Nashville’s up-and-coming healthcare leaders will have the opportunity to hear former Nashville mayor and Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean share his views on the state of healthcare and how the state can improve access to affordable care for all Tennesseans at a breakfast for The League this Friday, Dec. 1.

The League is an invitation-only leadership-networking group of young rising industry professionals ages 25–45. The exclusive group draws members from all sectors of healthcare, from finance, operations and human resources to healthcare IT and professional services. Members meet quarterly to discuss and debate issues within the rapidly changing healthcare industry, support each other and develop opportunities for collaboration across their organizations.

The League was founded by emids’ own Michael Hollis, president of strategic business, to increase engagement among young professionals in the local healthcare industry.

“Nashville does have leadership groups that serve the breadth of healthcare organizations here, but there was not one group specific to mentoring young healthcare technology professionals,” Hollis says.

Networking events bring in seasoned leaders across the industry to talk to League members about their career path, how they have led their organizations through difficult times, where they see the industry going and their advice for those who want to stay in healthcare and make a difference. Last May’s breakfast featuring Clay Richards, CEO of naviHealth, drew 70 attendees. Other speakers at past League events have included Bill Gracey, former CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Neil de Crescenzo, CEO of Change Healthcare; Curt Thorne, former CEO of MedSolutions; and Brad Smith, CEO of Aspire Health.

The goal of these events is to get young healthcare professionals excited about the industry and give them the opportunity to learn from leaders who have paved the way for them.

“It’s our job to be a thought partner,” Hollis says. “If we can encourage debate among today’s up-and-coming healthcare professionals and help them become better leaders, that helps emids and our industry. We see it as our responsibility to create this forum.”

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