Marsden Connolly, Former President Clinical Services, Humana
Marsden Connolly is a seasoned healthcare executive who spent 30 years transforming herself, her organizations, and the corporate culture of Humana as it grew to be one of the nation’s largest health insurance providers. This dedicated approach, along with consistently exceeding expectations, resulted in achieving the highest level of operational accountability. Driven by her passion to improve quality healthcare access for all, Marsden used her authentic and engaging leadership style to guide teams toward both personal and corporate growth. She also received the first-ever Humana Trailblazer Award for inspiring and empowering hundreds of women in advancing their professional careers.
As President of Clinical Care Services, Marsden delivered double-digit growth in revenue and a dramatic increase in chronic care engagements, which ultimately resulted in better healthcare outcomes for policyholders. She also helped discover a concerning increase in patients’ clinical risks and a delay in addressing patient needs. She then created and led a team that conceived of a new operating model that improved the identification and engagement of these patients from 12 months to less than 30 days. As a result, the company saw a significant reversal in the high expense ratio for new members, a 20% increase in new engagements, and a 40% drop in patient hospitalizations. This transformational leadership was also apparent in her role as VP of Clinical Operations, which included driving a complete financial and cultural turnaround of a 1,200-person division in 18 months, including reorganization of the entire structure of enrollment to render it client-centric. These changes led to significant increases in both customer and employee retention.
Board and not-for-profit work remain an active focus for Marsden, where she looks to apply her deep knowledge of the operational elasticity needed to implement transformational ideas. During the past two years, she worked closely with Humana board members, particularly with the audit committee on compliance and government regulatory issues. She currently serves as a board member for the Louisville chapter of Girls on the Run, which empowers young women to focus on healthy bodies and minds. She also advocates for women’s heart health as part of the American Heart Association’s “Circle of Red.” In each capacity, Marsden offers a keen understanding of perspectives as well as an ability to translate complex situations into language that resonates with diverse audiences.
After creating so many paths to success for herself and others, Marsden now wants to help more people forge their own paths. Her greatest satisfaction comes from empowering others to achieve their best whole health; physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Her own children’s journey first sparked this joy and she now looks forward to a new adventures with her grandchildren.
Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, RNC, BSN, MSA
Ruby Crawford-Hemphill serves as Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Ruby is a senior executive with more than thirty years of progressive leadership experience in acute care hospitals, including twelve years in a tertiary, academic setting. During her career she has served in various nursing leadership positions including: Vice President of Nursing with responsibility for the clinical oversight of medical-surgical, critical and intermediate care; emergency; perioperative; cardiac care lab; rehabilitation; adolescent psychiatry; quality/case management; and nursing staff office. She served in various levels of nursing leadership in Women’s Health Services, including outpatient OB/Gyn, childbirth education, lactation, newborn nursery, NICU, antepartum, Gyn high risk, and postpartum units.
Ruby currently holds a BS in Biology from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; a BS in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; and an MS in Health Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Ruby actively mentors nursing students and other nurse professionals from as far as China. She also serves as Adjunct Professor at Xavier University, Wilberforce University and University of Cincinnati Clermont.
Ruby served as the Program Chair for Queen City (OH) Links, Incorporated for the past ten years. During this time, she led the charge to create the award winner Girl STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Academy; a program designed to increase the number of African American girls graduating from college and creating as pipeline to participate and excel in STEAM careers in the future.
Ruby serves on various local community boards including the YWCA, Queen City (OH) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated; the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, March of Dimes, Center for Respite Care and Every Child Succeeds. She was recently honored as the 2016 Distinguished Nurse Administrator Award via Mount St. Joseph University and was the Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year 2012 and the Business Courier 2012 Health Care Heroes.
Dr. Zayna Khayat, Futurist Strategist
Zayna is the Future Strategist with Saint Elizabeth a health and social impact enterprise with a major focus on home care. In 2017 she spent the year on secondment to the REshape Health Innovation Centre at Radboud university medical centre in Nijmegan, Netherlands where she led several initiatives to advance health innovation in the country. From 2014 to 2017 Dr. Khayat lead health system innovation with MaRS Discovery District, a major innovation hub based in Toronto. At MaRS, Zayna and her team helped smooth the path to adoption of innovation by healthcare systems in Ontario and around the world.
