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WHEN Women’s Conference 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for ACHENTX’s first ever WHEN (Women’s Healthcare Executive Network) Women’s Conference! This is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow women healthcare leaders and participate in break-out sessions designed to help you professionally advance. Speakers and schedule follow; participants will have the chance to register and attend two of the four break-out sessions. Breakfast and refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time:  7:30am-12pm
Location:  Texas Woman’s University Dallas

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7:30-8:00am – Registration & Breakfast
8:00-8:10am – Kickoff
8:15-9:00 – Breakout Session 1
9:00-9:10 – Break
9:10-9:55 – Breakout Session 2
10:00-10:30 – Network Break
10:30-11:25 – Keynote Address
11:30-11:45 – Closing Comments

Keynote and Distinguished Speakers:

Break Out Sessions

  • Building Your Brand – Nancy Vish, President/CNO – Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and Fort Worth
  • The Power of Negotiation – Meridith Ward, Founder & CEO – In-Charge Career Consulting, LLC
  • Mentor vs Advocate: Pro’s, Con’s and the Benefit of Both – Pat Driscoll – Professor, Texas Woman’s University and Kenya Woodruff – Partner Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Effective Communication – Felixia Colón, FACHE, Regional Vice President, Hospital Medicine at SCP-Health at SCP-Health, and Dr. Beverly Gladney, Chief Medical Officer our Emergency Medicine physicians.

Keynote Address: “A Gritty Girl’s Leadership Trip: Are We There Yet?

Join us as Chandini Portteus shares her story to help us forge forward not just as leaders, but collectively as women.

Chandini Portteus is a female executive who has spent over 20 years in leadership across various sectors of healthcare, from her roots in the pharmaceutical industry and basic and clinical research, to her years as a public health professional and organization wide leader. Early in her career, she held C-level roles in the nonprofit sector and will share her journey of leadership through various phases of her career. Chandini will recount what it was like to lead through times of public crisis as Chief Mission Officer at Susan G. Komen, her work as a notable turnaround CEO at Livestrong, and her experiences as a growth catalyst CEO at Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer. Chandini has held numerous roles as a board member, advisor, or change agent throughout her career and was named in 2018 to The Dallas Business Journal list of 40 under 40 Honorees. Today she leads as Principal and CEO of her own consulting firm, working in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors, leading initiatives across start-ups, emerging tech, blockchain, biotech, and fintech, with specific focus on female entrepreneurship and diversity leadership. Above all other roles or accolades, Chandini is most passionate and honored to have been gifted one role in particular, her role as a mother to four school age children.

Our inaugural conference will take place on Thursday, March 5 at Texas Woman’s University – Dallas. Free parking is available on-site in the garage adjacent to the main TWU entrance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us as WHENNTX@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in March!

A special thank you to TWU and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for hosting this event!


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Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:30 am - 12:00 pm


ACHE of North Texas
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Texas Woman’s University – Dallas
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
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