Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The Pierre | 2 East 61st Street | New York City
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.







Laura Forese, MD, MPH, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare systems. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is recognized as the #5 hospital in the country and the #1 hospital in New York by U.S. News & World Report, and a "Best Place to Work" by Forbes, Fortune, and Glassdoor.

Dr. Forese is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, implementing a patient-centered strategic vision, and fostering a culture of respect across the enterprise. She championed a groundbreaking parental leave program that is the most comprehensive of its kind among New York City hospitals and healthcare systems and introduced backup child and elder care to help employees who are caring for family members. Among Dr. Forese’s top priorities and accomplishments are the regionalization and standardization of financial, operational, and clinical practices across the enterprise so that every patient receives the same exceptional standard of care no matter where they go in the NewYork-Presbyterian system.

An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese is active in multiple healthcare and civic organizations. She chairs the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Research Hospital Board; she is also a Trustee of Princeton University, a board member of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and LiveOnNY, and a director of Cantel Medical. She has been named among the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crain’s Business, as well as the top 25 COOs in healthcare and the 50 most influential physician executives by Modern Healthcare magazine, and has been honored as Mother of the Year by the American Cancer Society.



Rache M. Simmons, MD, FACS, received her bachelor's degree from Duke University with a major in zoology and art history, and her medical degree from Duke University Medical School. Dr. Simmons is part of the surgical faculty at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with a practice exclusively in breast surgery. Her current positions include Professor of Surgery and Weiskopf Endowed Professor of Surgical Oncology. She is also Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion with a particular interest in women's initiatives. Dr. Simmons is the inaugural Director of the Office of Women at Weill Cornell Medicine and Co-Chair of Women Physicians of NYP.

Dr. Simmons is a founding member and a past President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, an organization of over 3,000 members. She serves on numerous national and regional surgical boards and societies in leadership roles.

She enjoys presenting information to women about state-of-the-art breast cancer treatments through media appearances, having been featured on TV shows like Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show and on many networks over the years, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Lifetime, and Oxygen. She is also regularly interviewed for her innovative breast cancer treatment in publications like Vogue, Ladies' Home Journal, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Self, Bazaar, New York Magazine, U.S. World News & World Report, and the Wall Street Journal. She is regularly named on New York Magazine's “Best Doctors” list.



Christine H. Rohde, MD, MPH, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and is Chief of Plastic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. She also serves as Vice Chair in the CUIMC Department of Surgery for Faculty Development and Diversity.

After obtaining a degree in molecular biology from Princeton University, Dr. Rohde went to Harvard Medical School. She trained in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, followed by plastic surgery training at Montefiore Medical Center and a microsurgical fellowship at New York University School of Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Rohde graduated from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health, focusing on health policy management and comparative effectiveness research.

Dr. Rohde's research focuses primarily on outcomes of plastic surgical interventions, particularly as they relate to breast cancer reconstruction and post-surgical care, and she has received multiple NIH and other national grants for her clinical research. She also has a particular interest and involvement in a number of initiatives encouraging the promotion of women in surgery and medicine overall.


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Kim Azzarelli is a business, philanthropic, and legal advisor focused on advancing women and girls. Together with Melanne Verveer, a former Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. State Department, she is Co-Founder of Seneca Women and co-author of the book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose. In 2019, Seneca worked closely with Apple to launch Seneca Connect, a new app designed to advance women in the workplace and around the world.

Ms. Azzarelli is the Chair and a Co-Founder of Cornell Law School’s Center for Women, Justice, Economy and Technology (Cornell Women JET), as well as a partner at Seneca Point Global. Prior to her work with Seneca, she served as Senior Vice President of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, where she led strategy, partnerships, and philanthropy for Women in the World.

In her prior roles, Ms. Azzarelli held senior philanthropic and legal roles at Goldman Sachs and Avon, respectively. At Goldman Sachs, she led Goldman Sachs Gives, a billion-dollar donor advised fund. At Avon, she served as Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary. Before joining Avon, she practiced corporate and securities law at Latham & Watkins.

Ms. Azzarelli is currently an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, where she teaches Women, Law, and the Economy and Women, Law, and Technology. She is an author on matters relating to women and girls, including Sustainable Development, Rule of Law, and the Impact of Women Judges, co-authored with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and numerous articles on women’s economic participation.

Ms. Azzarelli is a graduate of Cornell Law School, Cornell University, and Friends Seminary day school in New York City.



