On February 9, CNBC’s Healthy Returns spotlight will update attendees with up-to-the minute information on the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, for investors, policy makers and business leaders. As new vaccines continue to be approved, we’ll check in on the largest and most complicated mass vaccination program in history, how government and the private sector are working together, bringing an end to this pandemic. Plus – treating the mental health crisis brought about by Covid-19, the long lasting impact on people, business and the economy.

Featuring keynote and panel interviews, plus concurrent sessions, this event stands squarely at the intersection of the pandemic, economics and business to give critical information to move forward.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Health care investors, VCs, C-Suite executives from the biotech, pharma, health care and life sciences industries, health care IT BDMs.

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Alex Gorsky

Alex Gorsky is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson and Chairman of the Executive Committee, the Company’s senior leadership team. Alex is the seventh person to serve as Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson since it became a publicly traded company in 1944.

Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management including assignments in the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He progressed through many management posts at J&J, culminating in being named Chief Executive Officer on April 26, 2012 and Chairman of the Board on December 28, 2012.

Under Alex Gorsky’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson continues in its 132nd year to be one of the world’s exceptional corporations. The company was given the #1 ranking on Barron’s Magazine’s 2016 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” and is currently the number one Pharmaceutical company on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Respected Companies.

A longtime advocate of Diversity Inclusion and Veteran’s issues, Alex has been named one of the “100 Most Inspiring Leaders” by Pharma Voice. Most recently, in December of 2017, Alex received the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation. And for the past three years, Alex has been on the list of the Highest Rated CEOs on The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards. He has also received the Jackie Robinson Award, Appeal of Conscience Award, the Joseph Wharton Leadership Award and the CADCA Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Alex is a member of the Board of Directors of IBM, the Wharton School of Business Board of Overseers and the Board of Directors of the Business Roundtable.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and spent six years in the U.S. Army, finishing his military career with the rank of Captain. Alex earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

Rick Gates

Rick Gates is senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, based in Deerfield Ill. He is responsible for commercial development and sales, contracting, pharma development, pharmacy supply chain, and clinical programs and alliances.
Before then he was group vice president of pharmacy where he led the strategic development, alignment and delivery of pharmacy-led health and wellness programs. He has served in roles of increasing responsibility since joining Walgreens in 1995 after graduation from pharmacy school including leading Walgreens Western Pharmacy Operations and responsible for integrating Duane Reade stores into the Walgreens network.
Rick serves as a board member with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Leadership Board, AllianceRx and Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA).
Rick received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is an active member of the American Pharmacist Association, NCPDP, NASP and the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

Anita Jenkins

Anita Jenkins is the Chief Executive Officer at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC. As a key part of Howard’s partnership with Adventist Healthcare, Jenkins is leading the transformational three-year management services agreement with Adventist as Howard University Hospital continues to provide care to its surrounding community in a culturally focused environment. She will also be guiding Howard University Hospital through its new replacement hospital project with a focus on improving patient safety, patient quality, and patient outcomes.

In her over 20 years of healthcare experience and leadership, Jenkins developed expertise in hospital operations, healthcare management, and strategic planning. Prior to her role at Howard University Hospital, Anita Jenkins was president of Sycamore Medical Center near Dayton, Ohio. While there, she was responsible for daily operations of all clinical inpatient and outpatient services including nursing, rehabilitation, and patient relations.

Anita Jenkins’ approach to the business side of healthcare is informed by her days as a respiratory therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where Jenkins gained first-hand experience in caring for patients with compassion. This background translates into her focus as Howard University Hospitals new CEO, working directly with staff and the DC community. Since assuming her role at Howard University Hospital at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jenkins has focused her efforts on understanding DC’s changing landscape, and how to best serve the DC area community.

Marc Rogers

Marc Rogers is VP of Cybersecurity at Okta. With a career that spans more than twenty years, he has been hacking since the 80’s and is now a white-hat hacker renowned for hacking things like Apple's TouchID and the Tesla Model S. Prior to Okta, Mr. Rogers served as the Head of Security for Cloudflare and spent a decade managing security for the UK operator, Vodafone. He's been a CISO in South Korea and has also co-founded a disruptive Bay Area startup. In his role as technical advisor on “Mr. Robot,” he helped create hacks for the show. He's also an organizer and the Head of Security for the world’s largest hacking conference: DEF CON. Most recently Mr Rogers helped found the CTI League, a multinational cybersecurity initiative combining industry professionals, government agencies and law enforcement from 80 different countries.

Alok Kanojia

Dr. Alok Kanojia, also known as “Dr. K”, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist specializing in mental health for the internet generation, gamers and their families. He is the President and Cofounder of Healthy Gamer, a mental health platform that provides content, coaching, and community resources to help young people take control of their mental health and their lives.

