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Healthcare Roundtable: Ginger Graham, "Old Lessons for New Leaders"

The Virtual Healthcare Roundtables are monthly sessions that provide timely discussions with leaders in the industry.


Ginger Graham, MBA '86, will discuss the 1974 HBR article, "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" (This article is one of HBR’s two most popular articles ever.) Combining this article with her personal career experiences, Ginger will demonstrate the ideals of leadership with basic behaviors and choices.  She asks the question, "How do you "show up" at work?”, and will discuss leadership as a conscious set of actions - not a concept.

Please note that registration closes one hour prior to the session.


Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Virtual. Dial-in information will be sent the evening prior to the call.

Cost: FREE for members; $50 non-members



Ginger Graham
President & CEO
Two Trees Consulting


Ginger Graham is the President and CEO of Two Trees Consulting.  She consults to first-time CEO’s in the areas of leadership, strategy, board-effectiveness, and organization-building.

She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA, focused on diabetes and obesity.  During Ginger’s tenure at Amylin, the company launched two first-in-class medicines for people with diabetes, was listed on the Nasdaq 100 and was rated as one of the Top 10 places in the industry for scientists to work. 

Prior to her time at Amylin, Ginger was Group Chairman, Office of the President for Guidant Corporation, a major cardiovascular medical device manufacturer based in Indianapolis, IN.  During Ginger’s tenure at Guidant, the company launched the world’s leading stent platform, was listed in the Fortune 500, was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the Best Companies to Work For in America, and was included in Industry Week Magazine’s 100 Best Managed Companies in the World. 

Ginger has received numerous awards and honors including being named as the Emerging Company Executive of the Year by the Global Health Council in 2005, a Finalist in Marketwatch’s CEO of the Year in 2006, and named as the American Diabetes Association’s Woman of Valor award in 2006.  She was included in Pharma VOICE’s “100 of the Most Inspiring People” list in 2006 and World Pharmaceuticals magazine named her number 10 on a list of 40 most influential people in the industry in 2007.  Ginger was the first woman CEO named to the PhRMA Board and Executive Committee.

Ms. Graham serves on the Boards of Directors for Walgreen Co., Genomic Health, Inc., Proteus Digital Health Pharmaceutical Division, Surefire Medical, Elcelyx Therapeutics and the Circle of Life Hospice Foundation.  Ms. Graham is a member of the Harvard Business School Health Industry Alumni Advisory Board, The University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Campaign Steering Committee and the Advisory Board for the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado.  She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Kellogg Center for Executive Women and co-chairs the Scientific Council of the University of Colorado’s Center for Women’s Health Research.  Graham taught entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and has written for Harvard Business Review

Ginger received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas, and holds an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University. 



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