Webinar Presenters

Jill Berger Jill Berger
Director, Employer & Payor Engagement
The Leapfrog Group

Jill Berger has more than 25 years of experience in managing employer benefits and developing innovative solutions for employers and health plans to transform health care.

Jill was formally Vice President of Health & Welfare for Marriott International, one of the nation’s largest hospitality vendors. She was responsible for the strategy, design and management of Marriott’s health and well-being programs—honing in on the need for quality improvement and greater engagement with employees about their health. In addition to her 20-years with Marriott, Jill also worked for the GM Benefits Teams, as well as the innovation team at IBM Watson Health.

Jill has also served on the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council and the Board of Directors for the Integrated Benefits Institute. She was Co-Chair for the National Business Group of Health (NBGH) Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions. Jill also served on the Board of Directors for the Leapfrog Group and was Chair from 2007 to 2009.

Jill continues to work in quality improvement on behalf of employers and other purchasers as Director, Employer and Payor Engagement, with The Leapfrog Group, which was founded by large employers and other purchasers. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Throughout her career, Jill has been a passionate advocate of innovative health solutions focused on improving health and well-being—slowing progression of disease and increasing productivity.

Jill brings a unique perspective to the discussion on what employers want when it comes to the health of their employees, and how they seek programs that will transform the health of their population.

Leah Binder Leah Binder
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Leapfrog Group

Since 2008, Leah Binder has served as President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, an award-winning national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., representing employers and other purchasers of health care calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals. She is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and other publications, and consistently cited among the most influential people and top women in healthcare and patient safety.

Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns letter grades on the safety of general hospitals across the country. She fostered groundbreaking innovation in transparency and payment policy through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which sets high standards for hospital quality and publicly reports information available from no other source. In 2020 Leapfrog will begin rating outpatient surgery and Ambulatory Surgery Centers as well. Leapfrog’s leadership is widely credited as key to significant advances in health care delivery and health value. Analysts find that at least 40,000 lives have been saved in each of the past two years from the galvanizing focus on safety brought by the Hospital Safety Grade. Other movements sparked and spurred by Leapfrog under Leah’s leadereship include reductions in early elective deliveries and other maternity improvements, improvements in medication safety, reductions in infections, and the acceleration of health care transparency.

Leah is a frequent speaker at events across the country. She serves on numerous national boards and advisory committees such as the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions, AARP’s Champions for Nursing, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the NQF MAP Coordinating Council, and Knowledge To Practice.

Before joining Leapfrog, Leah was vice president for the nationally noted Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, Maine; and prior to that served as senior policy advisor in the Office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York City. An initiative she assisted with in New York allowed small businesses to offer more health plan choice to their employees, and that is still in successful operation today at the Northeast Business Group on Health.

She started her career doing public policy and communications for the National League for Nursing. She has a bachelor’s in Politics from Brandeis and two master’s degrees from University of Pennsylvania, one from the Annenberg School for Communications and the other from the Fels Institute of Government. She lives near Washington, DC, with her husband, Sam, and two children, Henry, 21, and K.C., 12.