About Tales from the Trenches™
MATTER’s signature Tales from the Trenches series is an opportunity to hear the early stories of some of the global businesses we read about in the news — straight from the founders who led them to greatness. This series invites seasoned healthcare entrepreneurs to the MATTER stage to share learnings, stories and key takeaways from their journeys. Tales from the Trenches is free and open to the public.
Join MATTER as we welcome Stephanie Tilenius, CEO and founder of Vida Health, for our April Tales from the Trenches.
Stephanie was motivated to found Vida Health after she tried to help her father manage the multiple chronic conditions he faced. She knew he needed someone with medical knowledge in his corner to help him manage them on a daily basis and get him on a path to better health. Instead, he got lost in a confusing and impersonal healthcare system, like so many do today.
Wanting to change her father’s experiences, Stephanie started Vida Health in 2014 with the mission to treat multiple chronic conditions at once through personalized care plans and the power of human connection.
Prior to founding Vida Health, Stephanie founded Planetrx.com, an online pharmacy and disease management company. Stephanie is a trailblazing entrepreneur and “intrapreneur” who builds products, platforms and businesses from the ground up. She has played key roles for large companies, such as Google, eBay and PayPal. Stephanie also currently serves on the boards for Coach, Seagate and Tradesy.
On April 12, Stephanie will join us for a conversation moderated by Suzet McKinney, DrPH, Principal, Director of Sterling Bay Life Sciences to discuss Stephanie’s career journey, the founding of Vida Health and how she plans to advance healthcare.
12:00–1:00pm CT | Main Program
1:00–1:30pm CT | Networking and discussion*
*After the program, join us for networking and discussion via Zoom breakout rooms. If you wish to join, make sure to opt in when you register.
About the speaker:
Founder & CEO
Stephanie Tilenius is the CEO and founder of Vida Health, a virtual care platform focused on eradicating chronic disease and focused on treating the whole person by addressing a full range of physical and mental chronic health conditions. Vida is a licensed medical provider with therapists, nutritionists and coaches in 50 states serving Fortune 500 companies and large insurance carriers. Before starting Vida, Stephanie led large consumer and enterprise platforms at the SVP/VP level at Google, eBay and PayPal. She sits on the boards of Seagate Technology, Wish and Papa.
About the moderator:
Suzet McKinney, DrPH
Principal, Director of Sterling Bay Life Sciences
Dr. Suzet McKinney, a nationally recognized public health expert, serves as principal and director of life sciences at Sterling Bay. In her role, Dr. McKinney leads the strategy to expand Sterling Bay’s footprint in life sciences nationwide, pursue grant programs for laboratory incubation and graduation space and advance the work of various Sterling Bay life sciences initiatives including Prysm Institute.
Prior to joining Sterling Bay, Dr. McKinney was CEO and executive director of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) where she managed medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, four hospitals and more than 40 healthcare-related facilities. Before IMD, Dr. McKinney served as deputy commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at Chicago Department of Health.
Dr. McKinney holds her doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She earned her master’s degree from Benedictine University, and her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. She holds faculty appointments at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the UIC School of Public Health.