3rd Annual Emerging Leader Symposium: Leadership with Purpose
3rd Annual Emerging Leader Symposium: Leadership with Purpose
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:45am - 5:45pm

Creighton University and the Heider College of Business are proud to present the 3rd Annual Emerging Leader Symposium: Leadership with Purpose.

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 healthcare, entrepreneurship, and law. You’ll take time to network with other healthcare professionals and leave with a valuable new understanding of crucial leadership skills in the areas of resilience, mindfulness, innovation, and negotiation.

Attendees at past symposiums 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

Don Avery, MHA, MBA, FACHE is the President and CEO of Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin, GA. Don graduated from the U. S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1978. He left the Air Force in 1984 and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville earning master’s degrees in Business Administration and Health Science in 1986. 

Don has been involved in various professional organizations such as ACHE (Governor, Regent and several committees), the Georgia ACHE (Past President and board member), the GHA (Board member), and the Georgia Medical Care Foundation (Board member).  Don also serves as a member of the CAHME Standards Committee and is the past President of the Health Professions Alumni Association for the University of Florida.


Carol Friesen, MPH, FHFMA is the Northern Region CEO of OSF HealthCare in Peoria, IL. Friesen, a Fellow of HFMA, holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.

A member of HFMA since 1999, Friesen’s involvement at the national level includes serving as Chair from 2017 to 2019, service on the Board of Directors and its committees, the National Advisory Council, the Early Careerist Task Force, Chapter Volunteer Initiative Task Force, and the Regional Executive Council, which she has both chaired and served on behalf of Region 8. Friesen also has been an active member and leader of the organization’s Nebraska Chapter. Friesen’s service to HFMA has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards. She also is a recipient of the HFMA Medal of Honor.

Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan is an Infectious Disease physician at CHI Health in Omaha, NE. She is an associate professor and Assistant Dean of Strategy and Accreditation at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vivekanandan completed her medical school training at the Medical University of the Americas, her internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her infectious disease fellowship at Creighton University School of Medicine. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2019 CHI Health Board of Director’s Leadership Excellence Award, the Midlands Business Journal 40 Under 40 award, the James F. Sullivan teaching award in 2015.


Aimee Lowe, JD, is an Omaha business attorney at Goosmann Law in Omaha, NE. Aimee’s extensive background includes serving as legal counsel in the transactional and litigation areas of corporate guidance, business law, creditor, real estate and land title, trusts and estate, contract negotiations, employment, and intellectual property matters.

Aimee is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and Iowa and completed her law degree at Creighton University School of Law.

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