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Annual Self-Care Leadership Summit

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March 19-21, 2023
Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Thank You for Attending CHPA's 2022 SLS!

After three years apart, it was great to be back together in person at this year's SLS! We hope you found the educational sessions and networking opportunities valuable. As a reminder, select speaker presentations are available via the mobile app underneath “Attachments” within each session in the Agenda icon. If you have any questions, please contact meetings@chpa.org.

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2022 Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Gary Downing

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Thank you to everyone for joining the CHPA Educational Foundation for its annual Fun Run & Walk, sponsored by Dr. Scholl’s! We had a great turnout and appreciate all of the support for the foundation and this event. Congratulations to this year’s top runners and walkers!

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Top Men Runners:
  • 1st: Yann Ghafourzadeh, Aptar Pharma
  • 2nd: Andrew Mandzy, NielsenIQ
  • 3rd: Payton McVey, Yellow Wood Partners; Scholl’s Wellness Company
Top Women Runners:
  • 1st: Kristin Hornberger, IRI
  • 2nd: Melissa Snyder, Similasan Corporation
  • 3rd: Elizabeth Karvonen, The Emerson Group
Top Overall Walkers:
  • 1st: Randy Sloan, Lornamead
  • 2nd: Don Chizek, Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc.
  • 3rd: Megan Yang, Aptar Pharma


Interested in the visibility that SLS sponsorship offers? Contact Beth Allgaier or Allegra Bartscherer.

"Under the guidance of CHPA, the Annual Meeting is where companies come together to navigate industry & category wide issues." 

Lisa Buono, IRI

"If you are a key player in the consumer healthcare space, taking advantage of being in an environment where competitors come together as collaborators is imperative."

Jason Kahner, Grey Group

Program and Agenda (as of March 4)

March 16-18, 2022

Wednesday, March 16

8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Time Event
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament and Activities

Tournament sponsored by B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc., Prizes and Golf Balls sponsored by Salvatori-Scott, Inc.

11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration
12:00-1:30 p.m. CHPA Joint Committees Meeting (Invitation only)
1:00-5:00 p.m. Global Self-Care Federation Committee and Board Meetings (Invitation only)
6:00-7:00 p.m.

CHPA Women's Leadership Forum Event (All Attendees Welcome)

Sponsored by Grey Group

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Opening Night Reception, Dinner & Entertainment (All Attendees Welcome)

Sponsored by NielsenIQ

Thursday, March 17

7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Time Event
7:00-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by The Emerson Group

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Leadership Session (livestream)

Chair and President’s Addresses & Presentation of the Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award


Timothy Connors, Chief Executive Officer, Advantice Health

Michelle Wang Goodridge, President, US Self Care, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

Scott Melville, President and CEO, Consumer Healthcare Products Association

9:15-10:15 a.m.
IRI State of the Industry: An Omni Perspective (livestream)

During this featured session, State of the Industry: An Omni Perspective, IRI’s Robert J. Sanders, Jr. and Kristin Hornberger will showcase the performance of the Consumer Healthcare industry and the competitive landscape, including how the industry performed in 2021 and prospective growth opportunities for manufacturers in 2022 and beyond, from an Omni Perspective. This session will also feature a deep dive into how consumer shopping patterns and preferences have shifted. Both Sanders and Hornberger have a proven track record of delivering innovative “Growth Delivered” insights and solutions generating industry thought leadership, uncovering client growth opportunities, and leading the transformation of client insight capabilities by fusing disparate data sources into one strategic approach.


Kristin Hornberger, Client Insights Executive, Healthcare, IRI

Robert J. Sanders, Jr., Executive Vice President and Practice Leader, Health, Home, and Mid-Market, IRI 

10:15-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Global Consumer Health Leadership Panel (livestream)

Consumer healthcare is evolving at an accelerated pace, and companies are building diverse portfolios to deliver value, meet changing consumer preferences, and provide strong returns to their investors. Learn how three global presidents have transformed their companies for long-term success in the evolving self-care environment, and hear their perspectives on the future of the U.S. market.


Fred Hassan, Director, Warburg Pincus, LLC


Greg Behar, President & CEO at Nestlé Health Science

Murray S. Kessler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Perrigo Company plc

Heiko Schipper, President of the Consumer Health Division Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bonnie St. John: Staying Resilient in the Rapidly Changing World (livestream)

Paralympic Ski Medalist, Fortune 500 Business Consultant, Rhodes Scholar, Former White House Official and Best-Selling Author challenges audiences to push through their own limitations and re-energize their lives to achieve peak performance.

