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New Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu to Keynote Annual Future of Healthcare Symposium

Christopher T. Sununu

On Thursday, February 29, 2024, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School will host the ninth annual Future of Healthcare Symposium, “Elevating Healthcare: Exploring Solutions for the Future,” in Elkins Auditorium from 9 AM to 2 PM. Founded by the Figueroa Family and organized annually by the Graziadio Board, the event will bring industry leaders, experts, and professionals together to delve into the critical issues shaping the future of healthcare and discuss the technological, ethical, or controversial innovations and challenges facing today's ever-evolving healthcare sector. 

Christopher T. Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, will deliver the keynote address, followed by a distinguished group of experts who will spotlight “Healthcare Horizons: Panel Insights on Today and Tomorrow,” a discussion on emerging solutions and innovations poised to reshape the future of healthcare. The panel will examine the current state of the industry, including trends in the job market, the business of healthcare, and other critical topics. Panelists include Robert Geyer MBA ('89), senior advisor to the CEO for Medica; Randy Hyun, the chief executive officer of CarepathRx; Rachel Zayas, founder and CEO of AGED Diagnostics; and moderated by Dee Anna Smith ('86), CEO of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute.

According to Deborah Crown, dean of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, it is important to bring together thought leaders and industry experts to focus on solutions that elevate healthcare. As part of the University's commitment to preparing students for lives as servant-minded leaders, Pepperdine Graziadio offers programs that equip students with the skills to become successful within the healthcare industry.

Crown shares, “The business of healthcare is vital, as it intersects with every aspect of society—shaping economies, well-being, and the future of humanity—which is why we recently launched a specialization in the field as part of our part-time MBA program. Within this program, we focus on the intricacies of healthcare’s future to drive innovation and address emerging challenges, as well as the skills necessary to accelerate career and organizational advancement.”

Now in his fourth term, Sununu has led a multitude of initiatives positively impacting the health and well-being of the state of New Hampshire. He balanced health and economic concerns effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic, making New Hampshire one of the safest states for COVID. New Hampshire also pioneered the Doorways Program and the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, a comprehensive model for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Hampshire was one of four states to reduce drug overdose deaths in 2021. Sununu is an MIT graduate with a BS in civil/environmental engineering and is a former environmental engineer.

For additional information and to register for the Future of Healthcare Symposium, visit the Graziadio Business School website.