COE Women's Leadership in Action Forum - Wednesday, May 23, 2018


8:30 - 10 a.m. | Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210

janet meeksFeatured speaker: 
Janet Smith Meeks
CEO, Healthcare Alignment Advisors
Fmr. President, Mt. Carmel St. Ann's Hospital
Author, Gracious Leadership: Lead LIke You've Never Led Before

Surround yourself with driven and empowering women and men at COE's spring Women's Leadership in Action Forum. After a networking breakfast, hear from keynote Janet Meeks, who will share her background and offer tactical skills on gracious leadership and the must-have strategies to optimize organizational results.

In a follow-up presentation, Brett Justice, SVP, Strategy & System Development at Mount Carmel Health System, will dive into negotiation and change management techniques he has successfully used throughout his career.

Meeks will be selling and signing copies of her book, Gracious Leadership: Lead Like You've Never Led Before, following the event. If you would like the book prior to the event, you can purchase it here.

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  • Agenda
    • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.: Arrival / check-in / networking breakfast
    • 8:30 - 8:40 a.m.: Welcome / Introduction: Peg Pennington, Executive Director, COE
    • 8:40 - 9:30 a.m.: Respect, Courage and Accountability - Janet Smith Meeks
    • 9:30 - 9:50 a.m.: Negotiation and Change Management Techniques - Brett Justice
    • 9:50 - 10 a.m.: Q&A
    • 10 a.m.: Program concludes | Gracious Leadership book sales / signing
  • About Janet Smith Meeks

    janet meeksJanet Smith Meeks has devoted nearly four decades of her professional life to the healthcare and financial services industries. As a C-suite executive and corporate director, she has vast experience in finance, strategy, operations, marketing, business development and leadership effectiveness.

    Janet has served in executive roles for four nationally known healthcare systems, including Trinity Health (the second largest Catholic Healthcare system in the nation) and the prestigious Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Janet spent nine years as president of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Ohio where she led the organization to peak performance through applying the key ingredients of Gracious Leadership.

    As co-founder and CEO of Healthcare Alignment Advisors, Janet uses her experience to guide C-suite executives in creating and implementing strategies to optimize corporate performance within a positive work environment.

    Janet is a transformational leader and an innovator who lends her analytical wisdom and business acumen to help organizations become “brilliant at the basics” of business. An award-winning C-suite leader, she has more than two decades of experience commercializing innovative processes and structuring unique models for partnership, joint venture and acquisition to engage stakeholders and align incentives. 

    By employing the key ingredients of Gracious Leadership throughout her career, along with stressing the importance of the Head-Heart connection, Janet has consistently led highly engaged teams to generate sustained value, profitability, and customer satisfaction through facilitating a culture of compassionate accountability.

    A cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi (UM) in banking and finance, where she played NCAA Division I basketball, Janet also earned her MBA in finance from UM. Janet was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and she received the Wall Street Journal Award for academic excellence in finance.

    Janet enjoys corporate board service as she loves learning about new businesses and industries as well as the challenges they face. In her capacity as a board member, she aspires to ask the right questions with kind candor and grace to help management arrive at the best decisions to optimize organizational performance. Janet has significant breadth and depth of experience within the board room though her many years of service as a corporate director and advisory board member within for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

    Additionally, Janet demonstrates a deep commitment to empowering women in business and leadership. She is a member of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), Women Corporate Directors, National Association of Corporate Directors and Women at the Table (WATT).

    Janet reveres her family and treasures the precious time she spends with them. An avid jogger and cycler who enjoys international travel, Janet is a sought-after speaker regarding a broad range of leadership topics. Her quarterly column “Leadership to Inspire Results,” is featured in Smart Business magazine.

  • About Brett Justice

    brett justiceIn his current role, Justice oversees several departments, including: Strategy, Planning, & Market Research; Marketing & Community Relations; Communications & Media Relations; Government Relations & Regional Development; and Construction, Design, & Facilities. His team has driven the launch of nearly $1 billion of completed and in-process construction, development, promotional, and relationship-based initiatives for the health system's growth across inpatient, outpatient, and other platforms of care and service.

    Justice stepped into the SVP role in 2016 after serving for more than 10 years as VP of Strategic Advancement for Mount Carmel. His previous management roles include stints at Shands HealthCare (now UF Health) and Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Justice has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and marketing and a master’s degree in healthcare organizational management and policy from the University of South Florida.

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