2023 Keynotes

RISE National brings together world-class keynote speakers that deliver powerful and insightful messages in a way that moves audiences to action. These speakers are an important part of the conference experience and exemplify the spirit and ingenuity that drives our attendees to pursue success. Check out our keynotes from RISE National 2023 and make plans to join us March 17-19, 2024 in Nashville!


Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
Pediatrician, Health Communicator & Expert in Digital Health
Back by popular demand!

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Technology & Health: What's Changing and What's Not

As technology infuses the health space, we must examine the opportunities of novel innovation on improving wellbeing, health care, and the experience of both prevention and treatment of disease.

From chatbots, AI software, social media, and digital health to cancer screening, mental health, and the toll of the “diseases of despair,” Dr. Swanson will explore the challenge at the confluence of rapid, technologic innovation and health. Some things are changing and some things must not. As our lives are inevitably altered by things like ChatGPT, we can guide what health care becomes.

You will:

• Explore how and why technology and innovation outpaces the velocity of change in health care delivery
• Hear guidance on how to embrace new tech to enhance what we do for our communities
• Consider the ethics of novel tech like AI as it embeds into health care delivery
• Understand how to solve problems amid the “infodemic” with ongoing challenges created by misinformation and distrust

Dr. Swanson will explore what matters most with today’s challenges for humans (prevention of disease, COVID, violence, isolation, cancer, heart disease, mental health, costs in health care…) as smartphones and technology transforms the way we live our lives. And she’ll discuss where technology cannot encroach on care. She’ll provide a way forward to improve your approach and provide examples to peak curiosity and solution-making.

About Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
Director of Digital Health, Professor, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, Stanford University
Author, Mama Doc Medicine

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a pediatrician, health communicator, and expert in digital health. She has dedicated her career to expanding the practice of general pediatrics in part by using public communication tools and digital software to improve education, connection between patients and care teams, and public health. Dr. Swanson started the first physician-authored blog for a major US hospital in 2009 working to combat misinformation in the news and online for families. She was a pioneer in using social media in medicine with a focus on increasing trust in the science and safety of immunizations. For more than a decade, she generated worldwide interest in pediatric public health topics, her team’s digital health innovation projects, and prevention solutions by leveraging her blog, social channels, and media opportunities.


The Pease Brothers
Ironman Champion Triathletes


This amazing journey started when Kyle watched his brother finish the Louisville triathlon. He counts it as 'one of the most transformative moments in [his] life.' Kyle asked his brother 'Can people in wheelchairs do IRONMAN?' Brent never hesitated with his response; the answer was a resounding 'YES!'. Even though finishing an IRONMAN was something that had never crossed his mind, from that day forward Kyle wanted in.

Allow America's most highly recognized team of brother/brother triathletes take you on their journey from their first race, through the multiple 'NOs', to the final 'YES' from KONA, getting to the start line, the ups and downs to the finish line, and beyond. Hear about growing up Peasey, and how it meant living a life of doing all within your power to succeed, and to also ensure that no single person is ever left on the side-lines.

Through the Pease brothers' unbreakable bond, they show how individual and team focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving and accomplishing feats others might say are impossible. They show you the profound ways a family proved that by illuminating and including individuals with disabilities they were able to find and reveal who they truly are.

  • Define what your personal finish line is, what it looks like, and be inspired and motivated to pursue it!
  • Understand how the path to success is often the same, regardless of the goal that is being pursued
  • Show that anything is truly possible when you believe and set your mind to it
  • Clarify what success looks like and how to keep your focus, determination, and spirit as the keys to achieving it

About Brent and Kyle Pease
Ironman Champion Triathletes

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child, Kyle Pease had grown up supporting his athlete brothers from the sidelines. While his condition limited his ability to play sports, it didn’t dampen Kyle’s passion for them, nor did it stop the Pease family from including Kyle in everything. Starting from scratch with no running chair, learning from others, and through trial and error and a ton of hard work, Kyle and Brent Pease have completed more than 75 races together, including four IRONMAN triathlons and countless other endurance races, most recently becoming the first brother duo in history to complete the grueling IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.


Dr. Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller
Cognitive Neuroscientists and MBA Faculty at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Becoming Superhuman: The Science of Productivity and Performance

Over the past two years, there has been a dramatic shift in the way teams and organizations work. To combat feeling overcommitted, overworked, and overloaded, we need a new playbook—one that enables each of us to fully leverage the opportunities in front of us and equip ourselves with the knowledge we need to both think more strategically and get more work done when time and resources are limited. 

  • Leave equipped with the knowledge needed to think more strategically and get more work done when time and resources are limited
  • Hear leading research on context-switching and mental clarity
  • Discover how a person can design their day for peak performance based on their unique biological profile
  • Take away actionable recommendations to solve common productivity challenges and prioritize the most important and valuable work

About Dr. Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller
Cognitive Neuroscientists and MBA Faculty at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business

Dr. Yousef and Professor Miller have 10+ years of research, originally starting with work for Abbott Labs, Insulet, and Headspace Health, and have become a staple within the health tech community known for their relatable content and science-backed approach to problem solving. Together, they run the Becoming Superhuman Lab at UC Berkeley and teach a popular MBA class aimed at helping busy professionals get their most important work done, in less time, with less stress. Since COVID began, they’ve collectively given over 500talks and keynotes to knowledge workers in 50+ countries, have advised executive teams at Google, Coinbase, and Visa, and have been invited to speak for the US Congress and Saudi Arabian governments. Check them out in Forbes, Business Insider, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal.




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