March 31 - April 2, 2020

Leading Forward 2020

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

Leading Forward 2020

March 31 - April 2, 2020
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL

AHP Leading Forward / COVID-19 Update (March 6)

After careful study and consideration of the COVID-19 situation, AHP has made the very difficult decision to cancel our live Leading Forward event scheduled for March 31 – April 2 in Chicago, IL. We do so because we know how critical it is for each and every one of you to be alongside your colleagues, preparing for all possibilities and ensuring that you are able to support the tough work should the situation arise.  
That said, we are not cancelling the event entirely. We are looking into multiple options, including a virtual version of our event, with the goal of bringing you many of the great conversations you would have heard in Chicago. We have frequently been told by our members that we need to make our events more accessible to more people with reduced travel burden, so now may be the time to pilot such an option.  We will provide additional updates soon.

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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.


  • Educational sessions built around critical topics in health care philanthropy.
  • Strategic insights from healthcare foundations who have successfully addressed your up-at-night issues.
  • Interactive, meaningful conversation with fellow leaders.

Education Sessions


Keynote:  State of the Union for Health Care 

In an era when the only constant in health care is change itself, join Lisa Bielamowicz as she shares the insights she uncovers while working with the nation’s hospital and health system executive teams.  What are we worrying about, what should we be worrying about, and what’s on the horizon in 2020?

Lisa Bielamowicz, MD, Founder, Gist Healthcare


Navigating the Storms of Systemization

Several years ago, Intermountain Healthcare set out to transform their philanthropic structure from a network of independent foundations to a single integrated foundation. Hear from David Flood and Bert Zimmerli as they share lessons learned from Intermountain’s journey. Whether you are considering whether or not to start the systemization process or if you are stuck in the middle, the insights from this session will help you identify the strategic pivot points that lead to success.

David Flood, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

Albert R. (Bert) Zimmerli, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Intermountain Healthcare


How Northwell Created a Philanthropy-Focused Governance Structure and the Positive Impact of a Comprehensive Campaign 

Northwell Health launched its first system-wide campaign, Outpacing the Impossible, in October 2018. This ambitious $1B campaign supports capital projects, improves hospitals and clinical programs, advances research and funds endowment for teaching and research initiatives. Northwell Executive Vice President, Strategy and Analytics, Jeffrey Kraut, and Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Brian Lally, will discuss this team effort, including building a culture of philanthropy, creating a philanthropy-focused governance structure, developing system-wide priorities, and ensuring that the campaign lives throughout our communities. 

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

Jeffrey Kraut, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Analytics, Northwell Health


When Philanthropy is Truly a Strategic Imperative

Over 5 years ago, Stephen Klasko, MD, CEO of Jefferson Health, launched a model for Jefferson Health which he called The Four Pillars – academic, clinical, innovation and philanthropy – and organized his executive team accordingly.  Join Elizabeth Dale as she explains the model and outlines the ways in which this approach has allowed her philanthropy team to create impact for the communities they serve.

Elizabeth Dale, Ed.D, MPA, Executive Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer, Jefferson Health


More than the Money: When Controversial Donors Create Ethical Dilemmas

In December 2019, Tufts University removed a donor family’s name from several buildings and programs on its health sciences campus, following pressure from members of the campus community. Michael Rodman will discuss the moral and ethical considerations affecting Tufts’ decision, as well as their strategy in communicating with the campus community and the public. Tufts’ experience will serve as a springboard for conversation about ethical issues, including the extent to which donor behavior should align with an institution’s values and what role philanthropy staff and foundation boards should play in balancing the best interests of their institutions and the communities they serve.

Michael Rodman, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Tufts University

Stephanie Dahl, Assistant Vice President, Cancer Development, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Science Development


Keynote Session:  Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE, President and CEO, ProMedica

For over 10 years, ProMedica has engaged in a deep focus on identifying and alleviating the social determinants of health that keep people from achieving maximum well-being. As part of the Health Anchor Network, Mr. Oostra and the team at ProMedica are blazing a path through unique screening methods, expansion into dental care and elder care, and new partnerships with organizations looking to make change in their communities. Join Randy as he shares his perspective on why alleviating the issues affecting social determinants of health is good for our communities and good for our bottom lines.

Building a Strong Board: How the Foundation Board can Impact the Entire Health System

Building a strong relationship with our boards is critical to our success, and yet so many of us struggle to develop and maintain a healthy partnership.  Join Sarah Fawcett-Lee and Damien Ghee as they share how the Virtua Health Foundation board of directors develops and maintains a mutually beneficial relationship that benefits the whole of the health system.

Sarah Fawcett-Lee, CFRE, SVP and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Virtua Health

Damien Ghee, SVP, Team Leader - Metro PA/NJ Middle Market & Public Finance Lending at TD Bank and Vice Chair, Virtua Health Foundation Board of Directors


Technology and Philanthropy: The Power of Partnering with IT

Technology and data are increasingly important to the work of our philanthropy teams.  Join Jan Wood and Dave Lehr as they discuss how a strong partnership with IS can help us raise more money with fewer resources, how IS can help ensure our work complies with all regulations, and how our own donors might wish to engage on projects related to technology.

Jan Wood, CFRE, AAMC Foundation President and Chief Development Officer, Anne Arundel Medical Center

Dave Lehr, CIO, Anne Arundel Medical Center


Understanding the Changing Physician Experience and How Philanthropy Can Help

The demands and challenges of being a physician are changing. In the midst of this change, philanthropy can help physicians and other caregivers to return to their sense of purpose and fulfillment. In this session, Randy Varju and Dr. Gary Stuck will help participants understand the shifting complexities affecting physicians today and how philanthropy and clinicians can better partner to provide value.

Randy Varju, CFRE, FAHP, Chief Development Officer, Advocate Aurora Health Foundations

Gary Stuck, DO, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Aurora Health


Accelerating Philanthropy through a Leadership Transition

The only constant is change; change creates uncertainty. Both tend to depress donor engagement and diminish fundraising results. Yet Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago embraced the uncertainty and change created by the retirement of a much-beloved and long-serving CEO. Through a novel partnership with the new CEO, the Board, Marketing, and the Foundation, Lurie Children’s provides a case study of how it is possible to accelerate philanthropy, celebrate history and build the future.

Grant Stirling, PhD, President and CDO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation

Thomas P. Shanley, MD, President and CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 

Kary McIlwain, SVP/Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago


Please note: Registration is currently unavailable as AHP and the conference committee explore alternative options to the March 31-April 2 live event.

Registration Rates

  Early Registration
postmarked by 1/10/2020
Advanced Registration
postmarked between
1/11/2019 - 2/14/2020
Regular Registration 
postmarked between
2/14/2020 – 3/18/2020
Member $895 $995 $1,095
Nonmember $1,195 $1,295 $1,395

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