Lecture Series

Executive Leadership Lecture Series

Through the Executive Leadership Lecture Series, you will engage with high-caliber thought leaders who are changing the face of healthcare. The lecture series addresses some of the most pressing issues in healthcare today and provides networking opportunities, discussion points among students and alumni and education for the Indianapolis medical community. It is open to the public.

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Fireside Chat: An evening with top healthcare expert Toby Cosgrove, MD

Friday, September 29
Hine Hall Auditorium and online via live stream
875 W North St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
5 p.m. Networking reception
6 to 7:30 p.m. Lecture


Join us for the latest conversation in our Executive Leadership Lecture Series, a discussion with Toby Cosgrove, MD, the former president and chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic who currently serves as an executive advisor for the health system.

From 2004–2017, Dr. Cosgrove led the $8 billion organization to become the #2 hospital in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. As a cardiac surgeon, he has performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation in valve repair. Dr. Cosgrove holds 30 patents for medical innovations and is currently an advisor for several healthcare organizations. As an expert on health issues, he is a frequent commentator in national and international media.

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Featured Speakers

Drawing upon the program's focus at the intersection of business and medicine, the Executive Leadership Lecture Series features two thought leaders each year—one from the business world and one from medicine. Speakers explore a current topic or theme that adds value for physician leaders and challenges their approach to leadership. Previous speakers include:

  • Connie Mariano, MD | Former White House Physician to the President and founder of the Center for Executive Medicine 
  • Josh Luke, PhD | Experienced hospital CEO, author, international motivational speaker
  • Alex Azar | U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former President of the U.S. Division, Eli Lilly and Company
  • David Pryor, MD | Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Ascension
  • Bob Chapman | CEO, Barry-Wehmill
  • Ora Pescovitz, MD | President, Oakland University
  • Chris Kay | Senior Vice President and CIO, Humana
  • Mae Jemison, MD | American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut
  • Daniel Coyle | New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code
  • Tom Cooper, MD | Healthcare Entrepreneur
  • Alexandra Christina | Countess of Frederiksborg in Denmark
  • Ann Christensen | President, Clayton Christensen Institute
  • Ron Laufer | Senior Managing Director, MedImmune Ventures
  • Brian Primack, MD, Ph.D. | Dean, University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions
  • William H. Thompson | Chairman, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.

Recent Topics

Supporting community health and economic prosperity

Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, 20th Surgeon General of the United States and prior member of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, led a discussion on community health and economic prosperity and why we can’t have one without the other. Dr. Adams spoke on his work at the forefront of America’s most pressing health challenges and how he led scientific decision-making while also communicating critical health information to the general public.

Move forward as an inclusive leader

Featured speaker David A. Ricks is the chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company. Ricks has worked for Lilly for more than 20 years, most recently serving as president of Lilly Bio-Medicines before he was elected chairman of the board in 2017. He led a virtual discussion focused on creating an inclusive workplace.

Read more about David A. Ricks

Secrets behind successful organizations

Featured speaker Daniel Coyle is the bestselling author of The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups. Daniel has covered outstanding performers for years as senior editor and now contributing editor for Outside magazine. He was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award and was featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Daniel shared strategies behind how diverse, highly successful organizations and teams learn to function with a single mind.

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A Gift from Our Physician Alumni

Several  graduates of the first Business of Medicine MBA Program cohort in 2016 present a large check for $125,000  as a class gift to the school.

In the Kelley Physician MBA, physicians understand the value of learning from others, and they pay it forward. This lecture series was created through a generous gift from the Class of 2016, in which each member donated funds to endow it. In addition to providing current students access to high-profile healthcare leaders, the lecture series is an opportunity for alumni to return to Indianapolis and participate in thought-provoking discussions throughout their careers.