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Please join us at the 
2012 Community Leadership Briefing
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
8:00 a.m. Check in
8:30 a.m. Program

Akron-Summit County Public Library
Main Branch Auditorium

Keynote speakers include:

  • Thomas Strauss, president and chief executive officer of Summa Health System
  • Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and former advisor to four United States presidents

A panel discussion will follow featuring the keynote speakers along with Greg Moody, director, Ohio Office of Health Transformation, and moderated by Michael Douglas, editorial page editor, Akron Beacon Journal.

To register for this event, please contact the Summa Foundation office at 330-375-3159 or email by October 26, 2012.

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

SullivanLouis W. Sullivan, M.D., is chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, whose goal is to improve the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors. He also is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions. He served as chair of the President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009, and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006.

With the exception of his tenure as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, Sullivan was president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for more than two decades. On July 1, 2002, he retired and was appointed president emeritus.

Sullivan became the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College in 1975. He left MSM in 1989 to accept an appointment by President George H.W. Bush to serve as secretary of HHS. In this cabinet position, Dr. Sullivan managed the federal agency responsible for the major health, welfare, food and drug safety, medical research and income security programs serving the American people. In January 1993, he returned to MSM and resumed the office of president.

In March 2008, Sullivan was appointed to the new Grady Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees and in June 2008 he accepted an appointment to an Institute of Medicine Committee, “Improving the Organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Advance the Health of Our Population.”

A native of Atlanta, Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College in 1954, and earned his medical degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Medicine in 1958. His postgraduate training included internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center (1958-60), a clinical fellowship in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (1960-61), and a research fellowship in hematology at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory of Harvard Medical School, Boston City Hospital (1961-63). He is certified in internal medicine and hematology, holds a mastership from the American College of Physicians and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor societies.

In 1985, Sullivan was one of the founders of Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB).
From 1994-2007, he served as chairman of the organization, which raised scholarship funds in the United States and South Africa for more than 10,000 black health professions students, who are now physicians, nurses, dentists and other health professionals in South Africa.

Sullivan is the recipient of more than 60 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and former advisor to four United States presidents

GergenGergen is a professor of public service at the Harvard Kennedy School and the director of its Center for Public Leadership. In 2000, he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.

Gergen was born in Durham, North Carolina, where his father taught mathematics at Duke University. He graduated with honors from both Yale College (1963) and Harvard Law School (1967) and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nearly three and a half years, posted to a ship in Japan.

Gergen joined the Nixon White House in 1971, as a staff assistant on the speech writing team, a group of heavyweights that included Pat Buchanan, Ben Stein and Bill Safire. Gergen went on to work in the administration of Gerald Ford and as an adviser to the 1980 George H.W. Bush presidential campaign.

He served as Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan and as adviser to Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher on domestic and foreign affairs.

In his private life, Gergen works as a political journalist and analyst. From 1985-1986 he worked as an editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he also served as editor-at-large. Gergen’s career in television began in 1985, when he joined the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour for widely praised Friday night discussions of politics. Today, he appears frequently on CNN as senior political analyst and contributes a monthly column to Parade magazine.

Gergen joined the Harvard faculty in 1999. He is active as a speaker on leadership and sits on many boards, including Teach for America, the Aspen Institute and Duke University, where he taught from 1995-1999. He is a member of the Washington D.C. Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations and holds 22 honorary degrees.


Greg Moody

MoodyGovernor John R. Kasich appointed Greg Moody in January 2011 to lead the Office of Health Transformation (OHT). OHT is responsible for advancing Governor Kasich’s Medicaid modernization and cost-containment priorities, engaging private sector partners to improve overall health system performance, and recommending a permanent health and human services structure for Ohio.

Moody began his public service career as a budget associate for the U.S. House Budget Committee in Washington D.C. The Budget Chairman at the time, Rep. John Kasich, asked Moody to study the impact of Medicaid on federal spending – an assignment that set the course for his public policy career.

Prior to joining the Kasich Administration, Moody was a senior consultant at Health Management Associates, a national research and consulting firm that specializes in complex health care program and policy issues. He worked with clients to improve Medicaid system performance, and wrote extensively about state health system innovations for the Commonwealth Fund, National Governor’s Association and other foundations.

His Ohio experience includes serving as Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (2001), Executive Assistant for Health and Human Services for Governor Bob Taft (1999-2004), and Chief of Staff to the Dean at the OSU College of Medicine (1997-1999).

Moody has a Masters in Philosophy from George Washington University and Bachelors in Economics from Miami University.

Michael Douglas

DouglasA native of Seattle, Douglas graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies. He joined the Akron Beacon Journal in 1983 as an editorial writer. He spent one year as a reporter for the newspaper in 1990. He returned to the editorial board in 1991, becoming the Chief Editorial Writer in May of that year.
In March 1999, Douglas assumed his current position of Editorial Page Editor. He is responsible for the opinions expressed by the newspaper. He oversees the op/ed page and the letters to the editor.

Douglas was a member of the 14th Leadership Akron class in 1997-98. He is the treasurer of the John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund, Corp. He is a member of the Leadership Akron Board of Trustees and the committee that selects the annual recipient of the Sir Thomas More Award, recognition by the Catholic Diocese of a local attorney for professional excellence and community service. He is a former president and member of the Akron Roundtable Board of Trustees.