Past Session Speakers

Josh Bruno
Josh Bruno

CEO/Founder
Hometeam
www.hometeamcare.com
@joshbruno

Josh founded Hometeam when his family struggled to care for his 93-year-old grandfather. He believes that home care should go beyond the basics to provide a safe, reliable, and interactive service that creates happier days for seniors. Prior to Hometeam, Josh worked as an investor, operator, and engineer at companies like Bain Ventures, Bain & Co, and Yahoo.
Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen

CEO
Caring.com
www.caring.com
@caringandycohen

Andy Cohen is the co-founder and CEO of Caring.com. While caring for his mom during her losing battle with lung cancer, Andy realized that there wasn’t a comprehensive website to help people figure out how to navigate all of the challenges of caring for aging parents. Andy founded Caring.com in 2007 to help make a difficult journey a little bit easier. Today, three million family caregivers visit Caring.com each month.

Prior to founding Caring.com, Andy held leadership positions in marketing and sales at SC Johnson Wax, Intuit, Instill, Peapod and SuccessFactors, where he grew businesses from start-up to tens of millions of dollars in revenue. Andy is a frequent speaker on caregiving topics, and serves on the board of directors of the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC). Andy earned a B.A. in history from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in marketing from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Keith Cooper
Keith Cooper

CEO
Constant Therapy
www.constanttherapy.com

Keith Cooper is a Boston based executive who has had multiple wins with start-up and growth stage VC-backed companies. Keith has started or grown 6 venture backed companies and was recently President of Carbonite (NASDAQ CARB), CEO of webHancer (Acquired by MSFT) and CEO of FaxNet (Acquired by CPTH). He has strong experience building and scaling SaaS businesses using an innovative mix of direct-to-consumer marketing and distribution channels.
Robin Farmanfarmaian
Robin Farmanfarmaian

Co-Founder
Organ Preservation Alliance
www.robinff.com
@robinff3

Robin Farmanfarmaian is the COO of Arc, VP at INVICTA Medical, a sleep apnea medical device company, and Co-Founder of the Organ Preservation Alliance. Previous work includes being a founder of Morfit, Exponential Medicine, and VP at Singularity University. Her book, “The Patient as CEO” can be found on Amazon.
Patrick Freuler
Patrick Freuler

Founder
Audicus
www.audicus.com
@audicus

Patrick Freuler is the founder and CEO of Audicus, which offers award-winning, affordable hearing devices online. Audicus is changing the hearing aids industry and has saved consumers more than $20 million to date.

Before Audicus, Patrick worked as a private equity healthcare investor at Bain Capital and as a strategy consultant at McKinsey. Patrick holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Jody Holtzman
Jody Holtzman

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Innovation
AARP
www.aarp.org
@jholtzman

Jody Holtzman has more than two decades of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals. At AARP, he leads the Thought Leadership group, where his focus is to find ways for AARP to stimulate innovation in the market that benefits people over 50, working with startups and the venture capital community.

His work has been published in Venture Capital Review, The Journal of Business Strategy, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, The Competitive Intelligence Anthology, and Making Cents Out of Knowledge Management. He has a graduate degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago.

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Sandy Jen

Co-Founder
Honor
www.joinhonor.com
@honor

Sandy Jen co-leads technology at Honor. Along with Honor’s CEO Seth, Sandy co-founded Meebo, a consumer Internet company that brought instant messaging to the web in 2005. She led Meebo’s engineering team and joined Google after Meebo was acquired in 2012. Sandy graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. She loves mentoring young entrepreneurs and is active in the women in tech circles.
Sanjay Khurana
Sanjay Khurana

Vice President, Caregiving Products and Services
AARP
www.aarp.org

As Vice President of AARP Caregiving Products and Services, Sanjay Khurana spearheads the strategic direction for the development and growth of the Caregiving Offering Ecosystem.

Prior to joining ASI, Sanjay was part of the AARP Thought Leadership, leading the Health Innovation efforts in market outreach and eco-system development with entrepreneurs, investors and industry thought leaders, in addressing the needs of the 50-plus.

Sanjay is a high-impact innovator with a balance of entrepreneurial energy and business know-how having taken the reins in venture-backed startups, rapid-growth enterprises, and global Fortune 500 companies. His passion for consumer products & innovation has taken his journey through Mobile Communications, Mobile Advertising, Digital Media and Marketing, Mobile Payments, Consumer Health, and now Caregiving.

