John W. Kenagy, MD, MPA, was named by Forbes Magazine as the “Man Who Would Save Health Care.” He founded Kenagy & Associates LLC to help organizations better use their increasingly-limited resources to more effectively meet the needs of patients in a constantly changing environment through Disruptive Innovation and Adaptive Design. His career spans 34 years as a vascular surgeon, health care executive, management researcher, teacher and patient. Kenagy has published in journals as diverse as the "Journal of the American Medical Association" and "Harvard Business Review" and has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.
Steven T. Valentine, MPA, was selected by California Medicine as one of California's top 100 most influential people. President of The Camden Group, he has more than 25 years of health care consulting experience with considerable expertise in the areas of strategic planning, business transactions, mergers, hospital-medical group relationships and financial analysis. Valentine is a nationally recognized author and speaker on health care issues, often quoted in Modern Healthcare, Managed Care Outlook, Los Angeles Times, and Health Care Leaders, as well as other publications.
Kathy Wilde is currently Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief Nursing Officer of two hospitals within the Allina system. Wilde is a former ICU nurse with 25 years of managerial experience. In addition to her responsibilities as the principal clinical leader of Mercy and Unity hospitals, she is on the Allina Quality Council and leads Allina’s work on Healing Interaction. Wilde is also a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association Labor Board and was the lead negotiator for Allina in their recent successful contract negotiations with the Minnesota Nurses Association. Most recently, Wilde has led a pilot initiative at Mercy Hospital that simultaneously improved patient satisfaction, employee engagement and hospital finances.
Reo Carr is Editor in Chief of The Daily Transcript, a position he's held since 1999. Carr brings more than two decades of experience as an editor and journalist to the San Diego business scene.