Fall 2018 IDN Summit Keynote Speakers

IDN Summit Thought Leadership Panel
Vincent "Vinny" Boles
Major General, U.S. Army(Ret.)


On July 4th, America celebrates its birthday. That day when, in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence drafted by its “Committee of Five”: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman. (History tell us that Jefferson served as the primary drafter, with the other four serving as editors and contributors.)

One though always returns to this “Soldier for Life” (43 years thus far) on the 4th of July.

“For these freedoms to be sustained, they must be secured.”

The Continental Army was born in 1775, initially to eject the British military presence from Boston. (Which it did in March 1776.) This success enabled the colonies to visualize a successful revolution and possess the confidence to draft the Declaration of Independence.

In a war that lasted over 8 years (1775-1783), the Colonial Army won only 3 victories on the battlefield, Trenton, Saratoga, and Yorktown, but their fortitude and stamina secured independence for those 13 colonies.

And now 243 years after its establishment, America’s Army, YOUR ARMY, continues its mission to secure our freedoms. The security of these freedoms we celebrate on the 4th of July is not guaranteed and future stability is not pre-ordained. It must be defended.

It’s worth taking a moment amidst the fireworks, barbecues, onslaught of red white and blue color schemes and patriotic music to consider this and dedicate ourselves, the beneficiaries of service, to be the types of citizens worthy of their service.

Have a Happy Birthday America! And always, “Army Strong”.


Join General Boles at the 2018 Fall IDN Summit as he hosts the IDN Summit Thought Leadership Panel.

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Ann Ashley
Vice President of Talent & Organizational Development
Biltmore Center for Professional Development
Biltmore’s Approach to Leadership
As a leader, the choices you make today will have an impact on
generations to come. Your legacy will likely not be one grand
achievement; rather, it will be the culmination of many small acts
performed over time, therefore, caring for others today and preparing
those around you for tomorrow will ensure that you are investing
wisely. It is this approach to leadership that sets Biltmore and the
Vanderbilt legacy apart.

Biltmore Center for Professional Development shares the time-tested
leadership strategies that have guided Biltmore Estate for over 125 years.
Led by family and non-family executives, this privately-owned National
Historic Landmark is powered by engaged employees, exceptional guest
experiences, and extraordinary financial returns, remaining America’s
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Inspirational Keynote
Scotty Smiley
United States Army

The healthcare industry is an ever-changing, fast paced world with constant critical decisions. Inspirational leadership that serves others can make your decisions positive ones that impact not only the people you come into daily contact with but the countless others you never meet. Army Times 2007’s Soldier of the Year, Scotty Smiley’s story will strengthen you to help make your stories positive ones.


Major (Ret.) Scotty Smiley knows how important leadership can be for an entire organization. Whether training the next generation of leaders at West Point or working with Fortune 500 Companies, Scotty knows that your response to adversity and making the difficult decisions can be the decision between life and death. Major (Ret.) Smiley will share his story that will give insights into his courage, hope, leadership, and perseverance.


Read Scotty Smiley's bio here.