Featuring an inspiring keynote, lively panel discussions, intensive skill-building sessions and multiple opportunities for networking, The 3rd Annual RISE National Women in Health Care Leadership Summit will spark each professional to commit to long-term impact and inspire leadership empowerment.

Monday, April 29

8:00 - 9:00 am
Registration Desk Opens and Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10

Opening Remarks

Ellen Wofford, Managing Director, FRA & RISE

Conference Chairwomen: 

Brooke Ivey, EVP, Business Development, BLOOM INSURANCE AGENCY

Whitney Adkins, SVP, Operations, BLOOM INSURANCE AGENCY

9:10 - 10:10

Professional Presence: Enhance your Personal Brand for Success!

Your image has priceless potential and can make a significant difference in your success – both personally and professionally.  Your image is the first thing people notice about your Personal Brand.  Business is all about first impressions and on-going interactions.  Your appearance and actions are a direct reflection on your Presence.  

  • How to make your intended first impression
  • How to determine your Personal Brand
  • How clothing and accessory choices impact how you are perceived
  • The physical impact of color
  • What your body language is really communicating
  • How a strategic Personal Brand increases confidence and success

Kay Hunter, President, KAY HUNTER IMAGE

10:10 - 11:00

Creating your Path to the C-Suite: What it Takes to Get and Stay There

  • Developing a roadmap for success
  • Achieving success for yourself and your team through proven tools and strategies 
  • Making the most of your professional network, mentors and sponsors 
  • Debating the merits of education v. experience in getting you to the c-suite


Simon J. Samaha, MD Health Care Executive and Entrepreneur, Owner, ARENDSNEST HOLDINGS 
Theresa Siaw, Director of Business Development, OMNI HEALTH CARE

11:00 - 11:20
Networking Break

11:20 - 12:20

Breaking Down Barriers to Learn When to Take Risks

  • Creating and believing an "I am ready now" mindset for yourself and colleagues 
  • Identifying and forging your own growth opportunities 
  • Learning how to stand out and self-promote gracefully, even when it goes against your nature 
  • Taking a deep dive into the barriers that are holding you back from reaching your potential 


Rajshri Ravi, Head of Product, ConsejoSano


Amos Balongo, Speaker, Coach, Trainer


12:20 - 1:20
Networking Lunch

1:20 - 2:15

Walking on the Glass Floor: Asking for What You Want -- And What You're Worth

  • Discover how your 'story' defines you
  • Define what confidence is and when you feel the most confident 
  • Express your personal value during negotiations 
  • Learn the 5 'rules' to incorporate into your daily life that will crumble the "impostor syndrome" 

Judy Hoberman, Coach and Trainer, AUTHOR of "Walking on the Glass Floor" and "Selling in a Skirt" 

2:15 - 3:15

Moving the Conversation Past Gender Types - Addressing Sexual Misconduct from Global and Legal Perspectives

  • Establishing appropriate management responses to sexual misconduct claims 
  • Learning the key policies in your company's employee handbook should have regarding sexual harassment 
  • Discussing next steps should sexual harassment happen to you or a colleague

Galit Kierkut, Chair, Restrictive Covenant, Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Practice Group, Member Employment and Labor Department, SILLS CUMMIS & GROSS P.C.

Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, Esq. Owner, Employment Law, ADR & InvestigationsKSBRANIGAN LAW P.C. 

3:15 - 3:35
Networking Break

3:35 - 5:00

Workshop: Integrating your Purpose and Passion into your Leadership Style

We spend 1/3 of our lives working where most of us count the minutes until Friday and pray that Monday is a lifetime away. The healthcare industry is one of the most stressful industries because it often involves the livelihoods, wellbeing, and in many cases, the physical life of another human being. Why are we so stressed out at work, burnt out, frustrated with co-workers, employees, or management? Or perhaps feel a tinge of despair like our work isn’t valued or holds no larger purpose? Let’s walk through the 10-steps of Trickle-Out-Collaboration and discover tangible ways to make changes in the workplace to improve our livelihoods, our sanity and our community. You will:

