Convene Conference


Health Equity: "The Hill We Climb"

Inspired by Amanda Gorman


The Medical Industry Leadership Institute's CONVENE Conference is a thought-leadership conference focused on the intersection of healthcare, technology, and data analytics as major solutions to healthcare issues.  MILI's 3rd annual Convene will explore the role of data in driving change in the healthcare system specifically related to mental health, health equity, and social determinants of health.  Each day of CONVENE will focus on the drivers and solutions that impact health equity in different areas of healthcare. 

The 3rd annual CONVENE will include 3 half-days of engaging content from a variety of dynamic and influential leaders in healthcare from across the United States. 


April 19 - 21, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST



Recordings: April 19th

Watch the recorded presentations from the first day of Convene: Using Data, Analytics, and Technology to Address Equity in Mental Health Care and Treatment. 


Dr. Thomas Insel

Panel Session

Dr. Valerie Hoffman, Dr. Tanzeem Choudhury, Dr. Marvin Seppala, and moderated by Dr. Rahul Khanna

Recordings: April 20th

Watch the recorded presentations from the second day of Convene: Drivers of Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health. 

Executive Spotlight

Dr. Sachin Jain, moderated by Dr. Pinar Karaca-Mandic

Panel Session

Jennifer Frost, Dr. Michael Petersen, Kathy Stillo, and moderated by Dr. Nilay Shah

Recordings: April 21st

Watch the recorded presentations from the third day of Convene: Innovation and Implementation of Solutions to Address Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health


Jennifer DeCubellis 

Executive Spotlight 

Dr. Cara James, moderated by Dr. Archelle Georgiou 

Panel Session 

Paurvi Bhatt, Dr. Kristine Fortman, Abner Mason, and moderated by Monica Engel


Tom Insel

Thomas Insel, MD

Co-Founder, Humanest Care

Former Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Marcella Nunez-Smith

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD

Associate Dean for Health Equity Research, Yale School of Medicine

Chair, COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Jennifer DeCubellis

Jennifer DeCubellis

Chief Executive Officer

Hennepin Healthcare


Sachin Jain

Sachin Jain, MD

President & Chief Executive Officer

SCAN Group and Health Plan

Cara James

Cara V. James, PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer

Grantmakers In Health


Tanzeem Choudhury

Tanzeem Choudhury, PhD

Co-Founder, HealthRythms Inc

Professor of Computing & Information Sciences

Roger & Joelle Burnell Chair in Integrated Health and Technology

Cornell Tech

Valerie Hoffman

Valerie Hoffman, PhD

Head of Research

Meru Health 

Marvin Seppala

Marvin Seppala, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Rahul Khanna

Moderator: Rahul Khanna, PhD

Director, Innovation & Medical Governance

Phoenix Australia

Jennifer Frost

Jennifer Frost

National Director

Thrive Local Program, Kaiser Permanente

Michael Petersen

Michael Petersen, MD

Vice President of Consulting, Chief Clinical Innovation Officer

NTT DATA Services

Kathy Stillo

Kathleen Stillo



Nilay Shah

Moderator: Nilay Shah, PhD

Professor of Health Services Research

Mayo Clinic 

Paurvi Bhatt

Paurvi Bhatt, PhD (ABD)


Medtronic Foundation

Kris Fortman

Kristine Fortman, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Abner Mason

Abner Mason

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Monica Engel

Moderator: Monica Engel

Senior Vice President, President of Government Markets

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Chief Executive Officer, Blue Plus 

Convene's Impact

Amaza Reitmeier, Medtronic, '09 MBA

Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Executive in Residence, MILI

Garrett Black, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, '88 MBA





About the Conference

Started in 2018 at the Carlson School of Management, Convene brings together academic researchers and medical industry executives to share their unique perspectives on trends, opportunities, and challenges in healthcare. Based in the thriving Twin Cities medical ecosystem, the conference promotes cross-disciplinary learning with keynote speakers, engaging panels, and one-on-one conversations with nationally known business executives. 


This year there is no cost to attend. 


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