Ceci Connolly is a nationally known healthcare consultant, speaker, author and conference facilitator. She is the Managing Director of PwC's Health Research Institute. The institute provides new intelligence, perspectives, and analysis on trends affecting all health-related industries.
Ceci specializes in guiding corporations and foundations through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and translating its implications for the $2.8 trillion healthcare industry. She is an expert on communications, leadership coaching, crisis management and the Washington regulatory process.
Ceci is a board member for the non-profit Whitman-Walker Health, and is the first non-physician to receive the Mayo Clinic's prestigious Plummer Society Award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine. Ceci has served as a judge in the International Health Promotion Awards Program (Rome) and the National Institute for Health Care Management journalism contest.
She enjoyed a successful 25-year career in journalism, covering five presidential campaigns, reporting on national politics, healthcare, Latin America and natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. As The Washington Post's chief health policy correspondent, she chronicled the long battle over President Obama's sweeping healthcare legislation. She is co-author of “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All” and a a major contributor to the book "Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election."
As a public speaker, Ceci has been praised for her unique ability to translate complex subjects for audiences at all levels. She has spoken at the Chautauqua Institution, the Cleveland Clinic, the National Press Club and numerous universities, including Yale, Syracuse, Harvard, Columbia and Case Western. She served as emcee of the Microsoft Health Connected Conference, moderated a panel for the New York Stem Cell Foundation on Alzheimer’s research and addressed the Milken Global Health Conference in Los Angeles. Her breadth of experience enables her to speak authoritatively on a range of subjects including politics, healthcare, journalism and what it takes to be a successful woman in Washington and Latin America.
Ceci has appeared on PBS' Washington Week, The Early Show on CBS, NPR's Diane Rehm Show and several news programs on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel. Ceci was the recipient of a fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate of Boston College.
You can follow her on Twitter @CeciConnolly