Sponsored by NielsenIQ

12:30-1:15 p.m.

Board Luncheon with Sponsors (Invitation only)

Sponsored by Inmar Intelligence

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Learning Lab: Me, My Health and I

Come hear about some of the latest Health & Wellness Trends from across Google’s research teams, and learn about such topics as: How has the pandemic accelerated a more holistic and proactive approach to health management? And what habits enabled by digital and tech are accelerating?


Coleman Bigelow, Head of Industry, Google, Inc.

Sachin Nanavati, Head of Industry, Google, Inc.

Sponsored by Google, Inc.

1:15-5:00 p.m.

Business Appointments (with lunch available 1:15-2:00 p.m.)

Pick up your lunch on your way to your networking appointments

1:30-4:00 p.m. CHPA Board Meeting (CHPA Board members only)
2:00-2:45 p.m.
Learning Lab: Aisle of the Future

The Aisle of the Future looks very different from the Past, in most Categories across all Channels including eCommerce. The reasons for change may be diverse and debatable, however, the trend/changes are undeniable. As the largest global videometrics shopper platform, NAILBITER has unique visibility to these changes. Join us as we review a Health and Beauty Care aisle Case Study, both In-Store and Online, to observe Real Shopper Behavior and its implications for the Aisle of the Future.


John Nathenson, Executive Vice President, Client Services, Select, NAILBITER, Inc.

Nathan Noertker, Senior Vice President, Client Success & Analytics, NAILBITER, Inc.

Sponsored by NAILBITER, Inc.

4:00-5:30 p.m.

CHPA Presidents' Forum (Invitation only)

Sponsored by Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development Corp.

4:30-6:00 p.m. CHPA Foundation Board Meeting (Foundation Board members only)
5:45-7:00 p.m.

Board of Directors’ Cocktails & Conversation (All Attendees Welcome)

Sponsored by The Emerson Group

7:00-9:00 p.m.

CHPA Board Dinner (Invitation only)

Sponsored by IRI


Private dinners on own

Friday, March 18

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Time Event
7:00-8:00 a.m. 

CHPA Educational Foundation Wellness Activity: Fun Run/Walk (All Attendees Welcome, Advance Registration is Preferred)

Sponsored by Scholl's Wellness Company

7:30-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Business Appointments

Sponsored by The Emerson Group

8:00-8:45 a.m. Dietary Supplements Council Meeting (Invitation only)
9:00-9:15 a.m.
Association Business (livestream)

Election of Officers and Directors Amendments to the Bylaws

9:15-10:15 a.m.
The Future of Commerce & Work (livestream)

Harvard Business School Executive in Residence Dan O’Connor brings both a U.S. and Global perspective on the accelerated transformation of retail. In this session, Dan will share well-studied insights and implications on the evolution of selling models beyond the store, the fragmentation of fulfillment models, and the growing power of delivery networks. Selfcare brand leaders will learn about why we may see more turbulence in the retail trade than ever before, the increasingly important commercial capability of audience development, and leadership skills for the future of work. The session addresses the challenges of today while helping to set the right strategy for the industry rotation over the next three to five years. 


Dan O’Connor, Executive In Residence, Managing Future of Work Initiative at Harvard Business School

Courtesy of The Emerson Group

10:15-11:00 a.m.
The M&A Environment for Consumer Healthcare (livestream) 

Interest in consumer healthcare companies and brands is at an all-time high, with valuations at record levels and transactions accelerating across all self-care categories. Many different factors are driving this record year: consumer shift to self-care, prevention mindset, emerging brands, and retail revolution. What drives business valuation, and how are companies positioning their portfolios for future success? Join leading investment bankers and private equity executives as they share their perspectives on the state of today’s M&A environment for consumer healthcare companies and brands. 


Anna Pione, Partner, McKinsey & Company


Chris Kelly, Partner, Bansk Group

Slava Leykind, Managing Director, Co-Head of U.S. Consumer Investment Banking,  Canaccord Genuity LLC/Sawaya Partners, LLC

Susan Roddy, Managing Director, Health & Beauty Investment Banking, Houlihan Lokey

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Lunch
12:00-12:30 p.m.
The Future of Dietary Supplements as an Integral Part of Wellness, Prevention, and Health Systems (livestream)

Dietary supplements are increasingly viewed as a vital element of the self-care continuum. CHPA is exploring ways to enhance the credibility of the category and provide compelling data to influence health systems and policymakers. This panel will explore how current data is being used to make the case for dietary supplements to be more fully integrated into the U.S. healthcare conversation.


