The Executives' Club Of Chicago

The Flame

The Health and Wellness Edition

Volume 1, Issue 4


“Health care isn’t going anywhere, but the way its delivered has the potential to be completely disrupted” – Jeanette Flom, Vice President, Central, AVIA


In the last two years The Club has featured a host of health care leaders who discussed the future and trends in this industry in transformation. On a signature series program level, we have welcomed Larry Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health; Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO, Mayo Clinic; and a panel of C-Suite leaders from Astellas America, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Horizon Pharma and Stefano Pessina, CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance.


Additionally, The Club’s has been offering a suite of great events on this topic as well. Just last week the Forum hosted a lively panel discussion on “Emerging Technology’s Impact on Healthcare”. The interest and energy surrounding that conversation is encouraging and indicative that technology has the potential to change how we view and interact with health care providers/professionals.


As a member of The Executives' Club, you have the opportunity to join , which is one of the multiple member-only benefits. This Forum, sponsored by , brings together executives of organizations that develop or provide health, wellness and prevention products and services across industries.


If you are a health care professional or if you are interested or do business in this industry, I would like to invite you to get involved: come to a Health and Wellness Forum event, attend a health care related program, or share your point-of-view on .


As always remember that The Club is here to partner with all of you, our members, on your professional journey.


Ana Dutra

Chief Executive Officer

The Executives' Club of Chicago




Member Spotlight

Kim Svoboda


Aspiration Catalyst

What is your favorite quote or motto that you live by?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Gandhi


What/who inspires you?

I have so many people that inspire me—my family, my friends, my clients. I love to see people performing at their best no matter what it is—could be running, singing, speaking, helping someone solve a problem—I just love to see people doing the thing that makes them unique and doing it well!


What do you enjoying doing outside of work?

Travel, triathlons, time with family and friends, walking my dogs, reading, listening to music, going to concerts.


What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?

She’s pretty dependable but makes us stay quiet when she’s on the phone. We would also like her to spend less time at her computer and more time talking us on walks. Signed, Colby and Lolly


In one word, describe yourself.



Health and Wellness

Below are a collection of articles submitted by Executives' Club members on health and wellness.

The Waiting is the Hardest Part


With the passing of Tom Petty last year, one of the rock and roll icons of my youth, I’ve been listening to his music nostalgically. Somewhat ironically, my daughter and I had just listened to this classic (The Waiting) when we pulled into the parking lot during a recent visit to one of her specialists.

Digital Health Trends for 2018


Technology continues to change how Americans work and live, especially when it comes to health care. New advances are changing how health care is paid for and delivered, putting access to information at our fingertips and creating a more seamless health care experience.

Why Work-Life Integration is a Bad Idea


I love reading about leadership and business strategy, and am constantly amazed by how the same ideas are often rebranded over and over. Work-life balance is now passé; work-life integration is the newly named aspiration.

A CEO’s Wellness Strengthens Their Organization


Being a CEO is a competitive sport. It requires focus, concentration, agility and stamina. Male CEOs are often recognized for their previous or current athletic endeavors, but you may be surprised that female CEOs often share this same passion for sports.

Lurie Children’s Every Day: A Plan for Healthy Cholesterol


It’s never too early to work toward a healthy heart. Managing cholesterol in children is one way to prevent serious future health complications, like heart attack or stroke.


True Wellness Includes Financial Wellbeing, Too


When we think about corporate wellness programs, we often think of fitness trackers, discounted gym memberships, or an on-site masseuse once a month. What we don’t always think about is that financial wellbeing impacts physical, mental and emotional health. And that can be a big problem.

The Imminent Impact of Blockchain to Healthcare


Blockchain is unstoppable and gaining momentum every day. There is an upsurge in Blockchain use cases industries-wide and it’s time to pay attention. Before we became aware of Blockchain, there was Bitcoin. And, many use the term Bitcoin interchangeably with Blockchain.

In the slow lane: Well-being at the Chicago Botanic Garden


We walk quickly. From the house to the car, the train to the office, over bridges and through turnstiles, on treadmills and across town—sometimes it seems our busy schedules sweep us along for the ride.


WORK-FAMILY BALANCE – Does it Matter Where You Live? Impact of Culture on the Work-Family Interface


Few can deny the fact that we live in a 24/7 connected world. An upside to this reality is that it has brought humankind closer, giving companies and customers access to worldwide markets.

The Power of Wellbeing and Engagement — Finding Success by Connecting the Dots


Containing costs and attracting and retaining a competitive workforce continue to be top priorities for employers. As employers consider

how to address these concerns, they increasingly understand that organizational issues surrounding mistrust, not feeling valued, poor leadership.

Accenture 2018 Consumer Survey on Digital Health


Healthcare consumers are more open to using intelligent technologies, sharing data and allowing a combination of man and machine to power a new model of healthcare. Several healthcare technology advancements are converging to deliver significant benefits to consumers.

The July edition of The Flame will feature articles focused on Innovation. Please keep the word count between 500-800 words. The deadline to is Friday, June 15.


Programs in Review


2018 Edelman Trust Barometer

Richard Edelman is a fascinating speaker. He offers both the “steak” and the “sizzle” – solid research presented in a lively, impactful manner. The Edelman Trust Barometer is an annual global survey of people’s trust in four institutions: government, the media, and business, and Edelman provided a succinct and challenging overview of the results.



United Airlines: Landing a Long-Term Strategy

A few years ago I was part of a consulting team that worked with a major retailer to help them become more “customer-centric.” It was a fascinating project that involved changing almost every aspect of how the company did business. Although Oscar Munoz did not use the term “customer-centricity” in his presentation to the Executives’ Club of Chicago on March 21, much of his speech was about a similar initiative at United Airlines.

The Economics of Mutuality: Building a Sustainable Global Business

Martin Redvan, Global President of Mars Wrigley, said some shocking things in his talk to the Executives’ Club of Chicago on April 18. In some ways he sounded more like the founder of a small green energy company than the leader of a global confectionery company. It started when he talked about the five principles of the company: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency, and Freedom.

A special thanks to Gail Golden, MBA, Ph.D., Principal of Gail Golden Consulting, LLC for providing these program recaps for members of The Club. You can read more of her work by visiting her .


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