2018 Presentations


Day One Monday September 17
Day Two Tuesday September 18
Day Three Wednesday September 19
Day Four Thursday September 20
Day Five Friday September 21
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Positioning For Success - General John Buford & The High Ground: The Beginning Of The Battle Of Gettysburg

Battlefield Tour

During this session, we will take a bus to the Gettysburg National Military Park, where licensed battlefield guide Robert Prosperi will lead a tour of the important sites of day one of the Battle of Gettysburg. This session will include a review of General Buford’s actions, a discussion of the history of the battlefield sites, and time for questions and discussion with our guide. To provide the proper context for this session, a handout including a brief introduction to General John Buford and the Battle of Gettysburg will be made available to attendees. After we leave the battlefield OPEN MINDS' Senior Associate, Ken Carr will wrap up the session with a classroom discussion of the leadership lessons learned from General Buford and the application of those lessons to the health care market today.

General John Buford played a critical role in the first day of the battle of Gettysburg; his defense of the “high ground” set the stage for the Union’s eventual victory over the Confederate army. General Buford believed that a leader’s duty is to ensure their team is “positioned and prepared” for the challenges ahead – a good lesson for any leader, whether in the midst of a battle or in the midst of health care reform.

Before the start of the Battle of Gettysburg, General Buford’s troops were some of the first Union forces to enter the town of Gettysburg. Recognizing that he was facing a large concentration of Confederate troops, General Buford had positioned his forces to maintain the high ground of Cemetery Hill, South of Gettysburg, where they were able to hold off the Confederates until reinforcements could arrive. By maintaining the tactically superior position in Gettysburg for the Union, General Buford set in motion the eventual victory over the South at Gettysburg. General Buford’s case study highlights the importance of strategic positioning and anticipatory leadership.

Robert Prosperi

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Robert H. Prosperi is one of the foremost experts on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a U.S. Army veteran. He served for 17 years as one of the two historians at the Gettysburg National Military Park. During this time he served as a personal tour guide and battlefield escort for numerous dignitaries and celebrities. He had the distinct privilege of providing a personal tour for Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin during the Camp David Summit.

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9:00 am - 10:15 am

Non-Profit Board Management: Keys To Attracting & Managing A Board That Can Operate In A Competitive Market

Breakout Session

With the change in funding, the role of governance boards has changed. Organizations need to attract board members that are not only competent and strategic, but are familiar with the major environmental forces affecting the market and are aware of the resources needed to meet the organization’s mission while remaining competitive.  In this informative panel discussion, we will hear from former chief executive officers who will provide insight on board selection and effective board management for creating a competitive advantage and long-term sustainability.

Howard Shiffman

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Mr. Shiffman has over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. He has hands-on expertise that comes from successful management and consulting with a number of programs. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS Mr. Shiffman served as Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a COA-accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense-specific sex offender program in the United States.

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10:15 am - 11:30 am

Thought Leader Discussion With William Lopez, M.D., Senior Medical Director-Behavioral Health, Cigna Behavioral Health

Breakout Discussion Session

Join us for a follow-up session with our featured speaker, William Lopez, M.D., Senior Medical Director-Behavioral Health, Cigna. Use this time to ask questions and continue the morning’s discussion with Dr. Lopez and OPEN MINDS chief executive officer Monica E. Oss.

Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past three decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm

How To Build A Strategy For Success: Best Practices In Strategy, Portfolio Management, & Scenario-Based Planning

Breakout Session

Planning in stable markets is relatively easy. Chaotic, complex markets make planning a challenge. That’s not a surprise to most executives in the health and human service space. But many executives don’t realize that their planning model also needs to change. The shifting landscape is changing market fundamentals—the health and human service system value chain is upset with new and disruptive competition. Those are the key areas of focus in the new “best practice” planning model—how to redefine competitive advantage in a way that assures financial stability and sustainability. This session will include a presentation on OPEN MINDS' tried and true best practices for strategic planning, and we will hear from an organization that recently went through the process of developing a strategic plan.

