Speakers

Aging2.0 is the global stage for aging and innovation. A number of high-profile speakers have graced our stage in the past few years and you can expect to see a similarly impressive group of insightful and inspiring speakers this year.

 

Derek Andersen
Founder/CEO, Startup Grind

Derek Andersen is the founder and CEO of Startup Grind, a community of over 200 Chapters in 80 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 3,500 events for more than 150,000 entrepreneurs. In 20011 Derek founded professional social network Commonred (acquired by Income.com). Previously, he worked at Electronic Arts. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three children.


Trish Barbato
Senior Vice President Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Revera
Panel: View from the C-Suite - Big Players; Big Visions

Ms. Barbato is Senior VP, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Revera Inc. During her tenure, Ms. Barbato has also served as SVP, Retirement and SVP, Home Health. Trish is responsible for creating and driving an innovation culture within Revera. Previously, she has held senior executive positions across the health sector.

Ms. Barbato holds an economics degree, is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association, author of the book Inspire Your Career and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

 

Sam Barnett
Lead Investment Strategist, Medline Industries, Inc.

Sam Barnett serves as Medline’s Lead Investment Strategist, managing the company’s financial portfolio and building partnerships with healthcare innovators. Sam has firsthand experience with both the excitement and challenges of entrepreneurship. While studying applied math at Caltech, he founded a hedge fund management firm that now directs over $200 million. Sam also patented a method for measuring brain engagement and is currently a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at Northwestern, where he teaches MBA students and undergraduates in his free time.

 

David Belbeck
SVP Corporate Development, PointClickCare

As SVP, Corporate Development leads a team responsible for establishing & advancing strategic partner relationships as well as identifying/developing new market opportunities. A veteran within the technology sector playing a significant role in strategic growth planning for the business. Prior to joining PointClickCare in 2009, was the Canadian Business Unit Executive for the Lotus Foundations Group and has over 20 years of experience in executive roles in finance, healthcare, computer technology, software and communications. Holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.


Eythor Bender
Co-Founder and CEO of UNYQ
Session: 2.0 Talks: Welcome to the future - Drones, Robotics and VR!

Eythor Bender has been an innovation and business leader in the emerging field of robotics and bionics for more than two decades.He was previously CEO of Ekso Bionics, where he commercialized a wearable robot “Ekso,” which enables wheelchair users to stand and walk. Before that Eythor was the President of Ossur maker of prosthetics and orthotics. Eythor is on the faculty of Singularity University and a frequent speaker on innovation at conferences such as TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

 
Benjamin Berk

Benjamin Berk
CEO, Attuned Care
Session:  2.0 Talks: New Models to Optimize Care - Playing to win in value-based care

Dr. Benjamin Berk is CEO of Attuned Care, which provides coordinated care for residents of senior living communities. Previously, Benjamin was VP Population Health at Iora Health and a Principal at BCG, where he was global coordinator for health care IT. He is Adjunct Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Tuck School of Business. Benjamin received his MD and MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford and his BA from Dartmouth College.

 

David Blais
Senior Marketing Director, Guggenheim Partners

As a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities, David works with healthcare services clients and leads the Healthcare IT practice. He advises leading public and private companies as well as innovators. He has spent significant time working with providers of post-acute care.

David received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an MS in Planning and a BS in International Affairs from the Florida State University.


Jennie Bucove

Jennie Bucove
Founder & CEO, Furnished Living
Session: 2.0 Talks: Empathy and Empowerment

Jennie Bucove founded Furnished Living in 2011 after seeing the poorly designed furniture in the residence where her father had moved. The furniture did little to enhance his independence or to make his apartment feel like home. Prior to launching Furnished Living™, Jennie spent ten years with The New York Times Company in a variety of corporate finance, strategic planning and operational roles. Jennie holds an MBA from Columbia University and lives in New York City with her family.


Bruce Chernoff 

Bruce Chernof
President & CEO, The SCAN Foundation
Session: Trend Talks: Changing World / Changing Systems

Bruce Allen Chernof, MD, FACP, currently serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation, whose mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence.

In 2013, Dr. Chernof served as the Chair of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, which produced a bipartisan report to Congress recommending reforms for our nation’s long-term care financing, delivery system, and workforce needs. 


Sameer Dhar
Co-Founder & CEO, Sensassure
Panel:2.0 Talks: Empathy and Empowerment

Sameer is a 23-year old co-founder of Sensassure and is a recent grad from the University of Alberta with a degree in Commerce. He formerly worked with Morgan Stanley in investment banking and co-founded the successful Canadian not-for-profit, GEOMEER, for which he was named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 young leaders.


