providers, and policymakers, Dr. Coleman is addressing system-wide deficiencies that too often result in subsequent poor patient outcomes and avoidable health care costs. Dr. Coleman was recognized with a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant” for his work in bridging innovation and practice through enhancing the role of patients and family caregivers in improving the quality of their care transitions.  Dr. Coleman serves as the Director of the National Care Transitions Program.

Eric Cragun

Partner, Population Health, Intermountain Healthcare

Eric Cragun is a Partner in Intermountain Healthcare’s Population Health department. In his role, Eric leads Intermountain’s efforts to improve performance in risk-based contracts with government payers. Programs include a Track 1+ MSSP ACO, bundled payments (BPCI-A and CJR), a Medicare Advantage plan, and a Medicaid ACO. In addition, Eric contributes to Intermountain’s thought leadership in national and state health policy discussions.

Prior to joining Intermountain, Eric spent a decade working at Advisory Board, a national health care consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. At Advisory Board, Eric led the firm’s health policy work, advising health care executives and policymakers on the strategic and operational impact of policy changes. Eric’s previous roles at Advisory Board included advising health care executives on service line strategy and information technology.

Before joining Advisory Board, Eric worked as a research assistant for the Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, DC. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Matt Eirich

Chief Growth Officer, Humana

Matt Eirich is Chief Growth Officer of Humana’s Care Delivery Organization, a wholly-owned primary care subsidiary of Humana, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for growing the Care Delivery Organization’s operating footprint and patient acquisition and retention. Prior to joining the Care Delivery Organization in February 2019, Matt was Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Venture at Humana. In this role, he oversaw the company’s annual strategic planning activities, ensuring alignment of vision, execution and resource allocation across the company as well as the company’s venture and direct investing activities. The Corporate Strategy team also partners with the executive team on enterprise-level projects to advance crucial strategic initiatives. He joined Humana in June 2015.

Prior to Humana, Matt spent the bulk of his career at The Advisory Board Company, a technology and consulting company serving over 3,000 health systems and physicians to improve operations, quality, and financial performance. During his time at the Advisory Board, Matt led the firm’s strategic research efforts to understand the implications of health care reform for providers. In his last role at the firm, he led accountable-care product development and growth planning, launching six technologies and service offerings to assist providers in succeeding under value-based care.

Matt holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Davidson College.

Christopher Loren Ewers

Filmmaker, ewers bros. productions

Co-Director and cinematographer Christopher Loren Ewers’ career behind the camera has spanned over 20 years. He studied cinematography at Boston University, photojournalism at the New England School of Photography and has traveled the world exploring the human experience through the lens. His eclectic work includes a variety of subjects, formats and collaborators. From renown documentarian Ken Burns and Florentine Films to national networks like NBC and PBS. From Fortune 500 brands like Apple, Coca-Cola, Vineyard Vines and IBM to nonprofit organizations like the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Clinton Global Initiative. However, it’s the unique mix of both film and journalism backgrounds that puts documentary filmmaking at the center of his work.

The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Sciencetells the story of a unique medical institution that has been called a “Medical Mecca,” the “Supreme Court of Medicine,” and the “place for hope where there is no hope.”

The Mayo Clinic began in 1883 as an unlikely partnership between the Sisters of Saint Francis and a country doctor named William Worrall Mayo after a devastating tornado in rural Minnesota. Since then, it has grown into an organization that treats more than a million patients a year from all 50 states and 150 countries.

Dr. Mayo had a simple philosophy he imparted to his sons Will and Charlie: “the needs of the patient come first.” They wouldn’t treat diseases…they would treat people. In a world where healthcare delivery is typically fragmented among individual specialties, the Mayo Clinic practices a multi-specialty, team-based approach that has, from its beginnings, created a culture that thrives on collaboration.

By combining the history of the institution with examples of its values in practice today, the film makes an important contribution to the critical discussions about the delivery of healthcare in America…and the world.