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

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Breathing Through Stress & Using The Principles Of Yoga To Manage People

Breakout Session

Over the past several years, the world of health and human services has been changing at a rapid pace. As executives, the responsibility of leading your organization successfully through this time of disruption falls squarely on your shoulders. In this challenging environment, executives are particularly susceptible to stress, fatigue, and burnout. In this interactive session, we’ll review how you can utilize the principals of yoga to de-stress and lead your team with focus and clarity.

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW, has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive expertise and a wide range of experience in health plan management, clinical operations management, and technology. A recognized thought leader among her peers, Ms. Hicks is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences and association meetings, as well as an author of hundreds of articles and resources for professionals in both clinical and executive roles.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, UPMC’s managed behavioral health organization responsible for $800 million in annual revenue. At Community Care, Ms. Hicks was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. She also managed the day-to-day operations of human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served in a variety of tech leadership roles for UPMC. In 2002, she was appointed as the Vice President of Technology Strategy for the UPMC Insurance Services Division before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, a leading provider of electronic health record software for behavioral health and social service organizations. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth and profitability of the company and the direction of software development. In addition, Ms. Hicks was the President of U Squared Interactive, a UPMC-owned organization with the exclusive United States rights to Beating The Blues – the renowned computerized cognitive behavioral therapy solution for treating anxiety and depression.

Ms. Hicks started her impressive career as a psychiatric social worker and an Assistant Director of Social Work. Prior to her promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA.

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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Positioning For Success - General John Buford & The High Ground: The Beginning Of The Battle Of Gettysburg

Battlefield Tour

During this session, we will take a bus to the Gettysburg National Military Park, where licensed battlefield guide Robert Prosperi will lead a tour of the important sites of day one of the Battle of Gettysburg. This session will include a review of General Buford’s actions, a discussion of the history of the battlefield sites, and time for questions and discussion with our guide. To provide the proper context for this session, a handout including a brief introduction to General John Buford and the Battle of Gettysburg will be made available to attendees. After we leave the battlefield OPEN MINDS' Senior Associate, Ken Carr will wrap up the session with a classroom discussion of the leadership lessons learned from General Buford and the application of those lessons to the health care market today.

General John Buford played a critical role in the first day of the battle of Gettysburg; his defense of the “high ground” set the stage for the Union’s eventual victory over the Confederate army. General Buford believed that a leader’s duty is to ensure their team is “positioned and prepared” for the challenges ahead – a good lesson for any leader, whether in the midst of a battle or in the midst of health care reform.

Before the start of the Battle of Gettysburg, General Buford’s troops were some of the first Union forces to enter the town of Gettysburg. Recognizing that he was facing a large concentration of Confederate troops, General Buford had positioned his forces to maintain the high ground of Cemetery Hill, South of Gettysburg, where they were able to hold off the Confederates until reinforcements could arrive. By maintaining the tactically superior position in Gettysburg for the Union, General Buford set in motion the eventual victory over the South at Gettysburg. General Buford’s case study highlights the importance of strategic positioning and anticipatory leadership.

Robert Prosperi

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Robert H. Prosperi is one of the foremost experts on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a U.S. Army veteran. He served for 17 years as one of the two historians at the Gettysburg National Military Park. During this time he served as a personal tour guide and battlefield escort for numerous dignitaries and celebrities. He had the distinct privilege of providing a personal tour for Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin during the Camp David Summit.

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3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Women In Leadership: A Discussion Session On Supporting Women In Management Roles

Breakout Session

Though the world is evolving, there remains a large gender gap in leadership roles and women in leadership often face different challenges than their male counterpart. To build strong leadership within their organization, executive teams need determine how they can continue to foster female career-growth in leadership positions. Our panel, comprised of dynamic women in leadership roles, will lead a discussion on ways to support, advance, and empower women executives in the workplace and share their leadership stories and lessons learned.

