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ACHENTX’s WHEN Annual Women’s Conference

Friday, March 3, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Join us for ACHENTX’s WHEN (Women’s Healthcare Executive Network) Women’s Conference Paving the Way 2023! Network with fellow women healthcare leaders and participate in break-out sessions on topical issues. Register and attend two of the four break-out sessions. Networking Breakfast and lunch will be served.


8:30-9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast
9:00-9:15 am – Kickoff
9:30- 10:30 am – Breakout Session 1
10:30 – 10:45 am– Break
10:45 – 11:45 am – Breakout Session 2
11:45 -12:45 pm – Network Break & Lunch
12:45-1:45 pm – Keynote Address
1:45-2:00 pm – Closing Comments

Keynote and Distinguished Speakers:

Break Out Sessions

  • Paving the way for mindfulness – Lara Burnside, Senior Vice President, Chief Experience Officer, JPS Health Network
  • Paving your resume and interview – Margaret Base, Director, Executive Talent Acquisition, Baylor Scott & White Hospital Systems
  • Paving your Network – Lorie Thibodeaux, President and Owner, Lorie Thibodeaux LLC
  • Paving a path to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome – Crystal Brown, VP and COO, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center


Keynote Address

Judy Hoberman – Judy Hoberman and Associates, President

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Speakers’ Bios:


Margaret Base leads the internal executive search team at Baylor Scott & White Health, a nationally recognized healthcare organization and the largest non-profit health system in Texas. Last year Margaret and her team led the recruitment of over 150 executives into leadership roles across BSWHealth hospitals and corporate services, as well as the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Health Plan.

Prior to joining BSWHealth in 2019, Margaret was an executive search consultant with Witt/Kieffer, a prominent retained executive search firm. Margaret guided health systems across the country in identifying and attracting talent for key leadership roles across the C-Suite.

Margaret’s background also includes tenure with two F500 companies, a private-equity backed healthcare services start-up, and boutique executive search firms.

In her spare time Margaret enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.


Crystal Brown is a native of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. She graciously serves as the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, TX. In this role she is focused on service line development, operational efficiency, and patient experience.

Crystal has a strong passion for personal and professional development that has been sharpened with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Supply Chain, and Hospital Operations. She is a proud graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she received her Master’s in Business Administration. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives, and serves on the board for Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Committee. She is certified in Lean Six Sigma, which has taught her to invest in human capital, eliminate waste, and maximize results.

Crystal has received numerous awards for her transformational leadership style and is passionate about teaching others what she has learned along the way. Through her authentic and down to earth approach, she can genuinely connect with people and assist them in overcoming obstacles to achieve their boldest career goals.


Lara Burnside has spent the last 25 years creating workplaces that honor and value each individual person – whether they are a patient, employee or clinician.

She started her career in human resources where she learned the importance of a people-first mentality. She built human resources departments from the ground up – one being recognized as a recipient of the Malcom Baldrige Quality Award – one of the highest national honors.

She began consulting with hospitals across the country (200 or so in total) over the course of a dozen years. At each organization she taught the value of hiring and training best practices that provide exceptional patient care. People are fueled by passion and purpose and when you tap into that, results follow.

The last decade of Lara’s career has been spent working as a senior leader in the hospital setting, where she had the privilege of creating and developing patient experience divisions that utilize best practice tactics proven to create a place where patients are partners in their care. A large focus has been on physician/clinician engagement in order to reduce burnout and increase a sense of community among care teams.

Lara’s love and desire for each person to do and be their best, has allowed an opportunity to develop training programs for leaders, employees and clinicians. The results of these programs have brought engagement levels to the highest levels nationally. On the physician side, the creation of the Patient Experience Mastery Program has brought profound results – improving every question on the patient experience survey by 6.5% top box points.

Lara has a strong desire to give back to organizations and those providing care. My expertise in valuing all people is where my heart and passion have always been.


Judy Hoberman is President of Judy Hoberman and Associates, a company focused on empowering professional women. She is an award-winning international speaker, best-selling author, trainer and leading authority on women in leadership and sales. With over 3 decades in business, she combines wisdom and humor with her behavior shaping strategies and is often described as “transformational.”

She was a TEDx speaker as well as the author of four books, including “Selling in a Skirt” and “Walking on the Glass Floor.” She was named as one of 14 Sales Pros Building Trust from LinkedIn and Coach of the Year from Powerful Professionals.

Judy’s mission…to help one woman a day by following an important philosophy- “Women Want To Be Treated Equally…Not Identically”®


Lorie Thibodeaux is a keynote speaker and systemwide Senior Manager for Dallas large County Hospital and Health System.

Building culture and teamwork-centered community in a high-risk environment is no easy task.

Lorie has powerful relationship building and program development. Lorie is dedicated problem-solver with strong speaking, teaching, and facilitation skills. She collaborates with stakeholders to achieve organizational strategic goals, meets challenging deadlines and masters complex leadership challenges.

In December 2018, Lorie wrote the proposal for the development of the WRN an Employee Resource Group for the Women at Parkland Health. Launched in October 2020, WRN addresses employee engagement, community development, advocacy and systemwide strategic initiatives to improve the diversity and inclusion space. In 2022, the Women’s Resource Network is the winner of the Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award.

In 2022, Lorie Thibodeaux also was recognized and awarded the Healthcare DEI Champion by Diversity FIRST™ for creating an impact, visionary leadership, and commitment to foster change in the field of diversity and inclusion.

Lorie holds a MHA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Bachelor of Science Sociology from Spring Hill College, and holds certifications: ITILv3, HACP, and CPHQ. Lorie is Certified in Globally recognized diversity programs including the Certified Diversity Trainer (CDT) from the Diversity Executive Leadership Academy and the Certified Diversity Professional® and received highest certification as a Certified Diversity Executive® from the Institute for Diversity Certification. She also has certificates in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace, and Inclusive and Ethical Leadership from USF, Healthcare Leadership from Duke University and High Reliability Trainer from Press Ganey.

Lorie supports diversity, health equity, and community building efforts. She is the founding and Past DFW Chapter President for the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE). Recognized as the Chapter Leader of the Year 2021, she continues to serve NALHE on the Executive Board. She also serves on the ACHE Diversity Committee and is the Founding Member of the Women Healthcare Executive Network (WHEN) for the American College of Healthcare Executives- North Texas. She is also on the Jewish Family Service Board.


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Friday, March 3, 2023
8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Texas Woman’s University – Dallas
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
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