Last Year's Agenda

June 14, 2021

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM ET

Opening Remarks

Ellen Wofford, Managing Director  

Conference Chair:
Ana Handshuh, Principal
CAT5 Strategies




10:05AM – 10:45AM ET

Keynote Address

Jennifer Ford, MBA, PMP, Director of Product Effectiveness
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

Join the conversation with Director Ford as she shares her experience balancing a demanding career with a busy personal life, returning to work after taking a break, and starting the Office of Product of Effectiveness at the largest health care system in the US. She will also discuss how to create a culture of accountability and her experience working as a woman in leadership within Veterans Affairs. 

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM EST


11:00 AM – 11:45 AM ET

Coaching and Mentorship – From Concept to Practice

  • Establish and maintain successful mentor/mentee relationships  
  • As a leader, learn how to create an environment that encourages mentorship and coaching  
  • Discuss how to advocate for yourself, while creating space at the table and opportunities for others  
  • Enlist allies and champions to help you understand your work chart, subculture, and tools to successfully navigate your corporate environment  

Colleen Gianatasio, Lead, Field Programs, Risk Adjustment
Devoted Health

Karin Vanzant, MPA, VP National SDOH Strategy

Practice Integrity

Jacob Swartzwelder, CPC, CRC, CEMC, Managing Director
Compliant Approach Partners, LLC


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM ET

Networking Luncheon

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Cultivating Success as a Woman in Health Care

  • Create a corporate culture that supports and empowers women  
  • Leverage your network to find and invest in the right professional relationships 
  • Hear best practices for taking accountability for your thoughts and actions 
  • Takeaway key tactics to help you believe in yourself and affirm your self-worth  
  • Explore your unique strengths to find your voice 

Kelsey Stevens, FSA, MAAA, MBA, Director & Senior Consulting Actuary  
Wakely Consulting Group

Jessica Lerner, President and Chief Executive Officer
Community Care Plan (CCP)


2:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET


2:15 PM - 3:00 PM ET

The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

  • Improve performance, accountability, and foster a learning environment with constructive feedback  
  • Learn how to solicit feedback, and turn sporadic advice into coaching relationships  
  • Support, motivate, and focus on future-oriented conversations with feedforward  
  • Discuss how to navigate and take into consideration diverse backgrounds when giving/receiving feedback  

Ana Handshuh, Principal
CAT5 Strategies

Deb Curry, MBA, RHIA, CCS-P, CRC, Manager, Risk Adjustment 

Marisa Smith, Senior Director, Strategic Operations

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM ET

The Magic of Authenticity at the Workplace

  • Discover your core values as a leader to better connect with your team and develop a sense of belonging  
  • Foster an environment that allows for risk taking and avoids conformity  
  • Learn how to draw and accept authenticity in others  
  • Utilize authenticity to find your own career path  
  • Embrace vulnerability as a powerful leadership tool  

Rajshri Ravi, Head of Product 

Colleen Gianatasio, Lead, Field Programs, Risk Adjustment 
Devoted Health 

Tejaswita Karve, Ph.D., Director, Quality Improvement
Johns Hopkins HealthCare


4:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET


4:15 PM - 5:30 PM ET

Leading Powerful Conversations

Join Dale Klein, a communication expert with extensive experience in the health care industry, as she uncovers the secrets of leading meaningful dialogs whether they are in person, virtual, one-on-one, or in group settings. You will walk away with: 

  • Tools to create an environment that ignites innovation and avoids “group think” or “follow the leader” responses  
  • Best practices for public speaking in live or virtual settings  
  • Tips for approaching difficult topics – how to ask thought provoking questions and lead meaningful discussions  

Dale G. Klein, M.A., Corporate Communication & Speech Specialist 
Profitable Speech, LLC 

5:30PM - 6:15PM ET
Networking Reception

June 15, 2021

9:00AM - 10:00AM ET
Networking Breakfast

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM ET

Welcome Remarks and Day One Takeaways

Conference Chair:
Ana Handshuh, Principal
CAT5 Strategies

10:10 AM – 10:45 AM ET

Keynote Address

Alissa Hsu Lynch, Global Leader, MedTech Strategy and Solutions
Google Cloud

With over 20 years of global MedTech (B2B) and Consumer Goods (B2C) experience, Alissa will share her views on the role of technology in transforming health care, discuss her career trajectory, and earned success working in a male-dominated field. Alissa will talk about her leadership style and tips on how to navigate tough problems with strategy and structure.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM EST


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM ET

Strategies to Enhance Your Negotiating and Influencing Skills

  • Learn how to position your priorities and goals to get the most buy-in  
  • Leading teams: discuss assertiveness and influencing to impact outcomes  
  • Taking diversity of backgrounds, cultural barriers, opinions, and personalities into consideration when presenting your case  
  • Hot topic: addressing and eliminating the salary gap during a pandemic  

Judy Hoberman, Coach and Trainer 
Author of “Walking on the Glass Floor” and “Selling in a Skirt”

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM ET
Networking Luncheon

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Continue the Conversation: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Health Care


  • Discuss the cultural shift that acknowledges and addresses divisiveness, and setting the tone from the top for a more inclusive workplace  
  • Hire, promote, and manage diverse teams that reflect your client population  
  • Hot topic: leading your team through social justice and emotional fatigue dialogs  
  • Address the challenges of generational gaps and diverse background, and their effect in your leadership style  
  • Diversity of thought: it begins with the head and heart  

Dana C Beckton, Chief Diversity Officer 
Sentara Healthcare 

Phillip Anderson, Executive Director – Diversity & Inclusion + CSR

Jackie Smith, Principal/Owner 
Reflections on Learning 


1:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET

1:45 PM - 2:25 PM ET

Corporate Boards: Securing Your Seat at the Table

  • Learn steps needed to prepare yourself to be a part of your first board  
  • Leverage your network, experience, and strengths to find and keep your seat at the table   
  • Gain strategies to stand out and create a unique edge in this competitive environment  

Dr. Shannon Decker, M.Ed., MBA, PhD., Vice President, Clinical Performance
Brown & Toland

Teresa Winslow, Founder
Winslow Group

Barbara Ryan, Founder
Fabulous Pharma Females

Janet S. Wong, CPA
Independent Board Director and Advisor

2:25 PM - 2:35 PM ET

2:35 PM - 3:15 PM ET

Emotional Intelligence and Leading through Chaos

  • Manage, engage, and connect in virtual environments and remote workforce  
  • Discuss how to lead in complex situations and act effetely through change  
  • Establish clear expectations for yourself and your team amidst unpredictable circumstances 
  • Recognizyour biases and how that is affecting the way you lead in this new normal 
  • Hot topic: how to mobilize the next generation to lead? 

Bahar Sedarati M.D, Lead Medical Director, Clinical Performance & Operation, Pacific Desert Region

3:15 PM - 3:25 PM ET

3:25 PM - 4:30 PM ET

What is your Destination? Develop your Action and Execution Plan

Create a feasible roadmap by joining Dr. Baro in this year’s closing session to develop your action plan from the conference’s key takeaways. She will walk you through the steps to help identify your top priorities, execute, and stay in momentum in the next few months—whether you are looking to advance your career, integrate life and work more gracefully, or impact your organization’s culture. This is your opportunity to take what you learned at the conference and apply it in your everyday life to get the results you are looking for.  

Dr. Ginny A. Baro 
#1 Bestselling Author “Fearless Women at Work” 
Executive Coaching 
Career Strategy


4:30 PM - 4:35 PM ET

Closing Remarks

Conference Chair:
Ana Handshuh, Principal
CAT5 Strategies