The GLC hosts large national symposia in Ann Arbor that link teaching, research, and practice. National leaders from across a variety of health care sectors come together to share their ideas about excellence in healthcare leadership. These events draw 300 - 600 participants composed of executives from health systems, insurance companies, law firms, foundations, public health and government organizations as well as faculty, students and alumni from across the country. In addition, the GLC partners with other organizations and groups to design and host conferences addressing specific issues in healthcare management and policy.

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Past Events

2022 GLC Biennial Symposium

Friday, October 7,  2022
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
University of Michigan League
911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 

2021 GLC Biennial Symposium

September 24th, 12:30pm - 4:30pm ET

The virtual symposium explored Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Behavioral Health.

We heard from a medical historian reflecting on lessons learned from the pandemic, two panels, and a closing speaker with a call to action followed by virtual and in-person networking opportunities.

Check back here for a link to view the Symposium recording.

Opening Speaker

Dr. Joel Howell, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of
History and Department of Health Management and Policy, University of

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel:

  • Dr. Malika Fair, Senior Director, Health Equity Partnerships and Programs, AAMC
  • Dr. Maulik Joshi, President and CEO, Meritus Health
  • Richard Liekweg, President and CEO, BJC HealthCare

Behavioral Health Panel

  • Joy Calloway, Interim CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
  • Martha Temple, Former CEO, Optum Behavioral Health, UnitedHealth
  • Martha Whitecotton, Senior VP Behavioral Health, Atrium Health

Closing Speaker

Denise Brooks-Williams, SVP and CEO North Market, Henry Ford Health System

Friday, September 24, 2021
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET

September 26-28, 2019

2019 GLC Symposium

September 26, 2019 - Alumni Reception at the Sheraton Ann Arbor in the evening
September 27, 2019 - Symposium (Theme - Disruption, Innovation, Action)
September 28, 2019 - Tailgate (Ferry Field)

October 26-28, 2017
Delivering on the Promise of Population Health

Over 600 students, faculty, health care leaders and changemakers met over the course of the 3-day events. Thursday kicked off the start of the events, with a dinner at "The Big House" to celebrate and honor Professor Peter Jacobson, who retired this past summer. All dinner guests received a lovely keepsake that captured Professor Jacobson's wonderful likeness. On Friday, we heard from an incredible lineup of leaders and researchers in the field doing real population health work. Keynote speakers included Dr. David Nash of the Jefferson College of Population Health, Dr. Richard Gilfilan, Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health, and Chris Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Authority Health and an HMP alum. Finally, we again met together for a fun Tailgate on Saturday prior to the UM vs. Rutgers game.

June 6, 2016
Leadership Summit for Women in Academic Medicine and Healthcare

The GLC represented the School of Public Health in collaboration with the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ross School of Business to plan, organize and host a day of networking, connection and learning for over 400 women leaders in medicine and healthcare administration. Keynote speakers included Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation and co-director of the Women's Leadership Program at the Columbia School of Business, and Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley.

September 10 and 11, 2015
Inspiring Leadership - Navigating Change - Pursuing Excellence

A tribute dinner was held to honor the Founding Chair of the Advisory Board for the Griffith Leadership Center, Gail L. Warden, M.H.S.A., President Emeritus of Henry Ford Health System. Dinner keynote speaker: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was the keynote speaker. The symposium program explored new leadership skills required to successfully navigate change and achieve excellence in a rapidly changing healthcare environment experiencing tremendous disruption. Symposium keynote speakers: Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Richard J. Umbdenstock, President and CEO, American Hospital Association; and Gail L. Warden, President Emeritus of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.

October 18, 2013
Leading Together: The Transformation to Population Health

The full day conference highlighted how to successfully leverage leadership skills to achieve excellence in the new era of accountable care and population health. Providers, payers, policy makers and innovators gathered to share their perspectives in a series of targeted and strategic sessions about how to meet the challenge of delivering excellent health care and public health services in an ever changing policy landscape.

May 11, 2012
Applying Research to Improve Our Health System: 50 Years of Michigan Excellence

The day-long event celebrated excellence in health services research at the University of Michigan and demonstrated how health services research can be translated to drive improvements throughout the health system. Keynote speakers: Austin Frakt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, Health Economist for Veteran's Affairs and founder, The Incidental Economist, a health policy blog; and Helen Levy, Ph.D., University of Michigan and alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholars program, and former senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

November 4 and 5, 2010
Reaching Excellence in Health Management and Policy

Over 600 health care industry leaders, researchers, and students gathered to exchange ideas, connect and learn. Focusing on how to cultivate high-performance in health care organization, the Symposium featured internationally renowned thought leaders in health care including Dr. Donald Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Friends, colleagues, family, and former students crowded into the University of Michigan's Lydia Mendelssohn to hear John R. Griffith, the Andrew Pattullo Professor of Hospital Administration and professor of health management and policy, deliver his last lecture before retirement. 

March 7, 2008
Women in Bioscience