Duffy MacKay, Senior Vice President, Dietary Supplements, CHPA

Paul Keckley, Principal, The Keckley Group

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote (livestream)

Creativity, Storytelling, and Innovation

Looking ahead while looking back, John Ondrasik will offer SLS attendees an intimate Keynote Session of storytelling, humor, and great music as he provides insights on the creative process and innovation.

John Ondrasik, better known by his stage name Five for Fighting, is a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter who has released six major albums and sold more than 2.5 million records, including hits "100 Years," "Superman (It's Not Easy)," "Chances," "The Riddle," "Freedom Never Cries," and "What If." Ondrasik is a featured speaker from Ted Talks to the Salk Institute. He’s also presented at various private and corporate events, graced The Kennedy Center stage, performed for world leaders and presidents, and contributed to a special performance for NASA to commemorate the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Mission.


John Ondrasik, Singer-Songwriter, Five for Fighting

1:30-4:00 p.m. Optional Business Appointments

SLS Concludes



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Greg Behar
President & CEO at Nestlé Health Science

Greg Behar

Greg Behar is the CEO of Nestlé Health Science, a member of the Nestlé Executive Board and a passionate believer in the power of nutrition to support health.

Greg joined NHSc in 2014 and has guided the company to become a global leader in the science of nutrition. His dedication to ensuring that customers and patients can enjoy their highest quality of life fuels his continual drive to provide the most innovative and effective nutrition-based solutions.

With more than 20 years of international experience and roles in seven countries, Greg brings a truly global approach to NHSc’s vision. Prior to joining Nestlé Health Science, Greg was CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals USA, as well as a regional leadership position. Greg also worked at Novartis in general management roles in Spain and the European region. He currently serves on the boards of Seres Therapeutics Inc. (USA), Axcella Health Inc. (USA), of Amazentis SA (CH), and of Sonova AG (CH).

Greg earned an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Engineering from the Institute of Technology of Switzerland (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne or EPFL), and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. A current Swiss national champion swimmer, Greg loves sports as a way of life, is married and has three wonderful children aged 17, 19, and 21.


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Coleman Bigelow
Head of Industry, Healthcare, Google, Inc.

Coleman Bigelow

Coleman Bigelow is Head of Industry, Healthcare at Google. With over 15 years of experience in tech and healthcare—across consumer, medical devices, and Rx—Coleman leads a team partnering with some of the world's largest health companies to deliver breakthrough brand engagement and digital innovation. Prior to joining Google, Coleman spent a decade in brand management at Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare leading brand development across the OTC, Beauty and Baby categories.

His strategic sales and advertising background crosses a range of brands and categories ($50MM- $1B+), including equity repositioning, new product launch, sustainability and innovation strategy. He received his MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.


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Fred Hassan
Director, Warburg Pincus

Fred Hassan

Fred Hassan is a Director with the private equity firm, Warburg Pincus. He is also a Board member of Precigen, IntegraConnect, Theramex, Prometheus Biosciences, and BridgeBio. Fred Hassan is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Schering-Plough Corporation. Prior to joining Schering-Plough in April 2003, Hassan was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia Corporation – a company that was formed in March 2000 because of the merger of Monsanto and Pharmacia and Upjohn. Hassan joined Pharmacia & Upjohn as Chief Executive Officer in 1997. Previously, Hassan was Executive Vice President of Wyeth, with responsibility for its pharmaceutical and medical products business. He was elected to Wyeth's Board of Directors in 1995. Earlier in his career, Hassan spent 17 years with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis) and headed its U.S. pharmaceuticals business. Hassan received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Hassan has chaired significant pharmaceutical industry organizations including The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA). Hassan also served on the board of the Proprietary Association, which is a forerunner of CHPA, the consumer healthcare trade group. In 2014, a CNBC panel named Hassan to a list of those who have had the most profound impact on the world of business in the previous quarter-century.


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Kristin Hornberger
Client Insights Executive, Healthcare, IRI

Kristin Hornberger

Kristin Hornberger has a Healthcare Leadership role at IRI with many Consumer Healthcare clients, providing counsel in all facets of market research, marketing, and sales. Leveraging 20+ years of experience in working with a wide variety of healthcare companies, she has a proven track record of delivering innovative “Growth Delivered” insights and solutions, and behavioral and attitudinal insights via consumer and shopper technology platforms at IRI.

