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



The 3rd annual Convene is going virtual. This year there is no cost to attend.


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 of Health Equity Research, Yale School of Medicine

Chair, COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, Biden-Harris Administration

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

Wendy Ingram

Moderator: Wendy Ingram, PhD

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Dragonfly Mental Health 

Chair, Mental Health Informatics Working Group, AMIA

Jennifer Frost

Jennifer Frost

National Director

Thrive Local Program, Kaiser Permanente

Michael Petersen

Michael Peterson, MD

Health Equity and Health Innovation Lead

Accenture Health

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


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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