Founder and CEO of futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She is a recognized global leader on innovation foresight and change management, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired with a vision and armed with tools toward action.
A dynamic speaker and futurist, Bodell has brought innovation to life for Google, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Merck, Fidelity, Accenture and the U.S. Navy. Bodell’s takeaways are proven transformational methods that she and her team at futurethink, an innovation-training firm helping businesses become world-class innovators, have successfully implemented with Fortune 500 companies around the world. The characteristics that define Bodell as a successful global speaker are the same as those that define her success as a CEO — a laser-focused ability to provide radical thinking and offer on-the-spot business solutions, with an inspired vision that motivates people to action.
With a deep understanding of best practices across industries, Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media, including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News and CNN. She serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum; and an adviser on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland.
Perry L. Fri is HDA’s Executive Vice President of Industry Relations, Membership & Education and Chief Operating Officer of the HDA Research Foundation. At HDA, Fri is responsible for the direction, supervision and development of industry initiatives that facilitate improved business processes and operational efficiencies in the healthcare supply chain. Fri currently serves on the Board of Directors for Healthcare Ready, a 501(c)(3) organization established to help public and private sector stakeholders across the pharmaceutical supply chain prepare for (and maintain operations during) disasters.
Fri most recently served as Vice President of Industry Relations and Program Development for the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA). Prior to joining HIDA, Fri was a consultant for The Hale Group. He also was Vice President of Industry Alliances for Instill Corporation, and was the Director of Supply Chain Management for NWDA (now HDA). He holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland.
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Anne Grady is an internationally recognized speaker and author who shares humor, humility, refreshing honesty and practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change and triumph over adversity. She is a two time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, CNN, ESPN and FOX Business.
With a master's degree in organizational communication and more than 20 years of experience working side-by-side with industry gurus, political and educational leaders and executives, Anne addresses audiences worldwide on topics including change management, resilience, leadership, communication and emotional intelligence. She faces adversity head on and shares her personal toolkit for building courage and resilience. Her expertise is growing talent, offering up timely solutions and building subtle, yet sustainable, change in teams and organizations.
John M. Gray has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of HDA since 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all HDA operations and activities and reports directly to the HDA Board of Directors. Gray also serves as President and CEO of the HDA Research Foundation.
Prior to joining HDA, Gray served for eight years as Food Distributor International’s (FDI) Executive Vice President and General Counsel. When FDI merged with the Food Marketing Institute to form the International Foodservice Distributors Association in 2003, Gray became its President and CEO.
From 1987 to 1994, Gray served as Vice President of Education and as Industry Affairs Counsel for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Gray holds an AB from The College of William & Mary; an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Ben Heywood is co-founder and chief privacy officer of PatientsLikeMe. Founded in 2004, it is the world’s largest personalized health network. The network serves as a community of patients, doctors and organizations that inspires, informs and empowers individuals. Heywood initially launched the platform to help his brother, who was struggling with an ALS diagnosis. That ALS diagnosis led to a desire to reinvent the healthcare system, with the patient at the center. Now with the help of the more than 600,000 PatientsLikeMe members living with chronic illnesses, Heywood has been on an inspired journey through the U.S. healthcare system few others have seen.
Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). NCPA® represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, an $88.7 billion health care marketplace.
Dave Wendland is a 27+ year veteran of the consumer packaged goods industry and is passionate about optimizing results across the retail supply chain. A sought-after speaker for industry conferences and frequent editorial contributor, Dave provides dynamic, thought-provoking presentations; idea-generating articles; and purposeful business guidance.
As vice president strategic relations and one of the co-owners of Hamacher Resource Group, Dave has connected, counseled, and offered business-improvement solutions to a variety of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and technology providers. With his bird’s-eye view of retail and fresh approaches to branding he is able to assess and offer creative ideas to help companies of all sizes whether they are market leaders or new to the industry.