Keynote Speakers

Anna Chand -- Everyone Communicates Few Connect
Thursday, March 22

Anna Chand partners with community leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners to bring leadership principles to the work place. Anna worked as a business consultant for 22 years where she discovered the importance of continued learning and raising her leadership awareness. Anna recognized the need for simple, yet highly effective leadership principles taught in a positive and consistent manner would yield companies high returns in happy employee performance. Her motto of "servant leadership" has allowed her to impact managers and employees in one of the largest restaurant companies in the world, Yum Brands.

Anna will discuss how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases your influence with them. To be a successful leader, you need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others. 


Devin Thorpe -- Crowdfunding for Social Good
Thursday, March 22nd

Devin Thorpe is a journalist, author and educator. As a new-media journalist and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, Devin has established himself as a champion of social good. As a Forbes contributor, with over 400 bylines and over one million unique readers, he has become a recognized name in the social impact arena. His Your Mark on the World show, featuring over 900 celebrities, CEOs, billionaires, entrepreneurs and others who are out to change the world, gives him a recognizable face as well.

Andy Papathanassiou -- Over the Wall
Friday, March 23rd 

When Andy Papathanassiou talks about being in the fast lane, he’s referring to something other than his life experiences.

Starting in 1992 as the “pit crew coach” for Hendrick Motorsports, DuPont, Sprint Cup Race Team, Papathanassiou has been an integral part of the team building and communication talents that have led to many victories on the NASCAR Circuit. He was a member of Jeff Gordon’s “Rainbow Warriors” throughout the 1990s, helping the team reach multiple record-setting performances.

Over the years, the paradigm shift pioneered by Papathanassiou has become the standard in racing and revolutionized the way pit crews operate.

“A pit crew is just like any high performance team or business unit–you need the right perspective, dedicated players and a good system. Without all the components you will never achieve your potential,” says Andy.

At Leading Forward, you’ll hear from Papathanassiou about importance of communication, collaboration, teamwork and strategic thinking, and how to build those traits in your organization.


Embracing the Science Behind Grateful Engagement
Thursday, March 22nd
Betsy Chapin Taylor, FAHP, Accordant Philanthropy & Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Deepen your understanding of the psychology behind gratitude, empowering you to advance thoughtful, integrity-based collaborations with patients who are moved to participate in health care philanthropy.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. Betsy Chapin Taylor, FAHP, is a provocative industry thought leader with significant experience as a consultant, a chief development officer and foundation president. She recently authored a chapter on the science of gratitude for the AHP book Transforming Healthcare Philanthropy. Together, they will show you how understanding the importance of gratitude can transform both the patient care experience and philanthropy.

Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership
Thursday, March 22nd

The John Maxwell Leadership Game is a comprehensive game based on the teachings of John Maxwell. The game helps you discover your leadership strengths and weaknesses. It is essential for leaders to raise their leadership lids. Why? “Because everything rises and falls on leadership,” says Maxwell. The Leadership Game is a new assessment tool that is unlike any other.

The Game is fun and engaging, yet it challenges the participants to have open discussions about leadership principles and values. It is designed to help leaders uncover gaps and areas for improvement within their leadership teams. The Leadership Game has been facilitated with CEOs, fast food restaurant managers, realtors, network marketers, bankers, teachers, church leaders, and more! This game is guaranteed to add value to your leadership.

Neutralizing Toxic Employees
Thursday, March 22nd
Melinda Carver

Toxic employees create hostile workplaces with their insidious attitudes, bullying behavior and devious actions. These employees cause nightmares for bosses who have to play referee and nursemaid among their staff. Toxic employees also harm a business by chasing away great employees or causing the loss of important clients and donors. Melinda shares examples of toxic employees and teaches you how to recognize and neutralize these employees in your business.

Melinda Carver is a motivational speaker and author that partners with corporations, non-profits, civic groups and entrepreneurs.  She specializes in teaching business leaders how to defuse behavioral and attitudes issues in the workplace. She has been featured in entrepreneur articles on CEO Nation and as a relationship expert in articles on Bustle.  She has appeared nationally at conferences, expos, corporate events and groups. Melinda is the author of Get Positive Live Positive and her articles have been published in several magazines.  


Engaged Leaders, Improved Outcomes
Friday, March 23rd
Mark McCampbell, Advancement Resources

Get early access to findings from a new study by AHP and Advancement Resources, which uncovers the keys to strong working relationships in the executive suite. Learn how philanthropy leaders can best engage their hospital and system leadership team partners to achieve long-term success in support of philanthropy. Discussion groups will be formed around the key concepts to stronger C-Suite relationships.

Additional keynote speakers and panelists to be announced.