The 2016 Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit is just around the corner and we have our best program ever. Our amazing lineup of keynoters will motivate, stimulate and inspire us as we tackle this year’s theme, “Empowering Leaders Driving Health Care’s Transformation.” As health systems continue their transformation journey, our renowned keynoters will provide context and insights to leading change. We will hear from:

  • David Brooks, best-selling author of The Social Animal and The Road to Character, a columnist for The New York Times and a PBS broadcaster, is a regular fixture in most households’ media consumption (including mine). His observations on the emerging cultural and political landscape are always insightful, balanced, constructive and on point. In this election year, with all the twists and turns of Trump, Clinton and Sanders, Brooks’ take on where the country is headed and what leaders have to do will be absolutely fascinating.
  • Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s "Fareed Zakaria GPS," returns this year. His far-reaching analysis of the politics and culture of the global economy are always entertaining, insightful and informed by a deep understanding of the global scene. With turmoil continuing in the Middle East, China’s growth seeming to stall, and continued deep uncertainty about the politics and economics of Europe, America seems positively quiet by comparison, even with the Donald. But I’m sure Fareed will connect the global context to the U.S. scene and explain how the broader forces of globalization and technology shape all aspects of our future including health care.
  • Patrick Kennedy is a former member of Congress from a storied family. He is dedicated to improving our nation’s understanding of the brain, behavioral and mental health, and the challenges of addiction. His personal story and his commitment to improving diagnoses, treatment and prevention of mental and behavioral health is a hugely important issue for the health care system and society at large. This will be a moving and meaningful presentation that will help all leaders deal with the challenge of fully incorporating mental and behavioral health into our transformed health care system. 
  • Pat Riley is president of the NBA’s Miami Heat. He is the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach (both assistant and head) and executive. Pat has reached the heights of basketball success in three of the toughest, most sophisticated sports and media markets in the country (Los Angeles, New York and Miami). Pat’s leadership lessons will be invaluable as he draws on his rich experience of  leading highly compensated professionals to extraordinary performance (much as we have to do in health care).
  • Lara Logan is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News’ "60 Minutes." Lara has covered major conflicts around the globe in her career. She has endured on-site physical assaults while reporting on clashes and shown remarkable resilience, courage and compassion in her coverage of war-torn nations and her relentless pursuit of the truth. Her insights on personal integrity, leadership, character and the role of women in times of turmoil and transformation will be incredibly valuable.
  • Robert Wachter, M.D., is interim chair of the department of medicine at UCSF and the author of the best-selling book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age. Bob is a good friend and annoyingly excellent at everything he does: a gifted clinician, teacher, writer and policy wonk (not to mention golfer and musician). He is credited as the father of the hospitalist movement, he is a major force in the patient safety and quality movements and, more recently, he has become the leading observer of the promise and perils of electronic health records and digital medicine. Bob is connected to the realities of health care transformation and will be a phenomenal close to the meeting.

These keynoters are all outstanding in their own right; having them all in one program is unprecedented. In addition, the Summit has educational tracks in which nationally recognized organizations, thinkers and doers share their stories and experiences and give you practical tools and insights to use on your own journey. And, as always, I will be there as your guide to help make the connections to our theme of transformation and innovation and to share some stories from the front lines of health care as a new playbook emerges. It will be a great Leadership Summit. See you there.

Ian Morrison is an author, consultant and futurist. He will serve as synthesizer of the Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit July 17–19 in San Diego.