Executive produced by Ken Burns, The Mayo Clinic is a two-hour documentary produced and directed by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, produced by Julie Coffman, and written by David Blistein. 

Erik Ewers

Filmmaker, ewers bros. productions

Co-Director and editor Erik Ewers has worked with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for more than 27 years on almost all of his single and multi-episodic films, including Baseball, Jazz, Mark Twain, The War, Prohibition, The Roosevelts, and his recent critically acclaimed miniseries, Vietnam. He currently serves as Ken’s senior editor on his upcoming Country Music miniseries, and as co-director and editor of Ewers Brothers—which has become one of the “go-to” production companies that co-creates Ken’s documentary films. Erik has been nominated for more than 7 personal and program Emmy Awards, and consequently has won 1 editing Emmy Award and 3 program Emmys. Additionally, he has also earned 2 prestigious ACE Eddie Award nominations and 1 ACE win for “Best Edited Documentary of 2015.” By working in many other professional film roles, Erik is extremely knowledgeable and capable in all aspects of film—having served as music producer, writer, director, film producer, picture editor, sound effects, music and dialogue editor.

The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science tells the story of a unique medical institution that has been called a “Medical Mecca,” the “Supreme Court of Medicine,” and the “place for hope where there is no hope.”

The Mayo Clinic began in 1883 as an unlikely partnership between the Sisters of Saint Francis and a country doctor named William Worrall Mayo after a devastating tornado in rural Minnesota. Since then, it has grown into an organization that treats more than a million patients a year from all 50 states and 150 countries.

Dr. Mayo had a simple philosophy he imparted to his sons Will and Charlie: “the needs of the patient come first.” They wouldn’t treat diseases…they would treat people. In a world where healthcare delivery is typically fragmented among individual specialties, the Mayo Clinic practices a multi-specialty, team-based approach that has, from its beginnings, created a culture that thrives on collaboration.

By combining the history of the institution with examples of its values in practice today, the film makes an important contribution to the critical discussions about the delivery of healthcare in America…and the world.

Executive produced by Ken Burns, The Mayo Clinic is a two-hour documentary produced and directed by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, produced by Julie Coffman, and written by David Blistein. 

William H. Frist, MD

Former Senator

Senator William Frist, MD, is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures and chairman of the Executives Council of the health service investment firm Cressey & Company. He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.

As a U.S. Senator representing Tennessee from 1994 -2006 (the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928), Dr. Frist was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history. His leadership was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act that established Medicare Advantage and the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment globally to 20 million people.

Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford.  As the founder of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership.  He is board certified in both general and heart surgery.

As a leading authority on healthcare, Senator Frist speaks nationally on health reform, government policy, global health, and education reform. He is Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest non-hospice community-based palliative care company. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and three publicly-traded companies: AECOM, Select Medical, and Teladoc Health. He has served on the Audit Committees of AECOM and Select Medical and in the past chaired the Audit Committee of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. Senator Frist is one of only two individuals to rank in the top ten of each of the five inaugural Modern Healthcare Magazine annual surveys of the most influential people in healthcare in the United States.

Dr. Frist is married and has three sons and lives on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee.

Sam Hazen

Chief Executive Officer, HCA Healthcare

Sam Hazen is chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with 185 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. A $44 billion company, Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare and its 270,000 employees provide approximately five percent of all U.S. hospital services.

A 36-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Hazen was appointed CEO January 1, 2019 after serving as president and chief operating officer since 2016. Hazen has served in various senior positions for HCA Healthcare including president of operations from 2011-2015. Hazen has also served as president of HCA Healthcare’s Western Group, which included all operations west of the Mississippi River and represented approximately one-half of the company’s revenue.

Prior to 2001, Hazen was chief financial officer for the Western Group. Prior to 1995, he was chief financial officer for two different divisions in the company, overseeing operations in North Texas and various other markets. Hazen began his career in Humana’s Financial Management Specialist Program in 1983 and has held chief financial officer position at hospitals in Georgia and Las Vegas. 

