Conference of 33

Councilors will be engaged throughout the conference, where we will cover acutely relevant topics within the innovation-strategy network; creating a platform for senior executives to obtain actionable points to support their business goals.

When and Where

The Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, Oct 2-4, 2018


Conference objectives

  • BUILD COMMUNITY: Facilitate strong connections between individual society members, and as a cohesive community
  • PROVIDE IMMEDIATE VALUE: Provide the outlet for members to generate and share concrete ideas they can apply directly to their daily work
  • ADVANCE THE SOCIETY: Agree on the organization and structure of the society moving forward


Design principles

  • Build in significant time for unstructured networking
  • Create intimate and safe spaces where members can share their passions, successes, and failures
  • Leave members feeling inspired by an enhanced capability and concrete ideas
  • Participants to be treated as experts instead of as an audience - emphasizing peer to peer learning, with balance tilted towards small group workshops and shorter talks instead of lengthy presentations to a passive audience
  • Ensure speakers are of top quality
  • Strike a tone that is fun and creative
  • Create a tangible output that can serve as a reference resource after the convening

Conference Itinerary

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd - Welcome Day

Attire: Come as you are

  • Councilors will be greeted at the airport by their driver and taken to the Hotel ZaZa (5701 Main Street, 77005) for check-in or straight to the House of Blues Foundation Room (1204 Caroline St, 77002)
  • 18:00 - 21:00 Welcome dinner - Foundation Room, House of Blues
  • Brief welcome from Toby Hamilton M.D., Hemant Vankawala M.D., Executive Directors
  • Vinod Khosla - evening speaker, moderated by John Arnold. Topic of Reinventing Health - a perspective on what is possible for health systems in the future, and how innovators within health systems can help accelerate progress in the field
  • Drinks at the Foundation Room Bar after dinner
  • Shuttles will take the Councilors back to Hotel ZaZa where drinks will be available at the hotel bar


Wednesday, Oct. 3rd

Morning Session

Attire: Business Casual

  • Attendees will be shuttled from Hotel ZaZa to TMC executive offices (6550 Bertner Ave. 6th Floor, 77030)
  • 8:15 - 8:30 Toby Hamilton M.D. - Overview of the day’s agenda and sharing member stats
  • 8:30 - 8:45 Bill McKeon - CEO, TMC - Welcome to TMC
  • 8:45 - 10:15 Best Practices I - ideas that worked
  • 8:45 - 9:15 Five pitch ideas presented by Councilors who implemented them, focused on three areas

i. Patient experience - care support and patient engagement

ii. Organizational effectiveness - making operations and teams more cost effective

iii. Ventures and new technology - evaluating new technologies, venture analysis, digital engagement

Todd Dunn - Director of Innovation - Intermountain Healthcare

Matthew Jenusaitis - Chief of Innovation & Transformation - UCSD Health

Jennifer Liebermann - Director, Garfield Innovation Center - Kaiser Permanente

Peter O’Neill - Executive Director Innovations - Cleveland Clinic

Douglas Wood M.D. - Medical Director, Center for Innovation - Mayo Clinic

  • 9:15 - 10:15 Councilors select one of five groups for an in-depth discussion - the idea - Councilors may move to all five rooms or stay in one room. Discussions are conversational with a guiding framework
  • 10:15 - 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Best Practices II - “How To” Masterclasses
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Three sessions pitched by Councilors with deep expertise in a certain area:

i. Internal innovation infrastructure - innovation agendas, team structures, goal setting, prioritization of scarce resource - Dr. Rubin Pillay - Chief Innovation Officer - UAB

ii. Measurement and making the case for innovation - metrics for success and proving value to leaders, how to communicate the value of their innovation agenda to different audiences - Dr. Thomas Graham

iii. Partnerships and collaboration - networks to vet new ideas, engagement with regional leaders, partnership development

  • 10:45 - 12:00 Councilors select one of three groups for an in-depth workshop
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
Afternoon Session
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Change Management 2.0 Masterclass (Incandescent)
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Pitch presentation on “how to start a long term mandate” - Tiffany Franke - and the “Psychology of Change and Influencing” - Darko Lovrich
  • 14:45 - 17:00 “Open Space” meeting - moderated by Darko Lovrich

In this type of meeting agenda is “filled” by participants, who are presented with an opportunity to pitch five to ten sessions on the spot. Each session will take place in a different breakout room. Those who suggest a topic facilitate it under easily understood guidelines.

  • 14:45 - 15:00 Marketplace in response to the question of “How can HIPS help you create more impact in your daily jobs?” - participants come up with suggested sessions
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Session one - five sessions in parallel
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Session two - five sessions in parallel
  • 17:00 - 17:30 closing reflections circle Tiffany Franke
  • 17:30 - 20:30 Third Coast Restaurant at TMC executive offices
  • 18:30 - 21:00 Cocktails & Dinner
  • Speaker: Jamey Rootes - President Houston Texans - Teamwork in a Professional Environment
  • Shuttle from Third Coast Restaurant to Hotel ZaZa


Thursday, October 4th - Planning Day

Attire: Tech Casual

  • Shuttle from Hotel ZaZa to TMCx (2450 Holcombe Blvd, 77021)
  • 8:00 - 8:15 Overview of the day’s agenda Toby Hamilton M.D.
  • 8:15 - 8:45 Tour of the TMCx and welcome from Erik Halvorsen
  • 8:45 - 10:00 Visioning exercise - post-it brainstorming in three groups, with each group tackling the same question. Facilitated by Toby Hamilton M.D., Tiffany Franke & Darko Lovrich
  • How would we like to see healthcare evolve in the U.S., and what role can HIPS play to help accomplish that vision?”
  • 10:00 - 10:15 Each group presents their vision in 5 minutes
  • 10:15 - 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 - 12:00 HIPS operations in Year 2 and beyond - Toby Hamilton M.D.
  • How we will work together
  • Fundraising
  • Branding & thought leadership
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Buffet lunch & closing remarks


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Helen Keller