In her Healthcare role, Hornberger is responsible for generating industry thought leadership, uncovering client growth opportunities, leading the transformation of client insight capabilities, and fusing disparate data sources into one strategic approach.


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Paul H. Keckley, Ph.D.
Principal, The Keckley Group

Paul Keckley

Dr. Keckley is Managing Editor of The Keckley Report and Managing Partner of The Keckley Group which provides advisory services to health systems, health insurers, medical groups and private equity investors.

He is widely sought as an industry thought leader about healthcare industry trends, regulatory policy and emergent growth opportunities. In 2010, he facilitated negotiations between the White House and leading healthcare trade organizations pursuant to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and is considered on U.S. health reform.

He writes the Keckley Report, a weekly analysis of key industry trends and regular columns for Healthcare Financial News and Healthcare Executive. He is also frequent speaker for industry events and board meetings and contributor to CNN, Modern Healthcare, Politico, New York Times and Wall Street Journal media coverage about industry issues. 

He currently serves as an Independent Director of Q Source Memphis, TN; Sullivan Cotter, Chicago IL; CareNova, Charlotte NC and Advent Health, Asheville, NC; and Advisor to Erdman Inc. Madison WI; Lumeris Health, St. Louis MO; the Consumer Health Products Association Washington DC and the Disruption Lab, Nashville TN.

Previously, he served as Executive Director, Navigant Center for Health Research and Policy Analysis, Washington DC (2013-2015), Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Washington DC (2006-2013), Executive Director, Vanderbilt Center for Evidence-based Medicine, Nashville TN (1999-2006), President, PhyCor Management Corporation, Nashville TN (1994-1999) and Principal, The Keckley Healthcare Market Research, Nashville TN (1974-1993).

He served as Adjunct Professor in Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine and Owen Graduate School of Management (1998-2006) and in Georgetown University’s School of Health Policy (2008-2010).

He holds a B.S. from Lipscomb University, Nashville TN, an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, Columbus OH and completed a graduate fellowship at Oxford University, UK.


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Chris Kelly
Partner, Bansk Group

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is a Partner at Bansk. He leads the firm's investment efforts across the beauty, consumer health, personal care, and consumer services categories. Prior to joining Bansk, he co-led the Consumer & Retail vertical at TPG Growth, a global middle market and growth equity firm.

Chris received a B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as a Director of Ethique and Arcadia Consumer Healthcare. Previously, Chris served as a Director of Crunch Fitness, InStride Education, Mendocino Farms, Philz, and Superior Industries (observer).


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Murray Kessler
President and Chief Executive Officer, Perrigo Company plc

Murray Kessler

Murray S. Kessler was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Perrigo Company plc, effective October 8, 2018. Before joining Perrigo, Mr. Kessler served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO of Lorillard, Inc. (2010-2015). He served as Vice Chair of Altria, Inc. (2009) and President and CEO of UST, Inc. (2000-2009), a wholly owned subsidiary. Previous to his time at UST, Mr. Kessler had over 18 years of consumer-packaged goods experience with companies including Vlasic Foods International, Campbell Soup and The Clorox Company. Mr. Kessler served as voluntary President of the United States Equestrian Federation (2015-2020).


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Slava Leykind
Managing Director, Co-Head of U.S. Consumer Investment Banking Canaccord Genuity LLC/Sawaya Partners, LLC

Slava Leykind

Slava is co-head of U.S. Consumer Investment Banking at CG Sawaya Partners.  Slava’s career has been dedicated to the industry and he is actively involved in advising public companies, private companies and financial sponsors on a variety of sell-side, buy-side and corporate divestiture transactions across the consumer health space.


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Senior Vice President, Dietary Supplements

Duffy MacKay

Duffy MacKay, ND, is the Senior Vice President of Dietary Supplements at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), where he leads the association’s dietary supplement scientific, policy and legislative initiatives. Dr. MacKay’s career in supplements spans over 25 years and includes serving as a senior executive and scientist at leading dietary supplement companies, including CV Sciences, Nordic Naturals, and Thorne Research. In addition, he worked for 10 years with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) in Washington, D.C., where he served as Senior Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and led the association’s scientific and regulatory affairs department. He is also an editor for the Natural Medicine Journal and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and an associate editor for the Journal of Dietary Supplements and serves on the Advisory Board for the American Botanical Council. Dr. Mackay started his career as a naturopathic doctor working in a private medical practice. He earned his naturopathic medical degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University California Santa Cruz.


