GIH annual conference plenary sessions feature philanthropic and issue area experts who share innovations and insights on timely topics that matter most to the field. Recent plenary speakers have included:

  • Dr. Jerome Adams, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States;
  • Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
  • Dr. Shena Ashley, Vice President—Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute;
  • Judy Belk, President and CEO of the California Wellness Foundation;
  • Wade Crowfoot, Chief Executive Officer of the Water Foundation;
  • Candice C. Jones, President and CEO of the Public Welfare Foundation;
  • Dr. Laura Mosqueda, Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC;
  • Dr. Vivek A. Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States; and
  • Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President at The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The winners of the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy and Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy also give plenary speeches. Recent awardees have included:

  • Benet Magnuson, Executive Director of Kansas Appleseed;
  • Diane Kaplan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rasmuson Foundation;
  • Elisabeth Arenales, Health Program Director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy;
  • Michael Brown, Civic Architect, Civic Commons at the Seattle Foundation;
  • Chet Hewitt, President and CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation; and
  • Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director of Families USA.