2016 Healthcare Workforce Summit

Location: San Diego, California
Start Date: October 12, 2016

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Meb Keflezighi

Olympic Medalist and Inspirational Author

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Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest runners of our time, Meb Keflezighi (pronounced Kef-lez-ghee) brings a higher meaning to “going the distance.” From his arrival in America a refugee from war-torn East Africa to his victorious finish at the emotionally charged 2014 Boston Marathon—now as a proud and patriotic American—Meb has secured not only his place in history, but also in the hearts and minds of millions.

Meb is the only athlete in history to win the New York Marathon, the Boston Marathon and an Olympic Medal—impressive feats for someone who had never run a mile until middle school. A graduate of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), his record also includes four NCAA championships, 22 National Championships and a place on three United States Olympic teams. None of these achievements came easily: only his resilience, determination and faith led Meb to prevail following some of life’s most challenging and heart-breaking circumstances.

Transcending his own athletic achievements, Meb maintains an unwavering commitment to helping others go the distance in their own lives—physically, professionally, personally and spiritually. Every day, he inspires individuals of all ages and athletic abilities to achieve their own personal best. A sought-after motivational speaker and author, he emphasizes that real victory lies in balancing a healthy, active life that emphasizes education, community and a strong moral fabric. By serving as a role model and source of inspiration, audiences worldwide are learning to Run to Overcome, no matter what the odds or challenges they face in their everyday lives.


Jen Shirkani

CEO, Penumbra Group Inc.

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Jen Shirkani has spent over 25 years as a learning and development specialist, coach and speaker. Her specialty topic, emotional intelligence, is presented from a leadership perspective filled with practical strategies and immediately useable tips. Jen has worked with financial services organizations from the Fortune 500 to family‐owned entities specializing in the application of Emotional Intelligence. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. She is also the author of Ego vs. EQ: How Top Leaders Beat 8 Ego Traps Using Emotional Intelligence written to help leaders help themselves. Using her experience as an executive coach, she identified the common traps that set senior executives and business owners up for failure and provides strategies for overcoming them. She is certified in several emotional intelligence assessments and has administered over 2,000 Emotional Intelligence assessments to employees in organizations across the United States. In addition, Jen has been a featured keynote speaker at national and regional conferences including the Fixed Income Forum and the National Investment Company Service Association (NICSA). She has also been a frequent guest of several national radio programs, and has been featured in media articles by Ignites, Bloomberg/Businessweek, Leadership Excellence magazine, Investors Daily, Fast Company, and Upstart Business Journal.


Scott Becker

CEO & Publisher

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Scott has been on the Board of Partners since 2008 and is former chairman of the firm’s healthcare department. He practices exclusively in the healthcare regulatory and transactional area. He provides counsel on healthcare transactional and regulatory matters to hospitals, health systems, hospital chains, ambulatory surgery centers, ambulatory surgery center chains, private equity funds and lenders, and healthcare industry entrepreneurs. During the past several years, Scott has devoted a majority of his time and efforts to ambulatory surgery centers and ASC chains, hospitals and health systems, private equity funds and healthcare industry entrepreneurs. He provides advice and counsel on a broad range of business and legal issues. Scott is a Harvard Law graduate and a certified public accountant in Illinois..