Medical Alley

2024 Summit

Possibilities. Visionary minds. Critical health solutions. The 2024 Medical Alley Summit. 

February 8, 2024  |  7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis


The Medical Alley 2024 Summit is presented by MentorMate

Join us in celebrating 40 years of Medical Alley 

Help us set the stage for the next 40 years of possibilities and beyond. At our annual Summit, we convene thought leaders, community partners, and innovators to fast-track ideas that shift the paradigm and transform health.

Featuring world-renowned Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Benjamin Zander — the 2024 Summit will explore how the powerful notion of Possibility can play in our personal and professional lives.


Breakfast & Registration

7:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

8:00 AM

Benjamin Zander, English Conductor and Author of The Art of Possibility

Traveling with a baby grand piano, Benjamin Zander will headline the Medical Alley 2024 Summit.

Zander's presentation takes the audience on a journey that offers a startling new perspective on leadership. Through stories, music and concepts, it causes a radical shift in perception. This is not a speech, it is an experience!

In this new model of leadership, the conductor sees his job as awakening possibility in others. World famous conductor, Benjamin Zander uses the metaphor of the orchestra and a lifetime of experience conducting, coaching and teaching musicians to work his magic to overcome barriers to corporate productivity, which sources fundamental changes in organizations.

Join us for this unforgettable opportunity!

Networking Break

10:25 AM


11:10 AM

From Scarcity to Abundance: Navigating Talent in the Evolving Healthcare Landscape 

Tim Frischmon
Principal, Furst Group (Moderator)

Denny Royal, 
Chief Design Officer, MentorMate 

Dr. Dave Ingham
Vice President & Chief Information Officer,
Allina Health

Janelle Strop
Chief Human Resources Officer, Tactile Medical

Ashley Wenger-Slaba,
VP, Employee Experience, Education & Workforce Relations, Sanford Health


12:15 PM


We are thrilled to once again be joined at the Medical Alley Summit by Wellbeats. The team at Wellbeats is committed to giving people of all ages, interests and abilities the chance to live a healthier life.

Wellbeats will lead a number of mindfulness activities throughout the day, including Mindfulness and Meditation, as well as a Power Snack Demonstration. 

Health Equity Keynote

12:45 PM

Dr. Ana Núñez, Vice Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of Minnesota

Ana Núñez, MD, FACP is a Professor of General Internal Medicine and Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Minnesota. She is the Equity Officer for the CTSI, the Director of the CTSI DEI Catalytic Collaboratory,  Director of the Early Career Scholars program and co-Director of the CTSI PreP/APreP program. She also serves nationally as an executive board member of the NCATS CTSI DEIA Enterprise committee. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from Hahnemann University and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Wilkes University. She has fellowships in medical education from Michigan State University,  health services research from the Association of American Medical Colleges (Commonwealth/AAMC) and fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. 

She is nationally recognized as a medical education and health services researcher, having developed novel curricula in the areas of sex and gender medicine, primary care, trauma/violence prevention and cultural competence.She has served as a grant reviewer for a number of entities including NSF, HHMI and Uniformed Health Services. She was honored as a 2022 Most Influential Healthcare Executive by Fierce Healthcare. She is the Chair of the Group on Diversity and Inclusion at the Association of American Medical Colleges and founding editor of the journal, Health Equity.


1:45 PM

The Future of AI in Healthcare 

Jim Rogers, Chief Business Development Officer & Senior Administrator for Generative AI, Mayo Clinic (Moderator)

Dr. Matthew Callstrom, M.D., Ph.D., Radiologist, Mayo Clinic

Carey Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota 

Austin Gispanski, Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Thank You & Networking Reception

2:50 PM

Secure your seat 

We can’t wait to see you at the 2024 Summit! Bring yourself or grab a reserved table for your whole team to connect, learn, and be inspired.

  • Individual partner ticket:  $799
  • Individual non-partner ticket: $999
  • Reserved table for 8:  $6,000

Not sure if you are a partner? Search for your company on our Partner DirectoryIf your company is a partner, you are a partner. If you are not a partner and are interested in becoming one, please contact Anette Lillegard at [email protected] to discuss partnership opportunities.

What we will do

Shape the future of the healthcare

At the Summit, you will spend the day with the top minds in health. You will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with your peers to innovate, elevate, and transform our industry, 

Where we will meet

A venue designed to inspire

The Summit will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis. The hotel is sure to stimulate our conversations with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and with natural light in every meeting space.

A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees who wish to immerse themselves in the heart of the city. The rate is $346/night is based on availability until Jan 16th. To book, please call the hotel and ask for the Medical Alley 2024 Block or book directly online using the code "240206MED". 

Partner with us

You have the power to fuel positive change. Lead the conversation and be a part of bringing this meaningful opportunity to the community. 

Contact Anette Lillegard at [email protected] to secure your partnership.

2023 Summit Recap 

The 2023 Summit focused on the workplace, with insightful conversations throughout the day that helped us reimagine tomorrow's workplace today. Keynote speaker Suneel Gupta shared how to avoid burnout, Richard Leider talked about finding purpose as a leader, a panel discussion focused on the employer/employee experience post-pandemic, and Dr. Nneka Sederstrom and Dr. Talee Vang of Hennepin Healthcare led a workshop focused on health equity. 

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