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Sachin Nanavati
Head of Industry, Healthcare, Google, Inc.

Sachin Nanavati

Sachin is a healthcare sales leader and entrepreneur. He is currently Head of Industry on the Pharma/OTC vertical at Google. Prior to joining Google, Sachin was the Co-founder and CEO of Docphin. Sachin led a team of engineers, UX designers and biz dev to build a digital media platform with over 60,000 physician members. Docphin was selected by Apple as one of the "Best New Apps for Medical Professionals" in 2014. In January 2016, Docphin was acquired by HealthTap. Sachin led the end-to-end acquisition process.

Before co-founding Docphin, Sachin was a Senior Consultant at IQVIA (fka IMS Consulting Group) managing global pricing and market access engagements for Pharmaceutical clients primarily in oncology.

Sachin received his MBA from Columbia Business School and BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. Prior to business school, Sachin was an award winning sales professional for GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

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John Nathenson
Executive Vice President of Client Service, Select, NailBiter, Inc.

John Nathenson

John brings more than 25 years of Consumer Products focused Sales and Client Service leadership experience from disruptive growth companies at the nexus of marketing research, technology, and innovation. John was the first employee at NAILBITER and helped bring the company to fruition. Currently, John drives the company's sales and delivery strategy for their mid-sized or Select accounts.

Prior to re-joining NAILBITER full time, John spent over six years working in eCommerce insights and research with global e-receipt panel data at Rakuten’s Slice division as well as Edison Trends. Before the NAILBITER venture, John helped build and lead a division of Affinnova, which focused on innovation insights and optimization. Preceding the tenure at Affinnova, John spent over 11 years at Nielsen’s Spectra division where he was leading business development and client service.

John graduated from Muhlenberg College and earned his MBA from the City University of New York's Zicklin Business School, where he later served as an adjunct lecturer. John is currently on the adjunct faculty at Rutgers School of Business (Camden).


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Nathan Noertker
Senior Vice President Client Success and Analytics, NailBiter, Inc.

Nathan Noertker

With almost 20 years of experience in Category Management and Shopper Insights working with top retailers and brands across the US, Nathan helps CPG companies to uncover natural shopper and consumer behaviors and how they impact the shelf, category, and brands.


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Dan O'Connor
Executive In Residence, Managing Future of Work Initiative at Harvard Business School

Dan O'Connor

Dan O’Connor is a recognized educator, thought leader, and advisor focused on the future of commerce and work. His research is supported by many of the world’s most innovative brands, retailers, and digital platform companies. His future views are widely referenced by senior executives, policymakers, and academics. He is a published case writer, speaker and teaches extensively. His work has appeared in the WSJ, Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic, CNBC, Alibaba’s Alizilla, HBS’s “Managing the Future of Work” podcast, and other major media outlets.


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John Ondrasik

John Ondrasik

Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection. With the past six albums by Five For Fighting, the hockey moniker stage name under which he performs, Ondrasik has seen multitudes of successes. Five For Fighting's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman,” and John’s performance at The Concert For New York.

Ondrasik proceeded to become part of the American songbook with the iconic hit “100 Years,” "World," "The Riddle,” “Chances,” and “What If.” John’s music has been featured in over 350 films, TV shows, and advertisements ranging from The Blind Side to The Sopranos. In 2018 John was the musical voice for the CBS hit show Code Black.

John has also been deeply involved in supporting our troops. From USO tours, supporting several Veteran oriented charities, and distributing over a million “CD for the Troops” to servicemen and their families around the world. “At the end of the day, it really is about doing your part, each one of us. In whatever area we can. What kind of world do you want?”

Ondrasik is currently working on a Broadway musical, various television projects, and a new Five For Fighting album while giving keynotes across the country to corporations and various organizations.


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Anna Pione
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Anna Pione

Anna is a partner at McKinsey and a leader within the firm’s consumer and private equity sectors, focusing on consumer health & wellness.

