Please note that our team is working to re-confirm sessions and speakers for the October event and that aspects of the program may be subject to change. Check back for updates!

October 28, 2020

1:00PM – 2:00PM


2:00PM – 5:00PM

Women in Coding – Strategies for Taking Your Career to the Next Level

This hands-on, highly interactive workshop will discuss common challenges faced by women in coding and strategies for overcoming them. This course is designed for other disciplines, as well, including finance and analytics professionals. You will walk away with tools to apply in your career that will get you ready for your next leadership role.


Attendees are encouraged to bring questions to pose to our expert workshop facilitators and for the group, you will discuss:


  • Coder education for yourself and your team
  • How to keep your own skills up to par with the industry
  • Strategies for effective provider education
  • Walk though real-life cases to discuss accuracy, gaps and improvements
  • The latest trends in regulatory compliance and expectations



Donna Malone, CPC, CRC, Director of Enterprise Risk Adjustment: Coding and Provider Education (CDI)

Tufts Health Plan 

October 29, 2020

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:05AM

Opening Remarks

Ellen Wofford, Managing Director  



Conference Chair:
Ana Handshuh, Principal
CAT5 Strategies

9:05AM – 9:45AM

Keynote Address

Angela Chee

Media/On-Camera and Communication Coach

Former award-winning television news anchor and reporter


The Power Of “The Only”-Breaking Barriers and Redefining Leadership


Have you ever felt like the only one? 

Whether you are “the only” woman in the room, or the only person in your company or industry, Angela believes there is power in being “The Only.”  It can be an opportunity to shift the conversation and the culture.

But, how can you harness it as a strength to step into your leadership and accelerate your success?

In this inspirational keynote, Angela shares her story of being “The Only” and lessons learned from other leaders breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes and carving their own path.  She shows you how to discover, break through and redefine your own barriers to achieve personal and professional success and fulfilment.  Angela will empower you to own your voice and your power and create change in yourself, your organization, and the world.  She will also explore how leadership and success is not just about achieving your goals, but defining your purpose, amplifying your gifts, and living your legacy.

By the end of this talk you will:

  • Learn how to redefine your barriers and turn them from obstacles into strengths
  • Have tools to transform your inner critic and self-talk
  • Be inspired to own your voice and step into your leadership with power and presence
  • Discover the Power Of “The Only”™ Leadership principles
  • Learn the YOU, Amplified!® Formula-Seven Steps to Confidence, Clarity and Connection


9:45AM – 10:45AM

San Diego’s Leading Women of Health Care and their Path to Leadership

  • Hear from experienced leaders their strategies for paving their way and successfully transitioning into leadership roles
  • It is never a straight line, discuss the tools that helped them become leaders in their field – from education to enlisting mentors and sponsors
  • Learn from their experience how to overcome industry-related biases
  • Gain best practices for managing and empowering cross functional and diverse health care teams


Angela Huskey, PharmD, CPE, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Millennium Health


Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, System-wide Director of HIM/Revenue Integrity

UC San Diego Health

10:45AM - 11:05AM

Networking Break

11:05AM – 12:00PM

Self-Advocacy – Becoming your own Champion

  • Take the reins of your future and develop your path to leadership at work, your field and your community
  • Embrace and strengthen your authentic self as the way forward in your career
  • Learn how to visualize where you want to be and techniques to make the ask
  • Develop your personal brand, self-awareness and emotional intelligence for more impactful and positive conversations



Candace Allen Nafissi, M.P.A, Senior Communications and Relations Specialist

LA Care Health Plan 



Osato F. Chitou, Esq., MPH, Principal

NMOC Healthcare Compliance Consulting, LLC


Bahar Sedarati, MD, FCUCM, National Medical Director


12:00PM – 1:30PM

The Art of the Business Meal Luncheon

Business interactions are steadily moving from the office to the dining table. Yet many people feel self-conscious hosting and eating in a business setting. Pave the way to poised dining by improving your confidence, image, and success. Dining protocol has never been so fun as in this interactive game show!


