Meet the experts who help guide these important and timely conversations. 

2024 Convene Speakers

Dawn Owens, CEO, Partner, TT Capital Partners

Keynote Speaker

Dawn Owens, CEO and Partner, TT Capital Partners

Since 2018, the Convene Conference has served a bold and inspirational purpose, harnessing innovation and insight to reimagine healthcare. I am thrilled to lend my voice to this year’s important discussion: Building the Vision for SmartTech for Health. Only by bringing together people from across the healthcare ecosystem to dialogue about the opportunities and discuss a common vision can we truly unlock the potential of technology for our industry. - Dawn Owens, CEO, TT Capital Partners

Pinar Karaca Mandic

Conference Chair

Prof. Pinar Karaca-Mandic

Inspired by Minnesota's federal designation as a "Med Tech Hub", join us for a program that will explore questions around how we can build towards this designation: What types of partnerships are needed; What is the role of electronic health records; How can we bring innovative ideas from lab-to-market, and how can we fund these innovations? 





8:00 a.m.

Conference check in begins

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Address: 
Jamie Prenkert, Dean, Carlson School of Management; Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Founding Director of BACH

9:20 a.m.

Keynote Address:

Dawn Owens, CEO, TT Capital Partners - "Supporting Successful Innovation"

  • Navigating the future of healthcare innovations: unveiling trends, finding footholds, and fueling success
10:05 a.m.

Panel Session: Advancing Innovation Through Collaboration

A conversation between Roberta "Bobbie" Dressen, CEO, Medical Alley, Dr. Brooke Cunningham, Commissioner, MN Department of Health and Jim Southwick, Executive Fellow, GreaterMSP, moderated by Rick Huebsch, Associate VP for Research, University of Minnesota

  • Creating collaborative partnerships to drive innovation: breaking down barriers, building bridges, and cultivating connections in the healthcare ecosystem
10:50 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Panel Session: From Start-up to Scale

Jeremy Pierotti, General Manager, Lucem Health, Amaza Reitmeier, VP & General Manager, Medtronic and Julie Pritchard-Hedtke, President, Avio Medtech Consulting, moderated by Ryan Armbruster, Sr. Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

  • Bringing innovative ideas from lab to market: bridging the gap between innovation and market success in healthcare

Panel Session: Accelerating Healthcare: AI Integration in EHRs

Phil Lindemann, VP Data and Research Informatics, Epic and Dr. Jigar Patel, Sr. Director - Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle/Cerner and moderated by Dr. Archelle Georgiou, President, Georgiou Consulting, LLC

  • Integrating cutting-edge technologies into EHRs: harnessing the power of AI for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness
12:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks:

Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Executive-in-Residence, Carlson School of Management; Prof. Pinar Karaca-Mandic 

1:00 p.m.

Networking Session & Lunch:

Please join fellow attendees, distinguished speakers, and special guests for lunch immediately following the conference, and enjoy an opportunity to network with others who are also passionate about the health sector.

2:00 p.m.

Conference close

Thank you for joining in these important conversations!

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