2nd Annual Emerging Leader Symposium Leadership by Design
2nd Annual Emerging Leader Symposium Leadership by Design
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 8:15am

Creighton University and the Heider College of Business are proud to present the 2nd Annual Emerging Leader Symposium: Leadership by Design. Emerging leaders in the healthcare management field will learn from those in leadership roles at some of the region’s biggest names in business and healthcare, leaving equipped with skills to achieve growth and success in their careers, organizations, and communities.

Our featured speakers come from various backgrounds in business, healthcare, and marketing. You’ll take time to network with other healthcare professionals and learn about topics such as innovation shaping the medical field as well as networking and design thinking.

Attendees at last year’s conference came away with new insights that they felt they could immediately apply to their personal and professional lives, including:

  • “It was so refreshing being in a room knowing everyone was excited to create change and do better things for their organization.”
  • “Great leaders fail but learning from those failures is what is important. Leadership is not an overnight process. It takes time.”
  • “I have to focus on maintaining trust with my coworkers, employees and students, and I have to be intentional about what I devote my time to.”
  • “Now I have more tools to help me get where I want to go in my career.”


Featured Speakers

Jagi GillJagi Gill, MD, PhD has spent his professional career in the healthcare field, starting as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Education Director of the Neuroscience

Program at the Mayo Clinic.  He then began his career in the medical technology field through various executive positions in business development and marketing at Boston Scientific and Advanced Bionics.  At these firms, he was responsible for identifying companies and technologies for acquisition and then support their integration and commercialization efforts. 

Jagi has also been involved in starting two medical device companies – OrthoCor and Tenex Health. As the Founder and CEO of Tenex Health, he developed a minimally invasive technology to treat tendon related joint pain, leading the company from inception, product development, securing FDA regulatory approval, commercialization and capital raise.  Currently, he is the General Manager at AcuVentures, an orthopedic medical technology accelerator.


David Grandy

David Grandy, FACHE is HDR’s Vice President and Managing Director of Strategic Innovation, a practice that integrates human-centered design and strategy to help organizations explore the evolution of their business to find their place in the future. He is a highly sought-after consultant advising clients on issues related to delivery system transformation, market strategy, service design and business planning. Across his nearly 20-years in healthcare, he has contributed to the design of healthcare systems and services at every level. David is the former Clinical Ethics Officer for a major US health system. He has also managed clinical and non-clinical operations for a 350-bed tertiary care hospital within a 9-hospital system and planned and operated physician-led outpatient facilities.

David’s work as a thinker, teacher, explorer and partner has taken him to five continents and into board rooms and cabinet rooms alike. He has worked with world-renowned organizations like Google, GE and the US Department of Defense, as well as with various international healthcare entities like Jordan’s Royal Medical Service, and the Health Service of Trinidad and Tobago. David is a BD+C 40 Under 40, an EN&R 20 Under 40 and an American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Young Executive Award winner. In 2015, David was named to the HCD10, honoring the 10 most influential healthcare design professionals of the year. An avid traveler, David never leaves home without a color-block watch and a messenger bag made of reclaimed parachutes and seatbelts, which makes him very punctual and always ready to jump. 


kelley cawcuttKelly Cawcutt, MD, MS is board certified in Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases with an academic and clinical practice at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She completed her medical school and internal medicine residency at University of Minnesota and her Critical Care fellowship, Infectious Diseases fellowship and Masters of Clinical Research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Infection Control and is active in Sepsis Clinical Efficacy initiatives at UNMC. She holds national positions with the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Kelly is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael, and has two amazing children and two dogs. She loves reading, running, boating and spending time with friends and family. One of her greatest joys is helping others chase and actualize their dreams. 


katie kemerlingKatie Kemerling has held various leadership roles over her past 11 years with Ervin & Smith. From her start as a copywriter, she was quickly promoted to a director in 2009. Under her leadership as Chief Marketing Officer, the agency has become a certified HubSpot Partner – one of only five agencies in Nebraska to offer this. She also recently took part in the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s rebranding initiative and was a critical part of the 16-member team that developed the new “We Don’t Coast” brand campaign.

Over the years, Kemerling has been active in the Omaha marketing community, holding several leadership and board positions. She currently serves as board member and programming chair for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals group, is on the programming committee for the Omaha Network and is a member of the 1877 Society’s steering committee, a group that supports the Omaha Public Library Foundation. She has also been involved in the Omaha Creative Institute, AAF Omaha, and the Omaha chapter of the AMA, and was a Midland’s Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award recipient in 2017.


laura flores

Laura Flores is a second-year medical student in the MD-PhD Scholars Program at The University of Nebraska Medical Center.  She graduated from college with a degree in philosophy at New Mexico State University in her hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Flores is on the executive boards of the American Physician Scientists Association, local and national chapters, as well as co- chair of the Midwest Biomedical Student Research Forum. She is the recipient of the Harvard Medical School “Walls Do Talk Challenge” award and the Debora Romberger Dedicated Student award. She has a passion for increasing diversity and representation in medical education.


cara kirschCara Kirsch’s proven ability to develop strategic alliances, motivate high performing teams and execute organizational strategy is an asset to SilverStone Group. In her role as Vice President of the Group division, Cara focuses on new business sales and building relationships with clients and prospects.

Cara is a motivated and dynamic employee benefits professional offering 20 years of expertise in all facets of employee benefit management, including sales, account management, business development and project management. She makes a difference with clients because of her unique background in account management, sales and strategy. Specifically, Cara puts her clients’ interests first and builds their trust by working tirelessly on their behalf. Her ability to think outside the box brings value to her customers and demonstrates her commitment to drive innovation.

In 2012, Cara was recognized by the Midlands Business Journal with the 40 Under 40 Award. In early 2017, Cara was also featured in a special “Women in Business” issue of B2B Magazine. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Cara was the director of large and national account sales for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Cara serves on several local boards, including the Omaha Association of Health Underwriters, the Child Saving Institute and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. She also does committee work for the Omaha Women’s Fund. Cara is a graduate of Leadership Nebraska Class IX. 

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