March 26 - 28, 2019 / Atlanta, GA


The AHP Leading Forward Executive Summit is designed for chief development officers, executive directors, and other executive leaders in health care philanthropy.
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Keynote Speakers

Anna Chand -- Everyone Communicates Few Connect

Thursday, March 22

Anna ChandAnna 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. 


Embracing the Science Behind Grateful Engagement 

Thursday, March 22nd

Emmons HeadshotBetsy 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 Headshot sizedBetsy 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 Health Care Philanthropy. Together, they will show you how understanding the importance of gratitude can transform both the patient care experience and philanthropy.

Devin Thorpe -- Crowdfunding for Social Good

Thursday, March 22nd

Devine Thorpe HeadshotDevin 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.

Neutralizing Toxic Employees

Thursday, March 22nd

Melinda Carver

Melinda Carver Headshot
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.
Andy Papathanassiou -- Over the Wall

Friday, March 23rd 

Andy Papa headshotWhen 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. 

Engaged Leaders, Improved Outcomes

Friday, March 23rd

Mark McCampbell headshotMark McCampbell, Advancement Resources

Explore 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.