Program Goals

As part of its long-term effort to leverage leadership as a critical pathway to provide quality, human-centered care to every patient, The Palladium Forum has 3 primary goals:

Founder’s Story

After spending the early decades of his career with Abbott Laboratories, and leading growth for two innovative healthcare start-ups, Palladium Founder, John Lankford, was called home to Birmingham, AL to lead the third generation of his family business at the East Birmingham Bronze Foundry. The Foundry presented John’s first encounter with leadership demands that stretched his bounds of knowledge and experience. No challenge in his corporate growth roles had prepared him for the needs of his new blue blue collar workforce, looming strikes and political action, a changing global supply market, and countless other dynamics that made non-ferrous bronze casting harder – and more costly – than ever before.

What John and his team learned through that crucible experience, of having to stretch well beyond the scope of leadership confidence to cast a new model of success, forms the basis of the Palladium vision. It’s given him a deep appreciation for the kinds of struggles and challenges healthcare leaders are facing today as they tackle emergent and unprecedented issues. It is where he learned that the wisdom of fellow leaders is invaluable, the toolkit for change is different than simple management, and companies can never afford the cost of undervaluing honest care of people.


The Palladium Forum develops and equips agile and care-minded leaders to reshape the face of healthcare in the United States by empowering them with distinctive skills to navigate the critical nexus of constant, complex change and human-centered care.

Our vision is that the Palladium experience will revitalize and equip influential leaders to engage reflective and meaningful changes within healthcare’s longer term horizon.


The Palladium Forum equips agile and care-minded leaders for healthcare’s emerging horizon. Designed as a 9-month, hybrid leadership intensive for healthcare’s senior-most leaders, each Palladium class will spend time learning together in-person, virtually, and individually.

In addition to designated learning sessions, members’ experience will be enriched by:

  • Periodic contributions by several esteemed guest scholars and leaders;
    Structured time and space for reflection;
  • Exposure to a wide range of creative exercises;
  • One-on-one coaching, peer consultation, and more…

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