Conference Speakers

Dr. James N. Weinstein


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Dr. James N. Weinstein ’72 is vice president of Microsoft Healthcare and head of innovation and health equity. Previously, he was CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. A researcher and renowned spine surgeon, he developed the classification system surgeons around the world use to treat cancers of the spine. Weinstein holds Dartmouth’s Peggy Y. Thomson chair. The author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, he also wrote “Unraveled: Prescriptions to Repair a Broken Health Care System.”

Kim Blickenstaff


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Kim Blickenstaff, is president and CEO of Tandem Diabetes Care and has worked at several other healthcare startups. The central Illinois native is investing his own funds to transform the face of Peoria and Peoria Heights with projects including a community center named after his mother. Other plans include lofts, retail development, a restaurant and a boutique hotel and development of the historic Pabst Brewery in Peoria Heights and Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Peoria.

Bill McDowell


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Bill McDowell is professor of entrepreneurship and executive and academic director at Bradley’s Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also holds the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship at Bradley and is special assistant to the provost for convergence efforts. He received the 2019 Showcase Award from the Small Business Institute (SBI), where he is a past president and been recognized as an SBI fellow. His research includes small business, family business and inter-organizational relationships.