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Nancy M. Schlichting Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health System

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What does it take to lead the successful turnaround of four consecutive organizations? What does it take to run a $4 billion business in Detroit as the city struggles to emerge from municipal bankruptcy and its worst ongoing crisis ever? What does it take to be a female CEO who has come up against discrimination and personal attack? It takes Unconventional Leadership, a style of leadership based on confronting reality and leading headlong through adversity. In her book: Unconventional Leadership, Nancy Schlichting, the CEO of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), reveals her unique strategies that drive success: maintaining a focus on people, creating a culture of innovation and reinvention & embracing diversity as a key strategy for growth.

Nancy Schlichting joined HFHS in 1998 as its Senior Vice President & CEO & was named President / CEO of the System in 2003. Her career in health care administration spans over 35 years of experience in senior level executive positions.

Schlichting serves on several national and community boards and was appointed last year by President Obama to Chair the Commission on Care which seeks to improve healthcare delivery and access for our military veterans. Schlichting’s awards include: “Top 25 Women in Healthcare - 2015” (named for the 4th time), Modern Healthcare “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare-2015” (named for the 8th time) & 130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” - Becker’s Hospital Review. http://www.henryford.com

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