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Keynote Speakers

Monday, February 26, 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker: Steven A. Ballmer
is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of software for personal and business computing. Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the first business manager hired by Bill Gates. Since then, Ballmer’s leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure at the company.

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Tuesday, February 27, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker: Phil Bredesen is the 48th governor of the State of Tennessee
. Governor Bredesen currently co-chairs the State Alliance for e-Health, a consensus-based, executive-level body of state elected (and appointed) officials to collectively address state-level health information technology (health IT) issues and challenges to interoperable electronic health information exchange. As Governor, he took control of TennCare, the state's once troubled Medicaid-expansion program, and turned it into one of the most comprehensive state healthcare plans in the nation. Governor Bredesen is also responsible for the Cover Tennessee initiative, which provides the severely ill and uninsured with access to affordable healthcare.

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Wednesday, February 28, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
became the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001. Before becoming Secretary of State, Colin Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Advisor to President Reagan. He also served 35 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General and serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989 – 1993).

Wednesday keynote sponsored by:

Northrop Grumman

Thursday, March 1, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker: Michael O. Leavitt,
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2005, has led efforts to successfully enroll tens of millions of seniors and disabled persons in the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, mobilized the nation’s pandemic preparedness and accelerated the development of health information standards. He also presided over changes in Medicaid statutes to provide insurance coverage to more people and oversaw the medical response to Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday, March 1, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen R. Covey
is co-founder/vice-chairman of Franklin Covey Company, a leading global professional services firm. Franklin Covey offers learning and performance solutions to assist professionals and organizations in significantly increasing their effectiveness in productivity, leadership, communications and sales.