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Keynotes & Curriculum Announced for 2016 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat: Focus on Building a Team of "Executive Athletes" for the Changing Health & Human Service Environment

/ -- GETTYSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - August 02, 2016) - The final curriculum and keynote speakers for the 2016 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat, scheduled for September 20-22, 2016 in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was just announced. "We have built a program to prepare health and human service executives for a changing landscape," said Monica E. Oss, CEO of OPEN MINDS. "Health and human service organizations have a leadership conundrum. They need executives with a set of new competencies to succeed in an increasingly competitive, tech-enabled, value-based market. And, for most organizations, they need to grow that leadership from within their ranks. Our leadership program is designed to do just that -- grow that team of leaders."

The OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat curriculum is based on four key domains -- Building Your Meta-Leadership Skills, Leadership Skills For Organizational Transformation, Moral Leadership & Advocacy In Health & Human Services, and Creating "Executive Athletes" To Lead In A Changing Landscape.

Building Your Meta-Leadership Skills
Navigating the new world order of pay-for-value requires new management skill sets -- and a new framework for leadership. Meta-leadership is an overarching leadership framework for strategically linking the efforts of different organizations to work collaboratively toward a long-term goal. In a market that is increasingly dependent on integrated action and delivery of value, meta-leadership is essential. In this track, we will give you the building blocks you need to make collaboration successful for your organization in our current environment.

Developing Leadership Skills For Organizational Transformation
Organizational transformation is a term with many meanings. There is organizational transformation from the perspective of strategic market positioning, management infrastructure, and culture. In the health and human service field, successful executives need to address all three levels of organizational transformation simultaneously. In this track, we will focus on the skills you need to reinvent your organization through growth, innovation, and change to build successful and sustainable business models.

Exploring Moral Leadership & Advocacy In Health & Human Services
Moral leadership involves the commitment to doing what is right. In the world of non-profit health and human services, there are many ethical questions -- At it's most basic, what is the role of leaders in the policy and political discussions of the field? At it's most challenging, how do leaders navigate the pressure for near-term results with the long-term public good? In this track, we'll tackle the tough ethical challenges facing leaders in a new era of value-based care.

Creating "Executive Athletes" To Lead In A Changing Landscape
Leaders report high levels of burnout, stress, fatigue, and chronic health conditions. The ever-growing demands on executive time and energy frequently result in suboptimal performance, disengagement, and judgment errors. In this increasingly competitive environment, executives need to learn to train their inner "executive athlete" to manage, align, and increase their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy -- it can determine an entire organization's ability to weather a downturn, survive a crisis, or drive a business to extraordinary growth. In this track, we'll give you the tools to turn your leaders into successful executive athletes.

Three industry executives will lead plenary sessions at the retreat to expand on these key domains:

  1. Peter Anderson, M.D., President, Team Care Medicine & Co-Author of Lost and Found: A Consumer's Guide to Healthcare -- Dr. Anderson founded Team Care Medicine, a practice transformation consulting firm, in 2010, and he continues to advance the cause for clinical care reform through a new book, Lost and Found: A Consumer's Guide to Healthcare, co-authored with Dr. Paul Grundy (IBM's Director of Global Healthcare Transformation). Dr. Anderson will kick-off this year's event with an opening keynote presentation focused on the future of care delivery for consumers with complex needs and a look at how to strengthen your organization's capacity to deliver high quality care through the use of dynamic, high-functioning teams.
  2. Suzanne F. Clifford, Senior Vice President of Integrated Primary Care, Community Health Network -- Ms. Clifford oversees strategy and operations for various ambulatory services, including Behavioral Health, Primary Care, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Post-Acute, Employer Health, Employee Health, Med-Checks and Retail Clinics at Community Health Network, a non-profit health system ranked among the nation's most integrated health care systems. She will open the second day of the retreat with her keynote presentation focused on improving outcomes through integrated care and population health management innovations.
  3. Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS -- As the founder of OPEN MINDS, Ms. Oss has led the team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice for over 25 years. Well-known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field, she has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. Ms. Oss will close this year's institute with a plenary address discussing the meta-leadership skills essential for today's leaders to compete during this time of system transformation.

Group discounts are available for The 2016 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat. Early registration is encouraged as sessions and activities have maximum capacity limits. Register today or learn more at

OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children and family services; intellectual and developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care, reentry and diversion; and juvenile justice.

Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates believe by providing the latest market intelligence and management best practices to organizations serving the health and social support needs of the most vulnerable consumers, those organizations will be better able to provide efficient and effective services. Learn more at

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