The panel of the Feb. 11, 2020 Breakfast Series discusses diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Idaho Business Review hosts five panel discussions throughout the year featuring five or six experts covering timely, relevant business issues.

All Breakfast Series events feature a continental breakfast and will be held at the Grove Hotel in Downtown Boise, 245 S. Capitol Boulevard.

Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by a panel discussion from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

A story summarizing each Breakfast Series discussion appears in the Idaho Business Review.

2020 Schedule


October 6 – Keeping Idaho Healthy: Innovators shaping the industry

Moderator: Tom Mortell

Tom Mortell is a partner at Hawley Troxell. He is chair of the firm’s Health law practice group as well as a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. His health care practice focuses on advising hospitals and other health care providers on all aspects of health care law. He assists health care providers in business transactions, including the acquisition of competing entities, the formation of entities or facilities jointly-owned by hospitals and physicians, the acquisition of physician practices, and professional services contracts between hospitals and physicians. Additionally, he advises hospital boards on issues relating to physician integration, compliance, governance, and strategic planning.

Heather Brown, Director of Oral Health and Professional Relations, Delta Dental of Idaho

Brown shares her passion about oral health and the relationship oral health plays in a person’s well-being through the Tooth TruthsS videos and article series. She often speaks to nursing groups seeking continuing education credits, as well as to businesses about the benefits of oral health among their employees. Brown holds a master’s degree in public health and is a Registered Dental Hygienist with more than 20 years of clinical dental hygiene experience. Originally from New Hampshire, she is the former oral health and wellness solutions manager at Northeast Delta Dental, and was project manager for the Healthy New Hampshire Foundation.  Brown also served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller, though she finds convincing people to floss is much more stressful than controlling fighter jet flight patterns.

Odette Bolano, President and CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System

Bolano provides executive leadership,strategic and operational oversight for a 582 bed, five-hospital system across the two states of Idaho and Oregon. Immediately prior to this role, from December 2015 – 2018, she served as President of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with responsibility for strategic and operational oversight for the medical center. Prior to joining Saint Alphonsus, Bolano served as senior vice president of Kaiser Permanente – East Bay in Oakland, California. Previously, she served in a number of senior executive positions with Ascension Health including President and CEO of St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, Texas, and Chief Operating Officer for Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Arizona.

Heidi Hart, CEO, Terry Reilly Health System

As CEO, Hart collaborates with the Board of Directors, staff, community partners and patients to achieve the organization mission of making a positive impact on the health of our community. She began her career with Terry Reilly Health Services in 1993 as a therapist, providing specialized outpatient counseling and treatment services to child and adult victims of sexual abuse, as well as treatment for adult sexual offenders.  She transitioned into leadership in 2001, serving as the Behavioral Health Director until 2012.  At that time, she advanced into her current position as CEO.

David Peterman, MD, Pediatrician and CEO, Primary Health Medical Group

Peterman obtained his doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, and has worked as a practicing pediatrician in Boise for more than 30 years. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics. While continuing to practice pediatrics, Peterman serves as the CEO of Primary Health Medical Group.

Dr. Laura McGeorge, St. Luke’s Health System Medical Director, Primary and Specialty Care

Laura A. McGeorge, MD is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Amherst College. Dr. McGeorge joined St. Luke’s Internal Medicine after previously practicing in Pennsylvania.




August 4 – Idaho On the Move: Transportation trends

 The August Breakfast Series has been switched to a free webinar in light of social distancing. It will be held via Zoom.

July 14 – Food Culture: Growing Idaho’s food industry


Join us to learn from Idaho producers about the food cycle, from farm to table. We’re hungry for information!

The July Breakfast Series was switched to a free webinar in light of social distancing. It was held at 10 a.m., July 14, via Zoom.

June 2 – Idaho Tourism: COVID-19 response and recovery

The June Breakfast Series has been switched to a free webinar in light of social distancing. It will be held at 10 a.m., June 2, via Zoom.

When the COVID-19 virus swept across the world this spring, tourism was one of the hardest hit industries. Join us for a discussion of how Idaho tourism businesses are coping and planning to move forward from the pandemic.

Click here to read reports from previous Breakfast Series discussions.

For information about the topics and panelists, contact Kim Burgess at kburgess@idahobusinessreview.com or (208) 639-3518.

For information about registration, contact Laura Clements at lbutler@idahobusinessreview.com or (208) 639-3528.

For information about advertising or sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindy Suffa at csuffa@idahobusinessreview.com or (208) 639-3517.