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2019 Pathways - Lessons from Leaders

  • 01/23/2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • La Cima Club, 5215 North O'Connor Road #2600, Irving, Texas 75039


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Join us for an impactful panel discussion on the journey of leadership from key industry leaders.   Earl Greene, VP, GM, HealthFirst, Nate Mickish, VP of Sourcing Supply Chain Management, Texas Health Resources and Margaret Steele, VP, MedSurg Contract Services, Vizient, will be sharing their journey into a leadership role, how they got there and insights on their pathway for 2019. There will be dinner and an opportunity to expand your professional network. This event is open to men, women, members and non-members in Healthcare.

"Leadership is not about You...It's about Them" - Doug Conant, Fortune 500 CEO.

About the speakers:

Earl Greene,
Vice President and General Manager at HealthFirst, began his career as an attorney at a law firm in New York in 2003.  After completing an MBA program at Fordham University, he joined Henry Schein in May of 2005 as an analyst in the Corporate Business Development Group.  He worked on a number of strategic transactions and progressed to the Director level.  In 2011 he transitioned to HealthFirst as the Director of Operations and Strategy and is now the Vice President and General Manager. 

HealthFirst provides compliance solutions to over 65,000 healthcare facilities and commercial air carriers across the United States.  The company leverages a proprietary software platform to deliver emergency preparedness/response, waste disposal and infection control solutions to its subscribers. 

Nate Mickish is the vice president of strategic souring for Texas Health in Arlington,TX. He has been with Texas Health since January 2013 and prior to that, he was with CHI Health (f/k/a Alegent Health) in Omaha, NE. In addition to his role at Texas Health, Nate serves on the board of the Bellwether League; an organization dedicated to the development and recognition of supply chain leaders in healthcare. Nate earned his master of business administration and bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Nebraska system.


Margaret Steele
, Vice President, Contract and Program Services, directs strategic planning and contracting for Vizient’s Medical, Surgical and Distribution team.  She is responsible for the strategy and execution of national agreements to deliver significant value and operational improvement for products and distribution services purchased by members.  Margaret also has oversight of five Member Councils including Anesthesia, Clinical & Supply, Perioperative, Respiratory and Wound Management.   

Prior to her role on the Medical/Surgical team, Margaret led the Accelerated Contracting Expertise team in Purchased Services.  The team featured deep expertise in Food & Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, Clinical Equipment Maintenance, Laundry and Linen Services and Plant Operations.

Margaret brings a rich background as the former Chief Operating Officer for Beckett Media, a leading publisher of sports and specialty market collectibles.  Margaret has leveraged her business operations and management experience to continually create value for Vizient’s members.

Highlights of Margaret’s professional accomplishments:

  • Launched Novation’s first ePayable national contracts with PNC and Bank of America which have resulted in over $2B in annual sales.
  • Successfully piloted a national alignment process with 16 regional offices, introducing a streamlined contracting method insuring legal compliance while uniting strategic focus and promoting cross regional communication
  • Led a team that conducted assessments and implementation work for over 250 hospitals nationwide, resulting in well over $50M in delivered savings
  • Led the Medical and Distribution team in the integration efforts, resulting in over $260M in member value.   

Margaret received her Bachelor of Science from University of Texas at Dallas with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing.  Margaret has served over 10 years on the Community Storehouse Board, a non-profit agency for children.  She assumed a number of responsibilities during those years including Vice Chair, Personnel Chair as well as leading Board Development.

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