Innovation Symposium

September 12-13, 2018

Disruptive Leadership

Choosing Innovative Paths to Outstanding Outcomes

This year's trailblazing speakers thrive in outer space, the heat of a commercial kitchen, a biotech lab, and among swiftly reconfiguring online expert networks. They will share their wisdom to help you lead teams and individuals to accomplish exceptional results.

This private event will feature:

  • Renowned speakers on changing leadership

  • Thought-provoking discussion to help you see the potential in disruptive leadership

  • Opportunities to connect with industry colleagues

  • World-class accommodations at the Park Hyatt Chicago on the Magnificent Mile

Gather at our private event with fellow senior executives in Workers' Compensation and pioneers in science and industry. You'll come away with insights and inspiration to break new ground in your life and work.

At Paradigm Outcomes, we're passionate about bringing innovators and industry leaders together to share ideas. Join this unique event for strategic insights to expand your view of the territory ahead.


Park Hyatt Chicago
800 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 335-1234
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Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - 12 miles and 40-60 minutes
O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - 16 miles and 40-60 minutes


This year’s theme is Disruptive Leadership: Choosing Innovative Paths to Outstanding Outcomes. Our speakers are known for finding new ways to engage and inspire their workplaces and communities:

  • Captain Mark Kelly, combat pilot in Iraq, astronaut on four space shuttle missions, and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour
  • Eduardo Garcia, celebrity chef and co-founder of Montana Mex, known as the "bionic chef" because he cooks with a prosthetic left arm, the consequence of an accident while hunting
  • Roni Zeiger, MD; former chief health strategist at Google; co-founder and CEO of Smart Patients, a peer support network for patients and families; and urgent care physician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Ellen Jorgensen, PhD, molecular biologist leading the do-it-yourself biology movement, co-founder of Biotech Without Borders and Genspace
  • Eduardo Garcia
    Eduardo Garcia

    Chef and co-founder, Montana Mex

    When I slow down long enough to reflect on the road that brought me here today I am certain of a few things. I am the chef and co-founder of the food brand Montana Mex, a motivational speaker, outdoor enthusiast and athlete from southwest Montana. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively which has fueled my passion for food and life a hundred times over.

    My adventures at home or abroad always revolve around anything and everything to do with exceptional tasting food, most of the time being cooked outside over a hot bed of coals. At the heart of these tasty bites I have found my connection with this world. It lies within the people, the places and the stories, this is what I find calling me back time after time.

    Cooking found me early in life. I cut my teeth at the age of 15 hustling over hot pans, flipping burgers and throwing pizzas. I found my rhythm in the fast paced city kitchens of Seattle, while attending culinary school.

    I know this sounds overly romantic but truly I fell in love with my craft and became a chef out on the high seas. I traveled the world as a private chef on luxury yachts and quite simply spent a decade flavor hunting for exceptional food experiences. It was during this time that I began inviting others into the kitchen to play and cook with me. I was able to witness pure joy in others as we created food and life together. This incubator became my lab and it was here that I had my light bulb moment; a meal is more than just what we eat but an integral part of what builds culture and brings people together. Inspired by my experiences abroad and my interest in no longer sleeping in a tiny bed below decks I moved back to Montana and rallied with a few very committed individuals and co-founded the food brand Montana Mex.

    I am known as the Montana Mex Emperor of Flavor, and it is my pleasure and opportunity to create Mexican inspired products jam-packed with flavor and goodness, yes that means no colorings, no chemicals, basically nothing Mom would disapprove of.

    Montana Mex at its core is about helping others and I couldn’t be more proud that it even exists today. Shortly after founding the company I suffered a tragic incident that left me fighting for my life in the middle of the Montana wilderness. Undoubtedly a crux point in my life and what has become my trajectory moving forward. This event wasn’t a setback, it was a kick in the ass. Life is too short to settle for lukewarm. No more words needed, simply watch the teaser for the documentary about it HERE When I am not on the road in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation or public speaking in the hope of inspiring others, I spend my remaining free time at home. Walking in the woods, sharing with my family, tending to my chickens, showering ridiculous amounts of attention on my cat, Bing, or tending to a hot bed of coals and cooking for others.

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  • Roni Zeiger, MD
    Roni Zeiger, MD

    Former chief health strategist, Google
    Co-founder and CEO, Smart Patients

    Dr. Roni Zeiger, former Chief Health Strategist at Google, works at the cutting edge of technology, healthcare and human experience. At Google, he developed innovative digital medical services like online medical records and Google Flu Trends. Now Dr. Zeiger leads a company called Smart Patients, a peer support network for patients and families. The network also helps healthcare organizations create more patient-centered services.

