March 26, 2014 09:01 ET

Next Wave CONNECT to Hold Its First Annual Healthcare Enterprise Social Networking Conference: CONNECT 2014

Author and Executive Coach Tony Jeary Will Present the Keynote Address

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Mar 26, 2014) - Next Wave CONNECT (, provider of the first healthcare industry-specific enterprise social collaboration communities, today announced plans to hold its first annual networking conference for members and industry experts. The event will take place Sept. 17-19, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Marriott in Nashville, Tenn., and is being co-hosted by Smart Social Media.

CONNECT 2014 is an opportunity for members to meet face-to-face with peers and industry experts to discuss what is impacting healthcare today and how social networking can aid in overcoming the issues they face. Presenters at the conference will address topics including: social media in healthcare; strategy and leadership; organizational performance and innovation; business and care transformation; and challenges in healthcare, such as meaningful use and ACOs.

The conference will kick off with keynote speaker Tony Jeary -- an executive coach and speaker described as a "gifted encourager" who facilitates positive outcomes for others. Known as "The Results Guy™", Jeary's list of personal and professional relationships approaches 20,000 people with whom he connects and nourishes out of his sincere interest and desire for their success.

"Tony Jeary's ability to inspire his audience has had a big impact on countless people and organizations," said Drex DeFord, CEO of Next Wave CONNECT. "His understanding about the transformative power of collaboration makes him a particularly good fit for CONNECT 2014." Jeary personally coaches the presidents of organizations like Ford, Wal-Mart, Samsung, Firestone and EDS to name a few.

Presentation proposals are being accepted until April 26, 2014, and can be submitted here. To attend CONNECT 2014 register here.

Next Wave CONNECT provides members access to a multitude of online communities and dedicated industry professionals who facilitate discussions and work together to solve healthcare's toughest issues. Key insights from highly-renowned, accomplished healthcare professionals are provided via CONNECT's Advisory Council Experts (ACEs), Community Managers and Community Advisors -- reputable healthcare industry professionals who assist members as they work together to crowd-source solutions and best practices.

About Next Wave CONNECT
Next Wave CONNECT is the first healthcare industry-specific, smart social networking community connecting healthcare professionals and peers -- of all types, from across healthcare organizations -- giving them a place to collaboratively solve the industry's most challenging problems. Next Wave CONNECT, a Seattle, Wash.-based company, is owned by Next Wave Health of Houston, Texas, a strategic advisory and investment firm for the healthcare industry. For more information, visit

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