Keynotes


Opening General Session: Lead Like a Navy SEAL in a Post-COVID World

Friday, November 5, 2021 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM PST
Speaker: Lieutenant Commander Ed Hiner, Best-Selling Author & Retired Navy SEAL Operator and Officer

In his 20-year career as a Navy SEAL Operator and Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ed Hiner worked in one of the most challenging team settings in the world and acquired a diverse skillset that is unparalleled in the workplace today. As the Training and Readiness Officer in charge of basic and advanced combat training for the Seal Teams, Ed designed the most elite organization on earth. He developed an Ethos that captured the culture of the Seal Teams and propelled them into the future. Ed currently works with companies to manage fear and manufacture motivation within all levels of the organization. He is principally featured in the 2018 Docu-Series on the History Channel titled US Navy SEALs: America’s Secret Warriors.

Ed Hiner saw nine major deployments, and commanded hundreds of strategic combat missions and operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and across the globe. Amongst numerous other awards, he earned two Bronze Stars with “V” for valor and combat leadership. For two years, Ed was the Executive Officer and Team Leader for the British Special Boat Service (SBS), serving with Task Force Black in a U.S. – U.K. joint commando operations unit, under JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command). In his role as a Navy Special Warfare Training Officer, Lieutenant Commander Hiner led basic and advanced training for all Navy SEALs on the national level, which included strategic planning and policy determination for the SEAL community. As a SPECAT Officer, he held above Top Secret clearance involving national level strategic operations. He was the first-ever Navy SEAL in recorded history to be spot promoted for a combat command for the Battle of Ramadi, in an area known as Iraq’s Triangle of Death.

Ed Hiner is the Los Angeles Times Best-Selling Author of the indispensable Leadership book, “First Fast Fearless, How To Lead Like A Navy SEAL.” His latest book “GUTS: Greatness Under Tremendous Stress: A Navy SEAL’s System for Turning Fear into Accomplishment” was recently released. It is a Self-Leadership book which outlines a foundational principal and catalyst for wellness, overall performance, success, and happiness. Meeting attendees can pre-purchase our keynote speaker’s book, “GUTS”, during registration for a discounted rate. Lieutenant Commander Hiner will be available after the session for book signings.


SECOND GENERAL SESSION: The Federal Response to COVID-19: Engage, Embolden and Empower the Rise of the Pharmacists

Saturday, November 6 at 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM PST
Speakers:
VADM Jerome Adams, former Surgeon General of the United States

Ruth Link- Gelles Ruth Link-Gelles, PhD, MPH
LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
Vaccine Planning Unit

Tiffany Pfundt, Pharm.D., PMP
LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
COVID Treatments

Join RADM Pamela Schweitzer, former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and highest ranking pharmacist, as she moderates a panel of government and agency leaders from the highest levels as they discuss their roles leading the government response and how they engaged and relied on pharmacies and pharmacists in long term and senior care settings. The Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services each had lead public health officials who developed and built the plan to vaccinate and provide access to COVID-19 treatments. Hear directly from them on how they viewed the emergency, how they operationalized the response, what challenges they encountered and how pharmacists and pharmacies helped them get ahead of the virus and ultimately pull us from the pandemic.