Kathleen Sebelius, 21st U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, announced as opening keynote for Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference

Nashville, Tenn. – Kathleen Sebelius, 21st U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, will deliver the opening keynote presentation at Modern Healthcare's 5th annual Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference Aug. 20 in Nashville, Tenn. Sebelius, a nationally recognized expert on health policy and leadership, led HHS during the historic passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Patricia Maryland, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Health, will be the closing keynote speaker, Modern Healthcare announced.

“We're honored to have Kathleen Sebelius as the opening keynote speaker for this event,” said Fawn Lopez, publisher of Modern Healthcare. “Her experience and accomplishments coupled with the obstacles she overcame in her roles as the governor of Kansas and most recently, as the secretary of Health and Human Services are truly inspirational.”

The full-day conference is designed for women professionals in healthcare and offers unique learning opportunities and networking for the women leaders of today and tomorrow.

“What's unique about our Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference is the format, which allows for rich presenter-attendee interaction and sharing of best practices,” said Maureen McKinney, Modern Healthcare's editorial programs manager, “We're fortunate to have these extraordinary women anchoring the conference as our opening and closing keynote speakers.”

The day's agenda also includes panel discussions on critical topics, such as how to help more women reach top leadership positions, and how to lead in a transforming healthcare system.

To learn more about Modern Healthcare's Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference, visit

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