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Episode 036 – Roz Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance

On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, we welcome Roz Brewer, CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance and guest host, Dean Harrison, Immediate Past Chair of the Exec Club Board of Directors and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. Roz and Dean discuss the future of Walgreens and their mission to reduce healthcare inequalities and the key role technology plays. Tune in to hear Brewer’s vision for accessible healthcare in the United States. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Ivy Room in Chicago.

00:00 – Intro
01:45 – Brewer’s experience in education and her role today
03:20 – The impact of COVID
06:00 – New Clinical trials at Walgreens
06:55 – How did the pandemic affect how to get your workforce rearranged?
09:20 – New lessons to carry forward
11:00 – After the lessons, how does Brewer see the future?
13:16 – Would there be hospital and patient services?
18:10 – The biggest risk
18:50 – Health and Equity
22:10 – The BBA as a way of creating jobs
23:20 – Word from our sponsor, Shure
24:00 – About innovation
25:30 – Three things to improve equity in healthcare within Chicago
28:20 – Who were Brewer’s mentors?
29:50 – Who does Brewer seek for advice?
31:00 – How do you balance your professional and personal life?
33:00 – Retail expertise as a tool for healthcare
34:10 – Brewer’s perspective on pharmacists evolving
36:45 – Best career advice from Brewer
37:00 – Last questions
38:43 – Outro

Episode Link: Walgreens Boots Alliance

Guest Host: Dean Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

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