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January Luncheon

January 8, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

$22 – $32
Guidewell Center

$22 members – RSVP Today | $27 non-members – RSVP Today

Happy New Year!

Please note our January meeting is not on the first Thursday this month because of the New Year holiday. We look forward to ringing in the new year with you on Wednesday, January 8.

Keynote Speaker: Kirstie McCool – Executive Director of Guidewell Innovation

Topic Description – Women in Technology – Healthcare Entrepreneurs & Winning Innovations.

Please join us and our keynote speaker Kirstie McCool – Executive Director of Guidewell Innovation as she shares how she connects entrepreneurs and innovators across the US with strategic opportunities at GuideWell and the broader healthcare ecosystem. Highlights include the 2019 Scale Up Accelerator and Emerging Accelerator Health Tech Programs, examples of initiatives that support the Guidewell Innovation mission, vision and values.

Kristie McCoolKirstie is currently the Executive Director of GuideWell Innovation, where she works to connect entrepreneurs and innovators across the United States with strategic opportunities at GuideWell and the broader healthcare ecosystem. Before joining GuideWell, Kirstie was the President & CEO of the International Business Innovation Association, a global non-profit that serves over 900 business incubators, technology accelerators, and economic development agencies in over 60 countries.

Kirstie has over 25 years of experience at technology companies including Sun Microsystems, Mentor Graphics, and Lockheed Martin. She has also held executive roles at five venture-backed technology startups, including her role as co-founder and CEO of DigitalOwl. She raised over $15M in venture capital for these companies and is the former Executive Director of the Winter Park Angels – a 50+ member angel investment group.

In addition to her experiences as an entrepreneur and investor, Kirstie led the financing and management of Florida’s Igniting Innovation and Starter Studio Technology Accelerators, which together directly resulted in over $50 million in follow-on capital by participating companies. She also founded the Venture Lab at the University of Central Florida, where she facilitated the spin-out of three startup companies based on faculty inventions, and mentored hundreds of local entrepreneurs in business strategy and financing.

Kirstie is the recipient of the Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award, the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, and the Dr. W. Judson King Entrepreneurship Memorial Award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and also earned her MBA from UCF.

Visit their website: Guidewell Innovation

Spotlight Speaker: Karen L. Janson, MD, Publisher, Owner – Medical Professionals Magazine – Jacksonville and the Beaches

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Visit their website: Medical Professionals Magazine – Jacksonville and the Beaches


Event Cost:

Health Council Member Registration
Health Council Members pre-pay– $22 Register Today!
Member at-the-door: $27

JAX Chamber Guest or Visitor Registration
Please use this link if you are not a Member of the Health Council.
Non-Members / Visitors / JAX Chamber Members pre-pay– $27 Register Today!
Non-Member at-the-door: $32

For assistance with a payment issue or receipt, please contact Council Treasurer, Jason Lafser at  jlafser@bdo.com, or 904-224-9911.


January 8, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
$22 – $32
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Deerwood Country Club
10239 Golf Club Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256 United States
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