Our Speakers

In four years, Cavendish has donated the stage to over 585 leaders and influencers in the health, life sciences, and impact investment spaces. 

Speaking privileges are by invitation only. Interested candidates may complete the Speaker Application here.

Previous and returning speakers include

Sean O'Sullivan Founder and Managing Partner SOSV

Sean O'Sullivan

Founder and Managing Partner

SOSV

Greg Shell Managing Director Bain Capital (Double Impact)

Greg Shell

Managing Director

Bain Capital (Double Impact)

Governor Terry McAuliffe 72nd Governor State of Virginia (US)

Governor Terry McAuliffe

72nd Governor

State of Virginia (US)

J. Craig Venter, PhD Founder, Chairman, and CEO The J. Craig Venter Institute

J. Craig Venter, PhD

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

The J. Craig Venter Institute

Lindy Fishburne Senior Vice President, Investments, Thiel Foundation Managing Partner, Breakout Labs

Lindy Fishburne

Senior Vice President, Investments, Thiel Foundation

Managing Partner, Breakout Labs

Larry Smarr, PhD Founding Director California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

Larry Smarr, PhD

Founding Director

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

Joanne Smith, MD President and CEO Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Chicago)

Joanne Smith, MD

President and CEO

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Chicago)

Johannes Fruehauf Co-Founder and President LabCentral

Johannes Fruehauf

Co-Founder and President

LabCentral

Melissa Stevens Executive Director, Center for Strategic Philanthropy Milken Institute

Melissa Stevens

Executive Director, Center for Strategic Philanthropy

Milken Institute

Governor Doug Ducey 23rd Governor State of Arizona (US)

Governor Doug Ducey

23rd Governor

State of Arizona (US)

Montel Williams American Television Personality  

Montel Williams

American Television Personality

 

Barbara Newhouse President and CEO The ALS Association

Barbara Newhouse

President and CEO

The ALS Association

Gregory C. Simon President, Biden Cancer Initiative The Biden Foundation

Gregory C. Simon

President, Biden Cancer Initiative

The Biden Foundation

Fabian Bolin Actor, Screenwriter, and CEO WarOnCancer.com

Fabian Bolin

Actor, Screenwriter, and CEO

WarOnCancer.com

Linda Bernardi Chief Innovation Officer, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) IBM

Linda Bernardi

Chief Innovation Officer, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT)

IBM

Alexandra Reeve Givens Trustee The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Alexandra Reeve Givens

Trustee

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Malin Burnham Chairman The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute

Malin Burnham

Chairman

The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute

Deborah W. Brooks Co-Founder and Executive Vice President The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Deborah W. Brooks

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President

The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Robin L. Smith, MD Chairman and President Stem For Life Foundation

Robin L. Smith, MD

Chairman and President

Stem For Life Foundation

Steve Westly Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group, and former California State Controller and CFO

Steve Westly

Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group, and former California State Controller and CFO

Jamie-Lynn Sigler American Actress

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

American Actress

Scott Parazynski, MD Physician, Author, and former NASA Astronaut

Scott Parazynski, MD

Physician, Author, and former NASA Astronaut

Deepak Chopra, MD American Author and Advocate Founder, The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Deepak Chopra, MD

American Author and Advocate

Founder, The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Dr. Krishna Jafa Deputy Director, Integrated Delivery The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Krishna Jafa

Deputy Director, Integrated Delivery

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Marshall L. Summar, MD Director, Rare Disease Institute Children's National Medical Center

Marshall L. Summar, MD

Director, Rare Disease Institute

Children's National Medical Center

Barry Didato Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President The Innovation Institute

Barry Didato

Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President

The Innovation Institute

David Brancaccio Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report American Public Media

David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report

American Public Media

Eric M. Reiman, MD Executive Director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute, and CEO, Banner Research

Eric M. Reiman, MD

Executive Director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute, and CEO, Banner Research

Kate Bingham Managing Partner SV Health Investors

Kate Bingham

Managing Partner

SV Health Investors

T. Denny Sanford Chairman and CEO United National Corporation

T. Denny Sanford

Chairman and CEO

United National Corporation

B. Frank Gupton, PhD Chair, Chemical and Life Science Engineering, and Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine Virginia Commonwealth University

B. Frank Gupton, PhD

Chair, Chemical and Life Science Engineering, and Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University

Jenny Santi Author, Advisor, and Director and Head of Philanthropy Services (Southeast Asia), UBS

Jenny Santi

Author, Advisor, and Director and Head of Philanthropy Services (Southeast Asia), UBS

Armando Christian Perez ("Pitbull") American Musician and Record Producer, and founder, SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management Academy)

Armando Christian Perez ("Pitbull")

American Musician and Record Producer, and founder, SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management Academy)

Charlotte Hovet, MD Global Medical Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Dell, Inc.

Charlotte Hovet, MD

Global Medical Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Dell, Inc.

