Co-Founder, Free The Children, Me to We and We Day
Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, he remains a full-time volunteer for the organization, which has become the world’s leading youth-driven charity. What began as a group of kids working out of a garage now has more than 1.7 million young people involved in its programs.
Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that advances a new vision of philanthropy by providing socially conscious products and experiences that support the work of Free The Children. Me to We’s offerings include life-changing international volunteer trips, sustainably made clothing and accessories, leadership training programs and materials, an inspirational speakers’ bureau, and books that address issues of positive change.
Craig holds a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He is the author of 12 books, including “The Power of We Day: Moving the World From Me to We.”
Craig has been awarded 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received The Order of Canada, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. His work has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “60 Minutes” as well as National Geographic, TIME and The Economist.
Michael O’Neil, Jr., J.D., MBA
Founder & CEO, GetWellNetwork
Michael O’Neil was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 28. After surgery and four cycles of chemotherapy, Michael immediately began building GetWellNetwork, a company committed to working with health systems to improve outcomes through patient engagement.
Today, GetWellNetwork is recognized by KLAS® as the leader in Interactive Patient Systems (2009-2014) and is exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. GetWellNetwork has appeared multiple times on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ and Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.
Michael was named to the Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneurs in Venture Magazine and is a two-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. Michael is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) and Mindshare, an exclusive forum of CEOs from leading technology companies in Washington, DC. He serves on the board of directors of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – National Capitol Area Chapter and The DAISY Foundation, an international organization dedicated to honoring nurses.
Michael has served as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and is a guest speaker at University of Virginia School of Law, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith Business School and The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Michael received a B.A. with honors from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D./MBA from Georgetown University.
Benjamin Chu, MD, MPH, MACP
Executive Vice President,
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, was named group president for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California and Georgia Regions in October 2014. He directs health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 237 medical offices to serve more than 4 million members in both locations.
Dr. Chu joined Kaiser Permanente as its regional president of Southern California in February 2005. In January 2011, he was given the added responsibility of overseeing the Hawaii region as a group president responsible for both the Southern California and Hawaii regions. In July 2013, he was named executive vice president for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and appointed to the National Executive Team, which supports the chairman and CEO in setting and ensuring achievement of both the short- and long-term strategies and performance of the Hospitals and Health Plan organizations.
Before coming to Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Chu served for three years as president of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public hospital system in the country. A primary care internist by training, Dr. Chu possesses extensive health care experience as a clinician, administrator, and policy advocate. He was senior vice president for Medical and Professional Affairs for HHC in New York from 1990 to 1994. During that period, he also served as acting commissioner of Health for the New York City Department of Health.
Dr. Chu also has experience as an academic health center leader. He was senior associate dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from July 2000 – February 2002. He also served at the New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center as associate dean and vice president for Clinical Affairs from April 1994 – May 2000. He was a 1989-1990 Robert Wood Johnson Policy Fellow serving as legislative assistant for health for New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.
At both Kaiser Permanente and New York City, Dr. Chu has been a strong proponent of the use of the electronic health record as a powerful tool for improving quality and outcomes for patient care.
Dr. Chu currently serves on the board of the Commonwealth Fund in New York and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the immediate past chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.
Dr. Chu earned his medical degree at New York University, his master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University.
Anthony J. Principi
President and CEO
The Principi Group, LLC.
During his four-year tenure (2001-2005) as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York-born Anthony J. Principi directed the federal government’s second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s 25-million living veterans and dependents. Commanding a budget in excess of $71 billion, Mr. Principi led an organization of 230,000 employees in hundreds of VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country.
Mr. Principi is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and first saw active duty aboard the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy. He later commanded a River Patrol Unit in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. During his service in Southeast Asia, Mr. Principi was awarded the Bronze Star with combat “V” for valor and several other military decorations for valor.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Mr. Principi earned his law degree from Seton Hall University in 1975 and was assigned to the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps in San Diego, Calif. In 1980, he was transferred to Washington D.C. as a legislative counsel for the Department of the Navy.
From 1984 to 1988, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, following three years as counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Mr. Principi served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA’s second-highest executive position, from March 17, 1989, to September 26, 1992, when he was named Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President George H.W. Bush. He served in that position until January 1993. Following that appointment, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
Mr. Principi was chairman of the Commission on Service members and Veterans Transition Assistance established by Congress in 1996.
Mr. Principi was nominated by President George W. Bush on December 29, 2000, and was confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 2001 to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Principi was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the 2005 military Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). The Commission was responsible for recommending to the President and Congress the realignment and closure of military installations throughout the United States.
Mr. Principi served as Executive Chairman of QTC Management, Inc., the largest provider of medical and disability evaluations to the federal government. He served on the Board of Directors of Perot Systems, Inc. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy.
Mr. Principi serves on the Board of Directors of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Engility, Inc. and Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. He is President and CEO of The Principi Group, LLC.
SVP and CIO
Carolinas HealthCare System
Craig Richardville is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). Craig arrived at CHS in 1997 and has primary corporate responsibilities for information services, clinical engineering, health information management and transcription services.
Prior to coming to Carolinas HealthCare System, Craig was with ProMedica Health System in Toledo, Ohio for 12 years, where he held several positions including Corporate Director of Information Services and Vice President & Administrative Director for Vanguard Health Ventures, ProMedica Physician Group. Craig started his career with a Fortune 50 company prior to his healthcare career in 1986.
Craig is a Fellow member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (FHIMSS); a Fellow member of the American College of HealthCare Executives (FACHE); a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME); and the Health Management Academy (HMA). Craig is the board chair for UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics; board chair for CareConnect Carolinas; board member for Healthy@Home, LLC; and board member for Carolinas Shared Services.
Craig holds a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in System Analysis.
Carolinas HealthCare System, is one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations. Our diverse network of nearly 1000 care locations, includes over 40 hospitals, 2500 ambulatory providers, academic medical centers, virtual care service lines, healthcare pavilions, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes, and hospice and palliative care.
Tracy Gaudet, MD
Director, Office of Patient Centered Care (10NE), Veterans Health Administration
Tracy W. Gaudet, MD joined the VA at the beginning of 2011 as the Director of VHA’s newly founded Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, which is based in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Gaudet was the executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine, where under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine opened a state-of-the-art healthcare facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration of new models of whole-person health care.
Dr. Gaudet is internationally known as an expert in transforming health care from a traditional disease-based model to a new model of care for the 2lst century based on patient-centered health care. She was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare 2011” by Modern Healthcare.
Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Watson Caring Science Institute
Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. Her latest activities include Founder and Director of non-profit foundation: Watson Caring Science Institute. In 2013 Dr. Watson was honored as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest award for nursing.
Dr. Watson has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She is a widely published author and recipient of many awards and honors, including The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing; maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden. She holds ten (10) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 7 International Honorary Doctorates (Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, British Colombia and Quebec, Canada, Japan).
Clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Dr. Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide.
At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing; the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work. In 1999 she assumed the Murchinson-Scoville Chair in Caring Science, the nation’s first endowed chair in Caring Science, based at the University of Colorado Denver & Anschutz Medical Center.
As author /co-author of over 20 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements and international research on caring, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, philosophy and science of caring and caring science as sacred science. Her books have been AJN books of the year awards and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century.
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