President, Nuance Healthcare,
Nuance Communications, Inc.
Trace Devanny is president of the Healthcare division at Nuance Communications, where he leads the innovation, operations, customer engagement and market expansion for the company’s clinical documentation offerings. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of the Trizetto Group, where he led overall operations and corporate functions for the company. Devanny has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the healthcare industry, having held senior management roles in software, technology and healthcare informatics. Prior to joining Trizetto he was president of Cerner Corporation for eleven years, a global provider of healthcare solutions. Earlier in his career, Devanny was president and COO of ADAC Healthcare Information Systems and held a series of executive positions with IBM. Devanny holds a BA degree from the University of the South.
Governor Michael O. Leavitt
Founder and Chairman of Leavitt Partners,
14th Governor of Utah, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Healthcare and Human Services
Michael O. 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, Leavitt served in the
Cabinet of President George W. Bush (Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and
Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.
At HHS, Leavitt 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. Leavitt’s strategic
ability can be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported
goods. In the spring of 2006, President Bush assigned him to lead a government-wide response. Within
months, Leavitt recommended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and
trade. Leavitt 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.
Leavitt 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 20,000 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 Leavitt’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 new book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September
2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.
He and his wife Jackie have been married over 37 years. They have five children and twelve
grandchildren. The Leavitts reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jeff Goldsmith, PhD
President of Health Futures, Inc
Jeff Goldsmith is President of Health Futures, Inc. He is also Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. For eleven years ending in 1990, Jeff Goldsmith was a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, on health services management and policy. He has also lectured on these topics at the Wharton School of Finance, Johns Hopkins, Washington University and the University of California at Berkeley. Jeff Goldsmith's interests include: biotechnology, health policy, international health systems, and the future of health services.
From 1982 to 1994, Jeff Goldsmith served as National Advisor for Healthcare for the firm Ernst and Young, and provided strategy consultation to a wide variety of healthcare systems, health plans, supply and technology firms. Prior to 1982, he was Director of Planning and Government Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Special Assistant to the Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine. From 1973 to 1975, Jeff Goldsmith worked in the Office of the Governor, State of Illinois as a fiscal and policy analyst, and Special Assistant to the State Budget Director.
Jeff Goldsmith earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1973, studying complex organizations, sociology of the professions, and politics of developing nations. He graduated from Reed College in 1970, majoring in psychology and classics, earning a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study in 1971.
Jeff Goldsmith was the recipient of the Corning Award for excellence in health planning from the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Planning in 1990, and has received the Dean Conley Award for best healthcare article three times (1985, 1990 and 1995) from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has written six articles for the Harvard Business Review, and has been a source for articles on medical technology and health services for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, Time and other publications. Jeff Goldsmith is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs.
Jeff Goldsmith is the father of two sons and a daughter. He is an avid snow skier and collects Native American art and artifacts. He is married to Karen Walker, a florist in Charlottesville, who owns Hedge Fine Blooms, specializing in fresh flowers and cutting edge floral design for businesses, weddings and events. Jeff Goldsmith is a native of Portland, Oregon and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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