Former U.S. Senate & House Chief of Staff
  Vinit Nijhawan is Managing Director of MassVentures, the first public venture capital fund in the U.S., funding early stage, high growth Massachusetts companies for more than 40 years. In this episode, Mark and Vinit discuss a range of topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship, including: The skills that have been central contributors to Vinit's success Capabilities startup founders often need to further develop to advance their companies and their own professional careers The flagship conference - MALSI+ 2020 - to be held virtually on August 20, 2020 by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), connecting scientific innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators  The success stories that have come out of the MALSI conference in the past The lessons Vinit has you learned that could help someone just starting out as an entrepreneur or thinking about starting a company
  Dr. Brad Spellberg is a  polymath. He’s simultaneously a Chief Medical Officer, of a major medical center, Professor of Medicine, medical researcher, practicing clinician, founder-entrepreneur, and  author of multiple books. He brings a uniquely holistic perspective to his public policy recommendations on the future of the US healthcare system Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. He is also Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He received his BA in Molecular Cell Biology-Immunology from UC Berkeley, and MD at UCLA, where he served as the UCLA AOA Chapter Co-President and won the prestigious Stafford Warren award for the topic academic performance in his graduating class. Dr. Spellberg completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Med Center. As CMO, Dr. Spellberg has transformed the quality and efficiency of care delivered at LAC+USC Medical Center, the largest public hospital in the US west of the Mississippi. As CMO, he has 18 non-clinical direct reports and another 18 Chiefs of Clinical Services reporting to him. He has improved many aspects of hospital operations, from HR, to patient flow, to personnel, to UR, Social Services, medical documentation and billing, clinical care, etc. He has markedly increased inpatient billing, helped increase primary care empanelment and managed care revenue, successfully recruited multiple physician leaders, and has established new clinical programs (e.g., LGBTQ clinic, bariatrics surgery). Dr. Spellberg may be the only CMO in the US who not only continues to be actively clinically, staffing both Internal Medicine ward teams and Infectious Diseases consulting service, but also maintains an active NIH-funded basic science laboratory. Dr. Spellberg has also co-founded 3 biotechnology start up companies, which have resulted in 3 molecules that are in active clinical development (phase I-III clinical trials). He is also a national policy expert with respect to antibiotic resistance, having testified before Congress, been interviewed on multiple television programs, in the documentary movie Resistance, and written an award winning book, Rising Plague.  In this episode, we explore the fascinating insights and key recommendations in Dr. Spellberg’s latest book,” Broken, Bankrupt and Dying”  where he discusses the  precarious state of the US Health care system, the underlying reasons that have led to this dysfunction and key recommendations to improve the system to deliver a level of healthcare that American citizens deserve.
    In this episode, Mark and Ester Caffarel-Salvador, PhD discuss her research on transdermal patches, career transitions, mentoring, and other issues, including:   Ester's experience with the Impact mentoring program, issues she finds mentees are particularly concerned about, and how she  advises them to handle them How speaking 7 languages may help Ester when she's communicating about her research and helping other scientists improve their own communication skills Similarities and differences between mentoring scientists in Spain and the U.S. Ester's professional experience in many different environments - such as big pharma, startups, hedge funds, and consulting - and  key skills for being successful in each of them
Today's guest is Bill Shute, a highly experienced government relations executive, strategic advisor, podcast creator/host, graphic designer, and author. During his 30 years of leadership, Bill has  demonstrated how to be effective across a range of key activities, including strategic planning, contract capture, employee management, public speaking, and advocacy. Bill is currently Executive Director of the Washington Center for the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he both manages a graduate student fellowship program in the District of Columbia and creates a beachhead policy hub for LBJ School faculty to engage with federal policy makers. At the LBJ’s Washington Center, Bill also serves as Inaugural Professor in the Center’s Master's program, teaching institutions, processes, and negotiations in the federal arena to the Center’s Master’s degree students. For almost 18 years, Bill served as Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations for the entire University of Texas System, a wide-ranging executive-level leadership role. Bill previously had worked in senior government relations roles at several companies, including for 11 and a half years as Executive Director of Federal Relations for Southwestern Bell.  Bill earned his B.A. with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Houston Bates College of Law. On this episode of the show, Mark and Bill discuss a range of policy and communications topics, including: Bill's podcast, 80-proof Politics, on which Mark was a guest. What led Bill to launch 80-Proof Politics and what’s the focus of the show  The essence of politics and how it differs from partisan politics. As Executive Director of the prestigious LBJ School of Policy Policy’s Washington, DC Center, Bill talks about the Center, its mission, and its goalst The effective qualities, techniques, or strategies federal policymakers used when Bill was accompanying them during visits with policymakers and helping them shape their messaging Bill's favorite stories about his many years of advocacy leadership for the UT System with  - of course - names withheld to protect the innocent, as needed. The qualities that made President Lyndon Johnson one of the most persuasive communicators we’ve ever had in the White House The one thing listener can do today to improve their skills in communicating their work to non-experts, whether that’s U.S. Representatives and Senators, their grandma, or 8-year-old cousin
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Washington D.C., DC, USA
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