Sarah C. Threnhauser, MPA

Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Ms. Threnhauser has experience in all areas of health and human service management, including strategic planning, market research, and financial management. As Executive Vice President, Ms. Threnhauser develops and manages content for all of OPEN MINDS publications, including the OPEN MINDS Circle, the Weekly News Wire, the RFP HotLine, RFP Contact Awards Announcements, and the Monthly Management Newsletter, as well as all of OPEN MINDS education events.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Threnhauser worked with the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), in the Bureau of Financial Operations. In that role, Ms. Threnhauser served as the liaison between the state government and local service providers and county administrators. She also analyzed and assessed the effects of fiscal regulation and policy on OMHSAS’ budget and assisted in the development and allocation of state community mental health funds and federal grants/appropriations.

Ms. Threnhauser earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in English from York College of Pennsylvania.

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Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW, has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive expertise and a wide range of experience in health plan management, clinical operations management, and technology. A recognized thought leader among her peers, Ms. Hicks is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences and association meetings, as well as an author of hundreds of articles and resources for professionals in both clinical and executive roles.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, UPMC’s managed behavioral health organization responsible for $800 million in annual revenue. At Community Care, Ms. Hicks was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. She also managed the day-to-day operations of human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served in a variety of tech leadership roles for UPMC. In 2002, she was appointed as the Vice President of Technology Strategy for the UPMC Insurance Services Division before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, a leading provider of electronic health record software for behavioral health and social service organizations. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth and profitability of the company and the direction of software development. In addition, Ms. Hicks was the President of U Squared Interactive, a UPMC-owned organization with the exclusive United States rights to Beating The Blues – the renowned computerized cognitive behavioral therapy solution for treating anxiety and depression.

Ms. Hicks started her impressive career as a psychiatric social worker and an Assistant Director of Social Work. Prior to her promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA.

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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Executive Compensation: How To Negotiate & Manage The Compensation Process

Breakout Session

As many executives can tell you, merit alone cannot always guarantee a strong compensation package – in many circumstances it comes down to the power of negotiation. But what are the considerations? How has the compensation landscape changed? And how can you assure that you find the best possible package for both you and the organization you are serving? In this unique session, OPEN MINDS Senior Associate Richard Louis III, will lead the panel discussion on everything executives need to consider when negotiating compensation packages.

Howard Shiffman

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Mr. Shiffman has over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. He has hands-on expertise that comes from successful management and consulting with a number of programs. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS Mr. Shiffman served as Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a COA-accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense-specific sex offender program in the United States.

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Strategic Decisionmaking In Times Of Change - Colonel Joshua Chamberlain & Little Round Top: Defending The Union Line

Battlefield Tour

During this session, we will take a bus to the Gettysburg National Military Park, where Robert Prosperi, Licensed Battlefield Guide, will lead a private walking tour of Little Round Top and the surrounding area. This session will include a review of the Union army’s defenses on day two of the battle, a discussion of the history of the battlefield site, and time for questions and discussion with our guide. To provide the proper context for this session, a handout including a brief introduction to Colonel Chamberlain and the Battle of Gettysburg will be made available to attendees. After we leave the battlefield, OPEN MINDS' Senior Associate, Joseph Naughton-Travers will wrap up the session with a classroom discussion of the leadership lessons learned from the Colonel Chamberlain and the application of those lessons for managing your health care team.

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine regiment’s defense of Little Round Top is perhaps one of the most famous confrontations of the Battle of Gettysburg. This session examines how Colonel Chamberlain, in times of great distress, recognized the power of strategic thinking, made the necessary quick decisions, and preserved the overall goal of the Union Army. Colonel Chamberlain’s own battlefield experiences help us to realize the importance of good leadership, and to examine transactional and transformational leadership styles.

