March 26 - 28, 2019 / Atlanta, GA

Leading Forward 2019

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

Please note: Agenda is preliminary and subject to change. Check back soon for more information on agenda, speakers and more.  

About the Event


Leading Forward is designed for chief development officers, executive directors and other executive leaders in health care philanthropy.

New in 2019: Bring your CEO, board members, or other executive or physician leaders. Leading Forward is the place where you and your hospital or health care organization executives can have meaningful conversation about how to elevate your organization through philanthropy.


  • To bring together health care leadership to understand how philanthropy can dramatically impact both the strategic planning and the growth and financial stability of hospitals and health systems.
  • To work together to identify opportunities for each participant to take home, resulting in immediate impact.
  • To develop a cohort of like organizations to allow for networking, advice and on-going support.


JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3300 Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Reserve your room 

Preliminary Agenda


7:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Opening Reception
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM:  Dinner and Panel Discussion: Seeing into the Future – What Will Health Care Philanthropy Look Like in 2025?
David L. Flood, President, Intermountain Foundation, System Chief Development Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
Sharon A. Jones, FAHP, CFRE, Vice President of Development, Haven Hospice
Mark Larkin, CFRE, President, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
Bridget Murphy, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer, VNA Health Group
Fred Najjar, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Dignity Health
Jory Pritchard-Kerr, FAHP, Executive Director, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation
Pamela Puleo, FAHP, Chief Advancement Officer, Concord Hospital Trust
Randy Varju, MBA, FAHP, CFRE, Chief Development Officer & Foundation President, Advocate Aurora Health Foundations


8:00 AM: Breakfast Opens

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM:
Spotlight Sessions
Panel discussions and interactive conversations designed to showcase the best in incorporating philanthropy into planning and operations. Learn how to elevate your organization through philanthropy.

State of the Union 2019: Future of Health Care and Importance of Philanthropy 
Lisa Bielamowicz, MD, Gist Healthcare Co-Founder, Former CMO, The Advisory Board Company

How Leading with Philanthropy Created New Partnerships for Community Health

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
Dyan Sublett, President, MLK Community Health Foundation

How Gratitude can Increase Patient Satisfaction and Clinician Engagement
Bruce Bartoo, CFRE, Senior Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer, MedStar Health
Stuart M. Levine, M.D., President & Chief Medical Officer, MedStar Harbor Hospital 
     Senior Vice President, MedStar Health

Transforming a Foundation from Grant Writing to Philanthropy
Nicholas C. Conte, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Carilon Clinic
Kay Strickland, Chief Development Officer, Carilon Clinic Foundation

Speaking the Same Language: How Hospital Finance and Foundation Build a Stronger Relationship
David Collis, President, AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida
Todd Goodman, Senior Executive Officer & CFO of Florida Hospital and the Central Florida Region, Adventist Health System

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:45 PM - 4:45 PM: 
Working Groups
Convening as smaller affinity groups, participants will identify and tackle the major issues keeping them up at night. Through facilitated conversations and lively discussion, participants will work together to share insights, hurdles and solutions and develop lasting relationships to draw from in the months and years to come. Participants will join one of the following groups:

  • Health Systems: System level leadership
  • Health Systems: Hospital level leadership
  • Community Hospital Leadership
  • Children's Hospital Leadership
  • Academic Medical Center Leadership
  • Hospice/Long-Term Care Leadership

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Closing Session

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Working Group Dinners
Continue the working group conversations in an informal setting. Facilitated dinners help you deepen the connections you make at Leading Forward while finding answers to your most pressing issues.

  • Health Systems: System level leadership
  • Health Systems: Hospital level leadership
  • Community Hospital Leadership
  • Children's Hospital Leadership
  • Academic Medical Center Leadership
  • Hospice/Long-Term Care Leadership


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Tour of Grady Health
Extend your Leading Forward experience with a bonus visit to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta. (Limited to 70 participants, no additional charge. Reserve your spot when you register for the conference.)

  • Guided tour of facilities, including discussion of philanthropy's role in strategy and operations of the health system
  • Discussion with leadership about Grady's grateful patient program


Thank you to our Presenting Conference Sponsors: 


Advancement Resources

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Graham Pelton

Thank you to our Attendee Dinner Sponsors: 

Thompson and Associates

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Registration Fees

  Early Registration
postmarked by 12/12/2018
Advanced Registration
postmarked between
12/13/2018 - 1/25/2019
Regular Registration 
postmarked between
1/26/2019 – 3/8/2019
Member $795 $895 $995
Nonmember $995 $1,095 $1,195

Please note: the cancellation deadline for Leading Forward 2019 is February 15, 2019. 

Conference Committee

Donna Budak, FAHP, CFRE (Chair)
Executive Director, Seton Healthcare Family
The Seton Fund and Seton Williamson Foundation

Shannon Duval (Vice Chair)
President and Chief Development Officer
Catholic Health Initiatives National Foundation

Jessica McLain, MHA, CFRE
Vice President and Chief Philanthropic Officer
Martin Health Foundation

Ron Schiller
Founding Partner and Senior Consultant 
Aspen Leadership Group

Alisa Smallwood
Vice President of Development
Grady Health Foundation