Former Health and Human Services Secretary and Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson will deliver the opening keynote at the upcoming Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
Thompson served as the four-term Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 until 2001, the longest to serve in that position. In 2001, Thompson was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. As Secretary, Thompson drove initiatives to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, modernize the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and fortifying the nation’s preparedness for a bio-terrorism attack through heavy investment in state and local health systems.
“Governor Thompson’s record in public health at both the state and federal level, and his voice in the national conversation on healthcare make him a leading resource that I know will resonate deeply with the Cavendish community. I am delighted that he will join our Forum in February and eagerly await his insights,” Cavendish Global Chairman J. Michael Moffat says.
After stepping down from the Bush Administration in 2005, Thompson has remained active in the private and nonprofit sectors. Thompson has continued his initiatives to advance innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing American families, businesses and the nation. Specifically, building on the use of technology in hospitals and clinics, promoting healthier lifestyles, modernizing Medicare and Medicaid and expanding medical diplomacy around the world. Thompson served as a senior adviser at consulting firm Deloitte and Touche USA LLP and was the founding independent Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. He also served as a senior partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld LLP, and as Chairman and President of the Board of Directors for Logistics Health, Inc. Thompson currently serves on the Board of Directors in the following public companies: Centene Corporation, C.R. Bard, Inc., United Therapeutics Corporation and TherapeuticsMD, Inc..
Thompson will speak at the opening of the Forum, joining a list of recent notable Cavendish speakers, including J. Craig Venter, PhD; Malin Burnham, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine; actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler; Lindy Fishburne, Theil Foundation and Breakout Labs; Isaac Blech, 21st Century Investors; Eric Reiman, MD; Delos Cosgrove, MD, Cleveland Clinic; Marshall Field V, The Everglades Foundation; and Robin Smith, MD, MBA.
The upcoming Forum will be held in San Diego, CA, February 6-8, 2017 and launches the 2017 series of Health Impact Forums, with subsequent Forums being hosted in Washington DC in May, New York City in July and Cambridge, MA in November. The San Diego Forum will convene approximately 200 participants from the Cavendish Global community, a New York-based community of health and life science innovators, family offices, foundations, philanthropists and impact investors.