Nancy LeaMond
Nancy LeaMond

EVP, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer
AARP
www.aarp.org
@NancyLeaMond

As EVP, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, Nancy directs AARP’s extensive advocacy efforts across the country on the critical issues for older Americans, has responsibility for AARP’s offices in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and leads major initiatives to support family caregivers and drive community engagement. Her career spans 35 years in government and nonprofits.
Jeff Makowka
Jeff Makowka

Director, Market Innovation
AARP
www.aarp.org
@jmakowka

Mr. Makowka has over fifteen years’ experience in strategic consulting and market research. For more than half of that time, he has been focused on the wants and needs of the 50+, both domestically and internationally. As a Director in AARP’s Enterprise Strategy and Innovation group, Jeff helped to launch, and now co-manages, the Innovation@50+ initiative, which aims to spark entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors. Anchored by the AARP social mission – to enhance the quality of life for all as we age – the program enlists the expertise of visionary thinkers, entrepreneurs, the investment community, industry, and not-for-profits to spur innovation to meet the needs and wants of people over 50.

A frequent public speaker and recognized expert on the needs and wants of the 50+, Jeff speaks regularly at industry events and conferences including Digital Health Summit, Healthbeat, Health 2.0, HXR Refactored, SilversSummit, Medcity Converge, What’s Next Boomer Business Summit. He has been quoted in publications such as Fast Company, Venturebeat.com, NPR.org, USA Today, Forbes.com and AARP the Magazine.

Marcus Osborne
Marcus Osborne

Vice President, Health & Wellness Payer Relations
Walmart
www.walmart.com

Marcus Osborne serves as VP of Payer Relations. In that role, he is focused on furthering Walmart’s stated goal of improving the healthcare industry by increasing access, quality and affordability in the system for consumers. Prior to joining Walmart, Osborne served as CFO of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative and attended Harvard Business School and received his MBA.
Susan Reinhard
Susan Reinhard

Senior Vice President and Director
AARP
www.aarp.org
@susanpolicy

Dr. Susan C. Reinhard is a Senior Vice President at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal and international levels.

She also serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a national resource center created to ensure America has the nurses it needs to provide care in the future.

Dr. Reinhard is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Professor and Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing several national initiatives with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their communities.

Elaine Ryan
Elaine Ryan

Vice President, State Advocacy & Strategy Integration
AARP
www.aarp.org

Elaine M. Ryan is the Vice President of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in the Government Affairs Department of AARP. Elaine leads a team of legislative staff who work with our 53 AARP state offices to advance AARP’s state advocacy agenda with Governors and state legislators throughout the nation to enable individuals age 50+ and their families attain and maintain their financial and health security. Our priority legislative issues include supports for family caregivers; small business access to workplace savings; and consumer issues.
Sherwin Sheik
Sherwin Sheik

CEO
CareLinx
www.carelinx.com
@carelinx

CareLinx is the leading nationwide professional caregiver marketplace, empowering families to easily find, hire, manage and pay caregivers who match their specific needs and budget online. CareLinx is currently operating in the top 50 metropolitan areas within the United States with over 100,000 professional caregivers. CareLinx won the AARP consumer vote at their national conference and has been featured in ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’, PBS, TIME, AARP Magazine, INC., Forbes, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg and more.
Bob Stephen
Bob Stephen

Vice President, Caregiving and Health
AARP
www.aarp.org
@Bob_Stephen

Bob Stephen is Vice President, Caregiving and Health Programs at AARP. He has been with AARP for over five years holding strategy and matrix management roles involving caregiving and livable communities. He worked with AARP leadership to craft the organization’s caregiving strategy in 2014 and is the enterprise lead for caregiving.

Prior to joining AARP, Bob spent over two decades in strategy development and management consulting with a focus on healthcare. He worked primarily with rural communities, healthcare organizations, and insurers to develop and implement business strategies. He has a BA from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Strategy, Finance and Health Administration from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Mel Taylor
Mel Taylor

President & CEO
Splitsecnd
www.splitsecnd.com
@splitsecnd

Mel Taylor, is President & CEO of splitsecnd, the market leaders in aftermarket crash notification technology. Mel is an International Executive with over 20 years experience working with world class organizations such as DeBeers, Lloyds TSB, British Airways and HRH Duke of Edinburgh Awards. A serial entrepreneur, she has successfully founded and exited companies in both Europe and North America. Mel is committed to improving safety on roads for all drivers across the world using technology combined with education. She is Chair of the Tennessee Advisory Board for MADD, and Founder of DGA; a non-profit focusing on education of teen drivers.
Roni Zeiger
Roni Zeiger

CEO
Smart Patients
www.smartpatients.com
@rzeiger

Smart Patients co-founder and CEO, former Chief Health Strategist at Google, part time urgent care doc, passionate about the power of human networks.

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