Fast Company has named Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and Jefferson Health, one of the Most Creative People in Business for 2018. The annual list honors an influential and diverse group of 100 leaders from a vast range of global industries, including tech, design, entertainment, healthcare, media, government, nonprofit, finance, food and more.
The Most Creative People in Business list recognizes individuals whose work might not necessarily be quantifiable by numbers, but who are nonetheless having a measurable impact on the world. These scientists, executives, programmers, comedians, founders, designers, musicians, writers and activists have accomplished something new this year within their field that’s driving their industries forward—and solving global and societal problems in novel ways.
This year’s group represents Fast Company’s hallmark of diversity: 56 are women, 44 are men, 12 hail from outside the United States and more than two dozen are people of color.
“It is a great honor, though hardly surprising, that Fast Company placed Steve among an elite group of individuals who represent where business is heading,” said Stephen P. Crane, Chair, Board of Trustees, Thomas Jefferson University. “Steve’s vision has been to forecast what will be obvious 10 years from now and do it today. Under his leadership, Jefferson has grown enough so that we can take bold risks, which have paid off.”
Klasko is a leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of healthcare and higher education. His 2018 book is titled, Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America—an account of how the USA was elected to the Intergalactic Council of Cool Health Systems by 2035.
As president and CEO since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest-growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining healthcare and higher education. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University creates a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-20 programs in fashion and design, coupled with the first design thinking curriculum in a medical school, and with the nation’s leading research on empathy.
Fast Company editors and writers spend a year researching candidates for the list, scouting every sector of business: technology, fashion, cybersecurity, biotech, entertainment, beauty, social good, food, data, consumer goods and more. The people selected have all accomplished something truly innovative within the past 12 months or so that is having a meaningful effect within their industries. They’re also discoveries; none has ever been profiled in Fast Company before. Taken together, they represent where business is heading right now.
“Other titles catalog wealth, corporate power or company size,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Only Fast Company identifies and celebrates leaders, many unsung, who are making an impact with their creativity.”
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