There's a lot to look forward to at this year's Summit.

WHEN TO ARRIVE

The WBL Summit takes place from Monday, March 11 to Wednesday, March 13 in Las Vegas, NV. Our program will feature content from healthcare’s top thought leaders and intimate networking with your peers.

An optional welcome reception will take place on Sunday, March 10. We encourage you to arrive early to get settled in and enjoy extra time networking with fellow attendees!

WHAT TO EXPECT

The WBL Summit provides the unbeatable experience of being surrounded by women who will understand and support you. Attendees are guaranteed to leave with valuable new friendships, renewed motivations, and fresh ideas that will benefit their companies, leadership, and personal lives.

Please note that our schedule is still being finalized and the times listed below are subject to change.

Sunday, March 10, 2024
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Spa Networking (Additional registration required)
Four Seasons Spa

Take some time to treat yourself and join other WBL members for a unique networking opportunity at the Four Seasons Las Vegas Spa. A select group of WBL Summit attendees will have the spa to themselves in order to meet one another and build relationships in a relaxing setting. Participants will have their choice of two 25-minute spa massage or facial treatments. This session is designed to keep you moving (leisurely, of course) around so that you will meet a variety of women leaders that you might not get a chance to meet elsewhere.

 
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Meet-Up Zone for First-Time Attendees and Navigators
Palm Room

First-time attendees and their navigators, who are Summit veterans, will have the chance to meet and get acquainted before the all-member welcome reception begins.

 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Fountain Terrace

Say hello to your fellow WBL Summit attendees as they arrive and kick off the experience of the 2024 WBL Summit! Join us for an evening of networking and delicious food and drinks. Get ready to mingle and make valuable connections. Special thanks to WBL's Diamond Sponsors, AWS, Elevance Health, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, and Tivity Health, for sponsoring this reception!

 
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dinner on Own
 
 
 
Monday, March 11, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Networking Walk
Meet in Hotel Lobby

Enjoy a relaxed walk around the Four Seasons property with fellow attendees before the day's programming kicks off.

 
Morning Yoga
Desert Willow

Start your morning right with a relaxing group yoga session! Special thanks to Tivity Health for sponsoring this session.

 
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
Fountain Terrace
 
 
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Welcome to the Summit
Four Seasons Ballroom

Join Summit emcee Jeanne Meserve for the kickoff of the 2024 WBL Summit! During this introductory session, Jeanne will welcome attendees to Las Vegas and walk us through what's to come over the next few days of programming.

Jeanne Meserve
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Lead to Win: How to Be a Transformational and Authentic Leader in Any Environment
Four Seasons Ballroom

What does it take to lead effectively now? To be the impactful, genuine, and innovative leader that today's workforce needs? During the WBL Summit’s opening keynote, author and Morgan Stanley advisor Carla Harris will explore the key traits of a successful, intentional leader in 2024, including the importance of taking risks, creating a vision, and leveraging relationships and partnerships. Building on her personal experience as a sponsor, leader, mentor, and peer, she’ll share her roadmap and strategies for becoming an authentic leader who can influence positive change at any organization.

Carla Harris
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Remarks from WBL Leadership
Four Seasons Ballroom

Join WBL Founder and Board Chair Lynn Shapiro Snyder and WBL CEO Eleanor Rosiak as they welcome attendees to the Summit, provide updates on our organization, and share what they are looking forward to during our time in Las Vegas.

Lynn Shapiro Snyder Eleanor Rosiak
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Inspiring Women Podcast Recording featuring Carla Harris (Invitation Only)
Mesquite Room

As a thank you to our committee members, sponsors, and other volunteers for the time and effort they put into making WBL the best it can be, we're happy to provide an exclusive opportunity to be part of a live audience for the recording of Laurie McGraw's Inspiring Women podcast featuring special guest Carla Harris. Our audience will have the chance to submit Q&A prior to the recording and enjoy lunch together afterward. This session is invitation-only. 

 
Networking Lunch
Fountain Terrace
 
 
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
How Women Leaders Can—and Must—Find Their Edge
Four Seasons Ballroom

Women leaders are taught from a young age that hard work is the key to success—don’t give up, keep at it, stay motivated, tenacious, determined and that’s how you’ll succeed. However, that’s not what women leaders actually experience. Harvard Business Professor Laura Huang’s research—inspired by her tenure in investment banking—shows that success in the venture capital world often comes down to investors’ gut feelings, and therefore, unfortunately, their preconceived conceptions and stereotypes.

But what if women leaders could flip those stereotypes in their favor and create an advantage or edge? In this enlightening, empowering talk, Laura explains how women, particularly women of color, can guide and redirect those very stereotypes which hold them back, and sharpen them into a unique and sustainable edge.

