Robin Roberts​
Co-anchor​, ABC’s Good Morning America

Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Under her leadership, the broadcast has won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program and the 2017 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team.

Roberts has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame as well as the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. She was voted the “Most Trusted Person on Television” by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013.

Roberts founded her own production company, Rock'n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks, ranging from informational shows and documentaries, to live special events.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with MDS. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant, her sister Sally-Ann was a perfect match. Her story triggered an outpouring of support from across the nation. She joined forces with Be the Match to inform the public about the need for more donors, and since her diagnosis, the bone marrow registry has seen a tremendous increase.

Her battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Roberts was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013 for the strength and courage she has displayed throughout her life and career.

Roberts was named co-anchor of “Good Morning America” in May 2005. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995, and prior to that, she was a contributor to ESPN as a host on “SportsCenter” and contributor to “NFL PrimeTime.” Roberts has worked in broadcasting for more than 30 years.

Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and rebounders. In 2012, Roberts was named an inductee to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Roberts is the author of From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By and her memoir Everybody’s Got Something, in which she tells the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, learning life’s hardest lessons, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk.

Roberts is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and currently resides in New York City.

Atul Gawande
Professor, Harvard Medical School. Renowned surgeon and researcher. Author, Being Mortal and The Checklist Manifesto.

The physician’s physician—the definitive voice on improving health care.

Atul Gawande’s bold visions for improving performance and safety in health care have made him one of the most sought-after speakers in medicine. His three books, Complications, Better and The Checklist Manifesto, have all been highly praised inside and outside the medical community. His new book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. TIME placed him among the world’s 100 most influential thinkers.

Atul Gawande is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship winner, a New Yorker columnist, an author—but, most of all, a physician, with a practitioner’s grasp of the everyday challenges of healthcare delivery.

Gawande explains that medical practice and philosophy has not kept pace with the changes in health care over the last hundred years. We need reform—and Atul is on a lifelong search to discover what shape that reform should take. What does an effective health care system look like in the 21st century? How can we improve quality, manage risk and measure performance more effectively? Atul brings an eloquence and an intellect to these questions that allow him to offer deeply considered and beautifully expressed solutions with implications for health care and beyond.

Gawande is broadly known for his influential articles, two of which won him the National Magazine Award. He has written about the shift from lone-ranger physicians to teams of cooperating specialists, and the new values this shift requires. He popularized the checklist as a means of coordinating complex work in hospitals. His ideas about how to rein in health care costs while increasing efficiency and quality have transformed the national discussion of these issues. His writing sets itself apart by its depth of thought and research, but also by its willingness to look outside of health care and see how other fields have delivered high-quality service in complex industries.

Atul is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. He has won AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, and the Lewis Thomas Award for Writing about Science.

​Leadership Panel
Mo​derated by Patrick T. Ryan, CEO, Press Ganey


Patrick T. Ryan

Chief Executive Officer, ​Press Ganey


Leadership Panelist
Ken Haynes, MBA, MHA, FACHE

EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System

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Elliot Joseph, MHA

Chief Executive Officer, Hartford Health​Care

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Redonda Miller, MD, MBA

President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Kurt Newman, MD

President & Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National Health System

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Lee Sacks, MD

​Executive Vice President & ​CMO, Advocate Physician Partners