Zayna is adjunct faculty with the Rotman School of Management in the Health Sector Strategy stream where she teaches a health MBA course on Healthcare Innovation. Dr. Khayat has been on the Faculty of Singularity University (Exponential Medicine) since 2016.
Dr. Khayat was previously a senior leader and adjunct faculty member with the International Centre for Health Innovation at the Ivey School of Business at Western University.
From 2010-2012, Zayna was an associate partner with SECOR Consulting/KPMG Canada. There, Zayna worked with medium and large sized public and private health and life sciences organizations in Ontario and nationally on issues of strategy and management. Prior to joining SECOR-KPMG, Zayna was a Principal with the Toronto office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm, from 2001 to 2010.
Zayna earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Toronto / Hospital for Sick Children where she was a scholar of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, studying how insulin and exercise regulate blood glucose in the muscle, and why/where this process breaks down during disease states such as diabetes. She has more than 10 publications and chapters in international journals and textbooks.
Zayna completed undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Windsor, where she earned the President’s Medal for top all around graduate of the University (1996) and the Board of Governor’s Medal for top graduate of the biochemistry department.
Zayna speaks proficiently in French and Arabic, and is based out of Toronto where she lives with her husband and 3 children.
Dr. Amy Mechley, CEO & Co-Founder Integrative Family Care
Dr. Mechley earned her medical doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at The University of Utah McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. She completed additional training in mind/body medicine with Dr Herbert Benson at the Harvard Medical School and advanced cardiac wellness at the Massachusetts General Hospital Henry-Benson Institute. She founded the Richardson Mind/Body Medical Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has given presentations for many organizations including the American Heart Association, American Academy of Family Practice, Americian College of Lifestyle Medicine, HIMSS, The Christ Hospital, and the University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Mechley’s career has been founded on servant led principles and innovative approaches to some of the most challenging concerns in healthcare today. As a recognized physician executive in primary care, she has had the successful opportunity to lead transformation as medical director in an Advanced Payment Model for a nationally recognized healthcare system.
Dr. Mechley was then nominated to the State of Ohio governor’s task force to help in the redesign of the Comprehensive Primary Care Model under a 75-million-dollar State Innovation Model grant. She maintains a teaching presence in clinical care, serving a diverse population.
As she continues to consult in various areas in the health transformation landscape, it is her interest in aligning her focus of Lifestyle Medicine principals in the practice of primary care that has led her to open a new direct primary care practice in Cincinnati.
Dr. Mechley is a member of The American College of Lifestyle Medicine and The American Academy of Family Physicians.
She lives in Cincinnati with her husband and three children.
Sean Slovenski, CEO & Health Care Transformation Leader
Sean Slovenski most recently served as President of Population Health for the Sharecare company. Sharecare is a digital health company founded by Jeff Arnold (founder of WebMD) Doctor Oz and Oprah. Sharecare is helping people manage all their health in one place. Slovenski joined Sharecare in this role after successfully architecting the company’s July 2016 acquisition of the Population Health business of Healthways, where he had served as President of Population Health Services.
Prior to Healthways, Slovenski served as CEO for Care Innovations, a Joint Venture between Intel and GE Healthcare where he successfully led the company for three years. Before Care Innovations, Slovenski served as President and Segment Vice President of Humana’s Health and Productivity Solutions business group. In this role, he led hundreds of employees across four industry-leading wellness businesses, uniting them behind a common vision while bolstering Humana’s expertise in total population health and wellbeing.
Prior to joining Humana, Slovenski was Co-Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Coaching Services, widely considered the industry leader in online coaching and behavior management. Sold to Humana in 2010, Hummingbird Coaching Services grew out of Slovenski’s development and delivery of the MyHealthCoach.com online personal coaching product, one of the nation’s first large-scale wellness efforts in online health coaching servicing Fortune 500 companies.
Earlier in his career, Slovenski drove the development and operations for a Joint Venture focused on development of the two largest health system-based Integrative Medicine and Wellness centers in the U.S. Additionally Sean served as CEO of HumanaVitality, the international joint venture between Humana and Discovery Health of South Africa, which was one of the largest and most proven wellness incentive companies in the industry.
A lifelong advocate of health and wellness, Sean earned his BA in Health & Physical Education from Bowling Green State University. He is an active member of several health related boards and a frequent speaker at national healthcare conferences.