Little Round Top is one of two rocky hills located in the South of Gettysburg, and the position of the far-left flank of the Union army during the Battle of Gettysburg. On the second day of the battle, Union troops left this strategic ground undefended, leaving the Union line open to attack from Confederate forces. Colonel Chamberlain was ordered to guard this position and quickly understood the strategic significance of the small hill – meaning that his regiment must hold the Union line at all costs. In the last moments, as all seemed lost, Chamberlain ordered a bayonet charge that swung around almost doubling back on its own line and capturing over one hundred soldiers and maintaining the Union defense of the high ground of the battlefield.

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

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Robert Prosperi

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Robert H. Prosperi is one of the foremost experts on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a U.S. Army veteran. He served for 17 years as one of the two historians at the Gettysburg National Military Park. During this time he served as a personal tour guide and battlefield escort for numerous dignitaries and celebrities. He had the distinct privilege of providing a personal tour for Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin during the Camp David Summit.

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10:30 am - 11:45 am

When Technology Becomes Integral To Strategy: Leading In A Virtual Environment

Breakout Session

There are now thousands of new digital technologies and technology-enabled services focused on the health and human service market, and as these technologies gain adoption, they are fundamentally changing service delivery and consumer relationships for provider organizations. But it isn’t only front-line staff whose work worlds are being remade by technology. Leaders in organizations also need to be adaptable, but at a completely different level. Technology has remade the transactional and transformational leadership roles of executives. The transactional part is more apparent – new processes, new data, and new organizational relationships to manage. But the transformational one is not so apparent – being the force that overcomes apathy and resentment of technology-driven change. In this session, we'll discuss the strategic challenges technology brings to organizational sustainability, explore how technology changes the role of the executive team, and review best practices for integrating technology into your strategy for sustainability.

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW, has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive expertise and a wide range of experience in health plan management, clinical operations management, and technology. A recognized thought leader among her peers, Ms. Hicks is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences and association meetings, as well as an author of hundreds of articles and resources for professionals in both clinical and executive roles.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, UPMC’s managed behavioral health organization responsible for $800 million in annual revenue. At Community Care, Ms. Hicks was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. She also managed the day-to-day operations of human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served in a variety of tech leadership roles for UPMC. In 2002, she was appointed as the Vice President of Technology Strategy for the UPMC Insurance Services Division before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, a leading provider of electronic health record software for behavioral health and social service organizations. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth and profitability of the company and the direction of software development. In addition, Ms. Hicks was the President of U Squared Interactive, a UPMC-owned organization with the exclusive United States rights to Beating The Blues – the renowned computerized cognitive behavioral therapy solution for treating anxiety and depression.

Ms. Hicks started her impressive career as a psychiatric social worker and an Assistant Director of Social Work. Prior to her promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA.

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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategic Decisionmaking In Times Of Change - Colonel Joshua Chamberlain & Little Round Top: Defending The Union Line

Battlefield Tour

During this session, we will take a bus to the Gettysburg National Military Park, where Terry Fox, Licensed Battlefield Guide, will lead a private walking tour of Little Round Top and the surrounding area. This session will include a review of the Union army’s defenses on day two of the battle, a discussion of the history of the battlefield site, and time for questions and discussion with our guide. To provide the proper context for this session, a handout including a brief introduction to Colonel Chamberlain and the Battle of Gettysburg will be made available to attendees. After we leave the battlefield, OPEN MINDS' Senior Associate, Joseph Naughton-Travers will wrap up the session with a classroom discussion of the leadership lessons learned from the Colonel Chamberlain and the application of those lessons for managing your health care team.

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine regiment’s defense of Little Round Top is perhaps one of the most famous confrontations of the Battle of Gettysburg. This session examines how Colonel Chamberlain, in times of great distress, recognized the power of strategic thinking, made the necessary quick decisions, and preserved the overall goal of the Union Army. Colonel Chamberlain’s own battlefield experiences help us to realize the importance of good leadership, and to examine transactional and transformational leadership styles.

