Keynote: Kwanza Hall, City of Atlanta and Jia Chen, IBM
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 1:30 PM

Kwanza Hall

City Councilman, District 2

City of Atlanta

The Honorable Kwanza Hall is beginning his third term on the Atlanta City Council. He represents District 2, the heart of Atlanta and the city’s most diverse council district. The district includes the Martin Luther King Historic District, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University. The following neighborhoods are in District 2: Downtown, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park, Candler Park, and the Old Fourth Ward.

Hall is a member of the following Council committees in 2014: Public Safety, Community Development, and Zoning.

One of Hall’s signature achievements during his first term was a community-based master planning process involving 1,000 residents of Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward community, the neighborhood that raised Martin Luther King Jr. During his second term, he has received local and national recognition for his “Year of Boulevard” initiative. The Year of Boulevard, launched in 2012, focuses on improving public safety and bringing resources to the youth and families of the Old Fourth Ward’s Boulevard corridor, which has the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States. In its 2012 Best of Atlanta issue, Atlanta Magazine called the Year of Boulevard “One of the Five Things We’re Rooting For.” In its Best of Atlanta 2012 issue, Creative Loafing named the Year of Boulevard Atlanta’s best community development initiative. In 2013, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation selected the Year of Boulevard as one of eight outstanding grassroots initiatives led by city councilmembers across the country.

Before his election to the Atlanta City Council, Hall served on the Atlanta Board of Education. An Atlanta native, he was raised in southwest Atlanta. He is an alumnus of Benjamin E. Mays High School and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hall currently serves on the boards of Leadership Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund, Atlanta Medical Center, and the Downtown and Midtown Improvement Districts.

Hall has been recognized for his leadership in many different arenas. In 2012, Georgia State University honored him with the Pioneer Award, its highest award for leadership promoting arts and culture in downtown Atlanta. In 2011, Atlanta’s Park Pride honored Hall for governmental leadership in parks and greenspace advocacy; he was voted by an independent media panel as one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans; and Atlanta’s American Institute of Architects chapter created the Kwanza Hall Award for civic leadership in architectural design. In 2009, Creative Loafing named him Atlanta’s “Best Local Political Figure.” In 2008, he was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

Hall, a private business developer, lives in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District with his wife Natalie Hall. They are the proud parents of two sons, Mario and Marc.

Jia Chen

Director, Health Solutions, Smarter Cities


Dr. Jia Chen is the Director of Health Solutions for Smarter Cities globally at IBM. She is responsible for the definition of strategic direction and development of integrated, replicable smarter health solutions for IBM’s clients. She also serves on IBM Academy Leadership Team which is a leadership team consists of top 100 technical leaders of the company.
Dr. Chen was formerly Director of Technical Sales & Innovation for IBM’s Growth Market Units (GMU), based in Shanghai, China. Dr. Chen had leadership for technical sales team across all IBM's business units for the Greater China Group, ASEAN, Australia/New Zealand, Korea, India, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, focusing on bringing innovative integrated solutions to IBM’s clients.
Before moving to GMU, she was Program Director for Innovation at IBM Corporate Headquarters, NY. Dr. Chen was responsible for the identification, structuring and execution of first of a kind technology and business initiatives that provide innovative and sustainable differentiation for IBM’s clients. She led IBM cross business units global teams and drove strategic collaborative innovation in datacenter, cloud, smarter security and energy with major multi-national firms. Prior to that, she held business development, technology development and research positions at IBM Systems and Technology Group and IBM Research.
A Fellow of the United Engineering Foundation since 2000, and a Fellow of the World Technology Network since 2006, Dr. Chen was honored as one of 35 leading technology innovators under the age of 35 worldwide by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine in 2005. In 2006, she was honored as Best Researcher of the Year by Small Times magazine, and recognized as one of the top 15 innovators of Nano50 by NASA's Nanotech Briefs. She holds both U.S. and foreign patents, an author of numerous professional publications, and a frequent invited/keynote speaker at professional society conferences. She served on the organizing committee of the United States National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering.
Dr. Chen received her B.S. from Fudan University, China, and Ph.D. in Physics in 2000 from Yale University. Her research work was recognized as one of the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ by Science magazine in 2001.

