Loading Events


See Full Agenda Below

70 3rd Ave
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451 United States
(781) 290-5600
View Venue Website

December 7, 2023 | 8:00 am 2:00 pm

$249   Member Rate
$349   Non-Member Rate

Women Leaders in Healthcare 2023 

Thursday, December 7th 

8:00 – 8:45am Breakfast and Registration  

Vendors: Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Jennifer’s Handmade Soap and Kitchen Sink Candle Co. 

8:45 – 9:05am 


Valerie Fleishman, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association 

Christine Schuster, President & CEO, Emerson Health 

Permission Slips! 

Amy Smalarz, Director of Healthcare Education and Professional Development, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association 

Emcee Welcome

Courtney Cole, News Anchor, WBZ CBS News Boston  

9:05 – 10:00am: Morning Keynote 

Laurel Braitman, Teacher/Speaker/Author, What Looks Like Bravery and Animal Madness 

10:00 – 10:20am BREAK 

Laurel Braitman Book Signing & Vendors and Exhibits Open 

10:20 – 10:50am  

Women’s Health SPOTLIGHT Series: Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission 

10:50 – 11:30am Health Equity PANEL 

Anouska Bhattacharyya, PhD, Vice President of Programs, YW Boston  

Dallas Ducar, CEO, Transhealth 

Thea James, MD, Vice President of Mission, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Boston Medical Center 

Elsie Taveras, MD, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham

Moderator: Izzy Lopes, Vice President, Health Equity, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association 

11:30am – 11:45am 

Table exercise and announce Raffle prizes 

11:45am – 12:30pm LUNCH 

Vendors and Exhibits Open  

12:30 – 1:00pm: Imposter Syndrome – 30 minutes 

Dr. Valerie Young, Impostor Syndrome Institute About – Impostor Syndrome Institute 

1:00 – 1:45pm: Candid Conversations: “Do as I say, not as I did…”  See the source image

Moderator: Christine Schuster, President & CEO, Emerson Health 

Sandi Fenwick, former CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital  

Philly Laptiste, Chief People Officer, Community Care Cooperative  

Rachel Wilson, CEO, CIC Health 

YiDing Yu, MD, Serial Entrepreneur

1:45 – 2:15pm: Token or Trendsetter? Reframing How We See Our Power at the Table 

Yaro Fong-Olivares, Executive Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University 

2:15 – 2:30pm: Final Reflections, Raffle drawing and Closing Remarks 

Celebrating Natanja Craig Qquendo, Executive Director, Boston Women’s Fund, Women of Color Leadership Circle 

Cancellation Policy (for in-person events only): Full refunds will be recognized when cancellations occur at least 5 business days prior to an in-person event. Any cancellation notices received after this time will result in $50 administrative fee. To avoid this penalty, you may send someone in your place by forwarding their full name, title and email address to the Director of Healthcare Education, Amy Smalarz at asmalarz@mhalink.org. No shows will be responsible for payment in full.

70 3rd Ave
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451 United States
(781) 290-5600
View Venue Website