Symposium 2015 Inspiring Leadership

Inspiring Leadership


Over 300 people from across the country gathered in Ann Arbor for a weekend of celebrations in honor of Gail L. Warden, founding chair of the Griffith Leadership Center. An alumni and friends cocktail cocktail reception, dinner and evening of tributes took place on September 10, followed by a daylong symposium: Inspiring Leadership - Navigating Change - Pursuing Excellence symposium. Attendees were fortunate to hear from many notable national healthcare leaders as they each shared their vision for how to navigate change and achieve excellence in times of disruption. We would like to extend our gratitude to all of our generous sponsors and supporters, without whom this event could not have taken place.

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Over 300 friends, colleagues, faculty, alumni, and students gathered for a special evening in honor of Gail Warden, Founding Chair of the Griffith Leadership Center.

Wayne Lerner, Chair, Griffith Leadership Center Advisory Board and Master of Ceremonies.

Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation and GLC Advisory Board member with Olushola Samuel of Beaumont Health System: HMP alumni and friends.

Chris Allen, CEO of Authority Health and GLC Advisory Board member with Carol Allen, fellow HMP alumna.

Kyle Grazier, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

HMP students mixed with alumni, faculty and colleagues.

Students with HMP alumnus Amir​​ Dan Rubin, CEO of Stanford Health Care and member, GLC Advisory Board.

Peter Jacobson, Professor and Faculty Director, Griffith Leadership Center.

John Griffith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Management and Policy.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was the evening keynote speaker.

Gail Warden, event honoree, keynote speaker and Founding Chair, Griffith Leadership Center.

Steve Nelson, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement and member, GLC Advisory Board member.

Nicole Rubin, Founder and Principal, Impact Solutions.

Richard Umbdenstock, President and CEO, American Hospital Association and keynote speaker.

Richard Umbdenstock, Kyle Grazier and Stephen Shortell, Dean Emeritus, Berkeley School of Public Health.

Elizabeth McGlynn​​, Director, Kaiser Permanante Center for Effective & Safety Research.

Vinod (Vin) Sahney, University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity, Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan's First Surgeon General.

Jeff Selberg, Executive Director, Peterson Center on Healthcare.

Fawn Lopez, Publisher and Vice President, Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician.

Maureen Bisognano, President and Chief Executive Officer Institute for Healthcare Improvement and keynote speaker.

Jay Warden, Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, Hammes Company.

Peter Butler, President, Rush University Medical Center and GLC Advisory Board member.

Nancy Schlichting, CEO, Henry Ford Hospital System.

Janet Corrigan, Distinguished Fellow at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Nicole Rubin, Founder and Principal, Impact Solutions; Christy Lemak, Professor and Chair, Health Services Administration at UAB; Mark Rosenblum, Chair Emeritus, Department of Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Health System.

Keynote Presentations

Lavizzo-MoureyRisa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Building a Culture of Health in America

BisognanoMaureen Bisognano, MS
President and Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The culture of health and the triple aim, national and international challenges

UmbdenstockRichard Umbdenstock, MHSA, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Hospital Association
Leadership challenges in a changing healthcare delivery system

Gail WardenGail L. Warden, MHA
President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Henry Ford Health System, and
Professor of Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Founding Chair, Griffith Leadership Center
Thoughts and lessons from a lifetime of leadership

Letter to our friends

Dear alumni, students, friends and colleagues:

The University of Michigan's School of Public Health, the Department of Health Management and Policy (HMP), and the Griffith Leadership Center (GLC) were so pleased to welcome everyone to this event as we joined to honor our colleague, teacher, mentor and dear friend, Gail L. Warden. Together, we navigate the complexities of a changing healthcare landscape, and we continue to be inspired by extraordinary leaders all around us. We are frequently reminded how these leaders continue to shape our views of health care and public health, and they have shown us how together - we create healthier individuals, neighborhoods, and communities, locally and globally.

This program focused on Gail Warden as a leader. Three timeless and essential themes showcased his career: the urgency of a population approach to public health; the imperative of healthcare quality and safety; and the catalytic role of a great leaders. We were privileged to hear three national speakers address these themes, followed by extraordinary panelists and leaders in their fields. We thank our sponsors and our Griffith Leadership Center Board for making our Center and this event so successful. We also thank those who participated with us in Ann Arbor on September 10th and 11th, 2015. 

  • Kyle L. Grazier
    Richard Carl Jelinek Professor Health Services Management and Policy
    Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy
  • Peter D. Jacobson
    Professor of Health Management and Policy
    Director, Griffith Leadership Center
  • Wayne M. Lerner ('73, '88)
    Chair, Griffith Leadership Center Advisory Board
  • Cathy Killaly ('97)
    Managing Director, Griffith Leadership Center