CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting and Corporate Impact Conference

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Corporate Impact Conference General Session Keynote Videos

Richard K. Davis, Chairman, President, and CEO, U.S. Bancorp

Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

More than 50 CEOs and 185 corporate practitioners met on June 9 and 10 in Minneapolis to share best practices and develop strategies for improving workplace wellness and impacting the prevalence of cancer in their companies and communities.

 Pat Geraghty Accepting CEO of the Year Award

CEO of the Year Award Video

Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MinnesotaUS

Bancorp chairman, president and CEO Richard K. Davis co-chaired the biennial conference, along with John R. Seffrin, PhD, the Society’s chief executive officer. The Minnesota Chapter of the Society’s CEOs Against Cancer (CAC) hosted the conference.

CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting Greeting 

 CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting Attendee Photos

The CAC National Meeting featured keynote addresses by Seffrin and Davis. Seffrin said that, while the Society has a nearly 100 year history of changing cancer on an individual-to-individual basis, it is becoming a worldwide movement to conquer cancer through a collaborative approach. CEOs Against Cancer is a cornerstone of that new approach.

Davis presented a “pebble in the pond” image to demonstrate the ripple effects of top-level executives moving promising practices across the surface of an organization, and essentially changing it for the better. Davis challenged CEOs to take action by recruiting members and becoming accredited as CEO Cancer Gold Standard accredited companies.

Richard Davis speaks at the CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting 

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Meeting attendees also heard a panel candidly discuss wellness initiatives within their own companies and successes in increasing employee health, as well as barriers they had overcome or were working to overcome. Panelists were Gary C. Bhojwani, president and CEO of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America; Michael L. Davis, senior vice president of Global Human Resources, General Mills; Dawn M. Owens, CEO of OptumHealth; and Gregory R. Page, chairman and CEO of Cargill, Inc.


At both the CAC meeting and the two-day Corporate Impact Conference, Patrick Geraghty, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, was honored for receiving the Corporate Impact CEO of the Year Award. He was chosen for being a catalyst and decision maker regarding employee health and wellness issues, as well as for giving amply of his time and leadership skills and for encouraging his employee base and clients to actively support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission.

These companies also received Corporate Impact Awards:

CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting Attendees 


  • State Farm Insurance – Award of Excellence

  • Magellan Health Services – Excellence in Tobacco Control

  • The Children’s Hospital of Denver – Excellence in Cancer Control

  • Curves International – Employee and Member Engagement

  • Toyota Motor Sales, USA – Employee Giving