Paul Dolan Co-Owner and CEO Cleveland Indians (MLB)

Paul Dolan

Co-Owner and CEO

Cleveland Indians (MLB)

Jeffrey Gallagher CEO Virginia Biotechnology Association (VirginiaBio)

Jeffrey Gallagher

CEO

Virginia Biotechnology Association (VirginiaBio)

Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, MD President and CEO Cleveland Clinic

Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, MD

President and CEO

Cleveland Clinic

Ronald L. Ferarri Principal Bessemer Trust

Ronald L. Ferarri

Principal

Bessemer Trust

Angela Kaya Mwanza Senior Vice President, Wealth Management UBS

Angela Kaya Mwanza

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management

UBS

Mehmood Khan, MD Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development PepsiCo

Mehmood Khan, MD

Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development

PepsiCo

Rain Henderson CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) Clinton Foundation

Rain Henderson

CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI)

Clinton Foundation

Marty Tenenbaum, PhD Founder and Chairman Cancer Commons

Marty Tenenbaum, PhD

Founder and Chairman

Cancer Commons

Anthony Zolezzi Operating Partner Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

Anthony Zolezzi

Operating Partner

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

Sherry Cagan President and Founder Stand4Lyme Foundation

Sherry Cagan

President and Founder

Stand4Lyme Foundation

Ronald Harrington Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (Cleveland)

Ronald Harrington

Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (Cleveland)

Caren Yanis Principal, Croland Consulting, former President, Crown Family Philanthropies, and former Executive Director, Oprah Winfrey Foundation

Caren Yanis

Principal, Croland Consulting, former President, Crown Family Philanthropies, and former Executive Director, Oprah Winfrey Foundation

David Panzirer Trustee Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

David Panzirer

Trustee

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Thomas Graham, MD Chief Innovation Officer Cleveland Clinic

Thomas Graham, MD

Chief Innovation Officer

Cleveland Clinic

John Oates American Musician

John Oates

American Musician

Stanton J. Rowe Chief Scientific Officer and Corporate Vice President Edwards Lifesciences

Stanton J. Rowe

Chief Scientific Officer and Corporate Vice President

Edwards Lifesciences

Laird Cagan Managing Director and Co-Founder Cagan McAfee Capital Partners

Laird Cagan

Managing Director and Co-Founder

Cagan McAfee Capital Partners

Marshall Field V President The Field Corporation

Marshall Field V

President

The Field Corporation

Deborah Fletcher Senior Vice President, Client Partner Sudler & Hennessey

Deborah Fletcher

Senior Vice President, Client Partner

Sudler & Hennessey

Irwin Jacobs Co-Founder and former Chairman Qualcomm

Irwin Jacobs

Co-Founder and former Chairman

Qualcomm

James R. Doty, MD Director and Founder, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education Stanford University

James R. Doty, MD

Director and Founder, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Stanford University

Marc O'Griofa, MD Physician, Scientist, and Engineer

Marc O'Griofa, MD

Physician, Scientist, and Engineer

Tiffany Pham Founder and CEO Mogul

Tiffany Pham

Founder and CEO

Mogul

James Rosebush CEO, GrowthStrategy, Bestselling Author, and Reagan White House Official

James Rosebush

CEO, GrowthStrategy, Bestselling Author, and Reagan White House Official

Jack Young Managing Director Qualcomm Ventures and Qualcomm Life

Jack Young

Managing Director

Qualcomm Ventures and Qualcomm Life

Peter Samuelson Co-Founder and President First Star

Peter Samuelson

Co-Founder and President

First Star

Eric Lefkofsky CEO, Tempus, and co-founder and Chairman, Groupon

Eric Lefkofsky

CEO, Tempus, and co-founder and Chairman, Groupon

Gabriel Brodbar Executive Director NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship

Gabriel Brodbar

Executive Director

NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship

Laura S. Thrall President and CEO CureSearch

Laura S. Thrall

President and CEO

CureSearch

Rob Knight, PhD Principal Investigator, Knight Lab (UCSD), and co-founder, American Gut Project

Rob Knight, PhD

Principal Investigator, Knight Lab (UCSD), and co-founder, American Gut Project

Peter Wilderotter President and CEO Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Peter Wilderotter

President and CEO

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Jacki Zehner President The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation

Jacki Zehner

President

The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation

D.A. Wallach American recording artist, songwriter, essayist, and investor in health and biotechnology

D.A. Wallach

American recording artist, songwriter, essayist, and investor in health and biotechnology

Terry Fulmer, PhD President The John A. Hartford Foundation

Terry Fulmer, PhD

President

The John A. Hartford Foundation

David Weild IV CEO, Weild & Co., and former Vice Chairman, NASDAQ

David Weild IV

CEO, Weild & Co., and former Vice Chairman, NASDAQ

James C. Greenwood President and CEO Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

James C. Greenwood

President and CEO

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Eva Moskowitz CEO Success Academy Charter Schools

Eva Moskowitz

CEO

Success Academy Charter Schools

Jack Jewett President and CEO Flinn Foundation

Jack Jewett

President and CEO

Flinn Foundation

Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD Chief Research and Development Officer US Department of Veterans Affairs

Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD

Chief Research and Development Officer

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Jamie Metzl American writer, Partner at Cranemere, and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Jamie Metzl

American writer, Partner at Cranemere, and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Isaac Blech Investor 21st Century Investors Group

Isaac Blech

Investor

21st Century Investors Group

Rubén Flores, PhD Director of Commercialization UCSD

Rubén Flores, PhD

Director of Commercialization

UCSD

David Coleman President and CEO The College Board

David Coleman

President and CEO

The College Board

Michael Fitzpatrick World-renown musician, Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship recipient, and founder and Chairman, Earth's Call

Michael Fitzpatrick

World-renown musician, Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship recipient, and founder and Chairman, Earth's Call

Soledad O'Brien American Broadcast Journalist and Executive Producer

Soledad O'Brien

American Broadcast Journalist and Executive Producer

Susie Harborth Managing Director and Co-Founder, BioLabs San Diego General Partner and CFO, BioInnovation Capital

Susie Harborth

Managing Director and Co-Founder, BioLabs San Diego

General Partner and CFO, BioInnovation Capital

Please note that titles and affiliations are representative of the timing of the speaking engagement.