ASHHRA 2019
ASHHRA 2019
ASHHRA 2019

Keynote Speakers

Captain Richard Phillips

Captain Richard Phillips

Opening Ceremony Keynote
Britt Berrett

Britt Berrett

Monday Keynote
Christine Cashen

Christine Cashen

Closing Ceremony Keynote
 

Opening Ceremony Keynote

Captain Richard Phillips Captain Richard Phillips

Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership

Captain Phillips not only shares his compelling story, but as a "floating CEO" in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship and crew, he also draws lessons from his dramatic life experiences that can help attendees and their organizations survive and thrive, even in times when it seems hope and support are in short supply. This hero of the high seas has a powerful and timely message to kick off the first full day of ASHHRA19. 


About Captain Richard Phillips

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship on April 8, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years.

To protect his crew, Captain Phillips made a conscious decision to put himself directly in harm's way and offered himself as a hostage. Later, the pirates fled with nine days of food rations and Captain Phillips. Held hostage as a human shield in a small lifeboat with three pirates, he had little to hope for or cling to — except the knowledge that he had done absolutely everything he could to save the lives of the 20 sailors aboard his ship.

When the U.S. Navy responded to the scene, Captain Phillips jumped out of the lifeboat and managed to swim toward the nearby destroyer, but the pirates went in after him and managed to haul him back in. The standoff dragged on until April 12, when Navy SEAL snipers saw one of the pirates aim his AK-47 machine gun at Capt. Richard Phillips's back and concluded he was in “imminent danger.”

President Barack Obama, who spoke with Captain Phillips by phone after he was freed, said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans."

Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was also transformed into the 2013 Academy-Award and Golden-Globe nominated film, Captain Phillips.

Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009. 

Keynote sponsored by Fidelity Investments
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Monday Keynote

Britt Berrett Britt Berrett

Patients Come Second

Dr. Berrett’s presentation will discuss how your leadership strategy impacts your outcomes, and if you can take care of your employees first, they will, in turn, take care of your patients. This keynote is based on his co-authored book, Patients Come Second – Leading Change by Changing How You Lead, which has become a New York Times, USA Today and WSJ Best Seller. He will cover 10 key points with examples and humorous stories that will inspire ASHHRA19 attendees to lead differently.


About Britt Berrett

Britt Berrett, Ph.D., FACHE, is the former president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and executive vice president of Texas Health Resources.

He is an Executive Coach with MEDI and has more than 25 years of experience as a hospital president  and CEO. His background includes leadership in  faith based, investor-owned and academic/teaching hospitals ranging from small to large. He brings strengths in building physician stakeholder relationships, organizational excellence, and driving clinical operations to achieve business results.

Dr. Berrett holds a doctorate from the School of  Economics, Policy and Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. His dissertation, “Leadership Theory in Strategic Planning in Hospitals,” reflects his passion for advancing the  business side of hospital operations to further advance the mission to improve patients’ lives.

He received a Master of Science degree in health administration from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as a Regent for six years.

Currently, Dr. Berrett is the program director of the undergraduate Healthcare Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas in the Jindal School of Management. He lectures nationally and internationally on transformational leadership, organizational change and performance.

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Tuesday Keynote

Christine CashenChristine Cashen

Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along?!

With her incredibly humorous and relatable style, Christine gives you the tools to identify, understand and approach conflict creatively. Discover the secrets to defuse anyone in any situation and blow off steam before you boil over.


About Christine Cashen

For more than 20 years, Christine has energized an amazing variety of audiences throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. She is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees.

Before hitting the speaking scene, Christine was a university admissions officer, corporate trainer and broadcaster. Christine holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

In 2014, Christine was inducted into the National Speakers Association, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®, Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. In 2016, she was received an honorary doctorate degree from Central Michigan University.

Her book, THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness, was named motivational book of the year by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She has also been featured as a creativity expert in HOW Designs at Work magazine. Her learning resources also include: The Fun Factor DVD, The Good Stuff CD Audio Book and Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along CD.

Christine resides in Dallas with her husband, their two children and Murphy, the chocolate lab.

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