NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

2/12/16 San Antonio | Healthcare Innovation and Impact on Board Oversight

February 12, 2016
San Antonio, TX



Each year, corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars to provide healthcare benefit solutions to their employees. What medical advances or technology is on the horizon that organizations can use to improve healthcare and benefits for employees?  What are best in class companies doing right now to provide a competitive edge for employee retention and acquisition? 


Local NACD directors joined to engage with an expert panel of health innovators.  They had candid discussions over healthcare innovation as it relates to technology advances and healthcare solutions that have an impact on wellness, talent retention and recruitment.   What key questions should directors ask about the company's overall healthcare strategy and what are the emerging opportunities and risks?


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  Healthcare and Bioscience Impact in 2014



Location and Time


Westin Riverwalk
420 W Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

7:00am   Check-in and Networking Breakfast

7:30am   Roundtable Discussions

7:45am   Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

9:15am   Closing and final networking

Speaker Spotlight


Beth Eby

Principal, Eby Financial
Director, University of the Incarnate Word

Principal of the San Antonio financial services firm Eby Financial, Beth Eby focuses on the growing, fast-paced, and sometimes volatile healthcare and biosciences industry. Serving individuals and small business owners, she specializes in strategies that adapt to changing realities.

With the designations of Certified Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, Beth helps clients with both investments and insurance. She came to the financial services industry after 12 years in public service. While serving as City Manager of the City of Del Rio, Texas, she led the city’s recovery effort after a devastating flood caused widespread property damage and loss of life. Beth served as Senior Officer at the NAFTA-chartered North American Development Bank, creating financing mechanisms for water and wastewater infrastructure in the US and Mexico. She was appointed by the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System to the post of Associate Director of a state agency that delivers training for communities and businesses in high-tech disciplines, homeland security and disaster first response.

Beth earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Leadership Texas and the Governor’s Executive Development Program. She has served the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association as both chapter president and global treasurer. In 2012, she and two colleagues co-founded The Health Cell, a trade association with the mission of promoting the careers of professionals in healthcare in the San Antonio region. Beth is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio and serves on the development board of University of the Incarnate Word. She works on two committees that support the work of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio: Planned Giving Advisory Council, and the Career Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Beth and a friend worked their way through college by starting a small business, an experience that she says ignited a lifelong devotion the power we have to create our own destinies.

Maj. Gen. Byron Hepburn, M.D.

Associate Vice President
Director, Military Health Institute
USAA Patty and Joe Robles, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Military Health

Dr. Hepburn assumed the role of Director of the Military Health Institute on October 1, 2014 with a distinguished military career of 38 years. Prior to his selection as Director, he served as commander of the 59th Medical Wing, where he led the Air Force’s largest medical wing composed of 6,000 military, civilian, contract employees, residents and students. He also served as deputy surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force. In that role, he directed all operations of the Air Force Medical Service, a $5.1 billion, 43,000-person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.4 million beneficiaries at 75 military treatment facilities worldwide.

Dr. Hepburn is a distinguished graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and one of only a few U.S. Air Force pilot-physicians. He completed a residency in family practice and holds an appointment as Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine. He also holds the titles of Assistant Dean for Military Health in the School of Medicine and Associate Vice President.

Dr. Gerald Wilmink PhD MBA

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WiseWear
Director, Life Recovery Systems, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Gerald “Jerry” J. Wilmink is the Founder and CEO of WiseWear, a company that he founded in his San Antonio garage in 2013 after his grandfather passed away due to a fatal fall. On a mission to “right this wrong”, Dr. Wilmink started WiseWear to develop wearable devices that allows individuals to alert their loved ones in times of potential danger.

Dr. Wilmink presently serves on the Board of Directors at Life Recovery Systems, a medical device business, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He also serves as an advisor for TechStars, the #1 startup accelerator in the world, and a handful of innovative startups. Jerry is also an advisor and panel review member for our country’s National Academy of Sciences NRC program, SMART, and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Programs (NDSEG).

Dr. Wilmink has former experience as a start-up business consultant for Venture Capital firms, and a program manager for the Department of Defense’s $3 Billion Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Jerry earned a BS, MS, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He served as a research associate with the National Academy of Sciences, and during this tenure he founded the first Terahertz biosensing laboratory in the Department of Defense. He has penned 9+ patents, published 55 manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles, and has delivered over 100 keynote or plenary presentations at conferences including Consumer Electronics Show (CES), TEDMED, SXSW, and SPIE.

In 2015, Jerry was selected as the Top Tech entrepreneur in San Antonio, San Antonio's 40 Under 40 award, and was awarded membership into the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), named by Forbes as America's most elite entrepreneur organization.



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