Laura Huang
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Networking Break
 

Special thanks to APCO Worldwide for sponsoring the refreshments during all networking breaks!

 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Roundtable Networking
Four Seasons Ballroom

WBL's roundtable networking is a great way to meet new people and make valuable connections. During this session, attendees answer questions and respond to prompts related to healthcare, their jobs, and their interests. Each person has the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their experiences, ideas, and insights, leading to meaningful conversation and the chance to dive deeper with peers. If you've come to the Summit seeking new connections and relationships, this part of the program is not to be missed!

 
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Networking Break
 
 
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Narrowing the Gap: Raising Capital for Other Women
Four Seasons Ballroom

In 2022, startups founded solely by women received only 2% of venture capital funding. Exciting new opportunities are growing to fund women founders, but there is still an incredible gap where women executives are not participating in the funding ecosystem. In this session, we will learn about investing trends, challenges facing women founders, and how focused fundraising initiatives can help turn the tide. By learning more about these new funds, attendees will leave with an understanding of what we as individuals can and must do to get involved in the ecosystem, help change the narrative, and make an impact on the next generation of women entrepreneurs in healthcare.

Mary Flipse Delphine O'Rourke Cheryl Pegus Theresa Sexton
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Networking Reception and Dinner
Fountain Terrace
 
 
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Morning Yoga
Desert Willow

Start your morning right with a relaxing group yoga session! Special thanks to Tivity Health for sponsoring this session.

 
Networking Walk
Meet in Hotel Lobby

Enjoy a relaxed walk around the Four Seasons property with fellow attendees before the day's programming kicks off.

 
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Fountain Terrace
 
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (Invitation Only)
South Balcony
 
 
9:30 AM - 10:25 AM
Insights on AI: Exploring Trends Every Healthcare Executive Needs to Know About
Four Seasons Ballroom

In recent years, the healthcare industry has witnessed the rapid evolution of digital health solutions, the impactful role of health data in enhancing patient care, and the transformative influence of artificial intelligence in healthcare. As we step into 2024, healthcare organizations are not only continuing to focus on these developments but are also directing their attention toward advancing digital health and telemedicine, enhancing clinical efficiency, retaining employees, and leveraging trusted technology sourcing and partnerships.

During this session, you will gain the critical insights a healthcare executive needs to know in order to navigate these trends. Our speakers will discuss how to effectively convey these insights to the board and stakeholders, emphasizing the key challenges faced by healthcare organizations, the prioritized trends for 2024, and strategies for meeting the heightened expectations for delivery and performance in this dynamic landscape.

Sarah Richardson Arti Masturzo Jennifer Griffin Chris Chu
10:25 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
 

Special thanks to APCO Worldwide for sponsoring the refreshments during all networking breaks!

 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Structured Networking: Leadership Scenarios
Four Seasons Ballroom

Who better to learn from than your peers? During this session, presented by Korn Ferry's Deb Gordon and Jhaymee Tynan, attendees will meet in small groups to talk through leadership scenarios with one another. This part of the program will be a fantastic opportunity to get to know other attendees, discuss relevant challenges you may face as an executive, and gain valuable insights from the industry experts who make up WBL’s network.

Special thanks to Korn Ferry for sponsoring this session!

 
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
WBL Summit Luncheon - Get to know the WBL Fellows (FREE)
Palm Room

Attend this special lunch program to get to know the inaugural class of WBL Fellows. This is an opportunity to learn more about the WBL member-led start-up companies, their founders, and the problems they are trying to solve. If you are interested in mentoring, investing, or just curious about the start-ups solving some of the biggest challenges in our industry, this lunch is the one for you!

You can learn more about the WBL Fellows here: https://www.wblboundless.org/wbl-fellows-cohort

 
Networking Lunch
Fountain Terrace
 
 
1:30 PM - 2:25 PM
The Vital Role of DEI in Healthcare
Four Seasons Ballroom

Learn how DEI initiatives in the post-pandemic workplace are shifting, what the expectations of younger generations are around DEI, and how leaders—across all functions—can harness key trends to foster diversity and allyship among their teams to create a thriving and inclusive workplace.

Priya Bathija Jennifer Paine Jhaymee Tynan Sherie Hickman
2:25 PM - 2:45 PM
Networking Break
 
 
 
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
How Healthcare Trailblazers Find (And Keep) Their Sparks
Four Seasons Ballroom

Being a leader in healthcare is no easy feat, and going the extra mile to climb the ladder quickly is even harder, especially if you’re trying to do it alone. Hear from both perspectives—the standout healthcare executives who have made names for themselves early in their professional careers, and those who have supported, mentored, and sponsored leaders along the way—as they discuss the power of relationships in today's workplace. You'll leave this session feeling inspired to support, mentor, or sponsor other women, and with a better understanding of how to do so. We are all an important part of building a brighter future for women leaders in healthcare.