Prior to her role in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Commissioner Sharon Bowen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and appointed by President Obama to serve as Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Previous to her work in the Obama administration, Commissioner Bowen had a renowned three-decade career in corporate and transactional law as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and later as associate and partner at Latham & Watkins.

She currently serves on the Board of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) and certain of its affiliates. Commissioner Bowen has served as a member of the Board and Emeritus Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc., as well as the Boards of New York City Economic Development Corporation and Public Education Needs Civil Involvement in Learning (PENCIL). She is also a recipient of the 2011 Diversity Trailblazer Award of the New York State Bar Association and was selected as the New York City Bar Association 2007 Diversity Champion and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association 2006 Lawyer of the Year.

Commissioner Bowen holds a BA in economics from the University of Virginia and a JD-MBA from Northwestern University. During her time at Northwestern Law, she served as Managing Editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. Commissioner Bowen has also served as a former Executive Member and Chair of the Law School Board.


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Katherine L. Heilpern, MD, joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2018, recruited to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In that capacity, she has responsibility for NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, including the David H. Koch Center and Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, as well as the NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital campus.

Previously, Dr. Heilpern served as the Ada Lee and Pete Correll Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory School of Medicine. She held several School of Medicine leadership positions, including Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Administration, Interim Chair of Family and Preventive Medicine, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

Nationally, Dr. Heilpern served on several National Academy of Sciences boards and committees, with a particular focus on healthcare system readiness and response related to disaster planning and preparedness. She was elected and served as President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and she was emergency medicine representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. She was the 2018 recipient of the SAEM John Marx Leadership Award, the 2011 recipient of the Advancement of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Award, and a recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award.




Laureen Hill, MD, MBA, is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this role, she manages and directs daily operations, including the cost, quality, and delivery of services for NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, and is also accountable for NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital.

Dr. Hill joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2017 and previously held several key leadership roles at Emory University School of Medicine/Emory Healthcare, including Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Chief of Anesthesia Services, as well as Chair of Emory’s IT Governance Committee and Co-Chair of its Perioperative Governance Committee. Prior to joining Emory, she was Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine and a Professor of Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Hill received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis and holds an MBA from Washington University. She completed her residency in anesthesia at Stanford University, as well as fellowships in critical care medicine and adult and pediatric cardiovascular anesthesia.


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Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, a Co-Founder of Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), and a New York Times bestselling author. Since the launch of SU2C, more than $603 million has been pledged to support its innovative cancer research programs.

Couric is also Founder of Katie Couric Media, which is actively involved in developing and producing a range of scripted and nonscripted projects. The female-driven company is also working with brands that are aligned with its goal of creating premium content about socially relevant issues.

Couric's documentaries include America Inside Out With Katie Couric, a six-part series for National Geographic; Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric, also for National Geographic; Under the Gun, which aired on EPIX; and Fed Up, available on iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube.

Couric joined CBS as the first woman to solo anchor an evening newscast, after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today.

Her numerous awards include a duPont-Columbia, a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award, and multiple Emmys.


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Michael P. Breslin, CPA, is Group Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer for NewYork-Presbyterian. In this role, he oversees all financial matters, including financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, budget, reimbursement, cost accounting, financing, insurance, strategic sourcing, supply chain, patient access, and managed care. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance.

Embracing technology and innovation, Mr. Breslin has been a strong proponent and leader of the effort to automate operational processes through the use of robotic process automation. Under his leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian has successfully integrated the finance departments across the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, which has standardized processes and reporting systemwide. In 2016, Mr. Breslin helped lead the groundbreaking issuance of $850 million in NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital taxable bonds, including $250 million in Century Bonds, only the second time in history that a not-for-profit healthcare provider issued Century Bond financing.

Mr. Breslin joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015, bringing many years of experience in accounting, budgeting, accounts payable, payroll, insurance, tax, audit, capital, treasury, procurement and strategic sourcing, patient financial services, and internal finance control functions.

Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance at New York Methodist Hospital, now NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Before that, he served as Chief Financial Officer at both Lenox Hill Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center, where he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. His relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian began many years ago when he worked with the Hospital as a partner at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He holds his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Manhattan College and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.



Francine Caracappa, MBA, MPH, CPA, CGMA, CFE, is Vice President, Finance and Controller of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this role, she oversees the financial operations of the medical center, managing internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, and compliance and business process effectiveness.

Ms. Caracappa is a New York State Certified Public Accountant and holds a master's degree in accounting from Long Island University as well as a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She started her accounting career at Ernst & Young, primarily in the Healthcare/Not-for-Profit Practice.

