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Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

60th annual IU Business Conference will take hard look at health care costs

Former HHS secretary, five CEOs to participate

Tommy G. Thompson

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EDITORS: Links to photos for other conference speakers are included with their biographies below.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Tommy G. Thompson, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will join five chief executives at a major conference March 8 in Indianapolis on spiraling health care costs and their impact on American companies.

"The Health Care Conundrum: A Call for Leadership" is the theme of the 60th annual Indiana University Business Conference, presented by the IU Kelley School of Business, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

Joining Thompson on the program will be Daniel F. Evans Jr., president and chief executive officer of Clarian Health Partners; Larry C. Glasscock, chairman, president and CEO of WellPoint Inc.; Ralph F. Hake, chairman and CEO of Maytag Corp.; Michael B. McCallister, president and CEO of Humana Inc.; and Sidney Taurel, chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Co.

"Out-of-control health care costs present one of the greatest threats to the global competitiveness of American firms," said Daniel Smith, dean of the Kelley School. "Our conference will bring together five national figures drawn from the health insurance, pharmaceutical, managed care, health care and manufacturing sectors, whose organizations and professions have a stake in this pressing issue, and engage them in a robust search for solutions.

"We have challenged them to step outside the narrow confines of their respective industry views and begin the process of building the broad coalition that resolution of the health care conundrum will require," Smith added.

The morning session will feature a moderated discussion among five chief executives, led by Dan Dalton, director of the school's Institute for Corporate Governance, dean emeritus and the Harold A. Poling Chair in strategic management.

After lunch, Thompson, who now is independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, will share his vision of the role public policy makers must take in helping to lead the problem-solving effort.

The registration fee is $130 by Feb. 21 and $140 after that. Table registrations are $1,200 for 10 persons or $625 for five persons and include reserved seating at lunch and all conference sessions. Information and registration are available at or 812-855-6340 (mailing address is given below).

The Kelley School will present its Academy of Alumni Fellows awards at lunch to four successful alumni and also will recognize the recipient of its Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The program will conclude at about 2 p.m.

About the speakers:

Tommy G. Thompson, the former Health and Human Services Secretary and four-term governor of Wisconsin (1987 to 2001), also is a partner at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. At Deloitte and Akin Gump, Thompson is building on his past efforts to develop innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing American families, businesses, communities, states and the nation as a whole. These efforts focus on improving the use of information technology in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices; promoting healthier lifestyles; strengthening and modernizing Medicare and Medicaid; and expanding the use of medical diplomacy around the world. At HHS, which he headed from 2001 to 2005, he led the Bush Administration's efforts to pass and implement a new Medicare law that is for the first time providing a drug benefit to America's seniors.

Daniel F. Evans Jr. was appointed president and CEO of Clarian Health Partners, one of the nation's largest health care systems, in November 2002 after having served as the interim CEO since July of that year. Clarian Health Partners was formed in January 1997 through the consolidation of Methodist Hospital of Indiana Inc., Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children. Clarian is an academic medical center containing the IU School of Medicine, the second largest medical school in the United States and presently the site of nearly 4,000 research projects. Clarian's revenues for 2004 exceeded $2 billion. A print-quality photo of Evans is available at

Larry C. Glasscock is chairman, president and CEO for WellPoint Inc. When Anthem Inc. merged with WellPoint Health Networks Inc. in November 2004 and was subsequently renamed WellPoint Inc., Glasscock was serving as chairman of the board, president and CEO of Anthem. Glasscock joined Anthem in April 1998, as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer to manage the day-to-day operations of Anthem's core health care business. He later assumed the role of president and chief operating officer. He guided Anthem through a period of growth, including the merger and the Anthem acquisitions of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in New Hampshire, Maine, Colorado, Nevada and Virginia. At the same time, Glasscock has championed the company's efforts to improve quality and customer service, which have been recognized by accreditation organizations, regulatory and ratings agencies, and Anthem customers. Before joining Anthem, Glasscock served as president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area and in 1998 oversaw the affiliation of the company with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland. A print-quality photo of Glasscock is available at

Ralph F. Hake, chairman and CEO of Maytag Corp., came to Maytag in 2001 from Fluor Corp. where he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Aliso Viejo, Calif., engineering and construction firm. From 1987 to 1999, Hake served in executive capacities at appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp., including a year as chief financial officer. His international experience includes president of Whirlpool's Bauknecht Appliance Group, vice president of Whirlpool Europe, and senior executive vice president of global operations. For five years he led Whirlpool's North American region operations, with prior experience in financial planning and analysis, corporate planning and development, and as corporate controller. A print-quality photo of Hake is available at

Michael B. McCallister, president and CEO of Humana Inc., has led the Fortune 200 company to a leadership position within the health-benefits industry. During his tenure, Humana has gained a reputation as the nation's premier health-benefits innovator leveraging new products, processes and technology to deliver lower costs and a superior health plan experience. Under McCallister's direction Humana is defining a new world of health benefits featuring consumer-choice health plans that empower employers and employees to choose and use their health benefits with confidence. McCallister has been with Humana since 1974. For the three years before assuming his current responsibilities, he had senior management responsibility for health plan operations throughout the company. A print-quality photo of McCallister is available at

Sidney Taurel, chairman and CEO for Eli Lilly and Co., joined the Lilly subsidiary Eli Lilly International Corp. in 1971 as a marketing associate. He became general manager of the company's affiliate in Brazil in 1981 and was appointed to the London-based position of vice president of Lilly European operations in 1983. He was named executive vice president of Eli Lilly and Co. and president of its pharmaceutical division in 1993. Three years later, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer. Taurel is past president and a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. In 2003, Taurel was named to the President's Export Council, to provide advice on international trade issues. A print-quality photo of Taurel is available at

Corporate Gold level sponsors include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Guidant Corp., and LaSalle Bank Corp. At the Platinum level, BKD LLP, Borghese Inc., Deloitte, Eli Lilly and Co., FedEx Corp. and Simon Property Group Inc. At the Silver level sponsors include: Clarian Health Partners, Ernst & Young LLP, ESPN/ABC Sports, Humana Inc., Johnson Ventures Inc., Kimball International Inc., Linsco/Private Ledger and Whirlpool Corp. At the Bronze level sponsors include: Baker & Daniels and Ice Miller LLP.

Send registrations to Annual Business Conference, Kelley School of Business, 1275 E. 10th St., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-1703. Credit card registrations can be sent by fax to Conference Registrar, Kelley School of Business, 812-855-3535. Make checks payable to the IU Kelley School of Business Alumni Association.