Past Keynotes

Blockbuster Lineup Joined Us
Virtually at RISE National 2021

RISE National brings together world-class keynote speakers that deliver powerful and insightful messages in a way that moves audiences to action. These speakers are an important part of the conference experience and exemplify the spirit and ingenuity that drives our attendees to pursue success.

At RISE National 2021, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel,  a member of President Biden’s transition COVID-19 advisory board, kicked off day one  with a keynote address on the future direction of the American health care system.  Also on the agenda were: Tara Lipinski, internationally acclaimed figure skater and Olympic gold medalist; infectious disease expert Dr. Luciana Borio, who warned the public in January 2020 about the pending COVID-19 pandemic; Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a leading innovator in digital health, innovation and prevention; and health care futurist Ian Morrison.

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Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Top Advisor to President Joe Biden & the World Health Organization

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is one of the leading practitioners shaping the future of health care, with a long record of experience at the top levels of policy. Trained both as an oncologist (MD, Harvard Medical School) and a political scientist, Zeke offers a uniquely thoughtful perspective on the most difficult issues in medicine today. 

From January 2009 to January 2011, Zeke was a special advisor for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget. As one of the most prominent voices advising the White House about health care, he had a significant impact on federal health care budgets and the Affordable Care Act. 

He is a founding chair at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as Chair of the meta-council on The Future of Health Committee for the World Economic Forum. Until 1997, he was an associate professor at the Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Emanuel served on President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), and the bioethics panel of the Pan-American Healthcare Organization. He developed The Medical Directive, a comprehensive living will that has been endorsed by Consumer Reports on Health, Harvard Health Letter, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles on the ethics of clinical research, health care reform, international research ethics, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship. He is also a contributor to Fox News offering healthcare and policy analysis. 


Tara Lipinski, Internationally Acclaimed Figure Skater & Olympic Gold Medalist

Tara Lipinski, an Olympic gold medalist, is a figure skating analyst for NBC Sports Group, working on it’s coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, World Championships, the ISU Grand Prix Series, and for NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Winter Games including the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea and 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In addition, she served as an NBC Olympics correspondent during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lipinski is the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games, capturing a gold medal at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 at the age of 15.

Lipinski has also served as a fashion and lifestyle correspondent for NBC Sports Group at the Kentucky Derby, as an event reporter for NBC’s pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, the most-watched show in U.S. TV history with an average of 114.4 million viewers, and worked for Access Hollywood on its coverage of the 2014 Academy Awards.

A member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Lipinski’s figure skating career skyrocketed in 1994 at the age of 12 when she became the youngest person to win a gold medal at the junior-level U.S. Olympic Festival. At 14, she was the youngest person to win the U.S. and World Championships. Lipinski is also a two-time Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final champion (1997, 1998), and is the first woman to ever complete a triple loop-triple loop combination in competition, a signature element of her performances.

Since the 1998 Olympic Games, Lipinski worked with many of the world’s top media outlets and partnered with sponsors, further burnishing her global stature as an iconic Olympian of accomplishment and inspiration.

Lipinski has also authored two books, Totally Tara – An Olympic Journey and Triumph on Ice.


Luciana Borio, M.D., Infectious Disease Expert

Luciana Borio, M.D., is a leading source of insight on COVID-19. Specializing in emerging infectious diseases, complex public health emergencies and biodefense, she has dedicated her career to preparing for epidemics. Dr. Borio previously served as Director for Medical and Biodefense Preparedness at the National Security Council (2017-2019), where she was a member of the NSC’s pandemic response team. She also coordinated the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, led efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance, and the development of an Executive Order to modernize America's influenza vaccines. Warning that influenza “represents both a health security and a national security threat” for which the United States was unprepared to “respond with the speed that we need to,” Borio helped initiate the U.S. government’s National Influenza Vaccine Modernization Strategy 2020–2030, published in 2020. Prior to this, she served as the Acting Chief Scientist of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism Policy. At the FDA, Borio helped develop and execute the agency’s medical countermeasures and public health responses to the 2009–10 H1N1 flu pandemic, the 2014–16 Ebola outbreak, and the 2015–16 Zika outbreak. 

Dr. Borio is now Vice President at In-Q-Tel, an independent, non-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the United States Intelligence Community. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University (2003-present) and continues to practice medicine part-time at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Borio obtained her M.D. from George Washington University, completed a residency in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and a combined fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins and critical care at the National Institutes of Health. Borio has been an active public health advocate during COVID-19, offering guidance to decision-makers and the public around COVID-19. 

Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., Pediatrician & Author of Mama Doc Medicine

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is leading the way to a new age in medicine, in which innovations in digital, social media, and prevention leverage the combined wisdom of clinicians, patients, and researchers to help build stronger relationships. Dr. Swanson was the founder and Chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2013, a community pediatrician, a weekly TV reporter, blogger, and has continued to be an important thought leader online for over a decade. Dr. Swanson speaks to digital health, innovation in public health, prevention, and healthcare advocacy. She provides pediatric advice to the press weekly. 

Dr. Swanson has been a pioneer in supporting patients' engagement in their own health, improving patient education, and the patient experience. Dr. Swanson has proposed solutions for better online resources to help patients look for medical information to ensure the quality of information. She also helps physicians embrace patients' access to personal health data and shows physicians how to partner with patients using this health data, and also how to see trends across patient data, improving public health. She explains how we can embrace digital tools to scale messaging so that time spent with each patient is more meaningful and to improve much-needed efficiencies in clinical settings. 

Ian Morrison, Health Care Futurist

Ian Morrison is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future.

A prolific writer, Morrison is the author of Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership. His book, The Second Curve-Managing the Velocity of Change, was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller and was published in seven languages.  

He has co-authored several other books and chapters, including Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years and Looking Ahead at American Health Care. He also has co-authored numerous journal articles for publications such as Chief Executive, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Across the Board, The British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.