The manner in which we transform adversity and challenges into opportunity can be profoundly impactful. This panel brings together diverse perspectives on how to become a vanguard rather than a victim when faced with uncertainty and adversity. The panel is comprised of an athlete on the US Paraolympic team, a mover and shaker on the data security and empowerment interface, a member of PTAC and the creator of the first antivirus program, and the Former CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Foundation committed to addressing and transforming infrastructure issues to create healthier communities.



Dennis Robbins, M.P.H, Ph.D, Conference Chair



Amy Dixon, Patient Advocate & Paralympic Triathlete

Jennifer Joe, M.D., CEO & Founder,

Rain Henderson, Advisor, Clinton Foundation

Peter Tippett, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, HealthCelerate



Amy Dixon
Patient Advocate & Paralympic Triathlete

Amy Dixon is a highly sought-after Expert Patient Advocate, Elite Paratriathlete, and motivational speaker, speaking on television and radio, and at seminars around the world on all subjects pertaining to the world of triumph over adversity, leadership, team work, rare disease management, patient advocacy, and how to achieve a full life despite devastating setbacks.


Amy lost 98% of her sight due to a rare type of Uveitis (an inflammatory autoimmune eye disease), and now travels the world with her guide dog, Woodstock, by her side, speaking to groups about her passion for empowering patients to educate themselves in the face of illness and disease. Before becoming a professional athlete, Amy had a career as a Certified Wine Specialist from the Society of Wine Educators, with 20 years experience as a wine expert and educator, a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Institute for Public Speaking and Leadership.  Amy was a 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Team Member, and is currently ranked 4th in the world in her sport of triathlon.  She is training, racing and fundraising to make the US Team headed to the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.  




Jennifer Joe
M.D., CEO & Founder,

Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur CEO and Founder of, a new and innovative social network for physicians, whose clients include The NEJM Group, Google, Boston Scientific, Philips, and Anthem, among others. She is also Editor-in-Chief and Founder of

Dr. Joe believes that healthcare is actively being disrupted like never before–with patient advocacy, patient-centered care, team-based care, technology, wearables, sensors, big data, and usability— drastically changing what healthcare will look like in the next 5 years. Because of her insights and expertise, Dr. Joe has been invited to speak, mentor, or judge at over 25 local, national, and international events in the last two years, including South by Southwest Interactive, Google, the Massachusetts Medical Society, IN3 Medical Device 360, the International Society of Wearable Technology in Healthcare, athenahealth More Disruption Please Annual Hackathon, MassTLC, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Market R&D Challenge, the Federation of State Medical Boards, Partners World Medical Innovation Forum, MATTER Chicago, and Health 2.0.


Rain Henderson

Founder, Elemental Advisors & Advisor, Clinton Foundation

Rain has dedicated her career to helping communities, organizations and leaders at all levels to optimize and coordinate their efforts towards improving the lives of the most people possible. Her passion lies in utilizing her formal training in theory of change and movement building to leverage the most effective spheres of influence and foster systems thinking to solve complex problems.

As the Founder of Elemental Advisors Rain helps organizations make meaningful change in the world with sound guidance and test strategies. Her work includes advising influential leaders and organizations in the private and social sectors on how to contribute to the health and well-being others using market structures and aggressive metrics to achieve systems change.

Most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation, Rain led the Foundation’s largest domestic initiative aimed at improving the well-being of all United States citizens and reducing the prevalence of chronic disease. There she led the cultivation of $200+ million in strategic investments from Fortune 500s and NGOs, projected to improve the health of 1 in 6 Americans; helped secure the Clinton Foundation’s landmark agreement to improve nutrition and beverage offerings with McDonald’s in 80% of global marketplace; and annually produced the Health Matters Summit Featuring President Clinton and prominent leaders, daily trending on Twitter, 30 million people in 50 states and 107 countries watching online, and significant media coverage.

Previous leadership roles also include serving as the Senior Vice President of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, Rain was instrumental in helping to build the organization from a blueprint to an award-winning non-profit with a presence in 50 states and a positive impact on the lives of over six million children.


Peter Tippett
M.D., Ph.D., CEO, HealthCelerate

Dr. Tippett is the CEO of HealthCelerate, former Verizon Chief Medical Officer, and a recognized leader in health IT transformation, information security and regulatory compliance. Among other technology start-ups, Tippett created the first commercial anti-virus product, which became Norton; founded TruSecure and CyberTrust and was Chairman of MD-IT.

Tippett was a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) under G.W. Bush, which drove Health IT transformation policy, and served with both the Clinton Health Matters and the NIH Precision Medicine initiatives.

He received the U.S. Chamber’s First Leadership in Health Care Award for his work to improve transparency and reward innovation through the modernization of the exchange of health information technology.  He has been recognized by industry publications including InfoWorld, as one of the 25 most influential CTOs in 2002.

Tippett was Research Assistant to R.B. Merrifield (Nobel Prize, 1984) and Stanford Moore (Nobel Prize, 1972) at Rockefeller University. He is a physician, board-certified in internal medicine with both Internal Medicine & Emergency Medicine practice history. He received both a PhD in biochemistry and an M.D., from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College.



Friday, December 15, 2017

1:00 pm

– 2:00 pm


Titian Ballroom

Amy Dixon, Dennis Robbins, Jennifer Joe, Peter Tippett, Rain Henderson, Sean MacNamara