It is clear that change is upon us. All companies will undergo transformation in the years to come, providing opportunity for leaders to turn headwinds into tailwinds. His keynote talks on innovation and success in life distill down to three lessons, 1) constraints and clarity are a must, 2) dare to dream beyond your comfort zone, 3) be courageous.

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Marcus moved to Nashville in 2000, he was a college dropout with a one-year-old son and a baby on the way. He waited tables and lived in a week-to-week efficiency hotel. From the outside, Marcus looked like the furthest thing from a budding success.

Flash forward, two decades later, Marcus is a successful venture capitalist, a bestselling author and co-founder and co-owner Nashville's Major League Soccer team. 

This type of journey doesn't happen accidentally. Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey. He demystifies much of what keeps people from pursuing success, and he helps instill the necessary courage for you to dream beyond your comfort level. Making your dreams into your new reality.

The Inside Game of Innovation

Success and innovation don’t always look like we imagine. 

There is no innovation without failure. Not only do you have to be OK with that, but you have to come to expect it, and know that when it arrives, you’re close to the breakthrough you are seeking.

Whitney offers three lessons, culled from his life, to help organizations innovate effectively:

First, “pray for constraint and clarity.” 

It is not about having an abundance of resources.  

Second, “Cast a dream beyond your comfort.” 

Marcus will use his experience founding a professionals sports team as a template for how we must all dream as big as possible in order to innovate effectively. 

Thirdly “be courageous and classy.” 

Remember that your power means nothing unless you have the courage to use it for good.

Health Delivery Trends, Transformation and Disruptive Innovation

Health care delivery across the country is transforming, with a focus on the future. Even before the great health care disruptor — COVID-19 — hospitals and health systems have been innovating to meet the changing needs of their patients while harnessing the latest advances in science and medicine to provide the highest quality, most personalized care possible. In this talk, Whitney will talk through the high level trends that are driving meaningful change, and offer proof that now, more than ever, disruption is at the door of our industry.

Marcus Whitney is a Founding Partner of Jumpstart Health Investors (JHI), the most active early-stage healthcare venture capital firm in America. Of JHI’s funds, Marcus leads Jumpstart Nova, the first healthcare venture fund in America investing exclusively in Black founded and led startups.

Marcus is also co-founder and minority owner of Major League Soccer team, Nashville Soccer Club.

Marcus is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book "Create and Orchestrate", about claiming your Creative Power through entrepreneurship. His work has been featured by Entrepreneur, CNBC, Inc., NPR, Fast Company, and The Atlantic. 

Marcus is an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow, and a member of the board of the Celtic Bank, Healthcare Finance Management Association, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, , the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, OZ Arts, and Launch Tennessee.

Marcus actively competes in Jiu Jitsu, is an IBJJF World Master Champion, and trains on the competition team at Renzo Gracie Nashville. He is married and has two adult sons. 

Marcus is also the Co-Host of Health:Further podcast.

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Create and Orchestrate: The Path to Claiming Your Creative Power from an Unlikely Entrepreneur

Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey from waiting tables to building companies. He demystifies much of what keeps people from pursuing entrepreneurship and explains why it's the only vocation that allows you to control your time by using your creativity.


Every week, healthcare VCs and Jumpstart Health Investors co-founders Marcus Whitney and Vic Gattoreview and unpack the happenings in US Healthcare, finance, technology and policy. With a firm belief that our healthcare system is doomed without entrepreneurship, they work through the mud to find the jewels, highlight headwinds and tailwinds, and bring on the smartest guests to fill in the gaps.

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