Conference Theme

The theme of this year’s conference is Challenges and Successes in Identifying and Preparing Healthcare Leaders: A View from the Field. The meeting will begin at 7:00 am with the AUPHA/ACHE Joint Breakfast and this year will feature an extended program in response to attendees’ requests.  Two panels and an interactive lunch followed by a wrap-up session will complete the day.

Keynote Speaker

AUPHA’s 2017 Leaders Conference, scheduled during ACHE’s 2017 Congress, will be held Tuesday, March 28th at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.  We are pleased to announce the 2017 Leaders Conference keynote speaker, Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, President and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association. Dr. Fischer-Wright is a nationally recognized healthcare executive and physician leader who, prior to becoming MGMA's President and CEO,  most recently served as the CMO at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado, which is part of the Centura Health System. She started her own successful medical practice early in her career, has spent time as a management consultant and served as president of Rose Medical Group in Denver, a 680-physician physician-hospital organization/management services organization for 12 years. She also co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Tribal Leadership and is a nationally recognized speaker.           

Presentation Speaker


Christopher Reina is the Founder of Leading Without Ego and an assistant professor in the Department of Management at Virginia Commonwealth University. He consults and leads trainings on mindful leadership and managing the emotional space within organizations. His research focuses on the intersection of leadership, mindfulness, and emotions in the workplace and how they aid employees and organizations in successfully adapting to change. He is especially interested in understanding the impact of leadership on followers and how this translates to customer and patient outcomes. Dr. Reina received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and has corporate experience in leadership training and development, as well as sales and marketing in the healthcare industry. 


The schedule for Leaders Conference is as follows:

  • 7:00-8:15am: Keynote Speaker
    Halee Fischer Wright, MD, President & CEO, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

  • 8:30-9:30am: Panel Presentation on Practitioner Faculty
    Moderated by Dennis Stillman, MHA, University of Washington, featuring Errol Biggs, PhD, University of Colorado, and Martin S. Perlin, PhD, George Mason University

  • 9:45-10:45am: Foundations of Engaged Scholarship:  Bridging the Gap to the Field of Practice
    Moderated by Brad Beauvais, PhD, Trinity University, featuring Chris Johnson, PhD, University of Louisville, and Suzanne Wood, PhD, University of Washington

  • 11:00am -12:15pm: Presentation: Using Mindfulness at Work
    Christopher Reina, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University: Christopher Reina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at VCU. His research focuses on the intersection of leadership, mindfulness, and emotions in the workplace and how they aid employees and organizations in successfully adapting to change order to facilitate employee engagement and organization performance and well being

    12:15-1:45pm: Lunch, an interactive event featuring topical discussions at tables
    Facilitated by Leah Vriesman, PhD, University of California at Los Angeles

  • 2:00-3:00pm: Wrap-up Session

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