Tanya Sukhu Ohme Entin Sabrina Coleman Paula Dearolf Jami Youmans
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Board Program: Troubleshoot your Board Search! (Invitation Only)
Desert Willow

Join fellow Board Program alumni to review board bios, practice elevator pitches, share successes, and troubleshoot what could be working better in your board search. Board Program faculty mentors will be available to offer their feedback, answer questions, and share advice based on your personal journey. This is a great chance to spend a few minutes refocusing on your approach to board service and to reconnect with fellow WBL members on the same path as you.

Please note that this session is for past Board Program participants and is invitation-only.

 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Networking Reception and Dinner
Fountain Terrace
 
 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dancing and Fun
Mesquite Room
 
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Networking Walk
Meet in Hotel Lobby

Enjoy a relaxed walk around the Four Seasons property with fellow attendees before the day's programming kicks off.

 
Morning Yoga
Palo Verde

Start your morning right with a relaxing group yoga session! Special thanks to Tivity Health for sponsoring this session.

 
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Networking Breakfast
Fountain Terrace
 
 
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
What's Next? Creating Your 5-10 Year Plan for Post-Executive Life
Palo Verde

Transitioning away from a full-time executive role can be an exciting but intimidating experience. While there are endless opportunities for the next phase of your career, there are also unknowns—which is why it is so important to thoughtfully plan for your post-executive life well in advance. 

During this workshop, you’ll discover strategies and insights that can help guide you during the planning stages of your career transition. From involvement on advisory boards to impactful consulting or mentorship roles, we will explore a number of ways you can capitalize on your years of experience in a new role to continue making a meaningful impact on our industry. You’ll leave with the tools and confidence you need to successfully prepare for your next professional journey.

Cathy Eddy Barbara Senich
The Art of Declaring Yourself: How to Be Memorable & Develop Professional and Personal Swagger to Accelerate Your Career
Palm Room

Value proposition, visibility, and reputation play a critical part in the later stages of your career journey. When you are ready to take the next step, how do you set yourself apart and show that you are ready for the role?

In this actionable and interactive workshop, learn from TEDx speaker, award-winning author, and repeat software founder & CEO Tissa Richards about how to speak about yourself unapologetically, memorably, and confidently.  You’ll learn how developing personal and professional swagger – and a short and powerful narrative – translates to establishing yourself as a top candidate, proving your value, and creating opportunities for yourself to gain valuable visibility.

Recommended Reading:

Check out "No Permission Needed: Unlock Your Leadership Potential and Eliminate Self-Doubt" by Tissa Richards as recommended reading for this session! Bring your copy with to be signed! 

Tissa Richards
8:35 AM - 10:00 AM
Corporate Director Session: Peer Circles (Invitation Only)
Cottonwood

This session will be an opportunity to discuss what’s on the minds of current corporate directors and a chance to grow a network of other WBL members who currently serve on corporate boards. The discussion will be member-led and member-driven, and focus on topics which may include succession planning, company culture, departure of a CEO, mergers and acquisitions, and/or meeting and exceeding ESG requirements. Invitations to the session are based on the boards listed in members’ WBL profiles, and are limited to those serving on public company boards and private or non-profit boards of a significant size.

Participants must be currently or recently (within the last 3 years) one of the following:

• A board member of a publicly traded company
• A board member of a privately-owned for-profit company (including young companies with a governance structure beyond an advisory board)
• A board member of a national board of a large non-profit organization (annual budgets of $50M or more)
• An Advisory Board member of an organization with an established governance structure ($5M or more in revenue each year)

Who is eligible to join this track?
This track is available by invitation only. WBL is aware of board service roles that our members share with us on their WBL profile or that can be found through research when possible. If you know of someone who should also receive this invitation, please encourage them to update their WBL profile with their current board roles or complete our application form.

 
10:00 AM
Summit Concludes
 
 
 

The WBL Summit is a safe oasis for a diverse group of women leaders to recharge, reconnect, and perhaps even redefine their career or business pathways. The women you meet at the Summit expose you to amazing leaders who demonstrate courage, lend professional support, and fearlessly advocate for your success.

— Bergitta E. Cotroneo, Deputy CEO & EVP, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

The Summit will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to advance the healthcare industrywith a community of like-minded leaders by your side.