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Healthcare Symposium Moderators

Healthcare Leadership in the A.I. Revolution


Kathleen Grave

Kathleen Grave, DBA

Kathleen is the Managing Director and CEO at EI Group. Following a successful career at IBM, Kathleen returned to her startup roots and is leading this new organization focused on increasing client success through partnership and alliances and delivering integrated information solutions globally. EI Group are experienced consultants, architects, and specialists with cross-industry expertise linking business goals and technology advancements to transform healthcare, financial, agriculture, and other industries using the insights of big data analytics and applied cognitive science.

Kathleen shares her time in academia as an instructor of strategy at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, educating and mentoring future public and private sector leaders in executive, fully-employed, and online MBA programs. Kathleen earned her doctor in business strategy (DBA) at University of Liverpool, UK. Her scholarly focus is integrative, sustainable Smart Cities and applied differentiation and growth strategies via business and entrepreneurial economics.

Gary Mangiofico

Gary Mangiofico, PhD

Gary L. Mangiofico has taught at the Graziadio School since 2002 and brings more than 20 years of experience leading strategic development, operations management and integration, and turnaround operations solving complex challenges as a CEO, COO, and as a general management executive for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies. He is a former vice president for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Services; COO and senior vice president for Pathmakers, an integrated behavioral health practice management group; senior vice president for Apria Healthcare Group; and chief executive officer for CPC Alhambra Hospital.

He also served as chief executive officer of Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), an independent public benefit corporation working to make voluntary, high-quality preschool available to every 4-year-old in Los Angeles County, regardless of their family's income by 2014. He has been delivering consulting services to corporations, private business, and nonprofits since 1989, as well as conducting over 300 workshops and keynote presentations in healthcare, community health, and healthcare economics.

Rich Roth

Rich Roth, MHA

Mr. Roth leads Dignity Health's innovation efforts, which seek to create and test novel services, programs, partnerships, and/or technologies—from within and outside of healthcare—that challenge the status quo and have the potential to reduce the cost of care, improve quality, and/or increase access to services. Working in concert with Dignity Health employees and physicians, Mr. Roth works to anticipate emerging trends and technologies with the goal of incubating, studying, and scaling efforts to improve care.

Mr. Roth holds a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in public health from West Chester University. Mr. Roth regularly advises venture capital organizations and co-manages Dignity Health's Strategic Investment Fund.

Judy Smythe

Judy Smythe, MBA

Judy Smythe has spent more than a 15 years in healthcare leadership roles with significant emphasis on population health management, wellness, consumer engagement, and value-based payments. Her experience has led to an appreciation that coordinating care across disciplines and teams avoids fragmentation and leads to better care and value. She has served as chief operating officer and chief revenue officer at Centauri Health Solutions and now serves on Centauri's Advisory Board. Centauri Health Solutions provides software and services that enable risk adjustment, quality and eligibility programs for health plans and providers.

Before joining Centauri, Judy served as president and chief operating officer of WebMD Health Services, the wellness software and services business that serves employers and health plans. Prior to WebMD, Judy led the McKesson Care Management business that served commercial health plans, state governments and federal government agencies with condition management software and services.