Wednesday - December 14, 2022

10:15 AM 11:00 AM

9:15 AM 10:00 AM

8:15 AM 9:00 AM

7:15 AM 8:00 AM

Morning Yoga

Jocelyn Nowak
Yoga Instructor
Independent Consultant / Strategic Advisor

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

9:00 AM 10:00 AM

8:00 AM 9:00 AM

Registration Desk Opens and Networking Breakfast

11:00 AM 9:00 PM

10:00 AM 8:00 PM

9:00 AM 7:00 PM

8:00 AM 6:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM 12:10 PM

11:00 AM 11:10 AM

10:00 AM 10:10 AM

9:00 AM 9:10 AM

Opening Remarks

Ellen Wofford, Founder & Managing Director  
RISE, FRA, ARK, & CW Events 

Conference Chair
Ana Handshuh, Principal 
CAT5 Strategies 

12:10 PM 1:10 PM

11:10 AM 12:10 PM

10:10 AM 11:10 AM

9:10 AM 10:10 AM

Finding and Pursuing your Passion

Fireside chat with Dr Jasmine Zapata
Award Winning Author, Speaker, Board Certified Pediatrician and Public Health Doctor

Ana Handshuh, Principal 
CAT5 Strategies 

1:10 PM 1:50 PM

12:10 PM 12:50 PM

11:10 AM 11:50 AM

10:10 AM 10:50 AM

Invest in Relationships: Interactive Networking Activity

Meet, connect, share ideas, and develop long-lasting relationships with like-minded women leaders.

Dr. Christie McMullen, Adult Learning Expert & Author 
Learning Can Stick  

1:50 PM 2:05 PM

12:50 PM 1:05 PM

11:50 AM 12:05 PM

10:50 AM 11:05 AM

Networking Break

2:05 PM 2:50 PM

1:05 PM 1:50 PM

12:05 PM 12:50 PM

11:05 AM 11:50 AM

Support and Empowerment through Allyship, Mentorship, and Coaching

  • Identify and connect with your allies within and outside of your organization 
  • Understand the power and responsibility of being a champion or a mentor to uplift other women and teammates 
  • Discuss how to empower yourself and other throughout your career journey 
  • Expand your allyship reach to minority groups of different race, sexual orientation, or physical ability 

Laura Sheriff, RN, MSN, CPC, CRC
RAF Specialist Contractor

Tara Bradley, Founder
The Growth State

Patricia Bradley, Global Chief Commercial Officer
Digital Neurotherapeutics

2:50 PM 3:35 PM

1:50 PM 2:35 PM

12:50 PM 1:35 PM

11:50 AM 12:35 PM

Evolve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Talk to Action

  • Lead a more inclusive and collaborative work environment  
  • Discuss company-wide DEI training and engagement  
  • Take action towards more inclusive communications for within the organization and outside clients 
  • Establish and support a people-first culture  

Ana Handshuh, Principal 
CAT5 Strategies 

Wema Hoover, GPHR
Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Expert
CEO & Board-Level Advisor

Berthine Crèvecoeur West, MA, EMBA, CDE®, CEO & Executive Advisor
Westbridge Solutions

3:35 PM 3:45 PM

2:35 PM 2:45 PM

1:35 PM 1:45 PM

12:35 PM 12:45 PM

Processing and Networking

Time dedicated to discuss lessons learned from the previous session, create your action plan, and share ideas. 

3:45 PM 4:45 PM

2:45 PM 3:45 PM

1:45 PM 2:45 PM

12:45 PM 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch

4:45 PM 5:30 PM

3:45 PM 4:30 PM

2:45 PM 3:30 PM

1:45 PM 2:30 PM

Elevate the Bottom Line while Maintaining your Authenticity

  • Use your emotional intelligence and awareness to confidently make the ask  
  • Learn proven techniques to negotiate for yourself and your team, even if you’ve been at the same organization for a long time  
  • The unusual benefits, what should you ask for if they can’t meet you where you want to be? 
  • Be your own best advocate and benchmark against the panel and colleagues to elevate your bottom line  

Ana Handshuh, Principal 
CAT5 Strategies 

Mary Inman, Partner
Constantine Cannon

Amy Bottoms, Leading Executive Recruitment Strategies & Engagements for Biopharma & Life Sciences Companies
Catalyst Advisors

5:30 PM 5:40 PM

4:30 PM 4:40 PM

3:30 PM 3:40 PM

2:30 PM 2:40 PM

Processing and Networking

5:40 PM 6:00 PM

4:40 PM 5:00 PM

3:40 PM 4:00 PM

2:40 PM 3:00 PM

Networking Break

6:00 PM 7:00 PM

5:00 PM 6:00 PM

4:00 PM 5:00 PM

3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Creating Financial Confidence During Every Stage of Your Career

Learn how to manage your finances through the lens of your personality and career stage so you can feel empowered about investing, budgeting, saving and debt management without confusion, guilt, or shame. 