It was from Ernst & Young that Ms. Caracappa joined Montefiore Medical Center, first as Affiliation Director at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx, then as Chief Financial Officer for more than 30 ambulatory care sites run by Montefiore.

After Montefiore, Ms. Caracappa continued her career in ambulatory care as the Director of Finance for New York University's Faculty Practice and NYC Health + Hospitals Affiliates, then later became the Controller of the School of Medicine.



As Executive Vice Provost, Stephen M. Cohen functions as the chief financial and operating officer at Weill Cornell Medicine, a $2.1 billion enterprise dedicated to medical education, research, and patient care. He supervises the usual panoply of administrative functions, including financial operations, human resources, information technology, capital construction, and budget planning.

Mr. Cohen joined Weill Cornell in March 2006 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Mr. Cohen currently serves on the boards of MCIC, a multiprovider insurance captive; Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian; and New York Quality Care, an account care organization that is a joint initiative of NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Weill Cornell.

He has a BA from Penn State, where he majored in English and history, and an MBA from New York University, where he majored in finance and economics.


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Breakout Session Speakers




Susan B. Bostwick, MD, MBA, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she serves as Executive Vice Chair for Education and Administration and Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics, as well as Physician Liaison to Information Technology at NewYork-Presbyterian. Nationally, she was President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) in 2017-2018 and an inaugural member of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors' Leadership in Educational Academic Development Council from 2012 to 2017.

Dr. Bostwick is currently co-chair of the APA's Advancing Pediatric Leaders program, which will launch an 18-month leadership training program for midcareer faculty in 2020. Her scholarly interests are in medical education throughout the continuum and the use of electronic health records. She is board-certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics.



Katherine A. Hajjar, MD, is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Weill Cornell Medicine. A physician-scientist, Dr. Hajjar is also the Brine Family Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Hajjar received her AB degree from Smith College and her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

She completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she also served as Chief Pediatric Resident. She returned to Hopkins for fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology before arriving at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she has served as Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Associate Dean for Research, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics.

An expert on the molecular basis of fibrinolysis, Dr. Hajjar has authored more than 135 original research papers and monographs. She discovered the major cell surface fibrinolytic receptor, the annexin A2 complex, and has defined its role in hemostasis, angiogenesis, and inflammation.

Among several honors, Dr. Hajjar is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she currently serves as Member-at-Large for the Section on Medical Sciences. She has mentored more than 20 postdoctoral and clinical fellows and more than 10 graduate and medical students in her lab, and has guided the careers of more than a dozen faculty.



Randi B. Silver, PhD, received her doctoral degree from Brown University. Following her doctoral studies, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine, after which she became a member of the department, joining the faculty. For over a decade, Dr. Silver also served as a visiting faculty member at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She has an active research lab and is involved in teaching and mentoring medical and graduate students.

In 2006, Dr. Silver was appointed Associate Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, a position she still holds. Her administrative responsibilities have expanded to overseeing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and co-chairing the Physician Assistants Program.



Judy Tung, MD, is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. She is also Section Chief of Ambulatory Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Tung obtained her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1997 and completed her internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Francisco in 2000. She served for one year as a Chief Resident in primary care internal medicine at NYU Langone Health before joining the faculty at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2001.

Dr. Tung served as the Director of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and as Interim Chief of the Division of Internal Medicine from 2009 to 2016. She has also held many other leadership positions at Weill Cornell Medicine, including Director of the Primary Care Residency, Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency, and Associate Chair of Educational Affairs. As a respected educator, Dr. Tung has received a J. James Smith Teacher of the Year Award and a Primary Care Teaching Excellence Award, and she is on the Dean's List for teaching excellence.

A leading expert in general internal medicine, Dr. Tung has spoken nationally on innovative models of primary care, including the Hospital Medical Home and the ambulatory teaching practice. Additionally, she is a champion for faculty development and directs the Leadership in Academic Medicine Program, a yearlong college-wide offering for junior faculty members with leadership potential. Dr. Tung's life's work is the cultivation of individuals to their highest potential.


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Alexis Stiles leads Spencer Stuart's Healthcare Services Practice and overall North American Healthcare Practice, and is a member of the firm's Board Practice. She specializes in recruiting C-level executives, board directors, and senior-level academic health sciences leaders across the spectrum of healthcare services institutions, including leading hospitals, health systems, academic health sciences universities, research institutions, physician practices, payers, and other healthcare-related associations and specialty organizations.