Panel: Smart Cities in a World of Big Data and Ubiquitous Connectivity
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:00 PM

Carl Disalvo

Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Georgia Tech

Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design Workshop: a design research studio exploring socially-engaged design practices and civic media. He is also the co-director of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing.  His current research is broadly concerned with forms of collectivity and the role of design in shaping and enabling collectivity. He publishes regularly in design, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction journals and conference proceedings. His first book, Adversarial Design, was published MIT Press in 2012. DiSalvo’s experimental design work has been exhibited and supported by the ZKM, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Times Square Arts Alliance, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center. 

Jennifer Clark

Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and an Associate Professor, School of Public Policy

Georgia Tech

Jennifer Clark is the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Clark’s research focuses on regional economic development, manufacturing, industrial districts and innovation. 

Her first book, Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy won the Best Book Award from the Regional Studies Association in 2009. She recently published Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (2013). Her work focuses on policy models aimed at rebuilding the links between innovation and manufacturing in the US. She has collaborated on manufacturing and innovation policy projects with a broad range of organizations including the OECD, and the Canadian, UK, and US governments.  

Dr. Clark earned her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Economic Development and Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Clark teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and practice as well as research design and methods. She is also a distinguished visiting fellow with the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Jeremy Dies

Program Director, Smarter Solutions Team

IBM North

Jeremy Dies has been working on IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative since 2010.  In his current role, Jeremy leads a team of consultants that work with governments across North America to help them transform government and education. Always fascinated by big data problems, Jeremy formerly managed the Genographic Project, a non-profit scientific research joint venture between IBM and the National Geographic Society.  The Genographic Project uses innovative analysis of DNA from hundreds of thousands of global volunteers to map mankind’s earliest migrations and draw the human family tree. Jeremy was also a brand and product manager in IBM’s Software division, where he led business planning and development of several new IBM Software businesses. Jeremy has a BS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.

Maria Saporta

Saporta Report

Maria Saporta is a journalist who writes a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a relationship that began in September, 2008. She also is the founder of her own website: www.SaportaReport.com, which provides daily updates on local business, urban and civic issues focusing on metro Atlanta, Georgia and beyond. Until the end of August 2008, Maria had spent 27 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was its business and civic columnist for more than 17 years. Maria is an Atlanta native who began her full-time journalistic career in April 1980 with the Macon Telegraph. She received her Master's degree in urban studies from Georgia State University in 1980. And she also holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria also is a past president of the Atlanta Press Club, continues to serve on its executive committee and chairs its debate committee. She also serves as vice president of the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta, a French cultural organization and school that was founded by her mother in 1963.

Maria was inducted into the Georgia State University Business Hall of Fame in 2012.  She also received the Atlanta Business League 2013 CEO Award for Vision of Excellence. Maria was inducted in the 2002 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She is a 1999 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute. She also has been named one of Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2000 and 2001, and as one of the magazine's notable Georgians in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Stephen Vincent

Executive Director, Strategy & Development

AT&T Digital Life

As Executive Director at AT&T Digital Life, Stephen Vincent has responsibilities over Strategy, Product and Business Development.  This combination gives his organization the ability to quickly identify emerging strategic products and services, develop a robust partner ecosystem, define the go-to-market plans and oversee their execution.

Stephen joined AT&T with over 15 years of experience driving innovation and product development in the Connected Home, Telco Operators and Equipment Vendors space.  Prior to AT&T, he was a General Manager at Technicolor, overseeing their IP Access business and strategy in North America, and Head of Telco Product Management at Thomson Inc., leading the gateway and cloud services.

Stephen holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of York in the UK.  He was awarded one patent on Connected Home technology, with one pending.

Keynote: Bill Stead, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 8:40 AM