Hazen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Health Care Council, Federation of American Hospitals, and the HCA Foundation.

Hazen earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Kentucky and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  He and his wife, Glenna, live in Nashville and have two sons, Luke and John.

Michael Leavitt

Former Governor of Utah and Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration

Mike Leavitt is the founder of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Mike served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.

Mike grew up in Cedar City, Utah, where his upbringing was rooted in the values of the American West, with its emphasis on hard work and common sense. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business while working in the insurance industry. In 1984, he became chief executive of The Leavitt Group, a family business that is now the nation’s second largest, privately held insurance brokerage.

In 1993, Mike was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, he administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees.

He led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The task required the design, systematization, and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. By the end of the first year, enrollments exceeded projections, prices were lower than projected, and seniors expressed high levels of satisfaction.

Mike’s strategic ability can be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported goods. In the spring of 2006, President Bush assigned him to lead a government-wide response. Within months, he commended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and trade.

A pattern of innovation runs throughout Mike’s career. When he was elected governor, Utah’s major freeway system was dangerously inadequate. Taking what some thought was a significant political and financial risk, Mike instigated a design-build system, creating cost and quality incentives between the state and its contractors. The project was finished in half the originally projected time and well under budget.

Mike is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 60,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”

Collaborator is a word that comes up repeatedly when one examines Mike’s background. His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.

Mike is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment, and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.

Mark Prather, MD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, DispatchHealth

Dr. Prather is the co-founder and CEO of DispatchHealth, a tech-enabled in-home acute care delivery platform. Prior to DispatchHealth, Dr. Prather served as the western President for US Acute Care Solutions, an outsourced acute care provider serving over 6,000,000 patients annually. Dr. Prather has a passion for clinical excellence, innovations in care delivery and health IT. Dr. Prather also served as Medical Director for the mobile health company, iTriage, and served on the board of directors of Colorado’s Health Information Exchange, CORHIO.

Monique Reese, DNP, ARNP, FNP, ACHPN

Senior Vice President, Home and Community Care, Highmark Health

Dr. Monique Reese is the senior vice president of home and community care for Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh-based national health and wellness organization and the second largest integrated delivery and financing system in America. Dr. Reese is responsible for leading the transformation of Highmark Health’s long-term post-acute strategy, including oversight of HM Home & Community Services and Allegheny Health Network Healthcare@Home.

A progressive health care executive with expertise in operations management, pre and post-acute strategies, clinical practice management, home health services, compliance, data analysis, quality assurance, patient care and services, financial management, and program development, Dr. Reese has extensive experience leading strategies focused on population health in both fee-for-service and value-based health environments. Prior to joining Highmark Health in 2018, Dr. Reese served as chief clinical officer for Sutter Health, overseeing Sutter Care at Home’s operations and clinical practice including the back-office areas of compliance, education, and quality. She was also the chief clinical officer for the ambulatory enterprise at UnityPoint Health, where she developed and implemented the pre and post-acute strategy. Dr. Reese implemented an evidence-based care coordination model, developed community-based strategies to care for populations in a value-based setting, and was a core executive team member of leading the system’s transformation to a person-centered, physician-led health system.

Dr. Reese is also a family nurse practitioner with a subspecialty in palliative care and hospice.  Her nursing background includes experience in family practice, community health, school nursing, post-secondary education, medical-surgical, orthopedics, palliative care and hospice.

Dr. Reese participates in a number of speaking engagements across the country, has written numerous articles, and is a published author. She has served on the Palliative Nurse Association (APN) Council and boards of directors for Empower Tanzania and Center for Advanced Practice Providers (CAP2). She also serves as co-chair for the Visiting Nurses Associations of America Clinical Leaders Interest Group. Dr. Reese is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, American Nurses Association of California, Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association, and American College of Health Care Executives.

In 2014, Dr. Reese was recognized as the National Association of Home Care Iowa Nurse of the Year and was also named a 100 Great Iowa Nurse. Having led the development of system-based palliative care programs, Dr. Reese was recognized with the Circle of Life Award in 2013 for innovation in palliative care and end of life from the American Hospital Association and 2016 Vanguard Award for innovative approaches to person-centered care from the California Hospital Quality Institute.