Little Round Top is one of two rocky hills located in the South of Gettysburg, and the position of the far-left flank of the Union army during the Battle of Gettysburg. On the second day of the battle, Union troops left this strategic ground undefended, leaving the Union line open to attack from Confederate forces. Colonel Chamberlain was ordered to guard this position and quickly understood the strategic significance of the small hill – meaning that his regiment must hold the Union line at all costs. In the last moments, as all seemed lost, Chamberlain ordered a bayonet charge that swung around almost doubling back on its own line and capturing over one hundred soldiers and maintaining the Union defense of the high ground of the battlefield.

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

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Terry G. Fox

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Terry Fox is a sixth-generation resident of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a battlefield guide emeritus with Gettysburg National Military Park. He taught American History in the public schools for 33 years, serving as department head and as a member of the Carnegie Foundation for teaching American History. Since his retirement he has taught as an adjunct professor at Gettysburg College and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He has presented leadership seminars for U.S. Air Force chief master sergeants as well as employees of the U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in addition to teaching in Johns Hopkins’ Police Executive Leadership program. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Shippensburg College.

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Ethical Leadership In The Era Of Value-Based Reimbursement

Breakout Session

Ethical leadership is a commitment to doing what is right. In the world of non-profit health and human services, this can present many challenges. How do leaders balance the pressure for near-term results with the long-term public good? What is the role of leaders in policy and political issues? How do you weigh your bottom line against your responsibilities as a moral leader? In this session, we’ll test your ability to identify and respond to the tough ethical challenges facing leaders in a new era of value-based care.

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW, has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive expertise and a wide range of experience in health plan management, clinical operations management, and technology. A recognized thought leader among her peers, Ms. Hicks is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences and association meetings, as well as an author of hundreds of articles and resources for professionals in both clinical and executive roles.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, UPMC’s managed behavioral health organization responsible for $800 million in annual revenue. At Community Care, Ms. Hicks was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. She also managed the day-to-day operations of human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served in a variety of tech leadership roles for UPMC. In 2002, she was appointed as the Vice President of Technology Strategy for the UPMC Insurance Services Division before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, a leading provider of electronic health record software for behavioral health and social service organizations. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth and profitability of the company and the direction of software development. In addition, Ms. Hicks was the President of U Squared Interactive, a UPMC-owned organization with the exclusive United States rights to Beating The Blues – the renowned computerized cognitive behavioral therapy solution for treating anxiety and depression.

Ms. Hicks started her impressive career as a psychiatric social worker and an Assistant Director of Social Work. Prior to her promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA.

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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Lincoln Into Art Gallery: Gallery Tour With Acclaimed Artist Wendy Allen

Breakout Session

Wendy Allen, author of Lincoln Into Art: The First Thirty Years (2013), is known internationally for her extraordinary paintings of Abraham Lincoln, which have exhibited alongside works by Rauschenberg, Dali, and Rockwell. During this session, we will take a short walk from the Gettysburg Hotel to Wendy Allen’s gallery on Baltimore Street, where she will give attendees a private tour of her gallery and discuss her work.

Wendy Allen

Artist, Lincoln Into Art

Wendy Allen was born in Pittsburgh in 1955. For thirty years, she pursued a career in educational publishing, lastly as Creative Director for a major children’s publisher. In 2007 she left to pursue painting full-time.
Art became Allen’s passion when, in 1983, she painted her first portrait of Abraham Lincoln. He soon became the focus of her artwork. In 2009, the year of the Lincoln Bicentennial, CNN aired an interview about Allen’s unique career. Her work has also been featured at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., alongside Lincoln portraits by Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, and Norman Rockwell. Most recently, her work was exhibited at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Florida.
Allen serves on Board of Directors for The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, The Lincoln Forum, and Main Street Gettysburg.
She currently divides her time between her home in New Milford, Connecticut, and her studio/gallery, Lincoln Into Art, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Leading In Times Of Uncertainty - Generals Lee & Longstreet At Pickett’s Charge: The High-Water Mark Of The Confederacy