Dr. K designs mental health solutions for young people by combining the best of evidence-based psychiatry, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and his own experiences as part of that internet generation to create a truly unique approach to mental health. When he’s off-duty, he’s probably watching Dota 2 or telling stories about dragons to his 2 daughters.

Kris Joshi

Kris Joshi is executive vice president and president, Network Solutions, for Change Healthcare. Prior to joining Change Healthcare, Mr. Joshi was global vice president for healthcare product strategy for the Health Sciences global business unit at Oracle Corporation. He helped launch the Health Sciences business unit and successfully led two acquisitions for Oracle in Life Sciences. Before joining Oracle, Mr. Joshi served in senior strategy roles with IBM’s Global Sales and Distribution organization, and prior to IBM, Mr. Joshi was at McKinsey and Company, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies on strategy issues.
Mr. Joshi holds a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the boards of the Personalized Medicine Coalition and the eHealth Initiative in Washington, DC.

Tim Suther

Tim Suther is senior vice president and general manager, Data Solutions for Change Healthcare. In this leadership role, he focuses on inspiring a better healthcare system through the effective and responsible use of data and analytics.

Mr. Suther’s career spans more than three decades of maximizing commercial and societal value through data, analytics and technology transformation. Previous roles included founder and entrepreneur (Suther Strategic LLC), managing director, Intelligent Solutions (JPMorgan Chase), chief marketing and strategy officer (Acxiom), senior vice president (Metavante), president (Protagona Worldwide), and a variety of roles at Unisys.

He is a member of the board of directors at Label Insight and at Commerce Signals, two companies focused on innovative uses of data. He is a member of the Loras College Board of Regents and a member of its Executive Committee. He was named an ExecRank Top CMO in 2012, a Social Media Marketing Top CMO on Twitter, a BlueFocus Marketing Nifty50 Men in Technology. He won the CMO Club Presidents Award in 2015.

Suther holds a degree in finance and marketing from Loras College.

Shibani Joshi

Shibani Joshi is an experienced journalist who has covered business, technology and general news for global media outlets including ABC News, Fox News Channel, Yahoo! Finance and Huffington Post. She provides commentary on business, technology and lifestyle topics and hosts events for leading corporations.

Previously, Shibani anchored a daily markets show and had her own dedicated segment on TV called “Joshi on Tech” on the Fox Business Network in New York City. In her almost 6-year tenure, she evolved into the dedicated on-air tech reporter at both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

Shibani also reported extensively live on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and NYMex exchanges, covering the 2008 market crash, historic interest rate cuts, record oil prices and the biggest point drop in Dow history (at the time).

Throughout her career, Shibani has interviewed large-cap tech CEOs and executives from companies including Apple, Qualcomm, Google, Sony and Ebay. She has also interviewed execs from Uber, Dropbox, Rent the Runway and Angie’s List in their early stages.

Her unique business perspective stems from real-world corporate experience and a distinguished business education. After double majoring in finance and accounting, she worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where she focused on corporate finance and M&A projects.

Joshi later moved on to Disney/ABC Media Networks, where she was the firm’s Senior Manager of Digital Strategy. In 2014, she created, a blog focused on stories at the intersection of lifestyle and technology.
Shibani teaches at the University of Oklahoma, sits on the Board of Advisors for the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma, and served as a Trustee to The Children’s School in La Jolla, California.

Shibani is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds an MBA from The Harvard Business School. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her 3 children.

Meg Tirrell

Meg Tirrell joined CNBC in April 2014 as a general assignment reporter focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She appears on CNBC's Business Day programming, contributes to and is based at the network's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Tirrell has covered development of new drugs for Alzheimer's, cancer and rare diseases, and tracked public health emergencies from Ebola to Zika. Her work has explored why fewer drugs are developed for children, chronicled the sequencing of her own genome, and followed the manufacturing of a flu shot from egg to pharmacy. In 2014, she revealed the agonizing decision-making behind Compassionate Use of unapproved drugs, and in 2016, she reported extensively on drug pricing controversies and the impact of politics on development of new medicines.

Prior to joining CNBC, Tirrell covered the biotechnology industry for Bloomberg News, where she also contributed to Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Businessweek.

She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in English and music from Wellesley College.

Bertha Coombs

Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square.

Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM's Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.

Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."

She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.

Sharon Epperson

Sharon Epperson, named one of “12 to Watch in TV News,” can be seen regularly on CNBC television and other media platforms.

As CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent, Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.

Preparing your finances for the unexpected is another critical (and personal) aspect of her reporting. In September 2016, Epperson sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm and she nearly lost her life. She has become a staunch advocate for health and wellness issues, raising awareness about brain aneurysms and funding for research. In September 2018, she and her family established “The Sharon Epperson Chair of Research” through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to provide grants for research on early detection and innovative treatments.

