Safi Bahcall
Safi Bahcall
Physicist, biotech entrepreneur, and author of the national bestseller Loonshots
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Safi Bahcall is a second-generation physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, former public-company CEO, and author of the international bestseller Loonshots.

He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford, where he worked with Lenny Susskind in particle physics (the science of the small) and the Nobel laureate Bob Laughlin in condensed matter physics (the science of the many). He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley (the school of the many).

After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years.

In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.

Loonshots: Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, an instant WSJ bestseller, has been translated into 21 languages and was selected as a best business book of the year by Amazon, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., the Washington Post, and more. It was the #1 most recommended book of the year in Bloomberg’s annual survey of CEOs and entrepreneurs and has been recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Ferriss, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and more.

Safi advises CEOs and leadership teams on strategy and innovation, and has delivered keynote presentations at industry conferences, investor events, leadership retreats, medical meetings, and leading academic institutions around the world. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.

Jodi Hubler
Jodi Hubler
Board Director/Chair
Gratum Ventures
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Jodi Hubler is an insightful board director, and an accomplished venture capitalist and corporate executive best known for transforming businesses, accelerating growth, and building enviable shareholder value. Capitalizing on a near 30-year career of diverse experiences, Jodi actively divides her time between corporate governance and engaged philanthropy.

An esteemed governance leader, Ms. Hubler currently serves as an Independent Board Director for the privately held companies About, BrainCheck, Marani Health, Omcare, and Paytient. Additionally, Ms. Hubler lends her governance expertise and advocacy to various national nonprofit organizations and private equity and State of Minnesota funds.

Ms. Hubler previously served as a board director or chair of more than a dozen venture and private equity-backed healthcare companies, particularly as the CEO and Managing Director of Lemhi Ventures, a $385M healthcare service venture capital firm. This work included more than 50 financing rounds ranging from de novo startups to late-stage investment, resulting in job creation in the thousands and total value creation in the multiple billions. Her companies have redefined healthcare and payment models and have been acquired by some of the largest leaders in the sector. Her board experience includes chairing numerous compensation, audit, governance, strategy, and finance committees.

She has held executive positions in both public and private companies, including Cargill, Alcoa, Definity Health, Lemhi Ventures, and Bind Benefits. She is especially adept at leading and governing in industries facing transformative change, drawing on her experience across global organizations and multi-industry domains. With over two dozen board experiences to draw upon, Ms. Hubler’s board colleagues value her direct approach, governance expertise, and the astute perspective she brings to help companies achieve peak performance and growth goals.

Denise L. Jackson
Denise L. Jackson
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
AMN Healthcare
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Denise Jackson joined AMN Healthcare (AMN: NYSE) in 2000 and is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. AMN Healthcare is the nation’s largest healthcare talent management solutions company with a market cap and annual revenues of roughly ~$5B.

Ms. Jackson serves on the Board of Tractor Supply Company, the country’s largest rural lifestyle retailer and a Fortune 300 company. Ms. Jackson is Chairperson of the Nominating/Governance Committee. Previously Ms. Jackson served as a director of PipelineRx, a telepharmacy technology and services company, and as Chairperson of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Jackson also serves as a Director for AMN Healthcare’s 25 subsidiaries, and as Chairperson of the Women Corporate Directors – San Diego Chapter.

Ms. Jackson leads the legal, governance, compliance, equity compensation, risk management, and government affairs functions for AMN Healthcare. Notably, Ms. Jackson is also accountable for the development and delivery of AMN’s ESG strategy, including delivery on its health, economic growth, and climate commitments. Ms. Jackson’s expertise reflects the topics that are top of mind in the boardroom today: strategy, ESG, enterprise risk management, privacy, information security, and executive compensation.
Before joining AMN Healthcare, from 1995 to September 2000, Ms. Jackson worked for The Mills Corporation, a NYSE-traded REIT, serving as Vice President and Senior Counsel.

Denise holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona, a Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University, and a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of Arizona. Ms. Jackson is licensed as an attorney in California, the District of Columbia, Arizona and New York.

Daphne E. Jones
Daphne E. Jones
CEO and Founder, The Board Curators
Author, Win When They Say You Won’t
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Daphne E. Jones is a seasoned executive with extensive experience implementing digital technologies to drive market growth, seamless customer fulfillment, and internal efficiencies within Fortune 50 corporations. She has over thirty years of experience in general management and executive-level roles at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Hospira (now Pfizer), and General Electric.

During her tenure at GE, she served as SVP for Future of Work, SVP, and CIO. She co-led a global team that defined GE’s Digital DNA and ran IT for $13B GE Healthcare businesses of Product Engineering, Imaging, Ultrasound, and Post Market Product Services. Prior to GE Healthcare, her early career days were spent at IBM and Johnson & Johnson as Executive Director and VP IT, followed by her role as SVP and CIO at Hospira, Inc. a $5B global pharma & and infusion technology company.

