ACHE Congress Chicago: Elevating Healthcare Leadership through “Big Ideas”

Apr 6, 2024 | ACHE National, Articles

By Abraham Cicchetti

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The American College of Health Executives (ACHE) 2024 Congress in Chicago, under the ambitious theme “Big Ideas: Make No Small Plans,” has redefined what it means to be a leader in the healthcare industry. The event drew a diverse group of professionals, from early careerists to seasoned executives, all united by a single vision; to push the boundaries of what is possible in healthcare leadership and innovation.

The week commenced with an exceptional joint networking reception, bringing together the California chapters; California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), ACHE of Southern California, and ACHE, and San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL). This event set the tone for the conference, creating an atmosphere charged with anticipation and the shared desire to forge new connections. The reception was a microcosm of the conference’s overarching goal: to facilitate meaningful exchanges among healthcare leaders at every stage of their careers.

Each session and panel discussion throughout the conference was meticulously curated to cater to a broad spectrum of attendees. Early careerists found panels designed to help them navigate the initial complexities of the healthcare sector, while mid-level careerists engaged with topics aimed at enhancing operational proficiency and strategic thinking. For the senior executives, the discussions delved into high-level challenges and the future of healthcare delivery and policy.

The panelists, carefully selected for their expertise and insight, presented an array of critical topics. These conversations not only reflected the current state of healthcare but also looked forward, encouraging leaders to think strategically about the future. The diversity of panels ensured that regardless of one’s level of experience, there was an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and actionable insights.

As day turned to evening, the conference’s receptions became fertile ground for collaboration and camaraderie. Here, in a more relaxed setting, the cross-pollination of ideas among early careerists, mid-level professionals, and top-tier executives was not just possible but encouraged. These gatherings underscored the importance of inter-level dialogue and the exchange of diverse perspectives in driving the healthcare industry forward.

The city of Chicago provided a fitting backdrop for an event focused on big ideas and grand plans. The city’

s storied architecture and hub of cultural diversity served as a daily reminder of the creativity and resilience necessary to lead within the healthcare sector. Attendees left the conference not only with enhanced professional networks and educational insights but also with a renewed sense of purpose, inspired by the city that played host to their ambitions.

As the ACHE Congress chapter in Chicago concludes, we turn our attention to the forthcoming conference in Houston. The upcoming event promises to build on the success of Chicago, continuing to offer a platform for healthcare leaders at all stages to grow, innovate, and lead with boldness.

The ACHE Congress in Chicago was an investment in professional growth, a testament to the power of big ideas, and a call to action for leaders to plan with audacity. The conference served as an incubator for forward-thinking strategies and reinforced the imperative that in healthcare leadership, there is no room for small plans. As we look to Houston, we carry with us the lessons and inspirations from Chicago, ready to meet the future with the same vigor and vision.


Abraham Cicchetti’s diverse experience spans startups to corporations in healthcare, education, and the nonprofit sectors, and it is marked by consistent growth, profitability, and transformative leadership. He an Executive Board Member and Treasurer for the California Association for Healthcare Leaders and COO of Health Career Connections. Cicchetti is also a respected advocate for diversity and education in the Sacramento area, committed to enhancing access for aspiring healthcare professionals from underserved communities.