Executive Spotlight

Lisa Suennen

Lisa Suennen

Lead - Manatt Ventures and Digital & Technology Group

Lisa Suennen has spent 30 years in healthcare as entrepreneur, advisor and venture capitalist.  Today she leads Manatt Phelps & Phillips digital and technology businesses and the firm’s venture capital fund. Her role spans technology across all sectors, although she also works closely with Manatt Health, engaging with payers, health systems and companies to provide strategic advice on innovation, digital strategy and growth.

Additionally, Lisa is co-founder of CSweetener, which matches women in and nearing the healthcare C-Suite with mentors.  Lisa is also on faculty at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where she teaches the annual class on healthcare venture capital.

Lisa spent the last 20 years in venture capital, most recently leading the healthcare fund at GE Ventures and previously as a partner with Psilos Group.  Prior to that, she was part of the leadership team that built Merit Behavioral Care, an $800mm behavioral healthcare company, through its successful IPO and exit.  She previously worked in product management and marketing roles in the technology field.

Lisa serves on the Boards of Directors of Health Reveal, Inc. and HealthXL.  She also chairs the advisory board of the NASA -funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health that is responsible for identifying innovative approaches to reduce health risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA’s Journey to Mars.  Lisa is also a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship.

Lisa is the author of the widely-read Venture Valkyrie blog and co-hosts the Tech Tonics podcast.

Archelle Georgiou

Archelle Georgiou, MD

Industry Advisor & Executive in Residence - Medical Industry Leadership Institute, Carlson School of Management

Archelle Georgiou is a physician, healthcare industry expert, reporter, and author. But colleagues think of her as a lightning rod for change. As a senior executive and the Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare (1995-2007), she dismantled the company’s pre-certification policies that hassled patients and physicians. Since 2008, she has used Georgiou Consulting as her business platform to coordinate a diverse portfolio of relationships, clients, and projects that ultimately improve health and the healthcare system. Archelle is adjunct faculty and Executive in Residence at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She has covered over 1200 medical topics during her weekly segments on KSTP-TV and consistently encourages viewers to use their voice when making medical decisions and advocating for themselves. Georgiou developed the CARES Model, a five-step approach that consumers can use to make healthcare decisions that balance the best medical care with their personal, professional, social, and economic preferences, and in February 2017, she published her first book, Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need (Rowman & Littlefield). Dr. Georgiou earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was board-certified in Internal Medicine before pivoting her career to managed care in order to have a broader impact on the healthcare system. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.