Bill Stead

Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Strategy Officer

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. William Stead is Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Strategy Officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).  He leads strategy development for VUMC as it seeks to provide extraordinary clinical care, train leaders in healthcare and make discoveries of fundamental importance to humanity.  He facilitates structured decision making to achieve strategic goals, curation of methods to drive transformation, and concept development to nurture system innovation. 
Dr. Stead received his B.A., M.D., and residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology from Duke University.  He remained on Duke’s faculty in Nephrology as the physician in the physician-engineer partnership that developed The Medical Record (TMR), one of the first practical electronic medical record systems.  He also helped Duke build one of the first patient-centered hospital information systems (IBM’s PCS/ADS). He came to VUMC in 1991 and holds appointments as the McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine.  For two decades, he guided development of the Department of Biomedical Informatics (informatics research and education); Eskind Biomedical Library (knowledge management); Center for Better Health (accelerating change) and operational units providing information technology infrastructure to support education, research and health care programs through-out the Medical Center.  He aligned organizational structure and informatics architecture to bring cutting-edge research in natural language processing, data mining, data privacy and complex process visualization into clinical practice.  The resulting enterprise-wide electronic health record, clinical communication/decision support tools and population-scale research resources support his current focus on system-based care and research leading toward personalized medicine and population health management. Dr. Stead is a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Engineering in Biology and Medicine. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.   His awards include the Collen Award for Excellence in Medical Informatics and the Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics.  Most recently, the American Medical Informatics Association named the Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics in his honor. He served as President of the American College of Medical Informatics, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, Presidential appointee to the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, and as Chair of the National Research Council Committee on Engaging the Computer Science Research Community in Health Care Informatics.  He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Medicine, the Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Research Council and the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. In addition to his academic and advisory responsibilities, Dr. Stead is a Director of HealthStream.


Panel: Technology for Patients at Home: A Global, Current Health Informatics Perspective
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:00 AM

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Executive Vice President, Clinical Strategy


Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA, FACEP, is a board certified emergency physician at Emory University Hospital, Executive Vice President of Clinical Strategy at Sharecare, national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. At Sharecare, she answers users’ health and wellness questions on her blog “Ask Dr. Darria”, and brings her expertise as a physician to the development of Sharecare’s products and program offerings.

Dr. Long Gillespie earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, her residency in emergency medicine from Yale University School of Medicine, and her MBA from Harvard Business School. After residency she joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she worked in the ER at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Long Gillespie regularly appears on both TV and radio and in print media, and has been an expert guest nationally on CNBC, FoxNews, and the Dr. Oz show. She is also host of “Sharecare Radio” on iHeart radio. She appears regularly on NBC 11 Alive Atlanta and Fox WAGA Atlanta.

Dr. Long Gillespie has authored a chapter in the preeminent text of Emergency Medicine, and both published and presented research in disciplines including plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and hospital strategic/financial business development.

Ellen Bolch

President and CEO

The Healthcare Alternative Group

Ellen Bolch, BSN, MSN, is an award winning telehealth pioneer and President and CEO of THA (The Healthcare Alternative) Group. Bolch founded THA Group in 1995 with the vision that the future model of health care would be delivered in the home at the demand of the consumer.

THA Group is a family of companies – Island Health Care, Island Hospice, Independent Life at Home, Ideal Aging, and RightHealthTM– that provides Medicare-certified home health care, nonprofit hospice care, private home care, telehealth, chronic disease management, and population health delivery. It is a unique in-home health care provider that offers a full spectrum of patient centered services for all ages.

In 2001, THA Group became the first health care company in the region to offer remote telemonitoring of patients' vital signs; since then, THA Group has expanded its distance-monitoring capabilities through its innovative RightHealthTM population health delivery model. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) consistently place THA Group's Island Health Care in the top 20% of Quality Home Health Care Providers in the nation. Island Health Care was named, for both Georgia and South Carolina, to the 2012 HomeCare EliteTM, a compilation of the most successful home care providers in the U.S.. In 2013, THA Group was named a “Cardiovascular Pioneer” by the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign. THA Group has recently been chosen for the CMS Center for Innovation’s Bundled Payment Care Improvement Demonstration Project for Model 3 Post Acute Care (BPCI).

Bolch has been the recipient of several awards, including Honeywell HomMed's Lifetime Achievement Award for Telehealth and the AWWIN Monica LaRue Award, a regional honor given to a woman who motivates and inspires other women to pursue their dreams and visions.

Bolch actively serves both health care and other nonprofit organizations on the national, regional, and local level. She has served on the Board of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and is Chair of the National Medicaid Council affiliated with NAHC. She is also a member the Advisory Board of the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA). Bolch is currently Chair of the South Carolina Home and Hospice Care Association and serves on the Medline National Hospice Advisory Council. She has been a health care educator at Penn State University, Armstrong State University, and the Medical College of Georgia. Bolch is frequently asked to speak to both local and national audiences, and has been published in Caring Magazine, The Remington Report, the Journal of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, the Home Care Journal of Texas and, most recently, in The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 3rd Edition. Bolch is an active member of the Rotary Club of Savannah, a curator of the Georgia Historical Society, serves on the Boards of Armstrong State University Foundation, The Chatham Club and the Board of Visitors of Savannah Country Day School.


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