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


The WBL Summit takes place from Monday, April 24 to Wednesday, April 26 in Amelia Island, FL. 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, April 23. We encourage you to arrive early to get settled in and enjoy extra time networking with fellow attendees.

Sunday, April 23, 2023
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Scramble Golf
The Golf Club of Amelia Island
Join your fellow WBL Summit attendees for a round of golf on the beautiful links of the Amelia Island Golf Resort. Participants will take part in a scramble format round of golf with a special prize going to the first place team! Beginners are welcome and we encourage all Summit attendees to take this fun opportunity to connect with other WBL members. Box lunches will be provided and teams will convene for refreshments at the club after the round. Finish up in time for the welcome reception that evening and enjoy the rest of the Summit with your fellow teammates and new women business leader connections.
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Spa Networking
Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island

Take some time to treat yourself and join other WBL members for a unique networking opportunity at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island 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 20-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. This one always sells out, so book early!

This session is currently sold out with a waitlist.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Navigator Program Meet-Up (Invitation Only)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Say hello to your fellow WBL Summit attendees as they arrive and kick off the experience of the 2023 WBL Summit. Join us for an evening of seaside networking, and delicious food and drinks. Get ready to mingle and make valuable connections. Note: this event will take place on a grassy lawn - wear flats or wedges to be most comfortable!
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dinner On Own
Monday, April 24, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Networking Walk
Meet in Hotel Lobby
Wake-Up Yoga
South Beach
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Oceanfront Lawn
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration Opens
Ritz Carlton Ballroom Foyer
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Summit Begins - Welcome Comments
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Join Summit emcee Jeanne Meserve for the kickoff of the 2023 WBL Summit! A popular WBL Summit speaker in years past and award-winning news anchor, Jeanne will bring purpose, direction, and inspiration as she leads us through the program.

Jeanne Meserve
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Win When They Say You Won't
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

What’s the secret to breaking through barriers that are preventing your leadership and career from reaching new heights? With over thirty years in general management and executive-level roles at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and GE, Daphne Jones has plenty of experience overcoming obstacles set forth by society, her company, and even herself. During the Summit’s opening keynote, Daphne will share her actionable system for defying expectations and achieving your goals, even when the odds seem against you.

Daphne Jones
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Remarks from WBL Leadership
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Join WBL Founder and Board Chair Lynn Shapiro Snyder and WBL Executive Director 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 Amelia Island.

Lynn Shapiro Snyder Eleanor Rosiak
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch
Oceanfront Lawn
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Loonshots: Imagining the Impossible
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

What is the one trait shared by large companies that prioritize innovation? Drawing on the science of phase transitions, former CEO and bestselling author Safi Bahcall will show how the most innovative organizations – and leaders – survive and thrive in disruptive times. You'll understand why Safi likes to say “structure eats culture for lunch,” and use his fresh insights to learn three techniques that creatives, leaders, and visionaries can use to liberate the ideas trapped inside small and large companies everywhere.

Safi Bahcall
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Networking Break
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Roundtable Networking
Ritz Carlton 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 conversations and the chance to dive deeper. If you've come to the Summit seeking connections and relationships, this part of the program is not to be missed!
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Networking Break
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
The Innovative Startups That Are Changing Our Industry
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Hear from the founders and CEOs of innovative startups who will share how their companies can make a difference in our industry. Jodi Hubler, Board Director/Chair, Gratum Ventures, will moderate the panel and share how attendees can best support companies like these as they work towards a new vision for healthcare.

  • CoraVie Medical’s implantable circadian blood pressure monitor informs treatment decisions to improve lives.
  • Embodied Labs is an immersive training platform for professional staff development and caregiver education and support.
  • Health In Her HUE is a digital health platform that connects Black women and women of color to culturally sensitive healthcare providers, culturally relevant health content, and community.
  • Life Whisperer uses a cloud-based AI assessment system, giving fertility clinics and patients a complete ranking of embryo quality using a single image.
Aimee Garza Jodi Hubler Carrie Shaw Ashlee Wisdom
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Break and time for private meetings
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
WBL Committee Members Meet Up (Invitation Only)
Coquina (Pool Restaurant)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oceanfront Lawn
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Oceanfront Lawn
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Morning Wake-Up Yoga
South Beach
Networking Walk
Meet in Hotel Lobby
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Oceanfront Lawn
9:30 AM - 10:25 AM
What Your Company’s Culture Is Missing and How Collaboration Can Fix It
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Company culture plays a vital role in workplace happiness and the success of your business. It sets you apart with stakeholders and helps you effectively recruit and retain great talent. If your culture isn’t resonating with employees and consumers, why? On boards, culture and talent often reside within ESG. How can boards and management collaborate to create authentic, great company culture that prioritizes great talent? Learn how upper management and board members can work together to integrate existing ESG efforts with talent initiatives, taking your impact to the next level.

