Post-Seminar Presentations


Day One Wednesday October 24
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How To Make The Right Tech Investments For Your Organization: An OPEN MINDS Executive Seminar To Technology Budgeting & Planning

Executive Seminar

As technology takes a more central role to strategy, competitive advantage, and sustainability for health and human service organizations, it brings new issues for executive teams to grapple with: What technology to invest in? How much to spend on technology infrastructure? Who is responsible for technology purchasing, technology implementation, and technology optimization? The strategy questions are big ones. And the range of available technologies and tech-enabled functionality that shape and support strategy is large and growing rapidly. In this session, we’ll cover the big challenge facing executives as they lead their organization on the path to a tech-driven future, including:

  • How to develop a technology strategy that aligns with your organization’s strategic plan
  • How to establish a technology budget that allows your organizations to meet its strategic goals
  • How to apply best practices in technology selection, implementation, and optimization

Ken Carr

Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Ken Carr brings over 20 years of finance, technology, data analysis and reporting experience in the health and human service field to OPEN MINDS. Before joining the OPEN MINDS team, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Centers, a community mental health center providing mental health and substance use inpatient, outpatient, community and support services in Ocala, Florida. In this position, Mr. Carr provided extensive financial management and revenue cycle realignment, including departmental reorganization, EHR billing implementation, cash management enhancement, and strategic financial analysis.

Prior to his role at The Centers, Mr. Carr served as Chief Financial Officer of Guild Incorporated, an organization providing residential and community based mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. As CFO, Mr. Carr led the financial, billing, IT, quality, informatics, compliance, and facilities activities. During his tenure at Guild Incorporated, Mr. Carr used his expertise in change management and business process improvement to lead the EHR implementation team, align service data reporting and financial performance, and lead the financial and data capture activities for new service initiatives.

Mr. Carr has also held the positions of Administrative Director and Finance Director at the St. Paul National Testing Laboratory, a biomedical testing facility of the American Red Cross. In those positions he oversaw activities to enhance inventory management, align financial results to industry standards, and improve financial and facilities performance through problem analysis and quality management initiatives. He also was involved in directing human resource functions during laboratory closing near the end of his tenure.

Mr. Carr earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Sioux Falls Seminary. He maintains an active CPA license with the State of South Dakota.

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