July 18, 2017 – Lead True Dr. Jeff Thompson & Illegal Restaurateur Nguyen Tran

July 18, 2017 – Lead True Dr. Jeff Thompson & Illegal Restaurateur Nguyen Tran

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Dr. Jeff Thompson – Pediatrician, Executive Advisor (former CEO) Gundersen Health System and Author of Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community

Dr. Jeff Thompson is executive advisor and CEO Emeritus at Gundersen Health System. He is also a pediatrician, author, and speaker on values-based leadership. Jeff’s experience in leadership is far-reaching, having led diverse teams before holding multiple senior executive roles, including fourteen years as a CEO responsible for a staff of 7000, hundreds of thousands of patients, and a billion dollars of the community’s money. His long experience as an intensive care pediatrician and senior executive has shown him how leading from one’s values has the power to affect long-term meaningful change. During his tenure, Gundersen Health System was recognized across the country by independent healthcare rating organizations for high-quality patient care. It has also earned the highest honors of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Award for 2012 through 2016 and the White House Champions of Change award in 2013. Dr. Thompson is a founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and he serves on boards for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, the Wisconsin Statewide Value Committee, and Practice Greenhealth. Dr. Thompson has authored and been featured in many articles, book chapters, and abstracts on healthcare, leadership and sustainability topics. He is the author of “Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community.”

Nguyen Tran – Illegal Restaurateur and Author of Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America’s Most Famous Underground Restaurant

In 2009, newly unemployed Nguyen Tran and his new bride, Thi, launched an underground and illegal restaurant in their apartment in North Hollywood. Within several weeks, their underground operation became the #1 Asian fusion restaurant in all of Los Angeles, catching the attention of celebrity chefs like Roy Choi and Los Angeles Times critic Jonathan Gold. The city health inspector threatened to arrest Nguyen if he didn’t shut down immediately. Dismissing the threat completely, Nguyen and Thi operated their restaurant, Starry Kitchen, in black ops mode until they went legit, turning Starry Kitchen into a mainstay of Los Angeles burgeoning food scene. “Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian Inspired Recipes from Americas Most Famous Underground Restaurant” chronicles this remarkable DIY story from the restaurants unlikely origin to its shiny new brick and mortar restaurant in Echo Park. The Los Angeles Times featured Starry Kitchen on their “101 Best Restaurants” list two years in a row, and they were recently announced as one of LA Weekly’s Essential 99 restaurants in ALL of LA. The story has been told in The New Yorker, New York Times, NPR and Food & Wine magazine, among other publications.

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