2013 Conference Keynote: Jessica Lipnack

Apr 15, 2013 10:27 AM
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Jessica LipnackOn Wednesday morning, NCHN's Conference keynote address will be delivered by Jessica Lipnack, CEO and co-founder of NetAge. Her presentation on the Power of Networks will cover the history of networks and how they motivate people to take risks and overcome obstacles that wouldn't be possible alone. If you aren't able to make the trip to New Orleans, we will miss you, but you don't have to miss out on this year's keynote address. Via NCHN's Silver Level Partner, Virtual Care Works, the keynote will be available at 9:15 AM CT on Wednesday via live video stream. You can access it here. If you need additional instructions or assistance, download the Flyer (pdf).

The Keynote Speaker is sponsored by the following NCHN Member Networks:

Partners in Health Network (Bob Whitler, WV)
Santa Cruz Adolescent Wellness Network (Cassalyn David, AZ)
Tennessee Rural Partnership (Cindy Siler, TN)
Montana Health Network (Chris Hopkins, MT)
Sunflower Health Network (Heather Fuller, KS)
Northcentral Montana Healthcare Alliance (Jack King, MT)
Southeast Texas Health System (Shannon Calhoun, TX)
HCC of Rural Missouri (Toniann Richard, MO)
Arizona Rural Women's Health Network (Kimberly Zill, AZ)
The Hospital Cooperative (Jon Smith, ID)
Western Healthcare Alliance (Jessica Taylor, CO)

The Power of Networks

In the long history of organizations—beginning when we first formed small tribes to survive—the network is the newest, the most powerful, and, at the same time, the oldest form of organization. How can the network motivate people—and organizations—to take risks and do what they cannot do alone? How can networks become powerful magnets to attract others and spur participation? How can members of networks compete and cooperate at the same time? How can everyone—and every organization—in the network become a leader? And how can we think differently about evaluating and measuring networks?
In this talk, combined with question and answer, we’ll put our heads together to address these issues and leave the morning session with a new understanding of the power of networks.

About Jessica Lipnack

Jessica Lipnack is CEO and co-founder of NetAge, a Boston-based consultancy. For three decades, Jessica and Jeff Stamps (1944-2011), the company’s founders, have provided expertise and tools that allow their clients to collaborate more effectively in virtual teams, cross-boundary organizations, and networks. NetAge's pioneering initiatives are in use in global companies, public sector organizations, non-profits, governments, and religious denominations.

Jessica’s research and practical experience have taken her around the world. Among the clients for whom she has delivered training, seminars, and consulting: Alberta Health Services, American Management Association, Assurant, Apple, AT&T Universal Card Services, BankBoston, The Brookings Institution, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Digital Equipment Corporation, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, General Electric, Fidelity Investments, Fiserv, Hewlett-Packard, Hyatt Hotels, IBM, Intel, Kerr-McGee, Marriott, National Association of Corporate Directors, National Education Association, NCR, Omgeo, PeopleSoft, Pfizer, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Qantas, Roche, Royal Dutch Shell, Steelcase, Tetra Pak, The United Nations, The White House, U.S. Army, U.S. Joint Forces, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Volvo, and the Wisconsin Technology Initiative.

With Jeff, Jessica literally wrote the book on Networking (Doubleday) and on Virtual Teams (Wiley)—along with four other books, including The TeamNet Factor and The Age of the Network—that have been translated into many languages. Noted writing includes “Why BP Crashed and Killed the Gulf” (Harvard Business Review Blogs); “The Virtual, Networked Organization” (in The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams, Jossey-Bass); “The Strange Beauty of Virtual Teams;” “The Easier Way to Work: Collaborating in World- Class Virtual Teams;” and “Communicate, Collaborate, Coordinate, Decide: How IT Achieves Strategic Leadership.”

The landmark article, “Can Absence Make a Team Grow Stronger?”, Harvard Business Review, which Jessica and Jeff wrote with two business school professors, reported on best practices in “far-flung” teams and is included in HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams. Jessica and Jeff also served as mentors for the Harvard Business Press Pocket Mentor Leading Virtual Teams. And, Jessica served as subject-matter expert for American Management Association’s course on leading virtual teams.


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