Networking Connections

Make the most of your AHA Leadership Summit experience through our networking opportunities.


The Innovation Hub is your one stop to discover new technologies, connect with our solution providers and network with colleagues.


  • Look for our themes throughout the hall, showcasing sponsors and exhibitors who offer solutions-based products and services geared toward health care leaders' most pressing issues:
  • icon mobile medicalTransforming Care Delivery and Payment
    icon Patient CentricityPatient Centricity Through Digital Transformation
    icon medical buildingBuilding a More Flexible and Sustainable Workforce
    icon maginifying glassFinancial & Operational Excellence
    icon circuit brainIgniting Innovation
    icon scaleElevating Health Equity
    icon puzzle headImproving Behavioral Health
    icon medical caseGovernance Excellence

  • Located in the heart of the action in the center of the hub, the Innovation Stage is the place to recharge your batteries (and your phone!) as you listen to the freshest ideas in health care during special programming. 
    • July 21, 2024 | 4:45 PM-6:00 PM
      Advancing Innovation Showcase @ The Innovation Hub
      The need for innovation in health care has never been greater. At the same time, businesses are providing fresh takes on collaboration with hospitals and health systems to solve tough problems and capture new opportunities. The AHA Leadership Summit Advancing Innovation Showcase will feature quick-fire presentations from six leading-edge companies to address health care’s most complex and pressing challenges. The companies represented are backed by the AHA as part of its initiative to invest in and support the development of needed innovations for the field. After each solution showcase, a duo of health system innovation leaders will dive deeper into each solution's promise and potential roadblocks during a Q&A session. Join us to learn more about these companies at the forefront of practical and tactical innovations for health systems and their patients.
    • July 22, 2024 | 8:00 AM-8:30 AM
      Fireside Chat: Health Care Transformation Through Radical Collaboration
      In the ever-evolving health care landscape, organizations face unprecedented challenges in balancing patient needs, cost and accessibility. Traditional siloed approaches are no longer sufficient for driving the transformative change that today's health care field demands. Instead, a shift towards radical collaboration is imperative for revolutionizing patient care and advancing innovation. Join Daryl Tol, head of Health Assurance Ecosystem at General Catalyst, as he discusses an innovative initiative to foster collaboration among health care stakeholders, including hospital systems, startups and payers. By uniting these diverse entities around a shared vision of accessible, proactive and affordable health care, the initiative seeks to break down barriers and drive meaningful change. Learn why radical collaboration is essential for addressing health care's most pressing challenges and elevating patient care.
    • July 22, 2024 | 10:45 AM-11:15 AM
      Harvesting Wellness: Sustainable Farming at Hospitals for Healthier Communities
      Explore the intersection of wellness and sustainability through the lens of sustainable farming at hospitals in this engaging session. Discover how hospitals are revolutionizing their approach to food production by implementing innovative sustainable farming practices, such as hydroponics and vertical farming. Learn about the myriad benefits these initiatives bring, including increased access to fresh, nutritious produce for patients and staff, reduced environmental impact through resource-efficient farming methods and enhanced community engagement. Gain practical insights into how hospitals can leverage sustainable farming to promote wellness, foster healthier eating habits, and advance their sustainability goals, ultimately creating healthier, more resilient health care ecosystems for the benefit of all stakeholders.
    • July 22, 2024 | 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
      Accelerating Innovation Through Strategic Investing
      In today's rapidly evolving health care landscape, innovation is not just a luxury but a necessity. Strategic investments are pivotal in fueling this innovation engine, with potential breakthroughs in patient care, technology and business models. Over the last decade, hospitals and health systems have increased their innovation investing activity, focused on funding and influencing solutions that address their most pressing challenge. This session will explore the role of strategic investment as part of hospitals’ investment and innovation portfolios, the opportunities and risks, and lessons from organizations embracing the approach.
    • July 22, 2024 | 12:15 PM-1:00 PM
      Health Equity Startup Spotlight
      Join us for an illuminating session featuring innovative startups committed to addressing health equity challenges head-on. Three groundbreaking companies will take the stage to deliver quick-fire pitch presentations, showcasing their unique approaches to reducing disparities and fostering health equity. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about transformative ideas and initiatives that are reshaping the future of health care.
    • July 22, 2024 | 1:15 PM-1:45 PM
      Innovations in Health Care Leadership: Unveiling Success Stories from the Next Generation
      Join us for a dynamic story slam session that spotlights rising stars in health care leadership. In this session, we'll delve into stories from fellows from the AHA Next Generation Leaders Fellowship program who have spearheaded projects at their hospitals and health systems designed to disrupt health care by addressing critical issues and challenges that impact health care affordability, cost, quality and safety.

      AHA Next Generation Leaders will share first-hand experiences in leading innovative initiatives that have impacted their organizations and the populations they serve. From implementing cost-effective strategies to improving the quality of patient care, these emerging leaders have demonstrated exceptional skills and insights that are reshaping the future of health care.

      This session promises a rich exchange of ideas, lessons learned and actionable insights that attendees can apply in their own health care leadership roles. Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired by the next generation of health care leaders who are driving positive change in the industry.

  • Excellence is in the field! Stop by during the Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 21, from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM to speak with leading organizations sharing their expertise and lessons learned. 



  • July 21, 2024 | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
    Join fellow attendees, sponsors and exhibitors to finish off the first day of the AHA Leadership Summit.

  • July 22, 2024 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM 
    Join us for an enchanting evening outdoors with refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and networking, all against the spectacular backdrop of the San Diego Bay at sunset. Guest tickets are available for those who wish to bring along family and friends to share in the experience. 


Stop by and learn more about all that AHA does to support members at the We Are AHA display.