The 2016 Workplace of the Future Conference


7:45 am – 8:45 am

Networking Coffee

8:50 am – 9:50 am

Opening Keynote- Worktopia: Compelling Employees To Find Joy at Work

Robert Earley, President and CEO, JPS Health Network

When Robert Earley first joined JPS Health Network, a publicly funded health system in North Texas, employee engagement and satisfaction were low and patient satisfaction scores were dismal. So he changed things up – a lot! In his keynote speech, the audience can expect to learn:

  • - Strategies for creating a noticeably happier work culture
  • - Keys to identifying what employees don’t like about their workplace
  • - The three simple rules to promote joy at work

9:55 am – 10:55 am

Best Workplace Secrets: Tips from All-Stars

This panel will provide a peak behind the curtain at some of the organizations on Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work list. Company leaders will share their insights on creating standout workplace cultures and discuss what works and what to avoid.

Mike Cassling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CQuence Health Group

Brad D. McCall, CEO, Physicians Surgical Hospitals, L.L.C

Christy Whitney, President and CEO, HopeWest

(Moderator) Jaclyn Schiff, Editorial Programs Manager, Modern Healthcare

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Recruitment Revolution: From Outsourcing to Crowdsourcing

Attracting and hiring the right candidates is key to creating a desirable workplace. We've convened leading recruiters, healthcare executives and talent acquisition professionals to talk about how to find and attract a healthcare employee in a million.

Jena Abernathy, Managing Partner, Witt/Kieffer

Chris Karam, CEO of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System

Mary Gehr, Vice President, System Talent Acquisition/Human Resources, Ochsner Health System

(Moderator) Merrill Goozner, Editor, Modern Healthcare

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:05 pm – 2:05 pm

Creating a Strong Leadership Pipeline

How can organizations ensure they continue to thrive beyond leadership changes? This session will provide a nuts and bolts view of pioneering leadership development programs.

Carol Whittington, Senior Vice President, Ascension Leader Institute

Kathleen Gallo, Senior Vice President & Chief Learning Officer, Northwell Health

Mike Gentry, Senior Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sentara Healthcare

(Moderator) Fawn Lopez, Publisher and Vice-President, Modern Healthcare

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

From Competitors to Collaborators: Making Partnerships Work

Mergers and acquisitions have reached a fever pitch in healthcare. But what happens after the deal is announced and a partnership goes into effect? At the same time, organizational partnerships are increasingly popular requiring employees to work with diverse stakeholders. This session will explore how organizations can blend cultures and maximize employee satisfaction during times of transition.

LaVone Arthur, Chief Integration Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health

Teri Fontenot, President and CEO, Woman's Hospital

David T. Vandewater, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ardent Health Services

(Moderator) Merrill Goozner, Editor, Modern Healthcare

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

What's Age Got to Do With It? Multi-Generations
in the Real World

Many factors can create a clash in the workplace, and generational differences can be one source of misunderstanding and tension. This dynamic father-daughter team will present research insights on what different generations seek at work and how employers can best respond.

Closing Keynote

Amelie Karam, Millennial Specialist

Chris Karam, CEO of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System