Ms. Stiles has over 15 years of experience in professional services, with more than a decade of experience in executive search. She focuses exclusively on the life sciences industry. Before joining Spencer Stuart, she was a Managing Director at The Advisory Board Company, a membership-based organization providing business strategy, operations, and general management best practice research and analysis to the healthcare industry. In this capacity, Ms. Stiles led the company's consulting practice with a focus on cost reduction in hospitals and health systems.

She began her professional services career at McKinsey & Company, where she was a leader in the payer/provider practice, heading up multiple strategy and revenue growth engagements at major academic medical centers and multihospital systems. Earlier, she held several positions at Duke University Health System.

Ms. Stiles holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, with an MBA from the Ross School of Business and an MHSA from the School of Public Health. She also holds a BA with high distinction in psychology from the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.


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Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement and consulting, which supports the transition back to work after baby to keep women in the workplace and foster gender equality. Her book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby (Doubleday/Anchor), was a simultaneous best-seller in the Amazon categories of motherhood, women and business, and cultural anthropology.

The Fifth Trimester has been featured in The New York Times and on Good Morning America, CNN.com, and dozens more outlets, and Ms. Brody has been a featured speaker at companies and organizations including Facebook, Fried Frank, The New York Times, Google, American Express, The Wing, GLG, Rackspace, Liberty Mutual, PwC, Fisher Phillips, and the Wharton Women's Summit.

As an entrepreneur who can’t quit journalism, Ms. Brody writes regularly about the intersection of business and motherhood for, among others, The New York Times, Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Elle. She is on the board of the nonprofit Docs for Tots.

Current ongoing engagements include a monthly motherhood column for Harper’s Bazaar; an eight-city work/balance coaching program for the law firm Baker Hostetler; “Stay to Lead” leadership training; and editorial direction of Glamour magazine’s 2019 Women of the Year Awards.

A longtime leader in the women's magazine industry, Ms. Brody was previously Executive Editor of Glamour. Raised in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

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Clara Lapiner, MPH, has served as Director of Faculty Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) for six years and was recently named Executive Director of the office. In this role, she designs, implements, and evaluates faculty development programs for faculty at all four health science schools at CUIMC: Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, and the School of Nursing. She has focused particularly on leadership development programs; skill-building workshops for researchers, scientists, and educators; and mentoring and coaching programs. She also develops and implements initiatives and mentoring opportunities that are nuanced for the needs of women and underrepresented minority faculty. Her research focuses on organizational culture and diversity; the roles that mentoring, coaching, and sponsorship play in leadership pathways for women and minority faculty; and intersections of race and gender barriers in leadership.

In 2016, Ms. Lapiner and the Senior Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Career Development at CUIMC published the Guide to Best Practices in Faculty Mentoring through the Columbia University Office of Provost. Since then, her office has been working with individual academic units and administrative offices to operationalize the guide into the creation of sustainable mentoring programs and initiatives that fit the needs of their departments. She has also developed peer-mentoring and peer-coaching initiatives for groups of women faculty and underrepresented minority faculty at the medical center.

Ms. Lapiner received her BA from McGill University in Montreal. She received her MPH from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is pursuing her doctorate at Columbia University's Teachers College in Adult Learning and Leadership.



Joan C. Waters is the University Ombuds Officer at Columbia University, serving the entire Columbia University community of faculty, students, and staff. As a confidential resource, she delivers services inclusive of listening, coaching, mediating, referring, and facilitating.

A graduate of Fordham University and St. John's University School of Law, Ms. Waters started her career in civil and employment litigation. She was the elected Village Justice in the Village of Sleepy Hollow for two four-year terms and served six years as an elected school board trustee for the Pocantico Hills Central School District. Her most recent position prior to Columbia was as Associate General Counsel at the City University of New York. She currently serves as a school board trustee for Xavier High School in New York City.

Ms. Waters is a trained mediator and collaborative law practitioner and is currently enrolled in the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program. As an experienced and trained coach of abrasive leaders, she employs her skills and experience in working with challenging leaders to help them engage more productively and collaboratively in the workplace. Ms. Waters is credentialed as a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner with the International Ombuds Association.


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Allison M. Vaillancourt, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, serves as Vice President for Human Resources and Business Affairs at the University of Arizona, where she is also on the faculty of the School of Government and Public Policy. Under her leadership, the University of Arizona has been nationally recognized for its innovative leadership, work-life, and inclusion programs.

In addition to her university work, Dr. Vaillancourt serves as a leadership development advisor for several national organizations and offers pro bono consulting services for Arizona nonprofits. As a regular columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education, she writes about career success, workplace dynamics, and organizational politics.


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