Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker

Larry Merlo - President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health | Ideas for Tomorrow | Cleveland Clinic

Larry J. Merlo

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel
Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health

Ideas for Tomorrow: Larry Merlo

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Larry Merlo is President and Chief Executive Officer of CVS Health, the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. The company, with $194.6 billion in net revenues for 2018, touches more than 100 million people each year through its unique combination of assets, including more than 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 92 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings.

Under Merlo’s leadership, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. As part of this deep commitment to public health, in 2014 the company announced the landmark decision to be the first major retail pharmacy to eliminate tobacco sales in all of its stores. To reflect this broader health care commitment, the company subsequently changed its corporate name to CVS Health.

Merlo, a pharmacist by education, joined CVS Pharmacy in 1990 through the company’s acquisition of Peoples Drug. Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO in 2011, Merlo held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently President of CVS Pharmacy. Under his leadership, the company completed some of the most successful acquisitions in the history of retail pharmacy and delivered significant organic growth in major markets across the country.

Merlo currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Business Roundtable Executive Committee.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.


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Upcoming Speakers

Upcoming Speakers

David Rubenstein

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel
Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Carlyle Group

Jennifer Hyman

Date postponed
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Jennifer Hyman | Ideas for Tomorrow Speaker | Cleveland Clinic

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Rent the Runway

Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women’s everyday lives. In her role, she sets the strategic priorities and leads the company in growing all areas of the business, including marketing, technology, product, logistics and data science. She co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009, and has since raised over $210 million in venture capital, growing the business to 9 million members, 1,200 employees (which is over 70% female and 70% minority) and 500+ designer partnerships. As the CEO, Jennifer has built Rent the Runway from an idea into a profitable, high-growth company and one of the most beloved brands in the U.S.

Jennifer has been honored with recognitions like Forbes “12 Most Disruptive Names in Business”, Fortune’s “Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs”, “Trailblazers”, “40 under 40” Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation” award. Under her leadership, Rent the Runway has been named to CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list multiple times. Serving as Rent the Runway’s spokesperson, Jennifer is a frequent guest on television, regular lecturer at universities and business schools nationwide, and speaker at major industry events with a particular passion for female entrepreneurship and workplace equality.

Prior to Rent the Runway, Jennifer was the Director of Business Development at IMG where she focused on the creation of new media businesses for IMG's Fashion Division. She also ran the advertising sales team at WeddingChannel.com and was an in-house entrepreneur at Starwood Hotels, creating Starwood’s first wedding business, which was recognized on the Oprah Winfrey Show for its innovation. In 2015, Jennifer Co-Founded the Rent the Runway Foundation to help female entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. build scalable, high-growth companies. She is an investor in and advisor to a diverse group of startups throughout the U.S. and is passionate about diversifying entrepreneurship.

Ms. Hyman serves on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies. She received her BA from Harvard University cum laude and MBA from Harvard Business School, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter Aurora.


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Speaker Archives

Speaker Archives

Many thought leaders have participated in the Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series. Previous speakers are listed below along with links to their presentation videos where available.

Franz Welser-Möst
Music Director
Kelvin Smith Family Endowed Chair
The Cleveland Orchestra

Steve Case & J.D. Vance
Steve Case: Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation
J.D. Vance:  Managing Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Revolution, LLC; Author, Hillbilly Elegy – Revolution, LLC

Keven Plank
CEO of Under Armour

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Best-selling author and "America's Historian-in-Chief"

Mindy Grossman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director of Weight Watchers International, Inc.

General Stan McChrystal
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan; Author of Best-Sellers Team of Teams and My Share of the Task; Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group

John Doerr
Chairman, Kleiner Perkins

Ginni Rometty
Chairman, President and CEO of IBM

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil
Oncologist and Author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene: An Intimate History

Satya Nadella
Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft

Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer at Facebook

Angela Duckworth
Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab

Frederick W. Smith
Founder and CEO of FedEx Corporation

Adam Silver
National Basketball Association Commissioner

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Fred McLeod
Play by Play Announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers

David Gergen
CNN Senior Political Analyst; Harvard Kennedy School Professor and Director

David Agus
New York Times Bestselling Author; Physician and Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California

Jim Free
Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center

Jim Colins
Author and Lecturer

David Gregory
Author and Former Moderator of Meet the Press

Admiral Michael Rogers
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Cenpal Security Service

Marissa Mayer
President & CEO, Yahoo

Candice Bergen
Actress and Author

Jack and Suzy Welch
Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute and Author

Lord Norman Foster
Founder of Foster + Partners, Architect

Thomas Friedman
Author & Journalist, The New York Times

Gentry Lee
Chief Engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California

Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
Former CEO of Google, Current Google's Executive Chairman; Google Advisor

Michael Govan
CEO and Walps Annenberg Director

Sebastian Thrun
Co-Founder and CEO, Udacity

Dr. Donald Berwick
Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Founding CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Mark Tercek
President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Arianna Huffington
Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

Karim Sadjadpour
Author and Middle East Expert

Daniel Yergin
Author and Authority on Energy, International Politics and Economics

Jack Dorsey
Creator, Co-Founder, and Executive Chairman of Twitter, Inc.; Co-Founder and CEO of Square, Inc.

Warren Buffet
Business Leader, Philanthropist

Vladimir Pozner
Russian Journalist and Author

John T. Chambers
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco

Kevin Johnson and Michelle Rhee
Mayor, City of Sacramento and CEO/Founder, StudentsFirst

Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer

General Stanley A. McChrystal
Former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan; Former commander of the Premier Military Counter-Terrorism Force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke
Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve System

General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.)
National Security Advisor

Dr. Atul Gawande
Practicing Surgeon, Accomplished Writer, Teacher and Speaker

Victor L.L. Chu
Chairman of the First Eastern Investment Group

Dean Kamen
Inventor and Physicist

Craig Mundie
Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corp.

Michael Dell
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Dell

H. Lee Scott, Jr.
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart)

Tom Kelley
General Manager of IDEO

Michael E. Porter
Glen Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America and Mexico

Mike Milken
Philanthropist, Chairman of Milken Institute

Doris Kearns Goodwin
World-Renowned Historian

Stephen Kappes
Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Tom Brokaw
NBC News Special Correspondent

Glenn D. Lowry
Director of The Museum of Modern Art

Steven A. Burd
CEO of Safeway Inc.

Oprah Winfrey
Worldwide Media Leader, Philanthropist and Television Host

J. Craig Venter, PhD
Founder, Chairman and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute

John Glenn
Astronaut and Senator

William McDonough
World-Renowned Architect and Designer

Peter Lewis and Frank Gehry
Architects

Anne Mulcahy
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corp.

Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court