Battlefield Tour

During this session, we will take a bus to the Gettysburg National Military Park, where licensed battlefield guide Robert Prosperi will lead a tour across the field where Pickett’s Charge took place. This session will include a review of Generals Lee and Longstreet’s relationship and decisionmaking styles and time for questions and discussion with our guide. To provide the proper context for this session, a handout including a brief introduction to Generals Lee and Longstreet and the Battle of Gettysburg will be made available to attendees. After we leave the battlefield, OPEN MINDS' Senior Associate, John Talbot will wrap up the session with a classroom discussion of the leadership lessons learned from the Pickett's Charge and the application of those lessons for today's health care executives.

Pickett’s Charge may be the most infamous incident at the Battle of Gettysburg. We will retrace the steps of General Robert E. Lee and General James Longstreet as they made the decisions that would ultimately determine not only the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg, but possibly the ultimate outcome of the Civil War.

On the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the commander of the entire Confederate army, General Robert E. Lee found himself at odds with his trusted commander, General James Longstreet. General Lee lacked solid intelligence on the Union’s strength, size, and positional advantage; which led him to make the fateful decision to launch an infantry assault on the center of the Union line at Cemetery Ridge – despite the protests of General Longstreet. The assault required the Confederate troops to march nearly a mile over an open field and to climb over several fences under open fire from the Union line. This disastrous end to the battle resulted in a fifty percent casualty rate among the Confederate troops, and is seen as not only the decisive end to the Battle of Gettysburg, but also the turning point in the Civil War.

Robert Prosperi

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Robert H. Prosperi is one of the foremost experts on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a U.S. Army veteran. He served for 17 years as one of the two historians at the Gettysburg National Military Park. During this time he served as a personal tour guide and battlefield escort for numerous dignitaries and celebrities. He had the distinct privilege of providing a personal tour for Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin during the Camp David Summit.

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9:00 am - 10:15 am


Diversifying Your Revenue Streams: How To Successfully Launch A New Service Line

Breakout Session

In the current environment of changing consumer expectations and new financial models, one essential skill that all executives need to master is the ability to evaluate and modify current services – and to develop new services to meet the challenges and opportunities in the market. In this exciting session, we will review everything you need to know about developing a new service line and hear from an executive who has been there. We will review how to analyze current service lines and determine strategic options for diversification, a structured approach for selecting new services for your organization and ensuring they are financially sustainable, and a target costing model for launching new services.

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Crucial Conversations In Leadership: How To Make Authentic Connections & Get The Feedback You Need To Be A Better Leader

Featured Speaker

Sarah C. Threnhauser, MPA

Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS

Ms. Threnhauser has experience in all areas of health and human service management, including strategic planning, market research, and financial management. As Executive Vice President, Ms. Threnhauser develops and manages content for all of OPEN MINDS publications, including the OPEN MINDS Circle, the Weekly News Wire, the RFP HotLine, RFP Contact Awards Announcements, and the Monthly Management Newsletter, as well as all of OPEN MINDS education events.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Threnhauser worked with the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), in the Bureau of Financial Operations. In that role, Ms. Threnhauser served as the liaison between the state government and local service providers and county administrators. She also analyzed and assessed the effects of fiscal regulation and policy on OMHSAS’ budget and assisted in the development and allocation of state community mental health funds and federal grants/appropriations.

Ms. Threnhauser earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in English from York College of Pennsylvania.

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

How Your EHR & IT Systems Can Optimize A Merger, Sales, Or Acquisition

Invitation-Only Lunch

Sponsored by Credible Behavioral Health Software

Credible’s Founder and CEO, Matthew M. Dorman, is a “reformed” investment banker and will share views and lessons learned from his investment banking years and his guidance of Credible from start-up to the 2nd largest Behavioral Software company in the U.S.