Katy Fike 

Katy Fike
Co-Founder, Aging2.0

Katy Fike is the co-founder of Aging2.0 and managing partner of Generator Ventures. Katy is a PhD gerontologist, former investment banker and systems engineer. Recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Katy is a sought after speaker on topics related to innovation and aging and has been featured in national media including NPR, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, TIME, TechCrunch and Huffington Post.

 
Pascal Finette

Pascal Finette
Vice President, Singularity University
Session: A Field Guide to Exponential Thinking

Pascal is the VP SU Labs, Entrepreneurship Chair and Global Evangelist at Singularity University. Prior he founded and invested into startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into impact organizations globally at Google.org.

 

Mary Furlong
President, Mary Furlong and Associates

Mary Furlong, Ed.D, MFA's president and CEO, is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. She has guided the business development and marketing strategies of leading corporations, emerging companies, and nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years.

 
Brett Gardner
SVP, Business Development, Direct Supply
Panel: Channel Surfing - Meet the Distribution Channels that Hold the Keys to Scale

Brett Gardner is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Direct Supply. He and his team support our Senior Living clients in their efforts to build, equip and run their communities throughout the US and Canada. Additionally, his work with the Direct Supply Innovation Team focuses on the use of technology and business solutions to help clients succeed in a rapidly changing marketplace.


Adam Gazzaley
Professor, UCSF
Panel: Technology meets Neuroscience - A Vision of the Future of Brain Health

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UCSF, and the Executive Director of Neuroscape. Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive and JAZZ Venture Partners. He has filed multiple patents, authored over 100 scientific articles, and delivered over 500 invited presentations around the world. He recently co-authored “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”. He received the 2015 Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award.


Adam Glickman
Head of Even Hotels
Session:  Trend Talks: Learning from Adjacent Industries

Adam heads EVEN® Hotels, designed to enable wellness in travel. In his 12+ years at IHG, Adam has worked across the commercial business, including guest experience leadership roles with InterContinental® and Hotel Indigo®. Adam has also worked with Marriott, HVS and Hilton at the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and holds degrees from Emory University and the Cornell Hotel School. Adam finds personal balance through exercise, has visited 40+ countries exploring under-the-radar destinations and loves learning about new cultures from others.

 
Gabriela González
VP Guest Tech and Analytics, Carnival Cruise Line
Session:  Trend Talks: Learning from Adjacent Industries

Gaby Gonzalez leads the Guest Technology and Analytics team at Carnival Cruise Line, the largest cruise line in the world. Her team is focused on using data and digital to improve the experience for over 4.8 million guests each year. Prior to Carnival, Gaby lead the Product and Sales teams at Oportun, a financial tech company that offers affordable and responsible credit building loans to US Latinos and others with little to no credit history. She started her career as a marketing strategy consultant for Monitor Group (now Deloitte Monitor), using consumer data and insights to drive growth in the consumer product, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Gaby received a BA in political science from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. When she’s not hopping from ship to ship, Gaby loves spending time on the beach and on the mountains. 


Jennifer Haroon
Head of Business Operations, Self-Driving Cars, Google Inc.
Session: Improving people's lives by transforming mobility

Jennifer Haroon is the Head of Business Operations, Self-Driving Cars at X, where she focuses on strategic initiatives, business operations and partnerships. She previously launched Project Link, a wholesale metro fiber network in Kampala, Uganda and a number Google’s health-related initiatives.

Previously, Jennifer was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group. She was also an Equity Research Associate at Thomas Weisel Partners. Jennifer received her B.S. from Duke University and MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.


Dan Hirschfeld
President, Genesis Health Services
Panel: View from the C-Suite - Big Players; Big Visions

President and CEO/COO of several privately held and publicly held companies and has started 13 business (including Bill Me Later), raised $350 million in equity and completed $600 million in transactions. Directors for The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL), the Board of Trustees for Harcum College, the Board of Directors for Argentum (previously Assisted Living Federation of America, ALFA) and Commissioner for the Senior Living Certification Commission. MBA/MF from Loyola and Duke


Jody Holtzman
SVP Market Innovation, AARP
Panel: Channel Surfing - Meet the Distribution Channels that Hold the Keys to Scale

Jody Holtzman has over twenty-five years of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals.  At AARP, he created and leads the Market Innovation group, where he has brought a non-traditional perspective to the field of aging shaped by a 20-year career in strategy, innovation, and organizational change.