Daphne serves on the board of directors for AMN Healthcare, Inc., Barnes Group Inc, and Masonite International Corp, and is on Audit, Compensation, and Governance committees. Named by Savoy Magazine as one of the most influential AA Directors in 2021, she is a member of NACD, Accenture Cybersecurity Council, The Digital Directors Network (DDN), IT Senior Mgt Forum (ITSMF), and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).

Daphne is the CEO/founder of The Board Curators, a company that prepares senior leaders for paid board service (www.theboardcurators.com), and is launching her book November 15, 2022 from McGraw-Hill titled Win When They Say You Won’t. Her thought leadership and experience make her a sought-after speaker on digital, DEI, board development, & personal transformation.

Daphne earned her MBA and BS from Illinois State University.

Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve
Host, Moderator, and Award-Winning Journalist
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Jeanne Meserve is an expert interviewer, sought-after moderator, podcast host and award-winning journalist.

During her career as an anchor and correspondent with CNN and ABC News Jeanne earned her profession’s highest honors, including two Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award. She also contributed to two CNN Peabody Awards.

Jeanne interviews top leaders in industry, government and academia, moderating discussions on a wide array of topics including technology, democracy, national security, health and medicine, women’s issues and the environment. Engagements have included the White House Summit on Democracy, the Munich Security Conference, AtlanticLIVE events, the Copenhagen and Denver Democracy Summits, the Halifax International Security Forum and the global conferences of the International Women’s Forum.

She is also host of the NatSec Tech podcast which explores the impact of technology innovation on security, economics and democracy.

At CNN Meserve anchored worldwide coverage of the Yitzhak Rabin assassination and the death of Princess Diana. She created the network’s homeland security beat and was the first to report on the devastating flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She was also a key member of the CNN political team during the 1996 and 2000 elections. While at ABC News she covered the State Department and reported from the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Jeanne has provided communications coaching to leaders in the corporate, government, academic and non-profit world. She is a member of the Homeland Security Experts Group and the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity and is on the board of the non-profit Space Foundation.

Colleen Reitan
Colleen Reitan
Retired Executive Vice President
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
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Colleen Reitan was most recently an executive vice president with HCSC, and retired in 2018. Reitan has worked in every aspect of the health plan business during her 36-year career. At HCSC, which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in five states covering 16 million members, she served in both an internal role as Chief Operating Officer and an external role as President of Plan Operations which included P&L responsibility of $72B.

Prior to retirement, Reitan was an experienced board member serving on Prime Therapeutics, the 4th largest PBM in the U.S., Availity, an innovative health information technology firm, the Federal Employee Program Board, and two HCSC wholly owned companies, Medecision and Dearborn Life.

Since retirement, she serves on the boards of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc (NASDAQ: ALN); Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ: MYGN); Walking Mountains Science Center, a non-profit offering education to all ages on the natural environment; and until its sale in August 2022 to Fresenius Medical Care (NASDAQ: FMS), Cricket Health, a privately held kidney care business.

During her nearly 10-year HCSC tenure, Reitan had accountability for the employer group market segment covering 12 million members, established HCSC’s entry into government programs, and oversaw nearly $60 billion in annual health care and pharmacy spending. Reitan came to HCSC from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, where she was President and Chief Operating Officer of the state’s largest health insurer.

Reitan has a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in urban studies and economics from Minnesota State University.

Carrie Shaw
Carrie Shaw
CEO and Founder
Embodied Labs
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Carrie Shaw, MS, is a medical illustrator, public health educator, and CEO & Founder of Embodied Labs, an immersive caregiver training platform.

Founded in 2016, Embodied Labs serves 200+ subscribing organizations including senior services providers, government agencies, hospital systems, and corporations to train students, healthcare workforce, and informal caregivers. Embodied Labs has been recognized globally for its work by the AARP and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has been featured in Oprah Magazine, CBS - The Doctors, The New York Times, and CNN International Tech for Good.

Through her work building Embodied Labs, Carrie's mission is to accelerate global behavior change for healthier aging at scale by positively impacting the health of self and others through immersive learning experiences.

Sandra Volpe
Sandra Volpe
Independent Director
Republic Services
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Sandra Volpe, MBA, is currently an independent Director on the Board of Directors of Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) and serves on the Finance, Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility committees. She is also an accomplished senior executive and a Qualified Financial Expert. Passionate about health, education, leadership development, DEI, and entrepreneurship, Sandra is the incoming Chair of the Board of the American Heart Association, Eastern States Region, Vice Chairman of the National Advisory Board of Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship and a National Trustee on the Board Of Trustees of Kent State University.

Until retiring in June 2022, Sandra was Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Communications, and Business Development Solutions at FedEx. Prior to that, she held a series of positions as VP, Strategic Planning, VP, Finance, and Managing Director, Finance at FedEx with a reputation as a strong leader with broad capabilities to advise and influence at all levels of an organization on corporate finance, capital budgets, strategic planning, M&A, business development, marketing, and communications.

As a senior executive, The WBL Summit is the one event of the year that allows me to recharge professionally. The sessions and the speakers are always timely and thought-provoking. The opportunity to meet with peers and form lasting connections is unmatched.

— Stacy Mays, EVP Healthcare Delivery, Capital Blue Cross