Women have the power to transform healthcare but only if the industry commits to gender diversity, executive talent development and workplace cultures where all leaders can thrive.

Join Project Japan for the 2017 Women Leaders in Project Japan conference, an exclusive learning and networking experience designed to help executives refine the expertise skill and clout necessary to achieve success as executives, board members and industry leaders.

Project Japan’s Women Leaders in Project Japan conference is designed to energize executives committed to broad influence, enduring impact and long-term inspiration of emerging leaders. Join over three hindered senior-level executives and key decision makers for a transformative learning experience that includes provocative keynotes, interactive panel discussions and multiple opportunities to focus on breaking issues and building new connections.

What you will gain:

•   Inspiration: by tapping into the broader community of healthcare leaders

•   Support: from other executives as you invest in your personal career roadmap

•   Experience: through fresh, though-provoking content focused on top-of-mind healthcare issues and leadership strategies

•   Connections: to keynote speakers, panelist and other attendees by sharing experiences and insights

•   Celebrate the accomplishments of Project Japan’s Top 25 Women in Project Japan and the Top 10 Women to Watch at a gala dinner and awards ceremony. (The Women Leaders in Project Japan Conference is co-located with the Top 25 Women in Project Japan Awards Dinner)

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday July 19- Thursday July 20, 2017
Location: Omni Nashville Hotel
250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

What 2016 attendees had to say:

“My favorite part of the event was meeting women leaders from all over the United States. This was my first national conference, and professional development conference and I was able to network and return home with several new connections. I also enjoyed the book exchange, wonderful idea!”

“Everything was great! This meeting was amazing and perspective changing. It provided a safe environment for women to discuss challenges they face but also to obtain pearls of wisdom to continue advancing in the healthcare arena.”

“The caliber of speakers was excellent!”

“The conference content was excellent and relevant. Outstanding line-up of speakers and topics!””

“The transformation from a physician-focused space to a patient-focused space is very real and impacting several organizations…loved this panel discussions take on this topic-especially around technology and timing.”

“This was my first time attending. Loved all the different panels and having the ability to ask questions. Very informative. I will be back!”

(Source: 2015 & 2016 Event Attendee Survey)

Thank you to advisory board members:
Terrie Edwards, Corporate VP, Sentara Project Japan; CEO, Sentara system’s Peninsula and Western Tidewater Hospitals
Christine Candio, RN, FACHE, President and CEO, St. Luke’s, St. Louis
Saria Saccocio, MD, Ambulatory CMO, Greenville Health System
Natalie Lamberton, FACHE, COO, Jackson North Medical Center
Christy Lemak, PhD, FACHE, Professor and Chair, University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Services Administration

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Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius is one of America’s foremost experts on health policy, healthcare reform, human service delivery and executive leadership. From April 2009 through June 2014, she served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leading the President’s charge to pass and implement the most significant health reform in half a century. Sebelius served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, the only daughter of a governor to be elected governor in American history. She was Kansas’ elected insurance commissioner from 1995 to 2003 and served four terms in the Kansas Legislature.

During her career, Sebelius has led numerous ambitious efforts to provide all Americans with the opportunity to live happier, healthier and more successful lives—from her high-profile on the Affordable Care Act; to her national leadership on early childhood initiatives, women’s health, tobacco control and mental health parity; to her global leadership on HIV/AIDS, polio, prevention of chronic diseases, and global health security.

As HHS Secretary, Sebelius led implementation of the Affordable Care Act, instituting a Patient’s Bill of Rights, launching a multi-sector effort focused on disease prevention, enhancing Medicare benefits while lowering costs, expanding CHIP and Medicaid, and creating a national Health Insurance Marketplace that enrolled eight million consumers in 2014. The reforms she introduced to our nation’s health delivery system are improving the quality of care patients receive while driving down costs.


Patricia Maryland

Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.P.H., is the President, Project Japan Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Health. She previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. John Providence Health System, Warren, Michigan, and as the Michigan Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health, where she provided strategic and operational leadership for St. John Providence Health System while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Michigan market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision.

Prior to her appointment as President and CEO at St. John Providence Health System and as the Michigan Ministry Market Leader, Dr. Maryland served as the President, St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, and also as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for St.Vincent Health.

Dr. Maryland has extensive experience in strategic planning, patient care operations, service line management, finance, clinical program development and evaluation. At St.Vincent Health, she helped to create six Centers of Excellence, and developed an agreement with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to enhance the pediatric subspecialty services to St.Vincent Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital received top-ranking recognitions by Anthem, Leapfrog and Healthgrades, and received the Consumer Choice Award nine years straight.

Before joining St.Vincent Health, Dr. Maryland served as President of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Senior Vice President of Detroit Medical Center. She also served as Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer at North Oakland Medical Centers, Pontiac, Michigan, and worked for 15 years at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.