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MHA’s 99th Annual Virtual Convention

Date | Nov. 3-5, 2021               Location | Online
Register online for convention

This virtual event is eligible for use of the MHA Health Institute coupon.
Note: Coupons were mailed to MHA-member CEOs in December 2020.


Wednesday, Nov. 3

8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Human Resources Education Sessions
9 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. MONL Annual Meeting and Conference (MONL members only)
10 – 11 a.m. Greater Heartland HFMA (HFMA members only)
11 a.m. to noon FRA Participants Meeting


Thursday, Nov. 4

7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration for main sessions/Partner engagement
8 – 8:10 a.m. Opening announcements — Jon Doolittle
8:10 – 8:13 a.m. APS logo
8:13 – 9 a.m.


Composing Your World

Why do some people just play notes they are handed while others write new music in the world? In his captivating presentation, violinist Kai Kight will tackle this question, perform original music and share the inspiring story of how he became an innovative composer in a field of conformity. This session will leave you feeling inspired to take your future into your own hands and bring your unique ideas forward.

Kai Kight
Kai Kight

Classical Violinist Turned Innovator, Composer & Entrepreneur

9 – 9:05 a.m. Partner engagement
9:05 – 10 a.m.


The Great Reassessment | What COVID-19 Will Mean for the World Now and in the Future

Whether the pandemic ends before Christmas or continues well into 2022, it cannot be understated how much it will have changed the world. From the way we’re now trying to continue our business operations, to the social realization of who and what are truly essential and valuable, to how we will relate to each other in the future, 2020 will be seen as the year that every previously held assumption was thrown up into the air. The challenge is to understand how it might land, what we can control, what we will have to wait for, and how to position ourselves to recover and prosper in the future.

World-renowned futurist and thought leader, Ben Hammersley, will address each of these subjects: the likely scenarios for a post-COVID-19 world, the things we can do today and in the upcoming months to prepare for it, and the skills and knowledge we can begin developing today to truly flourish.

Ben Hammersley
Ben Hammersley

International Strategic Forecaster, Contributing Editor to WIRED Magazine, Host of Netflix and BBC Television Series

10 – 10:45 a.m. Missouri Health Care Reactor Panel
10:45 – 11 a.m. Presentation of the Visionary Leadership Award
Presentation of the Aim for Excellence Awards
Announcements, audience/partner engagement
11 – 11:45 a.m.


Using the Science of EQ to Stress-Proof You

Whether at work or at home, there is no doubt that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been one of the most heavily tested skills of 2021. Never has it been as important to demonstrate, and yet ― in the face of constant uncertainty, working virtually and on the heels of a global pandemic ― never has it been as difficult to practice, especially when feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted. Ross is going to help you change that.

Ross has studied stress and the influence of emotions on performance, leadership and burnout for more than a decade. Her research shows that EQ not only helps buffer stress, but also it instills a sense of vitality by amplifying one’s experience and expertise, helping people make good decisions in demanding situations, and creating the confidence to adapt to uncertainty. Perhaps most importantly, EQ is key to building strong connections to help you manage your energy both at work and at home.

Sara Ross
Sara Ross

Founder & Chief Vitality Officer at BrainAMPED, Emotional Intelligence & Leadership Speaker

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Announcements, partner education/engagement opportunity


Friday, Nov. 5

7:15 – 7:30 a.m. Registration for Annual Business Meeting
7:30 – 8 a.m. Annual Business Meeting — Todd Ahrens (member hospital CEOs only)
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Registration for main sessions
Partner/audience engagement
8:15 – 8:20 a.m. Opening announcements

Healthcare Services Group
8:20 – 8:50 a.m. Executive Update — Jon Doolittle
8:50 – 9 a.m. Presentation of the Trustee Awards
Announcements, audience/partner engagement
9 – 10 a.m.


Under Construction: Rebuilding Hospital Culture with DEI in Mind

Renovating a structure that’s already standing remains more difficult than building from the ground up. Dr. Jenkins helps hospitals and companies stare down the challenges of changing corporate culture. He provides a blueprint toward rebuilding corporate culture, anchoring equitable engagement and decision-making. Dr. Jenkins helps plan, promote and preserve data-driven Diversity, Equity & Inclusion best practices. This powerful keynote converts DEI from corporate responsibility to corporate revenue.

Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins
Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

Historian, Sociologist and Social Epidemiologist; One of America’s Emerging Voices on DEI

10 – 10:10 a.m. Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award

BKD CPAs & Advisors
10:10 – 11:10 a.m.


Why Health Care Leadership Matters

In health care, we lead and manage in a world of the perpetual whitewater of change. But effective change only can occur when leaders at every level of the organization, including clinicians at the bedside, understand not only the “how” but also the “why” guiding leadership. This inspirational talk gives practical examples of how leadership can give your organization a substantial and sustainable competitive advantage.

Dr. Thom Mayer, M.D., FACEP, FAAP, FACHE
Dr. Thom Mayer, M.D., FACEP, FAAP, FACHE

Medical Director for NFL Players Association, Disaster Leadership for the Pentagon on 9/11

11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Installation of New Board Chair — Remarks, 100th Anniversary announcement & closing remarks — Todd Ahrens
11:30 a.m. to noon Partner engagement/education opportunity
12:30 – 2 p.m. Health Equity Committee Meeting (committee members only)
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