Starts March 23 through June 2021 | Virtual

Leading Forward 2021

The 2021 AHP Leading Forward Executive Summit is over, but be sure to check back in early 2022 to register for Leading Forward 2022, to be held on April 5-7 on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.


A Series of Virtual Conversations
Starting March 23 through June 15, 2021

About the Event


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

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


  • To bring together healthcare 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.


  • All seven 2021 sessions will be offered virtually as Zoom-based sessions of 75-90 minutes in length, taking place every two weeks.
  • Hear strategic insights from healthcare foundations that have successfully addressed your up-at-night issues.
  • Enjoy interactive, meaningful conversations with fellow leaders in small-group breakouts.
  • Earn CFRE credit - up to 10.5 points toward qualification or requalification.

Education Sessions

This year's sessions will explore seven key areas of focus for healthcare philanthropy leaders in a pandemic-affected world. Listed speakers and session descriptions are subject to change.

1. Strategic Priority Changes in Healthcare
March 23, 2021
3:00-4:30 PM ET

COVID has significantly accelerated changes in healthcare, including the growth of telehealth, an increased understanding of behavioral health needs, inequities in access to care, and more. This session will explore how hospital and health system strategic priorities are changing and in turn, how philanthropy can adapt to support this work. Michael Dowling and Brian Lally share how Northwell Health approaches the changing landscape and how they work together to ensure philanthropy is supporting the system’s evolving funding needs.


Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health
Brian Lally, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Northwell Health

2. Mergers & Acquisitions
April 8, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM ET

The pace of mergers and acquisitions in healthcare continues unabated, and each merger brings a set of challenges not only for the system, but also for philanthropy. At Atrium Health, which recently went through a merger with Wake Forest Baptist Health, CEO Gene Woods and foundation president Armando Chardiet have successfully navigated these challenges. Hear how they have integrated new hospitals and foundations to create economies of scale while organizing around service line fundraising.


Armando Chardiet, President, Atrium Health Foundation
Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atrium Health

3. Technology
April 20, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM ET

COVID has fast-tracked the democratization of health through telehealth and other technological methods, opening new opportunities for philanthropy to play a role in supporting technological innovation. In an increasingly digital world, it’s also important for CDOs and CIOs to work together to ensure the foundation is getting the most out of technology in its operations. Hear from Saad Chaudry and Jan Wood, CFRE, as they share their experiences and offer tips for building this often-overlooked C-level partnership.


Saad Chaudhry, Chief Information Officer, Luminis Health
Jan Wood, CFRE, President, AAMC Foundation and Chief Development Officer, Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center

4. Health Equity
May 4, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM ET

2020 illuminated racial and socio-economic disparities in healthcare - issues that all health foundations will need to address. Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew and Allie Quick will share how Allegheny Health Network is approaching the work of addressing these disparities and integrating health equity into everything they do. With lessons for all, but particularly helpful for hospitals and healthcare systems that are near the beginning of their health equity journey, this session will spur ideas and conversation about how to talk to donors differently and cultivate the "grateful unpatient", inspiring donors to support needs that they have not personally experienced.


Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, M.Ed., MPPM, SVP/Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Allegheny Health Network
Allie Quick, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Allegheny Health Network

5. Strategic Changes in Health Philanthropy
May 18, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM ET

The word of the year in 2020 was ‘pivot’. At a time of unprecedented need, healthcare philanthropy professionals rose to the occasion, learned new skills, and demonstrated the critical importance of our work. But what effect will 2020 have on philanthropy in the coming years? Whether it’s deciding what to do with special events, securing major gifts when you can’t build relationships with donors in person, or addressing pipeline issues that result from not being able to connect with live donors, there’s plenty to figure out. Join a panel of chief development officers to talk about what’s keeping them up at night and how the ripples from 2020 may affect each of our shops in years to come.


Shannon Duval, System Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, CommonSpirit Health
Rueben Mayes, MBA, CFRE, Chief Development & External Relations Officer, Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation
Jena Pado, CFRE, Executive Director, Foundation, Dayton Children's Hospital

6. Governance and Board Engagement
June 1, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM ET

Jared Langkilde, president and CEO of the HonorHealth Foundation, and his board chair, David Watson, lead a conversation about challenges facing CDOs and their boards in 2021 and beyond. Covering topics like keeping board members engaged in a virtual world and addressing issues like equity and diversity, this wide-ranging, thought-provoking session will help you build better relationships with your boards and ensure their board service is fulfilling.


Jared A. Langkilde, MBA, CFRE, President and CEO, HonorHealth Foundation
David Watson, Chair, HonorHealth Foundation Board of Trustees

7. Comprehensive Campaigns and Organizational Culture
June 15, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM ET

The Hoag Hospital Foundation recently wrapped up a comprehensive campaign that raised over $760 million for the hospital and led to remarkably successful engagement of hospital executives, clinicians and other constituencies in the effort, extending a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. Chief philanthropy executive Flynn Andrizzi and other senior leaders from Hoag will talk about their partnership and how a comprehensive campaign can position your organization for success. 


Flynn A. Andrizzi, PhD, President, Hoag Hospital Foundation
Marcy Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Hospital Operations Officer, Hoag Hospital
Sanford L. Smith, AIA, Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities, Hoag Hospital


Your paid registration includes the ability to bring one non-philanthropy executive to each session as a guest.

Download the Registration Form (PDF)

Registration Rates

  Early Registration
postmarked by 2/26/2021
Regular Registration
postmarked on or after
Non-Member $445 $495
AHP Member $345 $395
AHPrime Member $295 $345

Conference Committee

Jan W. Wood, CFRE - Chair
President, AAMC Foundation and Chief Development Officer
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Jim Digan
Chief Development Officer
Nemours Children's Health System

Connie Falcone
Northwestern Memorial Foundation

Megan Mahncke
President, SCL Health Foundation and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
SCL Health

Carol Parlin Prushan
Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Einstein Health Network

Grant Stirling, PhD
President & Chief Development Officer
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation


Shaké Sulikyan
President & Executive Director
ValleyCare Charitable Foundation


2021 Sponsors


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2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

If you're interested in sponsoring Leading Forward 2021, please contact Devin Barnes, Business Development Manager, at 703-538-3150.