24th Annual Voluntary Health Leadership Conference

Sanibel Harbour
Fort Myers, Florida
February 9-11, 2011
Each year, the National Health Council (NHC) brings together the chief executive officers and their lead volunteers from member patient advocacy organizations to learn about the latest in medical research and health care policy, and to share best practices for meeting their organizational goals to serve people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
The 24th Annual Voluntary Health Leadership Conference was held in February 2011. To get a taste of  the benefits of attending the annual leadership conference, click here to view a short video with the 2011 Conference Chair, Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association.
The attendees at this conference and the Voluntary Health Agency Committee meeting heard from the following leading authorities on issues of concern to the patient advocacy community. Below are links to their presentations and short video interviews with some of the speakers.
Keynote address
Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health
Patient Advocates as Drivers of Innovation in Drug Development
Timothy Coetzee, PhD, Chief Research Officer, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Balancing Innovation and Safety in Medical Devices
Jeffrey E. Shuren, MD, JD, Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health
The Ropes of Succession Planning
John H. Graham IV, CAE, President and CEO, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
How the American Cancer Society Will Help Bring Cancer Under Control Earlier in the 21st Century: A Moral Imperative
John Seffrin, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society
Creating Your Emotional Brand
Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association   
John H. Klippel, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Arthritis Foundation
Steven Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation
Health Care Reform on Trial: All Roads Lead to the Supreme Court
Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville
MODDERN Cures Solution: Modernizing Our Drug & Diagnostics Evaluation and Regulatory Network
Marc Boutin, Executive Vice President and COO, National Health Council
Preparing for a Crisis
John Seng, President, Spectrum
Understanding Trust and Engagement as Health Leadership Imperatives
Michael Cover, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Services, Edelman

The 24th Annual Voluntary Health Leadership Conference was made possible with the support of

Premier Sponsors
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Amgen
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer Inc
  • Roche
Leading Sponsors
  • AdvaMed
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Supporting Sponsors
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Baker & Daniels
  • Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • Community Health Charities
  • Drug Information Association
  • Edelman
  • National Pharmaceutical Council