Dr. Reese has an associate degree in nursing from Des Moines Area Community College, as well as a Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa. In 2015, Dr. Reese was chosen as Duke Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellow and completed her fellowship in 2016.

George Renaudin

Senior Vice President, President of Retail East and Provider Experience, Humana

George Renaudin is Senior Vice President and President of Retail East and the Provider Experience. He oversees Market Business Operations, Market Clinical Operations, Product Development, Actuarial, Medicare Finance, Medicare Risk Adjustment, and Network and Sales Strategy for over 2.3 million Medicare members. In addition, George leads Humana’s nationwide Provider organization, inclusive of Humana Alliance Partners, value based solutions and provider contracting.

Previously, George served as Humana’s Vice President and Southern Division Leader for Senior Products, responsible for the company’s Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Long Term Care plans.

Prior to joining Humana in 1996, George served as Senior Vice President of Administration for Ochsner Health Plan (OHP). His responsibilities included Senior Products, eBusiness, HIPAA implementation, compliance, government, and legal affairs. George gained significant regulatory experience while serving as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, and as the commission’s Chief Health Reform Analyst, both on behalf of the Louisiana Department of Insurance. George was that department’s representative on the Louisiana Health Care Data Council, the Louisiana Health Insurance Association, and the Governor’s Commission on HIV and AIDS.

George served on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Transition Team. He was President of the Louisiana Association of Health Plans, and he was elected to the board of the Louisiana Health Care Alliance. In 2004, New Orleans City Business magazine selected George as one of the 40 under 40 members of the “Power Generation.”

An avid learner, George earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a master’s degree in Public Policy (with an emphasis in Medicare and health care policy) from Pennsylvania State University. He also is a Crowe Scholar and Cum Laude graduate of Loyola University Law School.

Ravi Sachdev

Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Mr. Sachdev joined CD&R in 2015. He plays a key role in the Firm’s investments in agilon health, naviHealth, Covetrus, Tranzact, and Healogics. Previously, he served as a Managing Director and Co-Head of Healthcare Services at J.P. Morgan, advising senior healthcare company executives on strategic initiatives, M&A, and capital markets. In that role, Mr. Sachdev advised on multiple transactions including the sale of Medco to Express Scripts, Vanguard to Tenet, Trizetto to Cognizant, and the IPOs of HealthEquity, SCA and IMS Health. He serves on the board of the Healthcare Private Equity Association. Mr. Sachdev received his B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Kristofer L. Smith, MD, MPP

Senior Vice President, Population Health Clinical Transformation

As Senior Vice President of Population Health, Clinical Transformation, Dr. Smith provides clinical and strategic leadership for all of Northwell’s population health activities.  He oversees Northwell’s care management organization, Health Solutions.   Prior to these roles he led system-wide care continuum initiatives in the post-acute setting as medical director for Post-Acute Care Services and he served as the Chief Medical Officer for CareConnect, Northwell’s former health insurance offering.

Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative care.  He maintains an active clinical practice as a house call physician in Northwell’s nationally recognized home-based primary care program.

Dr. Smith, an associate professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, has published papers on advanced care models for the frail elderly and has been a co-investigator on a number of grants investigating the outcomes of high-intensity primary care programs. He has been invited to give regional and national talks on health policy, the frail elderly and the intersection of payment reform and clinical redesign.

Dr. Smith has worked with regional and national associations such as the Greater New York Hospital Association, the American College of Physicians, Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care and the American Academy of Home Care Medicine on health care reform.  He is on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. He is the executive sponsor for a number of governmental demonstration projects including Medicare’s Independence at Home, Bundled Payment for Care Improvement and the New York State Health Home.

