2018 IPE Summit

What if? The Impact of Innovation and Interprofessionalism on Healthcare

  • about the summit

    Explore interprofessionalism's impact on healthcare.

    The next IPE summit will be held on April 9, 2018 at Saint Paul RiverCentre,175 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102.

    Join some of the most innovative minds in healthcare and business as they discuss teams, roles and the changing face of organizational structure, healthcare education and collaborative practice.

    Questions? Contact us at ipe@stkate.edu or 651.690.8789.


  • agenda & speakers

    Meet your keynote speakers.

    This year’s summit will include keynote addresses, breakout talks, and poster sessions.


Bon Ku, MD, MPP

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the Assistant Dean for Health and Design and an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a practicing emergency medicine physician and the founder/director of the first design thinking program in a medical school.

His innovative program that teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges has been highlighted in the The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Inc. Magazine.

Dr. Ku has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking (TEDx, South by Southwest, Mayo Clinic Transform, Stanford Medicine X, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) and serves on the Design and Health Leadership Group at the American Institute of Architects. He received the Health Care Innovators Award (2016) from the Philadelphia Business Journal and made the Best of Philly 2017 list in Philadelphia Magazine. Dr. Ku holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University, MD from Penn State and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.


Heidi K. Gardner, PhD

Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. She also serves as a Lecturer on Law and the Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program executive course. She was previously on the faculty at Harvard Business School. Gardner has also been awarded an International Research Fellowship at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Dr. Gardner’s research focuses on leadership and collaboration in professional service firms, and her book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos was published to great acclaim by Harvard Business Press in January 2017.

Her research received the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Practical Paper with Implications for Management. She has authored or co-authored more than fifty book chapters, case studies, and articles in scholarly and practitioner journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly , and Harvard Business Review. Her first book, Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Strategies for Law Firm Success was co-edited with Rebecca Normand-Hochman and published in 2015.

Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including positions with McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble, and as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a master's degree from the London School of Economics (with honors), and a second master's and doctorate in organizational behavior from London Business School.


Brian J. Robertson

Brian J. Robertson created Holacracy and founded HolacracyOne, the organization that is training people and companies all over the world in this new system. He is the author of Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World.

Interprofessional Education at St. Kate's

As healthcare becomes more complex, collaboration between health care practitioners is critical to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, safety, and quality of patient care. Interprofessional education at St. Catherine University prepares students to be leaders with team-based clinical experience providing holistic, research-based patient-centered care.

St. Kate's IPE

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