Annual Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference

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Thursday, December 7, 2023
8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET

The Westin Waltham, Waltham, MA 02451

  Member Rate
$349   Non-Member Rate

8:00 – 8:45am Breakfast and Registration

Vendors: Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Jennifer’s Handmade Soap and Kitchen Sink Candle Co.

8:55 – 9:05am


Valerie Fleishman, SVP and Chief Innovation Officer, MHA

9:00 – 9:05am

Permission Slips!

Amy Smalarz, Director of Healthcare Education and Professional Development, MHA

9:05 – 10:00am: Morning Keynote

Laurel Braitman, Teacher/Speaker/Author, What Looks Like Bravery and Animal Madness

10:00 – 10:20am BREAK

Laurel Braitman Book Signing & Vendors and Exhibits Open

10:20 – 10:50am

Women’s Health SPOTLIGHT Series: Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission

10:50 – 11:30am Health Equity PANEL

Beth Chandler, CEO YW Boston

Dallas Ducar, CEO, Transhealth

Thea James, MD, Vice President of Mission, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Boston Medical Center

Elsie Tavares, MD, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham

Moderator: Izzy Lopes, VP, Health Equity, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association

11:30am – 11:45am

Table exercise and announce Raffle prizes

11:45am – 12:30pm LUNCH

Vendors and Exhibits Open

12:30 – 1:00pm: Imposter Syndrome – 30 minutes

Dr. Valerie Young, Impostor Syndrome Institute About - Impostor Syndrome Institute

1:00 – 1:45pm: Candid Conversations: “Do as I say, not as I did…”

Moderator: Christine Schuster, President & CEO, Emerson Health

Sandi Fenwick, former CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital

Rachel Wilson, CEO, CIC Health

YiDing Yu, MD, Chief Product and Medical Officer, Olive

1:45pm – 2:00pm BREAK

2:00 – 2:30pm: Advocating for Yourself and Your Well-Being

Yaro Fong-Olivares, Executive Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University

2:30 – 2:50pm: Afternoon Keynote 

2:50 – 3:00pm: Final Reflections and Closing Remarks

Vendors and Exhibits close @3:00pm

Featured Speakers

Laurel Braitman, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Stanford Professor

Laurel Braitman Speaking Bio and Videos | The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau

Yaro Fong-Olivares, Executive Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University

Yaro Fong-Olivares Bio

Bisola Ojikutu, MD, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Bisola Ojikutu LinkedIn

Valerie Young, PhD, Co-Founder Imposter Syndrome

Valerie Young - Imposter Syndrome Institute 

Cancellation Policy (for in-person events only):
Full refunds will be recognized when cancellations occur at least 5 business days prior to an in-person event. Any cancellation notices received after this time will result in $50 administrative fee. To avoid this penalty, you may send someone in your place by forwarding their full name, title and email address to the Director of Healthcare Education, Amy Smalarz at asmalarz@mhalink.org. No shows will be responsible for payment in full.

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