    Dr. Zeiger's experience in digital health makes him one of the foremost speakers on how the internet is transforming modern healthcare. He designed Google Health, a system of patient-managed online personal health records where patients could access, update, and share data with caregivers and institutions. Although this project is no longer active, Dr. Zeiger's experiments are still used as models for the future of health records.

    Earlier in his career, during his medical residency, Dr. Zeiger built software to help clinicians map symptoms to potential diagnoses. This tool, known as Diagnosaurus, continues to be used regularly by thousands of clinicians and trainees.

    If these digital advances make up one side of the new world of networks, then patient expertise is the other. Patients today are bringing their intelligence and passion to bear on the conditions that affect them. They have powerful online tools at their disposal, such as those Dr. Zeiger helped build at Google. They now also form remarkable networks where they share their knowledge with other patients. Sometimes, they learn more about a niche topic than most clinicians: they become micro-experts.

    Dr. Zeiger sees these micro-experts as a valuable new resource for the medical community, and one that raises many questions: How can we leverage the knowledge of connected patients to complement the expertise of providers and combat the misinformation often found online? How can a more experienced patient mentor another patient, in a way that improves outcomes for both?

    Currently, Dr. Zeiger helps healthcare organizations improve the patient experience as well as the clinician experience. These complementary efforts include peer support and mentorship for both groups. His experience has shown that simple interventions can improve patient satisfaction, decrease clinician burnout, and remind the entire healthcare team about the joy intrinsic to the practice of medicine.

    Dr. Zeiger, a practicing physician, earned his MD at Stanford University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He has served as a clinical instructor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and received a master's degree in biomedical informatics from Stanford. He works as part time urgent care physician at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California.

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  • Ellen Jorgensen, Ph.D.
    Ellen Jorgensen, PhD

    Co-founder of Biotech Without Borders and Genspace

    Dr. Jorgensen is passionate about increasing science literacy in both student and adult populations, particularly in the areas of molecular and synthetic biology. She cofounded and directed the community lab Genspace in Brooklyn, NY where she initiated an award-winning curriculum of informal science education for adults and students in biotechnology and synthetic biology. Under her leadership, Genspace was named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company magazine.

    Her efforts to develop innovative ways to support citizen participation in science have been chronicled by Science, Discover Magazine, Wired, Make, BBC News, Nature Medicine, Dan Rather Reports, PBS News Hour, The Discovery Channel, and The New York Times. She holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from New York University, spent many years in the biotechnology industry, and is currently adjunct faculty at The Cooper Union. Dr. Jorgensen’s two TED talks (Biohacking: You Can Do It Too and What You Need To Know About CRISPR) have received over two million views. In 2017, Fast Company magazine named her one of their Most Creative Leaders in Business.

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  • Mark Kelly
    Captain Mark Kelly

    Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission

    NASA space mission commander and American hero Captain Mark Kelly demonstrates how focus, dedication and persistence can help you tap into your potential to succeed in any competitive setting.

    With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, Mark has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer, and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body, which is featured in Scott's New York Times best-selling memoir, "Endurance: A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery." Currently, Mark is on the Commercial Crew Safety Board at SpaceX – and is the only person at SpaceX who has commanded a space mission – and is co-founder of World View, a full-service commercial space launch provider.

    Mark captivates audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he reveals the foundations for success so you can accomplish your mission.

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Wednesday, September 12
4:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:30 PM

Eduardo Garcia, Chef and co-founder, Montana Mex

7:30 PM


9:00 PM


Thursday, September 13
7:45 AM
8:45 AM
Opening Remarks

John Watts, Jr., CEO, Paradigm Outcomes

9:30 AM


Roni Zeiger, MD; Former chief health strategist, Google; co-founder and CEO, Smart Patients 

10:30 AM
10:45 AM

Ellen Jorgensen, PhD, co-founder of Biotech Without Borders and Genspace

11:30 AM
12:45 PM

Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission

1:45 PM
Closing Remarks

Recap and Thank You
John Watts, Jr., CEO, Paradigm Outcomes


If you have any questions regarding the Innovation Symposium, please contact your Paradigm representative or the Paradigm marketing team by dialing (925) 677-4934 or sending an email.

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Paradigm Outcomes is the market leader in managing catastrophic and complex cases for the workers’ compensation industry. Paradigm’s core business provides clinically driven comprehensive care management programs for people with acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, burns and chronic pain, achieving 5x better medical outcomes and lowering total costs by 40% compared to industry benchmarks. Together with its wholly owned subsidiaries The ALARIS Group Inc., Encore Unlimited and ForeSight Medical, Paradigm works to improve health outcomes and lower medical spend for high-cost, complex cases. For more information, visit