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Lloyd H. Dean

Chief Executive Emeritus, CommonSpirit Health

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In Pursuit of a Greater Good
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Throughout his storied career in healthcare, Lloyd H. Dean has led one of the largest non-profit health systems in the US, counseled and served four Presidential administrations, and co-chaired the most expansive coalition of leaders in support of climate action in the US. An engaging speaker and a nationally recognized business leader, Dean is a sought-after expert on business development, organizational redesign, domestic and international joint ventures, strategic planning, leadership, value creation and delivery, and governance.

Dean is the Chief Executive Emeritus of CommonSpirit Health, which serviced more than 140 hospitals, 1,000 care sites, 25,000 physicians, and 150,000 employees across 21 states. Prior to this, he was president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare West, renamed Dignity Health in 2012, where he oversaw innovative partnerships that helped create more positive patient experiences, efficient care, and healthier communities. This approach led to the creation of CommonSpirit Health, where he served as CEO from 2019-2022.

Considered a transformational health care leader, Dean has dedicated his career to eliminating health disparities. He has led several insightful and ground-breaking social programs and partnerships to address anti-violence, housing, human trafficking, and climate action, all of which disproportionately affect systematically excluded communities. He has also forged one-of-a kind educational partnerships with Morehouse School of Medicine, Creighton University, Charles Drew University, and Baylor School of Medicine to help shape the future of health care by recruiting, training, and graduating a more diverse health care workforce.

As a trusted advisor to four of the last Presidential Administrations, Dead was instrumental in the creation of the Affordable Care Act. He also collaborated with nationwide health systems to partner with the Trump Administration and Biden Administration to promote and implement COVID-19 vaccinations. Dean has also served on several federal and state committees charged with the economic development of California and was co-chair of the California Future HealthWorkforce Commission.

In addition, Dean co-chaired America Is All In, the most expansive coalition of leaders in support of climate action in the US. He is currently the co-chair of Advance San Francisco and serves on the board of directors for Cal Poly Foundation, Carnegie Hall, CommonSpirit Health Foundation, Golden ArrowMerger Corp., Guidehouse, and McDonald’s Corporation.

Dean is renowned for his expertise in management and operational excellence. His vast speaking engagements include the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg television, the CleanMed Conference, The Aspen Institute, and the UN Climate Change Conference.

Dean holds degrees in sociology and education from Western Michigan University. He also holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of San Francisco and two honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Morehouse School of Medicine and from the Board of Trustees of California State University and California Polytechnic State University.

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  • Lloyd has always had a way with words to captivate an audience. I’ve had the pleasure to co-present on a panel with Lloyd and left thinking, I need to come up with “a better close” to keep up with him!

  • Lloyd is an excellent speaker. He is eloquent, confident, expressive, and engaging. Lloyd has a way of connecting with his audience and bringing the subject matter to life in a way that’s understandable, emotional, and compelling!

  • I have known Lloyd Dean for over a decade and have heard Lloyd speak publicly on many occasions. In addition to being highly knowledgeable on all aspects of healthcare, Lloyd is a dynamic, energetic speaker who brings humour to his talks to reinforce important points. I always learn so much from Lloyd when I am with him both personally and when I have the opportunity to hear him speak publicly. I would highly recommend him for any speaking role.

  • Lloyd Dean may be one of the most gifted individuals in the healthcare business, who really is better suited to be a commentator, spokesperson, or an anchor in the world of communications. His command of all subjects, keen knowledge of audiences, and sense of timing is what makes him so unique.

  • Lloyd Dean is a real health advocate and is passionate in his leadership style. He addressed my NAACP conference on several occasions. He is personable and sticks to the topic. He is a dynamic speaker and worthy to include in your program. I highly recommend him.

  • Lloyd Dean presents a charismatic and insightful combination of relatable industry insights and distinctive leadership vision combined with a personality that immediately connects with audiences. Recently, he spoke at our Guidehouse’s Leadership Summit where he simply stole the show — not easy to do, since we had a line-up of compelling celebrity speakers.

    Lloyd’s ability to connect with the audience in a surprisingly touching manner while providing relevant and useful insights turned out to be the high point of one of our most important annual meetings. I am already looking forward to Lloyd’s participation in an upcoming leadership meeting!

  • As a champion of health equity who has devoted his life to exceptional service and building healthy, strong communities, Lloyd Dean’s message left us inspired. His engagement with the audience creates a genuine human connection, demonstrating care for society. He speaks from the heart as his messages are full of encouragement, emphasizing reflection on life and believing in your dream.

    Morehouse School of Medicine graduates had the honor of receiving Mr. Dean’s words as they completed their journeys and transitioned into the ranks of the health profession and scientific workforce. We are thankful to him for making this moment a memorable one!

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