Annual Summit 2022

Emerging Considerations for Our Aging Population

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Keynote Speakers

Nancy LeaMond, EVP and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP

Nancy LeaMond, EVP and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP

As AARP's chief advocacy and engagement officer, Nancy LeaMond has responsibility for driving the organization’s social mission on behalf of Americans 50-plus and their families. Nancy leads government affairs and legislative campaigns for AARP, widely seen as one of the most powerful advocacy organizations in the country. She also manages public education programs, community engagement, and AARP’s network of 18,000 volunteers.  Nancy’s team includes 700 staff members across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Nancy has led several landmark advocacy campaigns for AARP including the successful 2017 effort to protect Medicare and maintain important consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act. Most recently, AARP’s Protect Voters 50+ campaign provided older Americans with critical information about how they could cast ballots with confidence through the early voting process. Other campaigns demanded that candidates for national office commit to addressing challenges facing Social Security and Medicare, fought major home energy cost increases, and put health care and financial security at the top of the country's agenda. 

Nancy has been named by The Hill as one of the “Top Lobbyists” every year since 2011. In 2020, Nancy received the first ever Lifetime Achievement award from the Women in Government Relations. The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics also recently named Nancy one of its 2020 Top Lobbyists.  In 2016 she received the What’s Next Boomer Business Innovation Award for Vision, Leadership and Integrity, and she was named one of Next Avenue’s 2017 Influencers in Aging.  Nancy is a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Business Council Steering Committee.

Nancy is a nationally recognized leader on health, retirement security and other issues important to older Americans. Prior to coming to AARP, Nancy served as the chief of staff and assistant U.S. trade representative for congressional affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  She worked extensively on health care and pension issues before entering the trade field, beginning her career in the Public Health Service, the Medicaid program and the Department of Commerce. She also served in the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Education, and on Capitol Hill as chief of staff to a senior member of Congress.  Nancy holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a master's degree in public policy and city planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Anne Benedict, Chief People Officer, COMPASS Pathways plc

Anne Benedict, Chief People Officer, COMPASS Pathways plc

Anne is responsible for ensuring that COMPASS attracts, retains and develops the talent and culture it needs in order to achieve its mission. She has over 25 years of global experience in human resources, talent and organizational development. Her experience includes ten years of HR consulting at Mercer, organizational development roles at Disney-ABC, nine years of talent management and people responsibilities in marketing services at Interpublic Group, and three years leading People at Infor, a global enterprise software company with 17,000 employees in over 60 countries. Anne’s career spans the globe, with working experience in Canada, France, UK and the US.

Anne graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science/Psychology from McGill University and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She grew up in Canada and is bilingual in French and English.

Anne sits on the McGill Alumni Association Board and is co-chairperson of a non-profit organization focused on career preparation for youth in New York called Futures and Options. Anne is an Adjunct Professor of Talent Development at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy.

Purva Rawal, PhD, Senior Advisor/Chief Strategy Officer, CMS Innovation Center at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Purva Rawal, PhD, Senior Advisor/Chief Strategy Officer, CMS Innovation Center at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Purva Rawal, PhD, is the Chief Strategy Officer at the CMS Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As part of the Senior Leadership team, she provides guidance and leadership on the execution of the Innovation Center’s strategy.

Previously, she was a Principal at CapView Strategies where she developed evidence-based public policy and business strategies for providers, health systems, life sciences companies, and coalitions, and conducted policy research and published blogs and book chapters on payment and delivery reform innovation and sustainability issues. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. In 2016, she published a book, The Affordable Care Act: Examining the Facts.  Previously, Dr. Rawal served as professional staff on the Senate Budget Committee during the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and as the health and social policy advisor to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). She was also a Director in the Health Insurance and Reform Practice at Avalere Health. She began her health policy career as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and as a Congressional Fellow for the Society for Research on Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Rawal received her BA and PhD from Northwestern University.

Joan Teno, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, OHSU, Adjunct Professor of Health Systems, Policy, & Practice, Brown School of Public Health 

Joan Teno, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, OHSU, Adjunct Professor of Health Systems, Policy, & Practice, Brown School of Public Health 

Dr. Teno is a health services researcher with over 25 years of experience conducting research that studied hospice care in the US. She is a board-certified internist with added qualifications in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative medicine. She is currently the project leader of a program project grant on alternative payment models and care of persons with advanced dementia, past recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Investigator Award, and lead investigator on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contract on creating the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice Survey. Over the past decade, she has been the PI of multiple National Institute of Health (NIH) grants. In recognition of this body of work, Dr. Teno was part of the study panel of the 2014 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on reforming how we care for seriously ill and dying persons in America.

Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer, WebMD

Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer, WebMD 

Whyte is the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD. In this role, Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues.  Prior to WebMD, Whyte served as the director of professional affairs and stakeholder engagement at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Whyte worked with health care professionals, patients, and patient advocates, providing them with a focal point for advocacy, enhanced two-way communication, and collaboration, assisting them in navigating the FDA on issues concerning drug development, review, and drug safety. He also developed numerous initiatives to address diversity in clinical trials.

Prior to this, Whyte worked for nearly a decade as the chief medical expert and vice president, health and medical education, at Discovery Channel, the leading nonfiction television network. In this role, Whyte developed, designed, and delivered educational programming that appealed to both a medical and lay audience. This included television shows as well as online content that won over 50 awards including numerous Tellys, CINE Golden Eagle, and Freddies.

Whyte is a board-certified internist. He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center as well as earned a Master of Public Health in health policy and management at Harvard University School of Public Health. Prior to arriving in Washington, Whyte was a health services research fellow at Stanford and attending physician in the department of medicine. He has written extensively in the medical and lay press.

He continues to see patients in Washington, DC, and Maryland.


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We had an amazing hybrid event in Orlando, FL from April 12th – April 14th, 2022.

4/12 – Emerging Ideas – The latest opportunities, obstacles and tools for the aging population
4/13 – What People Want – Culture, demographics and the human element of health
4/14 – Data & Care Quality – What gets measured gets improved

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