Denise Jackson Ravyn Miller Sandra Volpe
10:25 AM - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Structured Networking: Discussion Groups
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

A popular networking session at WBL’s Summits, peer discussion groups are a way to make connections and participate in valuable, productive conversations with industry experts at the same time. Attendees will meet in small groups to ask questions, share experiences, and offer advice to one another on topics of interest to healthcare leaders today.

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM
Group Photo
Ritz Carlton Ballroom
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch
Oceanfront Lawn
1:30 PM - 2:25 PM
How Investor and Operator Partnerships Drive Growth and Innovation
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

How do investors, operators, board members, and other leadership work together best? What should you expect if your company is acquired, merged, or finds a new investor? When should investors be hands on and when are they hands off? During this session, you’ll gain an understanding of how operating partners and investors work together to drive growth, innovation, and noteworthy results within their portfolio companies.

Teri Fontenot Jen (Gentzlinger) Lentz Christopher W. Kersey
2:25 PM - 2:45 PM
Networking Break
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
WBL Boundless Campaign: New Program Announcement

At last year’s Summit, WBL announced the new Boundless Campaign, an effort to raise $2M over three years to invest in the future of WBL. This year, we are excited to announce a new program–the WBL Fellows Program–where WBL will invest the relationship capital of our network to support exciting, women-led young companies. This session will share more about who can apply, how to contribute, and how to participate as a supporting member of the WBL network.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Authentic Leadership: People and Purpose Shaping the Future of Healthcare
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Where is our industry headed? The answer lies in the leaders who will shape it. How do we ensure the right people are at the table? Join Phoebe Yang, a Fortune 2 executive and board member, and Dr. Sandy Chung, CEO of a large medical group and President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for a fireside chat about the critical role talent and leadership play in the future of healthcare. Learn from their mission-focused approach to sourcing, supporting, and sponsoring great talent, and how authentic, purpose-driven leadership will leave our industry better than we found it. This session will inspire with practical, actionable ways that the inherent mission of healthcare can help us locate and advance the best and brightest.

Phoebe Yang Sandy L. Chung
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Break and time for private meetings
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Reception & Dinner
Oceanfront Lawn
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
DJ Dance Party
Ritz Carlton Ballroom
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Morning Wake-Up Yoga
South Beach
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Oceanfront Lawn
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Remembering the Why: Reconnecting with Your Purpose to Make a Difference
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Are you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from the true motivation behind your career in healthcare? It's time to reignite your passion for making a difference in the lives of those you serve. Join Jacqueline Cromity, a triple-negative breast cancer survivor who lost her parents to cancer and became a fierce advocate for breast cancer awareness, as she reminds us that healthcare is not just a job but a calling. Through her inspiring story, you'll learn how to overcome adversity, rediscover your sense of purpose, and become an unstoppable force for good.

Jacqueline Cromity
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Networking Break
Ritz Carlton Ballroom
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Corporate Director Session: Peer Circles (Invitation Only)
Plaza Ballroom

This session will be an opportunity to discuss what’s on the mind 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.


Choose Resilience
Ritz Carlton Ballroom

What does a resilient leader look like today? During this session, we will explore the characteristics of resiliency, including the ways to utilize the MOST model (Motivation, Optimism, and Stress Tolerance) as a proactive strategy to overcome setbacks. Building this skillset helps women leaders gain more confidence by learning to get comfortable with risk. You’ll leave this session understanding how to stay engaged and successfully maintain a healthy level of challenge to be more powerful at work and in every aspect of life.

Jen Shirkani
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Summit Concluding Comments
Ritz Carlton Ballroom


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.

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.