Dr. Naira Hovakimyan
Professor, University of Illinois
Session:  2.0 Talks: Welcome to the future - Drones, Robotics and VR! 

Naira Hovakimyan is Grafton and Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and Director of Intelligent Robotics Lab at UIUC. She has co-authored a book and more than 300 refereed publications. She is the 2011 recipient of AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight award and the 2015 recipient of SWE Achievement Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Humboldt prize for her lifetime achievements in Germany. In 2015 she was recognized by UIUC Engineering Council award for Excellence in Advising.


 

David Inns
CEO, GreatCall Inc.

David Inns is CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of GreatCall Inc., the leader in connected health for active aging. Since its inception in 2006, GreatCall has developed a portfolio of products and services that enable independent aging: telehealth services, medication adherence programs, emergency response, fall detection and activity monitoring. Under David’s leadership, GreatCall has grown from a startup in 2006 to a company with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue and over 1,000 employees.


Stephen Johnston
Co-Founder, Aging2.0

Stephen Johnston the co-founder of Aging2.0. Stephen serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people. He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. Stephen is the founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and a member of the Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight initiative. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.


Linda Keefe
Sales Executive, Sodexo Seniors
Panel: Channel Surfing - Meet the Distribution Channels that Hold the Keys to Scale

Linda Keefe is the Sales Executive for the Western United States for Sodexo Seniors. She is responsible for driving our strategic initiative of providing Quality of Life Solutions to support the lives of our clients, employees and senior community residents. Linda leads our team in establishing and sustaining relationships with strategic alliances and industry leaders to ensure our organization continues to develop innovative solutions addressing the ever changing needs of older adults.


Dennis Lally
CEO, Rendever
Session: 2.0 Talks: Welcome to the future - Drones, Robotics and VR!

Dennis is a co-Founder and CEO of Rendever, a leading provider of virtual reality tools for elderly care. Prior to founding Rendever, Dennis spent his career working as an investment banker helping small-medium sized healthcare companies with capital raises, business development and M&A processes. Dennis received his BA from Dartmouth College and is currently earning his MBA from MIT Sloan.


Tim Lash
EVP Strategy and Successful Aging, West Health

As EVP of strategy and successful aging, Tim Lash leads West Health’s strategy to advance its mission to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

Previously, Lash held numerous roles at Johnson & Johnson, where he identified new growth opportunities, drove execution of several venture-stage equity investments and product licensing agreements, and led the merger, acquisition strategic analysis and implementation.

 

Bruce Leff
Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins
Session: 2.0 Talks: New Models to Optimize Care - Playing to win in value-based care

Dr. Leff is Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and leads the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research. Principal areas of research relate to care models, quality measurement, and care of people with multiple chronic conditions. He serves on multiple Technical Panels for CMS, NQF, NCQA, and NEJM Clinical Catalyst. He cares for patients in multiple care settings. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Council and Past-President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine.


Rudy Magna
Director of Business Development, Under Armour
Session:  Trend Talks: Learning from Adjacent Industries

Rudy has worked over the past 15 years in business development functions for global organizations focused on disruptive technologies. Rudy's role at Under Armour focuses on global Go-To-Market of the Healthbox suite of connected products & applications.


Sara Marshall
Director of Analytics, Mainstreet

Sara Marshall is the Director of Analytics at Mainstreet in Carmel, Indiana. Previously, Sara helped create and run the Management and Performance Hub for Indiana Governor Mike Pence. In 2015, State Scoop named Sara Top Up and Comer in making government more efficient and effective. Sara is a licensed attorney in Indiana. She regularly volunteers on humanitarian missions with the People Helping People Network. Sara lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Josh, their new baby Landry, and Puggle Lincoln.

 

Susan Mende
Senior Program Officer, Robet Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.


William Mills
President, Chronic Care Management

Chronic Care Management, LLC founder William Mills, M.D.'s, goal is to improve “in-between visit care” for seniors. Mills is a physician with first-hand experience in caring for seniors and in running successful healthcare companies focused on senior care.

Mills is passionate about addressing the needs of people in-between their physician visits, "It's time to recognize that what we do for patients in-between visits is at least as important as what we do during visits – perhaps more important."


Sarah Oliver
Founder, Sarah Oliver Handbags
Session: 2.0 Talks: Empathy and Empowerment

Sarah Oliver is the Founder of Sarah Oliver Handbags, an accessory company with a social purpose, which is to empower and engage seniors in the workforce. Sarah is a Board Member of The Redwoods Community of Seniors. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a BA in Economics. Sarah lives in Mill Valley with her husband and two children.

