Wednesday, Sep. 12


Breaking Through Obstacles to Get Breakthrough Results


Kristen Cox is the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and a native Utahan with a B.S. in Educational Psychology from BYU. Prior to being appointed by Governor Gary Herbert in 2012, Kris held a number of positions with the National Federation of the Blind, was Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, and was appointed as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration with the Department of Education by President George W. Bush. She has been honored by Utah Community Foundation as an Enlightened 50, as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch, and by Governing Magazine as one of the public officials of the year in 2016.


Kris will share her six life-lessons that form the foundation for her approach to laying the groundwork for breakthrough results in any organization, program, or person. Kris knows firsthand the untapped and hidden capacity that exists in every aspect of government and within our most important resource—people. Her personal experience of relying on government benefits as a blind person, to now running the Governor's Office of Management and Budget provides a unique insight into what is possible with the right mindset, skills, and tools.





Thursday, Sep. 13


Learning from Elephants to Treat Childhood Cancer


Dr. Joshua Schiffman is a Professor of Pediatrics and Investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), as well as is a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and the Medical Director for the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic at HCI. His work at HCI focuses on genomic development of cancer in children, and studying animals that are naturally protected from cancer.


Dr. Schiffman also will discuss his exciting discovery about how elephants protect themselves from cancer (featured in media stories around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and even the cover of Newsweek) and share how an international team has been working to translate this discovery into a new elephant-based medicine to help treat cancer. Dr. Schiffman will discuss the genetic risk for cancer in the general population along with the importance and challenges of collecting an accurate family history to predict who will get cancer and how to use this information to detect cancer at its earliest stages to save lives.