Topics include:

  • Dining dilemmas that women face in business today
  • Host responsibilities
  • Guest responsibilities
  • Strategic seating arrangements
  • Table settings
  • Proper utensil use
  • Clear and refined ways to invite a guest to lunch


Kay Hunter, President

Kay Hunter Image

1:30PM – 2:20PM

Find your Allies, Collaborators and Partners for Success

  • Discuss the role of men as allies and partners at the workplace
  • Develop effective mentoring and coaching partnerships to help grow your career and empower others around you
  • Enlist your allies to help you create a culture that fosters diversity, inclusion, fairness and equal opportunity for growth and advancement
  • Enhance your communication skills to reset and reboot relationships after conflict




Misty de Lamare, Director of Communications 

LA Care Health Plan 



Deana Rhoades, Managing Director, Healthcare Intelligent Automation, Healthcare

Strategic Solutions and Innovation



Karin Vanzant, MPA, VP, Integrated Community Partnerships


2:20PM – 3:15PM

Path to Leadership: Keeping Relevant and Ahead of the Trend

  • Explore proven techniques for staying current with the latest leadership trends, discerning relevant content, and spotting your own need for improvement
  • Learn how to identify workplace burnout and achieving career/life satisfaction
  • Discuss vulnerability at the workplace and if you are the only woman in the room, are you under pressure to perform? – learn how to not only survive but exceed your own expectations   



Dr. Shannon Decker, Vice President of Clinical Performance,

Brown and Toland



Allison Holzer, Co-CEO & Chief Innovation Officer



Colleen Gianatasio, Director of Ambulatory CDQI

Mount Sinai Health Partners

3:15PM – 3:35PM

Networking Break

3:35PM – 5:00PM

Workshop - Sensei in the C-Suite: Strategies and Tactics for the Advanced Leader

How do you get people to go the extra mile? How do you attract and hold the people with the next great idea? How do you engage them in a mission that elevates your organization to the top?  Inspire, Empower and Guide people to their very best!​

This highly interactive workshop will engage and challenge you to think about the essential leadership strategies you need as an experienced leader. Learn how to apply them in your life - in your business - and with the people you serve.


  • Identify the leadership goals and challenges most important to YOU  
  • Cultivate the best in others and confidently train them to surpass you in talent, skill and ability
  • Deepen bonds of respect, trust and loyalty to cultivate productivity, creativity and performance
  • Mentor emerging leaders and assure a successful legacy - your ultimate "succession plan"!


Jim Bouchard, International speaker, trainer, and author

5:00PM – 6:00PM

Networking Cocktail Reception

October 30, 2020

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:10AM

Welcome Remarks and Day One Takeaways

Conference Chair:
Ana Handshuh, Principal
CAT5 Strategies

9:10AM – 10:10 AM

Special Presentation: Developing Your Personal Value Proposition

Dr. Baro will discuss how to:

  • Build self-confidence and provide tools and strategies to help you develop in your career and personally. Articulate your unique value proposition and build your personal brand
  • Enhance your influence by learning how to position yourself successfully within the organization and building a robust network. Ability to understand your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) based on the desired goal
  • Enhance your impact on the organization by contributing to projects that drive business growth and leverage your unique value proposition
  • Inherently, you will develop your effectiveness and emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management

Dr. Ginny A. Baro

#1 Bestselling Author “Fearless Women at Work”

Executive Coaching

Career Strategy

10:10AM – 11:00AM

Harassment in the C-Suite – Is It Still Alive and Well?

  • Take steps to openly address and eliminate direct and ambient sexual harassing behaviors
  • Discuss company accountability and culture in order to support and empower vulnerable individuals in your organization
  • Learn how age biases towards women in leadership is becoming a new challenge to tackle
  • As a woman in leadership, learn how to address unsolicited behaviors, best practices for coming forward and the aftermath impact to your career  


Heather Schwartz Sanderson, Esq. Chief Legal Officer

Franco Signor

11:00AM – 11:20AM

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

11:20AM – 12:20PM

Leveling the Playing Field – Leading the Way to Equality in Health Care


  • Understand and address why the pay gap for women starts in the early stages of their career and what is the current state in the health care industry
  • Studies show that women do negotiate but the pay gap still exists, learn why and gain negotiating skills to help close the gap
  • Learn the tools to tackle gender and racial biases and drive change within your organization
  • Gain insight on how to navigate a work culture that does not openly support innovation, address the gender gap or endorse professional growth


Amy C. Waninger, Author and CEO

Lead at Any Level LLC



 Rajshri Ravi, Head of Product


12:20PM – 1:35PM

Networking Lunch

1:35PM – 2:35PM

Bring It All Together – Developing an Actionable Plan for Change

  • Create the roadmap for your career advancement, leadership training and to drive change within organization from this year’s conference key takeaways
  • Learn how to engage your colleagues in the process of change
  • Takeaway strategies on how to involve organic leaders at all levels
  • Demonstrate your trust in sharing responsibility for implementation and for creative course adjustment through the process
  • Practice active compassion. Learn how to express genuine interest in how this change will affect their lives, job performance, personal fulfillment, and their relationships within the organization


Jim Bouchard, International speaker, trainer, and author

2:35PM – 2:40PM

Closing Remarks