 

Tom Paprocki
Director of Development and Innovation, Direct Supply

Tom Paprocki is the Director of Development and Innovation at Direct Supply. He works with startups and universities to identify and adapt technologies for senior living and care, and is responsible for Direct Supply’s Innovation and Technology Center.

Prior, Tom worked in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries with Amgen and Sanofi-Aventis, consulted for Hershey, Nestlé, and Diageo, and served in the U.S. Department of State in Russia. He earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin and his MBA from Indiana University.


Scott Reid
Co-Founder, Alignment Healthcare
Session: Trend Talks: Changing World / Changing Systems

Scott Reid is Co-Founder of Alignment Healthcare, which partners with national health insurers, hospital systems and physicians in Population Health. Mr. Reid's current venture is a continuation of a long career in healthcare. Prior to Alignment he was President and CEO of Renaissance Senior Living & MBK Senior Living. His personal endeavors include serving on the Board of Directors of Mariners Church and Memorial Healthcare's Saddleback Hospital. Mr. Reid is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and received a B.S. from UCLA.


Jaana Remes
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Session: Trend Talks: Changing World / Changing Systems

Dr. Jaana Remes is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco. Since 2003, Jaana has led MGI's research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth.

 

Lily Sarafan
CEO, Home Care Assistance
Panel: View from the C-Suite - Big Players; Big Visions

Lily Sarafan is CEO of Home Care Assistance, the leading consumer health company in the $100B in-home care market with 6,000 employees across 150 markets changing the way the world ages. A dual degree graduate of Stanford University and one of Silicon Valley's 40 Under 40, Lily has been honored as Women Health Care Executives' 2016 Woman of the Year and Ernst & Young's 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year. She serves on the boards of several high-impact companies and nonprofits.


Chris Simon
Vice President of Senior Housing Performance, Welltower, Inc.
Panel: Channel Surfing - Meet the Distribution Channels that Hold the Keys to Scale

Mr. Simon is responsible for portfolio improvement and partner collaboration in the areas of group purchasing, advisory services, and innovation. Mr. Simon joined the company in 1998 and has served various roles in investments, asset management, and relationship management. He also directed development of the company’s proprietary asset management software, Vantage, which provides instant access to performance trends, credit information, legal documents and more. Mr. Simon has a BS from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


 

Ken Smith
Director of Mobility, Stanford Center on Longevity

Ken Smith directs the Mobility Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity, where he focuses on leveraging Stanford research to help individuals remain mobile and physically independent through lifestyle changes and alterations to the built environment.

He is also the organizer of the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge, a worldwide university competition that asks young designers to address issues around longevity and brings finalists to Stanford to present to industry, academia, and the investment community.


Yvonne van Amerongen
Head of Quality & Innovation, vivium
Keynote: Welcome to Hogewey Dementia Village

Yvonne van Amerongen is occupational therapist and social worker. She worked in a hospital for psychiatric diseases, and in a rehabilitation centre. From 1983 she worked for Hogewey, a traditional nursing home. In 1993 Yvonne was the project leader, and one of the founders of the vision for excellent care for people with dementia, and De Hogeweyk. Yvonne van Amerongen now is senior consultant for Be. Be is part of the Vivium Caregroup, the owner of De Hogeweyk.

 

Greg Walton
CTO, El Camino Hospital

A dynamic, accomplished CIO and strategic executive who is an expert in health information technologies. Knowledge gained from decades of experience and recognized with several CIO of the Year awards the last one in 2016.


Arnie Whitman
Co-Founder & President, Formation Capital
Panel: View from the C-Suite - Big Players; Big Visions (Moderator)

Arnold Whitman is a partner in Aging2.0 and Generator Ventures and founder and Chairman of Formation Capital, a leading equity investor in the seniors housing and care industry.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Whitman has strategically led Formation Capital in its growth and execution of over $6 billion in transactions. He is also a current board member and Chairman Emeritus of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industries (NIC).


Rebecca Woodcock
EIR, 500 Startups

Rebecca is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at 500 Startups, where she manages the San Francisco accelerator's digital health track.  Previously she founded CakeHealth.com (acquired), to help individuals track and manage their healthcare expenses, and was a TechCrunch DISRUPT finalist. She is recognized as one of 70 Digital Leaders by the United Nations, and has also been an advisor to the White House health data standards movement for patient access. She is also an avid kiteboarder.