Paul Nielsen    Vice President, Strategic Programs & Partnerships, Optum    President, UHG Academy of Technology    Dean, Optum College of AI

Paul Nielsen

Vice President, Strategic Programs & Partnerships, Optum

President, UHG Academy of Technology

Dean, Optum College of AI

Paul Nielsen is a global executive with more than 25 years of experience working with technology companies who design and develop software and hardware solutions for the telecommunications, IT service provider, health care and consumer electronic industries.   Paul has held leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development and executive management positions.  Through his roles in these companies, Paul has driven advanced technologies into the market that generated operational savings, increased average revenue per user, competitive advantages and customer retention.   

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in science and computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 
Sean Ammirati    Co-Founder & Director, CMU Corporate Startup Lab    Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University    Partner at Birchmere Ventures

Sean Ammirati

Co-Founder & Director, CMU Corporate Startup Lab

Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Partner at Birchmere Ventures

Sean Ammirati is a Venture Capitalist, teaches graduate entrepreneurship courses at Carnegie Mellon, and leads a lab at CMU dedicated to helping large companies better adapt and integrate entrepreneurial best practices into their own innovation processes.

Earlier in his career, Sean spent a dozen years founding, building and selling businesses in the software and media industries.  He started and sold 3 businesses including being the co-founder and CEO of mSpoke, which was LinkedIn's first acquisition.

He recently completed his first book The Science of Growth, which was released by St Martin's Press in April 2016 and was subsequently translated and published in Korean and Mandarin.

Simone Grapini-Goodman    Vice President, Academic Partnerships, Optum

Simone Grapini-Goodman

Vice President, Academic Partnerships, Optum

Simone has devoted over 15 years to improving the health of Americans through access to quality health care. She has done this at both the health care services/delivery level through a 10-year tenure with Optum in various integrated marketing and product strategy leadership roles and on the benefits side with 6 years spent leading digital & social strategy with UnitedHealthcare.

She now leads Academic Partnerships for Optum’s Advanced Technology Collaborative and looks to accelerate the enterprise through her work with top universities in areas of: data & analytics, generating value in the practice of health care and health care workforce development.

Simone holds an MBA from University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree in business and computer science from Texas A&M University.

Danita Kiser    Director of Product Research & Emerging Technologies, Optum

Danita Kiser

Director of Product Research & Emerging Technologies, Optum

Danita has over 20 years’ experience in advanced and emerging technology products, covering areas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, big data technologies and analytics, gaming, media distribution, cloud services and mobile applications.

As Director of Research at Optum, she’s responsible for connecting research and emerging technology to real-life health care use cases in an effort to make the health care system better for everyone.

Prior to Optum, she worked at Turner Broadcasting, AOL, Cox Communications and multiple first-round start-ups.

Danita earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from University of Virginia and a M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Emory University.

Terry Hickey    Director of Technology, UnitedHealthcare

Terry Hickey

Director of Technology, UnitedHealthcare

Terry is passionate about helping others and solving big problems. He began his entrepreneurial journey as a co-founder of a landscaping company while at Indiana University. He was employee five of a transportation technology company, and later launched his own technology services firm. While at UnitedHealth Group, he was a key architect in the evolution of the Lean Startup Garage, launched several business models as an Entrepreneur in Residence, and led Future Trends pathways.

He now contributes to the transformation of Medicare and Medicaid business models through innovation, entrepreneurial best practices and emerging technology. He’s also a mentor at the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Implementation Science, TechStars, and active in his local start up community.

Terry holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Indiana University.