Dr. Portia R. Jackson, CFP® | CEO + Lead Wealth Strategist
Wealthy & Fulfilled

7:00 PM 7:45 PM

6:00 PM 6:45 PM

5:00 PM 5:45 PM

4:00 PM 4:45 PM

The Emerging Landscape of FemTech in Healthcare Delivery

  • Expand your awareness on the emergence of women’s healthcare solutions into market
  • Show how one of the biggest barriers to new women’s health solutions is billing codes
  • Learn techniques on how to empower FemTech companies and bring women’s healthcare solutions into market
  • Enhance your allyship with women’s healthcare solutions
  • Collaborate on best practices of how to incorporate equality in all areas of health delivery, payment, care and innovation

Dr. Brittany Barreto, Founder and Executive Director
FemTech Focus

7:45 PM 8:00 PM

6:45 PM 7:00 PM

5:45 PM 6:00 PM

4:45 PM 5:00 PM

Processing and Networking

Time dedicated to discuss lessons learned from the previous session, create your action plan, and share ideas. 

8:00 PM 9:00 PM

7:00 PM 8:00 PM

6:00 PM 7:00 PM

5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Networking Cocktail Reception

Thursday - December 15, 2022

10:30 AM 11:15 AM

9:30 AM 10:15 AM

8:30 AM 9:15 AM

7:30 AM 8:15 AM

Morning Yoga

Jocelyn Nowak
Yoga Instructor
Independent Consultant / Strategic Advisor

11:15 AM 12:15 AM

10:15 AM 11:15 PM

9:15 AM 10:15 PM

8:15 AM 9:15 PM

Registration Desk Opens and Networking Breakfast

11:15 AM 4:30 PM

10:15 AM 3:30 PM

9:15 AM 2:30 PM

8:15 AM 1:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:15 PM 12:25 PM

11:15 AM 11:25 AM

10:15 AM 10:25 AM

9:15 AM 9:25 AM

Welcome Remarks and Day One Takeaways

Ana Handshuh, Principal 
CAT5 Strategies 

12:25 PM 1:40 PM

11:25 AM 12:40 PM

10:25 AM 11:40 AM

9:25 AM 10:40 AM

Beyond Business Acumen – How Health Care Leaders Can Communicate More Effectively

“Soft skills” – including the ability to listen, demonstrate empathy, and communicate effectively, have become some of the most sought-after traits of successful leaders. As health care leaders work to solve some of our nation’s most pressing problems, communication skills are essential to build trust, inspire action and produce results.

In this session, we’ll help you showcase your strengths, control the narrative when faced with a difficult question, and engage an audience using verbal and nonverbal techniques.

You’ll walk away from this session armed with strategies to:

  • Make your communication rich and memorable
  • Answer difficult questions with ease
  • Control nerves and speak confidently
  • Use verbal and nonverbal techniques to connect with your audience

Bill Hudson
Television Reporter and Anchor for 40 Years

Ellen Hudson-O’Brien
Communications Professional


1:40 PM 1:50 PM

12:40 PM 12:50 PM

11:40 AM 11:50 AM

10:40 AM 10:50 AM

Processing and Networking

Time dedicated to discuss lessons learned from the previous session, create your action plan, and share ideas. 

1:50 PM 2:05 PM

12:50 PM 1:05 PM

11:50 AM 12:05 PM

10:50 AM 11:05 AM

Networking Break

2:05 PM 3:35 PM

1:05 PM 2:35 PM

12:05 PM 1:35 PM

11:05 AM 12:35 PM

Workshop: Building and Leveraging your Strategic Network

  • Identify and address the gaps within your network to achieve your career goals  
  • Support and solidify mutually beneficial relationship  
  • Assess your strengths and weakness to identify potential mentors and/or sponsors  
  • Overcome social limitations and elevate your communication skills  
  • Best practices for meeting and connecting with key individuals  

Rafat Fields, CEO   
Powered To Rise


3:35 PM 4:35 PM

2:35 PM 3:35 PM

1:35 PM 2:35 PM

12:35 PM 1:35 PM

Networking Lunch

4:35 PM 5:20 PM

3:35 PM 4:20 PM

2:35 PM 3:20 PM

1:35 PM 2:20 PM

Invest in your Personal Brand for Empowerment and Agency

  • Embrace your unique self and effectively communicate your values and purpose  
  • Learn how to eliminate impostor syndrome and create your own growth path  
  • Build credibility and confidence to strengthen your influence  
  • Find your motivation and unleash your passion  

Rafat Fields, CEO
Powered To Rise

Health Care Professional
John Maxwell Team Executive Director

Tina Chang, Founder and CEO
Pioneering Collective




5:20 PM 6:15 PM

4:20 PM 5:15 PM

3:20 PM 4:15 PM

2:20 PM 3:15 PM

Address the Multi-Generational Leadership Challenge

  • Learn strategies to help avoid harmful stereotypes  
  • Discuss core values and ethics important to each group  
  • Address feedback preferences and communication styles  
  • Take into consideration how each generation address their mental health needs  
  • Set boundaries and establish a psychologically safe environment across the board  

Dr. Shannon Decker, Principal

Colleen Gianatasio, Director Clinical Documentation Integrity and Coding Compliance
Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP)

Nikki Hungate, MS, MHA, Director, Medicare & Gov’t Programs Product Strategy
MVP Health Care   

Shweta Singh Maniar, Global Director, BioPharma
Google Cloud

6:15 PM 6:30 PM

5:15 PM 5:30 PM

4:15 PM 4:30 PM

3:15 PM 3:30 PM

Closing Remarks and Key Takeaways with the Conference Chair

Time dedicated to share lessons learned from the conference, finalize your action plan, and plan for the future

Ana Handshuh, Principal 
CAT5 Strategies