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Mintz Supports Senior Executive Women in Health Care as Sponsor of Women Business Leaders’ 14th Annual Summit

The Health Law Practice of Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  is a sponsor of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (WBL) and WBL’s 14th Annual Summit.

Karen S. Lovitch, a Member and Practice Leader of Mintz’s Health Law Practice, and Deborah A. Daccord, a Member of the firm’s Health Law Practice and Co-chair of the Health Care Transactions Group, are both WBL Foundation Associates. Foundation membership is by invitation only.  Ms. Daccord is also on the WBL’s Advisory Board. 

Ms. Lovitch will make introductory marks preceding a conference session entitled “Privacy, Ethics and the Need to Know.”

The WBL Summit is a peer gathering of more than 180 Board members, CEOs, and other senior executive women from the $3 trillion health care industry.  The three-day event is a forum for cross-industry dialogue to help women leaders study misalignment and the often-competing demands of their industry. The Summit also focuses on increasing visibility for senior executive women from the health care industry for board of director and CEO positions with companies across the entire U.S. economy.

The Summit will be held March 18-20 at the Four Seasons Resort Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. 


Notable speakers at the Summit will include:

  • Diana McKenzie, SVP and Chief Information Officer for Amgen, who will offer her perspective on information systems in the session “What Keeps a Chief Information Officer Up at Night?”
  • Jennifer Golbeck, computer scientist and social media pioneer, who will shed light on the impact of social media on security and privacy systems based on her popular TED Talk, “The Curly Fry Conundrum: Why Social Media ‘Likes’ Say More Than You Think.”

  • Author and psychologist, Arthur Markman, Ph.D., who will break down how leaders can use data and narrative together to craft effective messaging.

  • Divya Shroff, MD, who will discuss her recent role as Chief Clinical Transformation Officer of HCA and the merge of technology and health care in getting physicians on the same page.

  • Chief Scientist of Evolv, Jennifer Cullen, Ph.D. who will share ways that big data is permeating the HR department and how to secure the best talent.

  • Amii Barnard-Bahn, compliance and ethics executive, who will lead a conversation with chief privacy officers Kimberly Gray of IMS Health and Hilary Wandall of Merck to discuss what executives need to know about data, privacy, and ethics as they navigate startups, new divisions, mergers, and acquisitions.


Other sponsors of the Summit include: Amgen, AMN Healthcare, McKesson, UnitedHealth Group, Cielo Healthcare, HealthHelp, Medecision, TEAMHealth, Catholic Health Initiatives, Navigant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, CareView Communications, Centene Corporation, Healthcare Leadership Council, RedBrick Health, Theravance Biopharma, Inc., Trustmark Companies, Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, DST Health Solutions, Healthways, Herman Miller Healthcare, LockeLord LLP, and founding sponsor EpsteinBeckerGreen


Attorneys in Mintz’s Health Law Practice, many of whom have held senior government positions or served as in-house counsel, represent for-profit and non-profit, domestic and international companies in connection with a wide variety of business and legal transactions, challenges and issues that they confront both on a daily basis and in bet-the-company matters. Clients span the full spectrum of the industry, including hospital systems, managed care organizations, laboratories, long-term care providers, durable medical equipment suppliers, behavioral health companies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, retail pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers.


The Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation™ is a 501c(3) organization dedicated to meeting the unmet needs of senior executive women and women board members. WBL’s network includes more than 3,300 women around the U.S. and the world who do business in the U.S. health care industry. WBL crosses silos and is a place for women on the executive teams of insurance, hospitals, life sciences, and other types of health care companies to have honest conversations about their industry. The mission of WBL is to connect and convene senior executive women from across the health care industry to create meaningful cross-sector relationships, expand their leadership, and harness their collective power to improve the industry. To learn more, visit