Institute Overview


The 2018 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat is the only event designed to provide health and human service leaders with the strategy insights, business practice models, and personal resiliency tools they need to tackle the unique challenges of a changing health and human service market.

The organizations that succeed have leaders that facilitate adapting to new market conditions, continuously innovating, and seizing emerging opportunities before their competitors do. The OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat is focused on building those the skills of those executives. This experiential program focuses on the skills needed to manage organizational change and build a nimble organization – blending strategy development, management best practices, and innovation. Classroom sessions, field trips with historians, creativity development, resiliency skills are all part of this unusual approach.

Day One of The Executive Leadership Week kicks off with an exciting and timely event: How To Build Value-Based Payer Partnerships: An OPEN MINDS Executive Seminar On Best Practices In Marketing, Negotiating, & Contracting With Health Plans, a half-day session focused on how to demonstrate your organization’s value in a way that will capture health plans’ interest and secure optimal service agreements.

The retreat will feature over 30 executive sessions, including didactic educational sessions; panel discussions with industry thought leaders; case model learning sessions featuring innovative organizations and programs.

Each day of The OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat begins with keynote presentations – on Day Two – September 18th, William Lopez, M.D., CPE, Senior Medical Director-Behavioral Health, Cigna Behavioral opens the retreat with Key Issues Shaping The Market: What Executives Need To Know To Succeed

and on Day 3 – September 19th, Debra Smyers, Sr. Vice President, Health Services, Sunshine will present Next Generation Models For Health Plan Behavioral Health Services.

The retreat closes out on Day Four with two can’t miss events: How To Develop A Strategic Plan: An OPEN MINDS Executive Seminar On Best Practices In Strategy, Portfolio Management, & Scenario-Based Planning focused on best practices in strategic plan development and the keys to success in strategic plan implementation and full day event, The 2018 OPEN MINDS Mergers, Acquisitions, & Affiliations Summit: Best Practices For Non-Profit Health & Human Service Organizations – A Centerstone & OPEN MINDS Collaboration.

All institute sessions are led by highly experienced OPEN MINDS moderators with guest speakers presenting their organization’s projects and a wide range of viewpoints.

A complete list of thought leading speakers will be coming soon!