Dr. Smith graduated with a degree in sociology from Princeton University and received a Master of Public Policy in health policy from Harvard University, JFK School of Government. He received his Medical Degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.  Prior to joining Northwell he was an assistant professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an assistant program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Kate Welp, RN

Cardiac Surgery Care Unit, Mayo Clinic


Kate started at Mayo Clinic in 1978 as a high school junior. She worked in dietary, escort, and escort dispatcher. Kate then began her love for nursing as in orthopedic surgery as a surgical technologist until she completed nursing school in 1991. Kate started in cardiovascular surgery and has been there ever since.

Kate has been a charge RN, coordinating council member, preceptor and mentor. She has been a clinical instructor for the Rochester Community and Technical College. Kate has enjoyed all of her various nursing roles, including providing bedside nursing care.


Kate has been married since 1982. She and her husband have one daughter who is now 20 years old. She loves to do anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, and gardening in the summer and hiking or snow shoeing in the winter. Kate also loves to travel. In 2001 she co-founded the Hands for Humanity Foundation and travels to Ecuador about three times a year for the foundation.


Kate obtained her Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) certification in 2018.  She is a bronze certified as a Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow. In 2010, Kate was the first American to receive a merit award for her humanitarian work from the city of Portoviejo, Ecuador.


Kate shared one of her memorable nursing experiences. About 22 years ago when Kate arrived on the unit on day two of three days for her weekend shift, she learned that her assignment had been changed. She was already mentally prepared to care for her same patients from the day before. Now she had to switch gears. Kate’s new assignment consisted of a young man from Ecuador. She admitted to not knowing where Ecuador was or what language was spoken. Of course, the weekend went just fine and she really enjoyed caring for the patient and his family.

About a year later Kate found herself in Ecuador on her first mission trip. It was on that first trip, Kate reconnected with the patient and his family. It was through this family that she had the assistance needed to adopt her daughter, Maya. It would be easier for Kate to name the ways that the chance encounter has NOT changed her life, all of it for the better! Kate feels blessed every single day since that weekend assignment change so many years ago. She believes she was placed where she was needed that day.

Ronald A. Williams

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RW2 Enterprises

Ronald A. Williams is Chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises, LLC and is the former Chairman and CEO of health insurance giant Aetna Inc.

Mr. Williams now focuses his energy on private equity, values-based leadership and transformational change, and health care value creation.

Through his firm, RW2 Enterprises, Mr. Williams counsels C-Suite corporate executives on strategy and transformational leadership.  He is Operating Advisor to private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice and serves as Chairman of portfolio companies agilon health and naviHealth.  He is a Director of American Express, The Boeing Company and Johnson & Johnson. 

Mr. Williams became president and joined Aetna’s Board in 2002 (Aetna had a full year 2001 continuing operations loss of – $0.46 per share for a $292 million loss).  In 2006, he became chairman and CEO.  Under his leadership, Aetna was named FORTUNE’s most admired company in the Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care category for three consecutive years.  In 2011, the year he retired, Aetna had full-year operating earnings of $5.17 per share. The Market capitalization grew from $4.7 billion in 2001 to $15.3 billion in 2011 and the company ranked 77th on the Fortune 100 list.

Mr. Williams is a member of the MIT Corporation, vice chairman of The Conference Board, and a member of the President’s Circle of the National Academies.  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development.  He served on President Obama’s President’s Management Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017.

He is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bill Wulf, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Central Ohio Primary Care

Dr. Bill Wulf is the first physician Chief Executive Officer of COPC, assuming this position in 2013. Prior to this role, he served as the Corporate Medical Director of COPC for seven years. Bringing 30 years of medical and leadership experience, he was a leader among the founding physicians that helped establish COPC, Inc. in 1996. COPC has grown to over 400 physicians in 71 locations in central Ohio. Dr. Wulf previously operated a private practice in Columbus.

Dr. Wulf is a member of the COPC Executive Committee. He is also on the board of directors for The Health Collaborative of Central Ohio, The Ohio Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, agilon health, The Ohio Health Information Partnership and America’s Physician Group (APG).

As an internist, he received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo.