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When: Thursday, August 2, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
Where: The Southern Steak & Oyster
150 3rd Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee  37201
United States
Presenter: Annette M. Walker, President, City of Hope, Orange County
Contact: Lauren McKendrie

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About the Presentation - Women Leaders: The Other Health Reform

The health care workforce is 78 percent female, but only 26 percent of hospital CEOs are women. It’s time for health care to change, especially since studies continue to demonstrate that organizations with gender-balanced leadership are more successful. We’ll discuss necessary improvements, including countering gender stereotypes, helping parents balance family responsibilities and work schedules, implementing better parental leave policies, providing access to professional networks, and building sponsor relationships for rising women leaders. This is a topic we must discuss, for this generation of women in health care and the next.


About the Presenter: Annette M. Walker, President, City of Hope, Orange County

Annette Walker is a straight-forward and visionary leader who Modern Healthcare magazine named one of the 25 most influential women in U.S. health care. In May 2018, she was appointed President, City of Hope, Orange County, where she will drive the development of a $200 million, best-in-class, cancer center in Irvine, California, and the expansion of City of Hope’s unique cancer treatment and prevention programs.

Starting the summer of 2018, Annette will oversee the new center, which will extend City of Hope’s clinical network with leading-edge technologies and dedicated oncology specialists on property donated to City of Hope by the FivePoint joint venture that owns the Great Park Neighborhoods’ project in Irvine. She will also strengthen the longstanding relationships City of Hope has built with patients, volunteers and philanthropic supporters in Orange County who have come to regard City of Hope as Southern California’s premier cancer research and treatment center.

Prior to joining City of Hope, Annette was President, Strategy, for Providence St. Joseph Health, where she was instrumental in bringing two noted health organizations together to form the country’s second largest not-for-profit health care system, and, within the first year, succeeded in convening key stakeholders to develop a transformational strategic plan. She was accountable for all strategic planning, marketing, sales/outreach/business development and project management offices across the entire health system, which spans seven states and employs 100,000 caregivers.

Thanks to Annette’s vision, PSJH also became well recognized for both acute care and wellness and disease prevention. Her team opened several groundbreaking Wellness Corners and other programs which bring wellness and health education literally to the doorstep of many communities. Annette helped facilitate innovative partnerships to help large organizations provide wellness and health management programs for their employees.

Annette considers participation on boards an opportunity to give back and assist organizations outside her own. At PSJH, she served on the finance committee of the Diocese of Orange and the board of The Orange County Business Council and the Well Being Trust, which supports initiatives that foster mental wellness. She has also been on the boards of trustees for St. Joseph Health’s Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals, Mission Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, and the CSJ Educational Network, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange which assists Catholic elementary schools in California. In 2015 she was the chair of the highly successful American Heart Association’s Women’s Go Red campaign. Additional board participation includes several non-profits and health care professional organizations.

The author of numerous articles on wellness, health care marketing, quality, planning and management and a featured speaker for national audiences, Annette has received many honors for her work, including Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in U.S. Healthcare (2017); Becker’s 130 Women to Know in Hospitals and Health Systems (2017); Los Angeles Business Journal’s Executive of the Year (2017); Orange County Catholic Foundation’s Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity (2017) and Orange County Business Journal’s Innovator of the Year (2016), as well as Modern Healthcare's Innovation in Healthcare Technology Award; the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development Banner Award; the California Hospital Association's Ritz E. Herman Innovator Award, and the Hospitals and Health Networks Innovator Award.

Annette holds a master's degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is an advocate of work-life balance who enjoys spending time with her husband, Chuck, their six children and eleven grandchildren.

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