Keynote Speakers

Transform the World Through Promises Made and Kept
Alex Sheen, Founder, because I said I would

Sunday Keynote

Session Description
We live in a society that often does not respect the importance of a promise. It is too easy to say "I'll get to it" or "tomorrow." In many ways we have become numb to disappointment and broken commitments. This expectation starts to fade into our character as individuals. Alex Sheen believes that every individual has the strength to become a person of their word. In this session, Alex will share his insights and actionable ways to become better at fulfilling commitments. He will inspire you to become more accountable to your promises through the compelling and real-life examples from his experience as the founder of the international social movement because I said I would. Alex will convincingly illustrate how integrity and keeping your promises are forever interwoven. He will discuss how holding ourselves and each other accountable truly changes humanity for the better.

Alex is the founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex and his organization send “promise cards” to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Alex is someone who truly honors commitment. He once walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise.

In just two years, because I said I would has sent over 3.15 million promise cards to over 153 different countries. The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world. His charitable projects and awareness campaigns have been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR, The Los Angeles Times and many other programs.

Watch this video to learn more about the because I said I would social movement:

Opening Keynote Sponsored By:

After the Opening General Session, come to the White River Ballroom Foyer to take a picture with Alex Sheen!

Health Reform 2.0: Election Implications on Health Policy and the Path Forward
Governor Michael Leavitt, Founder and Chairman, Leavitt Partners

Tuesday Keynote

Healthcare is in the midst of the most significant transformation in 75 years! The speed of change is important. Move too quickly, and lose control. Move too slowly, and lose market share.


Governor Michael Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care, focusing on the healthcare value economy. He served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in George W. Bush’s cabinet, and is a three-time elected Governor to Utah.


Governor Leavitt will share key insights on the practicalities, politics, and dynamics transpiring post-2016 election.

Mike Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Mike served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.

In 1993, Mike was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, he administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees. He led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The task required the design, systematization, and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. By the end of the first year, enrollments exceeded projections, prices were lower than projected, and seniors expressed high levels of satisfaction.

Mike is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 60,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”

Collaborator is a word that comes up repeatedly when one examines Mike’s background. His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.

Mike is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment, and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.

Watch the video for a message for conference attendees from Governor Leavitt:

Closing Keynote Sponsored By:

Visit Carestream's Booth 212 for the chance to receive Governor Leavitt's book, Finding Allies, Building Alliances (100 available).


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