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Kathleen Sebelius

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

The leading voice on healthcare in America.

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Biography

Kathleen Sebelius is one of America’s foremost experts on national and global health issues, human services, and executive leadership. As CEO of Sebelius Resources LLC, she provides strategic advice to companies, investors, and non-profit organizations.

Sebelius serves on the Board of Directors of Dermira, Grand Rounds, Hampton Creek, Humacyte, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Myovant Sciences. She co-chairs the Aspen Institute Health Strategy Group and serves on advisory boards for the Dole Institute of Politics, Solera Health, Out Leadership, and the Estée Lauder Foundation.

From April 2009 through June 2014, Sebelius served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act. At HHS, Sebelius managed 11 operating agencies, 90,000 employees in 50 countries around the world, and a $1 trillion budget. Forbes named Sebelius one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

Having served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, Sebelius is the only daughter of a governor to be elected governor in American history; her late father, John Gilligan, was Governor of Ohio. Time magazine named her one of America’s Top Five Governors. Previous elected offices include two terms as the Kansas insurance commissioner and four terms in the Kansas Legislature.

Sebelius earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity Washington University. She is married to Gary Sebelius, a federal magistrate judge. They have two married sons, Ned and John, and two grandsons, George and Hugh.

Topics

Kathleen tailors each presentation to the needs of her audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest her range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Healthcare in 2024

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A public forum:
"Gov. Sebelius couldn't have been more gracious with her time or more on-point with her remarks. The event sold out with 365 attendees and is getting nothing but high marks on our feedback questionnaire. One of our dinner attendees said his and his wife's time with Gov. Sebelius was the most fun he'd had in years. We started a lot of discussions for Idahoans and people elsewhere."

The leading authority on the use of health IT:
Everything went perfect, Ms. Sebelius was a class act through and through. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed her presentation, and to be honest, some were star struck.

A public forum at a university:
It went extremely well! Kathleen's speech was well-received, and her answers to questions were candid and thoughtful. Numerous attendees commented very positively on her talk. Delighted she could make it!

A leading global marketing firm in health communications:
Dear Kathleen — Thank you so much for your time and provocation on how to influence millions and change paradigms in Health at the [ . . . ] all staff on Feb 23 in NYC. The team truly was inspired by your talk and the way you communicated some very lofty and critical issues around Health and Healthcare in America — you made it very easy to understand and comprehend. Moreover, the Q & A had a great impact as well. We got a lot of positive feedback. Your personal story and and humor made it so much more endearing and memorable.

A college on public policy:
Kathleen was just terrific. She had a full house at every event and was wonderful with students.

An independent physician association:
She was fantastic… would definitely recommend her to others. Very open and candid dialogue.