In the private equity practice, Anna supports clients across the deal cycle —including market scans, diligences, portfolio strategy, and exit work – with a lens towards financial impact. Anna also has extensive expertise serving larger consumer companies on commercial growth topics, including inorganic and M&A-led growth, channel strategy, portfolio strategy, marketing, sales, and R&D. Anna co-leads McKinsey’s global research on the Future of Wellness, aimed at better understanding changes in how consumers approach the concept of wellness across fitness, health, nutrition, appearance, sleep, and mindfulness.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Anna worked in financial services for the consumer and retail sector. She holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from University of California, Los Angeles.


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Susan Roddy
Managing Director, Health & Beauty Investment Banking, Houlihan Lokey

Susan Roddy

Ms. Roddy is a senior member of Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail Group, leading the firm’s Consumer Health and Personal Care practice. Her focus areas include health & wellness and beauty & personal care, including women’s health and mom & baby.

Ms. Roddy has nearly two decades of corporate finance experience, with a particular passion for advising high-growth consumer brands. Her recent work includes the sales of Zesty Paws to H&H Group, Nuun to Nestlé Health Science, SmartyPants to Unilever, Care/of to Bayer, and Zarbee’s to Johnson & Johnson. She also has significant expertise in corporate carve-outs and divestitures, as well as contract manufacturing and private label across sectors.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Ms. Roddy worked in Corporate Strategy & Development at PepsiCo, where she led deal execution in Europe and was responsible for executing the company’s strategy to expand into good-for-you and better-for-you food & beverage categories. Prior to that, she worked in Investment Banking for Deutsche Bank and as an accountant for Ernst & Young.

Ms. Roddy holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. She was previously a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Pennsylvania (expired).


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Robert Sanders
Executive Vice President and Practice Leader, Health, Home, and Mid-Market, IRI

Robert (Bob) Sanders

Bob brings more than 30 years of experience to the marketplace and is responsible for cultivating and building Global partnerships with IRI’s Clients.  In his role, Bob sets the strategic initiatives for the Home, Healthcare and Mid-Market Practice by identifying business opportunities, delivering insights and making actionable recommendations critical for Client growth.  He leads teams of seasoned insights and consulting professionals with extensive expertise in CPG/HBA, Nutritionals and Home related categories.

Bob is a senior executive with a strong general management and consultative background.   Before joining IRI in 2008, he held Executive positions with Wyeth/Pfizer Whitehall-Robins and Lederle Consumer Health in Sales, Marketing and General Management.  As EVP/General Manager for Wyeth Sales and Marketing he focused on developing Global brand strategies, Bob and his team drove sales, share, and profitability growth year over year.

Bob graduated from William Paterson University, MBA from University of Scranton and holds a certificate from Columbia Executive Program.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA) Board member.


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Heiko Schipper
President of the Consumer Health Division Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG

Heiko Schipper

Heiko Schipper has been a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG since March 1, 2018 and President of the Consumer Health Division, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, since April 1, 2018. He is also responsible for the region Asia/Pacific.

Heiko Schipper was born on August 21, 1969, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He completed his Master in Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Starting in 1994, he acquired his first professional experience at Heineken. He joined Nestlé as an international marketing trainee in 1996, developing his career in sales and marketing management roles in Bangladesh and Indonesia and at the company’s global headquarters in Switzerland. He then took up general management roles of increasing importance in the Philippines and, from 2007 to 2013, in Greater China. In 2013, Schipper moved back to Switzerland as CEO of Nestlé Nutrition. He was appointed to the Nestlé Group Executive Board in October 2014. Since October of 2020, he has also served as Chair of the Global Self-Care Federation, a collection of associations and manufacturers in the self-care industry.

Heiko Schipper is a Dutch national. He is married and has three children.


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Bonnie St. John
Author, Speaker, Consultant

Bonnie St. John

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, St. John was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush.

St. John has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavors throughout her life. In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking a Master of Letters degree in Economics. Upon her return to the United States, St. John was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.

Today, St. John travels the globe as a leadership consultant, keynote speaker and facilitator for international summit conferences for senior-level executives. She frequently donates personal appearances to schools, homeless shelters, community groups and other organizations in hundreds of locations while traveling for corporate clients. In 2010, St. John once again represented the United States as a member of President Obama’s official delegation to the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The celebrated author of seven books, St. John's most recent book, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and Energy, outlines a quick, easy and immediately effective program of tools and techniques to give you a competitive edge in today's dynamic world of changes and challenges.

St. John has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: Today, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, PBS, NPR and The New York Times, as well as People, 'O' and Essence magazines, to name just a few.

In 2015, St. John was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Hall of Fame.

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