Matthew M. Dorman

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Credible Behavioral Health Software

Matt has more than 30 years of experience in technology management, operations, finance and investment banking as well as 18 years of political and government understanding and knowledge. He has driven Credible from a start-up with a mission to improve the quality of care in behavioral health to a profitable, financially stable company with over 500+ partner agencies spanning 38 states and D.C.; annual revenues exceeding $45,000,000; and more than 150 staff nationwide. Mr. Dorman had earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Leading In Times Of Uncertainty - Generals Lee & Longstreet At Pickett’s Charge: The High-Water Mark Of The Confederacy

Battlefield Tour

During this session, we will take a bus to the Gettysburg National Military Park, where licensed battlefield guide Terry Fox will lead a tour across the field where Pickett’s Charge took place. This session will include a review of Generals Lee and Longstreet’s relationship and decisionmaking styles and time for questions and discussion with our guide. To provide the proper context for this session, a handout including a brief introduction to Generals Lee and Longstreet and the Battle of Gettysburg will be made available to attendees. After we leave the battlefield, OPEN MINDS' Senior Associate, John Talbot will wrap up the session with a classroom discussion of the leadership lessons learned from the Pickett's Charge and the application of those lessons for today's health care executives.

Pickett’s Charge may be the most infamous incident at the Battle of Gettysburg. We will retrace the steps of General Robert E. Lee and General James Longstreet as they made the decisions that would ultimately determine not only the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg, but possibly the ultimate outcome of the Civil War.

On the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the commander of the entire Confederate army, General Robert E. Lee found himself at odds with his trusted commander, General James Longstreet. General Lee lacked solid intelligence on the Union’s strength, size, and positional advantage; which led him to make the fateful decision to launch an infantry assault on the center of the Union line at Cemetery Ridge – despite the protests of General Longstreet. The assault required the Confederate troops to march nearly a mile over an open field and to climb over several fences under open fire from the Union line. This disastrous end to the battle resulted in a fifty percent casualty rate among the Confederate troops, and is seen as not only the decisive end to the Battle of Gettysburg, but also the turning point in the Civil War.

Terry G. Fox

Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg

Terry Fox is a sixth-generation resident of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a battlefield guide emeritus with Gettysburg National Military Park. He taught American History in the public schools for 33 years, serving as department head and as a member of the Carnegie Foundation for teaching American History. Since his retirement he has taught as an adjunct professor at Gettysburg College and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He has presented leadership seminars for U.S. Air Force chief master sergeants as well as employees of the U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in addition to teaching in Johns Hopkins’ Police Executive Leadership program. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Shippensburg College.

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3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Leadership Lesson #1 - Don't Be Surprised!

Keynote Address

In our current environment, the payer focus is on integration and on reducing the spend on the super-utilizer population by increasing integrated models of care coordination across medical, behavioral, pharmacy, and social support systems. The focus of integrated care coordination is aimed at achieving less acute care services and more home-based services. And this push is paving the way for both value-based reimbursement and the broader use of new technology. In this closing session, OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer Monica E. Oss will discuss the essential ingredients to good leadership and review the key responsibilities of executive teams in a market filled with change and challenges.

Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past three decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

How To Develop A Strategic Plan: An OPEN MINDS Executive Seminar On Best Practices In Strategy, Portfolio Management, & Scenario-Based Planning

Executive Seminar

In the current health and human service market, executives face their fair share of uncertainty. This leads many executive teams to either avoid or reluctantly initiate any major strategic initiatives that require long-term commitments. Unfortunately, “waiting for the dust to settle,” so to speak, isn’t a wise management choice. Regardless of the specifics of what lies ahead in the market, there are future developments that are likely and need to be addressed in the planning process. A successful strategic planning process will provide your organization with a roadmap – not only for developing plans in uncertain times, but also for putting those plans into action and evaluating their success. In this crucial seminar, we will discuss best practices in strategic plan development and the keys to success in strategic plan implementation.

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

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