NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Boise l Boards and Organizational Leadership during Times of Disruptive Change

April 21, 2016
Boise, ID



Perhaps one of the best national examples of disruptive strategic change is Healthcare Reform.  Idaho is not insulated from it and some would say it has instead sailed straight into the storm.  With no available safe harbor, consumers, employers, insurers, providers, business and government are all navigating with imperfect knowledge to optimize their response to the changes and emerge from troubled seas unscathed and with, hopefully, strategic advantage.  

With such change, healthcare Board Rooms have moved from orderly and often predictable deliberations to shifting ground where the only thing that is certain is uncertainty. 

Key Outcomes

This program will address how boards and CEOs navigate during times of disruptive strategic change, focusing specifically on Healthcare Reform as the disruption. Specifically, panelists will discuss:

  • The importance of good governance on their organizations’ ability to lead and leverage through change, becoming champions versus victims of it.
  • Discuss how to reach agreement on future strategies and how to ensure that differences of opinions are openly discussed and disagreements reconciled.
  • Discuss how board leaders help move board members who are holding on to status quo to become comfortable with identifying and managing risks in order to ensure that strategic or generative change occurs.
  • Determine how board leaders and management can work together to ensure that the board remains at the strategic versus tactical level.
  • Identify changes needed within the organization (board positions, board diversity or new board members who acted as new “strategic assets”, consultation, education, increased communication/meetings) in order to move the organization forward in identifying and implementing new strategies.

Location and Time


The Grove Hotel
245 S. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID

11:30 am - 12 noon: Registration & Networking

12 noon - 1:30 pm: Program

Speaker Spotlight


David C. Pate, M.D., J.D.

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Health System. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and his law degree cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center. Dr. Pate joined St. Luke’s Health System in 2009 following executive positions in Houston.

Rodney Dean Reider

Rodney Dean Reider is President and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System, a multi-hospital and clinically-integrated healthcare system serving Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, as well the Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Mr. Reider received his Master's in Business Administration at Loma Linda University; and his Masters of Science at Cal Poly Pomona.

Skip Oppenheimer

Skip Oppenheimer is the Board Chair of the St. Luke’s Health System Board. He is also the Chair/CEO of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., and President of Oppenheimer Development Corporation. Oppenheimer Companies, Inc. is a national food processing, sales, marketing and distribution organization. Oppenheimer Development Corporation is a commercial real estate development and property management company.

Mike Reuling

Mike Reuling is Board Chair of Saint Alphonsus Health System.  He has served on the board since 2011 and previously served on the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Foundation boards.  From 2007 until 2014 he also was a director of Sterling Financial Corporation, a publicly traded bank holding company with numerous branches in the Northwestern United States.

Kenneth Howell

Kenneth Howell is a partner in the Boise office of Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP.  During his more than 31 year legal career, Ken’s experience has ranged from complex commercial litigation, real estate, state and local government regulations, to business transactions and intellectual property.  He is currently co-chair of the firm’s Banking Practice Group, representing community and national banks in operational and regulatory matters, including mergers, acquisitions, litigation and legislation. 



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