Epperson is a lead contributor to “Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow.,” a multi-platform financial wellness and education initiative at CNBC in partnership with the micro-investing app Acorns, and developed its companion 8-week learning course and weekly newsletter, “Invest in You: Money 101.” She also contributes to NBC’s TODAY and NBC Nightly News as well as and

Her book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money-and Live Richly Ever After, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have “changed the lives of millions.” She also was a contributing writer for The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster. Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.

Epperson has numerous industry and civic awards, including the Special Achievement Award from the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Savvy Inspiration Award from the non-profit, financial empowerment group Savvy Ladies. She won an Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her “Financial Advisor Playbook” video series on She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She was invited to the White House during President Obama’s administration to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.

An adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Epperson has also taught courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her professional development courses for graduate students.

Epperson received her bachelor’s in sociology and government from Harvard University, a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, she has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Taylor Allderdice High School, her alma mater.

She currently lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.

Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

Berkeley Lovelace Jr. is a health-care reporter for, mainly covering pharmaceuticals and the Food and Drug Administration. He’s also the host of “Healthy Returns,” a weekly health-care newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @BerkeleyJr.

He began working for CNBC in 2016 as a fellow before becoming a news associate and later a staff reporter. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Kate Rooney

Kate Rooney is a technology reporter based out of CNBC’s San Francisco bureau, with a focus on financial technology, payments and venture capital. She also writes and reports for CNBC’s digital platforms.

Rooney joined CNBC in 2015 as a news associate before working as a producer for CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET) and was most recently a markets reporter for

She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in communication and earned her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where she received an Eric Lund Global Reporting and Research Grant to film and produce a documentary in the Philippines. She also worked as a multimedia reporter in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015 with a focus on housing and politics.



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Healthy Returns Spotlight will kick off with a CNBC moderated attendee-driven chat. Topics include; vaccine distribution, how the new administration should handle this phase of the pandemic, what’s ahead for the health care industry, and more. We invite you to share your thoughts with peers in your industry and weigh in on critical issues facing health care now and in the future.  
Moderator: Berkeley Lovelace, Health Care Reporter, CNBC


Operation Inoculate

Retail pharmacies will play a vital role inoculating Americans from every corner of the country, amidst massive logistical and staffing challenges. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the obstacles they face, and their role to help end the pandemic. 
Rick GatesSVP, Pharmacy & Healthcare, Walgreens 
Interviewer: Meg Tirrell, Senior Health & Science Reporter, CNBC
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Hospital CEO: Pandemic Playbook

When Covid hit, hospitals were without a playbook on how to navigate the sudden onslaught of sick patients, shutdown of outpatient services, operational challenges, lost revenue, and more. One CEO will join us to talk about lessons learned, and strategies for the future.
Anita Jenkins, CEO, Howard University Hospital
Interviewer: Bertha Coombs, Reporter, CNBC
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New Covid Threat: Cybercriminals

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues, cybersecurity experts are sounding the alarm over growing threats of tampering and theft by cybercriminals targeting the supply chain. We’ll discuss who’s most at risk, and what can be done to stop potential hacks before they happen.
Marc Rogers, former hacker/Executive Director of Cybersecurity, Okta
Interviewer: Kate Rooney, Technology Reporter, CNBC
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Breakout Sessions

Data Analytics, Vaccine Passports & the Path to a New Normal
Sponsored and programmed by Change Healthcare
In this session, we will explore how securely leveraging key social determinants of health (SDoH) data can better inform provider approaches for individual patients, and accelerate a consumer-friendly approach to normalcy during and after the Covid pandemic through the implementation of vaccine passports.
Tim Suther, SVP and General Manager, Data Solutions, Change Healthcare
Kris Joshi, EVP, Network Solutions, Change Healthcare
Moderator: Shibani Joshi, Technology Journalist
Watch the full interview


Mental HealthAn Out-of-the-Box Approach
With the US in the midst of what’s being called the worst mental health crisis in decades, one expert is taking an unconventional approach to reaching individuals who need help, using the unlikeliest of tech platforms.
Alok Kanojia, MD, Psychiatrist; President, Healthy Gamer
Interviewer: Sharon Epperson, Senior Personal Finance Correspondent, CNBC
Watch the full interview


High Hopes: Vaccine Update

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine is being hailed as a potential “game changer,” because of its single dose. We’ll receive an update from the company’s CEO on the status of FDA approval, along with an exclusive look into the process of developing a life-saving vaccine. 
Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson
Interviewer: Meg Tirrell, Senior Health & Science Reporter, CNBC
Watch the full interview


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