Keynote Speakers

OPENING CEREMONY

Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts
ABC News Chief National Correspondent
Author, Step Out on Nothing
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MOTIVATIONAL BREAKFAST and INCLUSION PANEL

Richard J. Umbdenstock, FACHE
Richard J. Umbdenstock, FACHE
President and CEO
American Hospital Association (AHA)

Fawn Lopez
Vice President/Publisher
Modern Healthcare

Kim Byas, Sr., MPH
Regional Executive
American Hospital Association (AHA)

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CLOSING CEREMONY
The Capitol Steps
The Capitol Steps
The Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters performing music and political satire

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 OPENING CEREMONY

Byron PittsByron Pitts
ABC News Chief National Correspondent

Author, Step Out On Nothing

Known for his thought-provoking coverage and his commitment to exceptional storytelling, Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist. In 2013 Pitts became an anchor and the Chief National Correspondent at ABC. Prior to working for ABC, Pitts was the Chief National Correspondent for CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. He was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.

A news veteran with over 20 years of experience, other major stories include the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, to name but a few. Pitts realized a life-long goal when he was named a Contributing Correspondent to CBS’ 60 Minutes in 2009. Pitts’ many achievements are all the more extraordinary when he tells of the many obstacles he faced as a child. Raised by a single mother in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore, Pitts was illiterate until the age of twelve and had a persistent stutter. Capitalizing on his desire to play football, his mother mandated he receive Bs or above in school in order to play. With that focus, Pitts learned to read and went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. With the help of his roommate and a college professor, Pitts found the support and encouragement necessary to pursue a career in broadcast journalism—a field that demands excellence in writing and speaking. By staying focused, setting simple and achievable goals and finding strength in faith, Pitts overcame powerful odds. He graduated in 1982 with a BA in Journalism and Speech Communication.

Praised by 60 Minutes Correspondent Lesly Stahl as “truly moving,” Pitts tells his incredible story in his memoir Step Out On Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges (2009). Pitts shares how his faith saw him through his many struggles and how a few key people “stepped out on nothing” to help him change his life. Katie Couric praised Pitts’ work, saying, “No wonder he is such an inspired storyteller—his own story is inspiring.”

Pitts’ grit and determination shone throughout his illustrious career as well, garnering him several prestigious awards including a national Emmy Award for his coverage of the Chicago train wreck of 1999, a National Association of Black Journalists Award and second national Emmy Award for individual reporting of September 11th. He is also the recipient of four Associated Press Awards and six regional Emmy Awards.

At the podium, he shares his incredible story perseverance and strength and inspires audiences to reach for their dreams.

Pitts lives Weehawken, N.J.

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MOTIVATIONAL BREAKFAST

Richard J. Umbdenstock, FACHE
President and CEO
American Hospital Association (AHA)

Richard J. Umbdenstock became president and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association (AHA) on January 1, 2007.  Previously, he was the elected AHA Board Chair in 2006.  The AHA leads, represents and serves more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 42,000 individual members.

Mr. Umbdenstock’s career includes experience in hospital administration; health system governance, management and integration; association governance and management; HMO governance; and health care governance consulting.  He has written several books and articles for the health care board audience and has authored national survey reports for the AHA and its Health Research and Educational Trust and for the American College of Healthcare Executives.

He received a B.A. degree in Politics in 1972 from Fairfield University (Connecticut) and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration in 1974 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Umbdenstock serves on the boards of the National Quality Forum and Enroll America, and co-chairs the CAQH Provider Council.  He also serves on the National Priorities Partnership and on the Center for Transforming Advanced Care Steering Committee.

INCLUSION PANEL
During the Motivational Breakfast, a distinguished panel will explore the importance of employee populations reflecting the patients they serve, and the importance of having an inclusive culture in health care organizations, not just from a cultural standpoint, but from generational dynamics, experience, and practice. As we focus more on team-based care, it is important to understand our teams and our patients with a variety of lenses.

Rich Umbdenstock

Rich Umbdenstock, FACHE
President
American Hospital Association (AHA)
Discussing the delivery side of health care representing an industry in the middle of transformation.

Fawn Lopez

Fawn Lopez
Vice President/Publisher
Modern Healthcare
As the publisher of Modern Healthcare at the forefront of technology – media market of talking across generations – multigenerational workforce. Fawn will be discussing communication in the new technology wave.

Kim Byas, Sr., MPH

Kim Byas, Sr., MPH
Regional Executive
American Hospital Association (AHA)
With over 30 years in health care, Kim has held many executive positions, including Interim President/CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative and Ethical Leadership at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, which he will be discussing during the session.

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 CLOSING CEREMONY

The Capitol StepsThe Capitol Steps
The Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters performing music and political satire

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and Run — for President. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

See what's in store: watch video clips from their live performances on YouTube or visit The Capitol Steps website

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