• Determine sources of stress and burn out and learn to redefine ”enough”

• Learn how to integrate passions into the workplace

• Establish more purpose and meaning in work environment for you and your team

Thad Cummings, President, CHANGING COMPANY 

Networking Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, April 30

8:00 - 9:00
Registration Desk Opens

8:00 - 9:00

Networking Breakfast

Enjoy your breakfast and stimulating conversations to kick off day two. In this interactive format, one of our distinguished speakers will guide an exchange of ideas and solutions on specific barriers, stereotypes, or challenges often faced by women climbing the ladder in healthcare leadership. You will have the opportunity to choose the topic of interest during this breakfast.  

TABLE ONE: "The Importance of Sponsorship and Mentorship in Your Career"
Dr. Tracey Veal, PhD, MBA, Sr. Director of Strategic Programs, AETNA 

TABLE TWO: "Does Fear Keep You From Thriving in the Workplace?"
Thad Cummings, President, Changing Company 

TABLE THREE: "A Seat at the Table - Strategies for Getting and Serving Effectively on Boards"
Cheyenne Ross, Vice President of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, Arizona Complete Health 

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome Remarks and Day One Takeaways

Conference Chairwomen: 

Brooke Ivey, EVP, Business Development, BLOOM INSURANCE AGENCY

Whitney Adkins, SVP, Operations, BLOOM INSURANCE AGENCY

9:15 - 10:00

How to Survive a Scandal: My Journey to the C-Suite

Dr. Tiffany A. Love, PhD, FACHE, GNP, ANP-BC, CCA CRLC, Regional Chief Nursing Officer, COASTAL HEALTH CARE ALLIANCE 


10:00 - 11:00

Your Time to Lead: Taking Initiative within your Workplace

  • Learning from experienced health care executives on diversity and inclusion, as well as career development for women 
  • Becoming an agent of change within your own organization to advocate for and on behalf of women and other minority groups
  • Getting buy-in and resources for your own leadership initiatives 

Cheyenne Ross, VP Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, ARIZONA COMPLETE HEALTH 

Misty de Lamare, Director, Communication, L.A. CARE HEALTH PLAN

Simon J. Samaha, MD, Health Care Executive and Entrepreneur, Owner, ARENDSNEST HOLDINGS

Maria Carolina Ruiz (Caro), Corporate Strategy Manager, TUFTS HEALTH PLAN  

11:00 - 11:20
Networking Break

11:20 - 12:35

The Sensei Leader: Inspire, Empower, Guide - Utilizing Emotional Intelligence, Humility and Vulnerability to Create High Achieving Teams

  • Introduce self-awareness and emotional management to your own leadership toolkit 
  • Learn how empathy and vulnerability can enhance your interpersonal skills and team interactions 
  • Inspire, Empower and Guide to cultivate a purpose centered team 
  • Leave with 8 essential leadership strategies you can put into place

Jim Bouchard, Leadership Activist, FOUNDER OF THE SENSEI LEADER MOVEMENT 

12:35 - 1:35
Networking Lunch

1:35 - 2:35

Technology on your Side: Strategies for Achieving the Elusive Work/Life Balance

  • Introducing self-awareness and emotional management to your leadership toolkit
  • Learning how empathy and vulnerability can enhance your interpersonal skills and team interactions 
  • Practicing EI for conflict resolution to achieve positive outcomes 
  • Utilizing feedback and feed-forward to improve performance 
  • Sparking passion and creating a mission-centered team 

Donna Malone, CPC, CRC, Senior Manager: Enterprise Risk Adjustment, HCC Coding and Quality Assurance, TUFTS HEALTH PLAN

Shannon Decker, MEd, MBA, PhD, Executive Director of Risk Adjustment, NAMM CALIFORNIA, UNITED HEALTH GROUP 

Misty de Lamare, Director, Communication, L.A. CARE HEALTH PLAN


Closing Remarks

Ellen Wofford, Managing Director, FRA & RISE