Leonard Schaeffer

2013 - 2014 Innovative Leaders Speaker Series:


Leadership and Management:
Implications for the Future of Health Care Reform

with Leonard Schaeffer

Monday, March 17th, 2014
3:30pm - 6:30pm

The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


Session Overview

In this session, Leonard Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor, University of Southern California, and Founding Chairman & CEO of WellPoint discussed his perspective on the roles of leadership and management in large organizations, based on his experience in the public and private sectors. He presented a "Typology of Leadership" that uniquely describes the way in which these different roles contribute to and influence organizations in achieving their vision, mission and goals. Finally, Mr. Schaeffer applied his observations on leadership to the implementation challenges of the Affordable Care Act.


Dean Shortell, Leonard Schaeffer, Jeff Oxendine


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Session Agenda:

3:30 pm: Registration Opens
4:00 pm: Lecture followed by Q & A
5:15 pm: Reception

Our goal for the new Innovative Leaders Speaker Series is to provide public health professionals with an opportunity to learn about innovative ideas and new ways of thinking while creating a forum to share these ideas with others. Each session will provide you with an opportunity to hear directly from leaders and to network with your peers.




Monday, March 17th, 2014, 3:30pm - 6:30pm

The Innovative Leaders Speaker Series is sponsored by the Center for Health Leadership (CHL) and the California Pacific Public Health Training Center (CALPACT). The CHL mission is to inspire and empower current and emerging health leaders to realize their leadership potential and to solve the health challenges facing California and the world, and to increase the depth and quality of diverse health leaders and professionals in all health sectors. The CHL aspires to accomplish this by serving as an innovative, lifelong resource for students, alumni, and other professionals to enhance their capacity to lead from where they are, and to enhance their ability to create transformational impacts on public health and health care. Each speaker in the Series provides our students and professionals with essential resources that promote leadership through innovation.

All talks in this new Series are open to public health and health care professionals, faculty, staff and students.

The David Brower Center. 

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This event is free of charge!

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About Leonard Schaeffer:


Leonard D. Schaeffer is the founding Chairman & CEO of WellPoint, the nation's largest health benefits company by membership. WellPoint serves over 36 million medical members and has annualized revenues of $60 billion. He is currently the Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor at the University of Southern California and is a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm.

Schaeffer was Chairman & CEO of WellPoint from 1992 through 2004 and continued to serve as Chairman through 2005. Under his leadership, WellPoint was selected by FORTUNE magazine as America's "Most Admired Health Care Company" for six consecutive years; named by BusinessWeek as one of the 50 best performing public companies for three consecutive years; and identified by Forbes magazine as America's best large health insurance company. Schaeffer was selected by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the "Top 25 Managers of the Year" and by Worth magazine as one of the "50 Best CEOs in America."

In 1986, Schaeffer was recruited as CEO to WellPoint's predecessor company, Blue Cross of California, when it was near bankruptcy. He managed the turnaround of Blue Cross of California and the IPO creating WellPoint in 1993. During his tenure as CEO, WellPoint made 17 acquisitions and its value grew from $11 million to over $49 billion.

In 2009, Schaeffer established a new research center at USC. The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research and analysis to promote health and value in health care delivery and to support evidence-based health policy. He has also endowed chairs in health care financing and policy at The Brookings Institution, U.C. Berkeley, the Institute of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

Learn more here.