The sixth consecutive event will return to San Diego December 14-15 to connect pioneering senior-level women inspired to advance diversity and inclusion and cultivate female leadership in health care.

Marking its first return to in-person attendance since the pandemic, The RISE Women in Health Care Leadership Summit will focus on how to prioritize your mental health, foster confidence in yourself and those around you, and unlock the power of effective communication and networking. The event will connect the industry’s brightest minds, leadership coaches, and motivational speakers and feature 14 key sessions led by more than 20 esteemed speakers.

Here’s an inside look at some of the timely sessions on this year’s agenda:

Both days of the summit will feature day-opening inspirational presentations.

Award-winning author and certified Leadership & Success Coach Lisa Orrell, CPC, “The Chief of Change,” will present the keynote address, Reset to RISE! How Women Health Care Executives Can Best Manage Their Leadership Mindset to Revive & Thrive! The motivational and insightful keynote will explore how to reset your emotional state to better navigate unchartered waters and strengthen your personal leadership brand. Orrell will share how a focus on your personal leadership brand positively impacts team morale; strategies to better manage burn-out, stress, and challenging work environments; and how to confront and cope with feelings of loneliness and isolation.

In a special presentation, Laura Cooley, Ph.D., senior director of education and outreach, Academy of Communication in Healthcare, editor-in-chief, The Journal of Patient Experience, will delve into how to transform health care through relationship-centered communication. Throughout the presentation, Cooley will explore compelling evidence regarding the impact of communication and health care relationships for key health outcomes, as well as metrics around quality, safety, and experience. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how effective communication affects patients, colleagues, and institutional outcomes; fundamental skills of relationship-centered communication; and communication skills that will enhance listening and responding with empathy.

The RISE Women in Health Care Leadership Summit

The summit will also feature stirring general sessions with industry leaders:

During the session, Don’t Change for the Job. Instead, Change the Job, Author and TEDx Speaker Erin Hatzikostas, founder, b Authentic, will discuss the gender gap at the top of the leadership ladder and the fears of compromising family or health that are holding women back from seeking leadership roles. Hatzikostas will share her actionable Six Principles of Strategic Authenticity framework to inspire you to change the job instead of changing yourself or opting out altogether.

Negotiating beyond money will also be a hot-button topic. RaeAnn Grossman, EVP, operations–risk adjustment, population health management, and quality, Cotiviti, Inc., will discuss key strategies to read the room and the words to use when asking for what you want. Topics will also include the flexibility gap, and how to influence your environment and gain allies, demonstrate assertiveness and claim your space, and empower and advocate to eliminate the pay gap.

Leaders from Clover Health will share how to make lasting changes within your organization’s culture; create a safe environment and open discussion for your teams to create a culture of belonging; develop a plan for hiring, maintaining, and recruiting a workforce that mirrors your membership base; and engage in ESG conversations and learn how to influence your organization.

A special focus on networking

Attendees will enjoy eight scheduled networking opportunities throughout the two-day conference, including over breakfasts, between general sessions, lunches, and a cocktail reception.

Attendees will also learn networking best practices on day one of the summit during the general session, Take the Driving Seat in Your Networking Journey, where Dale G. Klein, corporate communication & speech specialist, Profitable Speech, LLC, will moderate a discussion between Shannon Decker, Ph.D., vice president, clinical performance, Brown & Toland, and Colleen Gianatasio, lead, field programs, risk adjustment, Devoted Health, on the art of small talk. The speakers will discuss the questions to ask when the conversation runs dry, how to find your most beneficial networking environment to advance your objectives, how to connect and not just meet, how to create your own viable community of interest and support your women network, what goes into a well-prepared elevator speech, and how to identify what you bring to the table.

RISE is excited to welcome you back to in-person attendance in San Diego. To ensure the health and safety of attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status is required to attend The RISE Women in Health Care Leadership Summit. Click here for the complete list of health and safety protocols and what you need to know before you make your travel arrangements.