Kinder Institute Luncheon 2024

May 20, 2024
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
11:00 a.m. registration. The luncheon is sold out. The Kinder Institute Luncheon will proceed as scheduled.

The Kinder Institute Luncheon will proceed as scheduled on Monday, May 20.

2024 Kinder Institute Luncheon

The 2024 Kinder Institute Luncheon will honor Dr. Marc. L. Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist. Findings from the 43rd Kinder Houston Area Survey will also be shared.

Honoring Dr. Marc L. Boom
Featuring Dr. Ruth N. López Turley

Presenting sponsors: CenterPoint Energy, Bracewell LLP, H-E-B, Hines, Houston Methodist, Kinder Foundation, and Laura and Tom Bacon

Houstonians’ views on social issues, the biggest challenges facing the region and more findings from the 2024 Kinder Houston Area Survey were were presented at the Kinder Institute Luncheon on May 20. Dr. Marc. L. Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist was honored with the 2024 Stephen L. Klineberg Award for outstanding leadership in health care.

See photos from the event here.

Luncheon Recap

The 2025 Kinder Institute Luncheon will take place on May 19, 2025 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. To learn more about supporting the Kinder Institute, including 2025 luncheon sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Carr, director of development, at 713-348-7835 or

About the honoree

Dr. Marc L. Boom, the recipient of the 2024 Stephen L. Klineberg Award, is the president and CEO of Houston Methodist.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Boom helped lead the rollout of vaccinations in the Houston area with an emphasis on equity, prioritizing high-need areas and populations most vulnerable to infection. In addition, he was the first hospital system CEO in the nation to implement a workforce vaccine mandate. Houston Methodist was also the first hospital in the U.S. to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma therapy, and it was one of the first to conduct clinical trials of the antiviral drug remdesivir.

Boom received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and fellowships in geriatric and general medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his part-time medical practice and role in hospital leadership, Boom is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and an adjunct professor of management, policy and community health at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and he previously served as an adjunct professor of management at Rice University.

Boom and his wife of more than 25 years, Julie, have three children: Kathryn, John and Janie.

About the Stephen L. Klineberg Award

Named for Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, founding director of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the Stephen L. Klineberg Award recognizes individuals who have made a lasting impact on Greater Houston. The Klineberg Award has been presented to Mayor Sylvester Turner (2023), Dr. Anne Chao (2022), Robert Eury (2021), Rev. William Lawson (2020), Jeff Hines (2019), Angela Blanchard (2018) and Tom Bacon (2017).

2024 luncheon sponsors

Dr. Marc Boom has been the president and CEO of Methodist since 2012.
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Dr. Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist, helped lead Houston through the COVID-19 pandemic by prioritizing the public’s accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine, and he was the first hospital system CEO to introduce an employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Kinder Houston Area Survey

For over four decades, the Kinder Houston Area Survey has been tracking the changing attitudes and experiences of Houstonians.

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Houston, TX 77005-1892

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Houston, TX 77005-1892

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