Keynote Speakers

2019 Keynote Speakers

In addition to the word-class content presented in the concurrent sessions, AHIA brings you timely, relevant, and even fun keynote presentations that all attendees can participate in. We are delighted to have Greg Schwem, Bill Rutherford, and Jack Gilbert with us this year!

Monday, September 16
8:00-9:30 AM
Work, Laugh, Repeat
Greg Schwem, President, Comedy with a Byte

In spite of its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to laugh at work and about work. Audience members will put down their iPads and smart phones and laugh along with Greg as he good-naturedly discusses topics such as Smart Phone abuse, social network overload, never-ending conference calls, “frequently” asked questions, and home office workers. Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems and his comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2016. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.

Tuesday, September 17
8:00-9:30 AM
The Economics of Healthcare: Driving Health Value
Bill Rutherford, CFO & Executive Vice President, HCA Healthcare

A review of the historical macroeconomic drivers of healthcare demand and how providers are investigating and preparing their systems to drive value into the future.

Wednesday, September 18
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Ethical Erosion, Ethical Wisdom and Ethical Culture
Jack Gilbert, EdD, Clinical Professor, Arizona State University

In this session, we will explore the damaging and pervasive role of ethical erosion in weakening the ability to do the right thing every day and its antidote, ethical wisdom. Then we will examine four ethical pathways (culture, leadership, infrastructure, personal integrity) and take a deep dive into the five everyday disciplines that support an ethical culture and leverage ethical wisdom. Finally, we will explore in depth the three disciplines of personal integrity. All of which will lead participants to the opportunity to determine a small set of actions to take “back home” that will support the ethical health of their organization.