Jan 2-6, 2018

ESCAPE to Thrive 2018

What makes ESCAPE to Thrive different from other conferences?  EVERYTHING!

ESCAPE to Thrive offers:

  • A small leadership conference in an intimate setting that allows you to naturally connect and collaborate with fellow advocates;
  • Exploration of learning professionally and thriving personally in one experience;
  • Interactive sessions with representatives from National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and other sought-after experts sharing their insight on current and upcoming policy affecting oncology, cancer care, and survivorship;
  • Half days of conference programming, leaving the other half of each day so you can fully experience and build your sense of balance at Miraval Arizona.

Agenda

Please note that the *items have mandatory attendance.

Times below may change slightly. All workshops are interactive and promote discussions among advocates AND presenters. Check back for speaker bio updates and agenda details.

 

Tuesday, January 2

4:00 pm – *Reception with Sponsors/Partners

5:30 pm – *Introductions, Welcome, Dinner with Fellow Advocates

7:00 pm-8:00 pm – *Focus Group Sessions with Sponsors/Partners

 

Wednesday, January 3

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 am – 11:30 am – Wellness Activities/Classes

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Group Lunch with Networking

12:45 pm – 5:00 pm – *Cancer Care: Advances in Diagnostics and Treatment

  • Presentations by panelists in the following areas: diagnostics and targeted therapy, immunology, clinical trials, genomics
  • Q/A and discussions with advocates
  • Breakouts with experts for more detailed information and discussion in area of interest
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan?

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – *Focus Group Sessions with Sponsors/Partners

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Group Dinner with Networking

 

Thursday, January 4

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 am – 12:30 pm – *Public Health Policy

  • Keynote featuring updates on health policy, changes/trends in reimbursement, health care coverage changes
  • Q/A and discussion with advocates
  • Breakouts: meeting with your legislators OR using social media to advance health policy
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan?

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Group Lunch with Networking

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Wellness Activities/Classes

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – *Focus Group Sessions with Sponsors/Partners

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Group Dinner with Networking

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Fireside Chat (open forum to ask about personal Survivorship issues/concerns)

 

Friday, January 5

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 am – 11:30 am – Wellness Activities/Classes

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Group Lunch with Networking

12:45 pm – 4:30 pm – *Advancing Survivorship

  • Update on the evolution of survivorship
  • Treatment summary and care plans – transitioning to primary care
  • Moderated panel (clinician, navigator, primary care physician, and survivors) to discuss wide range of issues including long-term and late effects of treatment, challenges to implement survivorship care plan, benefits to patients/caregivers
  • Q/A and discussions with advocates
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan?

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – *Final Group Dinner with Networking

 

Saturday, January 6

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 am – 10:00 am – *Evaluations Completed and Returned. Slide/Video Presentation and Closing/Departures

Wellness Activities/Classes

Learn mindful “life in balance” techniques for combating compassion fatigue and burnout in advocacy work and how to incorporate them into your personal and professional lives. INDULGE, CHALLENGE, IMPROVE AND RENEW with a generous resort credit toward fee-based activities PLUS more than 120 complimentary wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly.

Take a peek at the Miraval offerings here: http://www.miravalresorts.com/plan-your-stay/activities/

 

DON’T EXPECT:

  • Full days of talking head lectures;
  • Feeling rushed, with no time to reflect on the material;
  • Having to choose between sessions and missing important information.

DO EXPECT:

  • Half-day workshops that delve deep on critical topics;
  • A small, intimate group of cancer advocates;
  • A setting that naturally lends itself to informal opportunities where genuine connections with those doing the same work come with ease.

Conference Details

ESCAPE to Thrive 2018 is made possible by our generous sponsors for a registration fee of just $499*.  An application must be completed and accepted.

Your registration fee of $499* includes:

  • Conference program;
  • 4 nights accommodations (SHARED ROOM*) at Miraval Arizona;
  • ALL MEALS, refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day;
  • $400 resort credit (compliments of Miraval) to use toward spa services, private consultations, equine experiences, desert zipline and culinary experiences;
  • 120 COMPLIMENTARY wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly;
  • Roundtrip transportation from Tucson Airport on Miraval scheduled shuttle.

*We will pair you with another advocate in a shared room for the $499 registration fee.  For a single room, the registration fee increases to $1,007 and rooms are subject to availability.

Your guest is welcome to join you AFTER (not during) the conference if you elect to extend your stay after January 6th. Based on availability, extended stays at Miraval will be accommodated at the group rate (at your own expense). (Makes a great holiday gift!) For more information about extending your stay, email your request to: info@escape4advocates.org.  Please do not contact Miraval.

Contact info@escape4advocates.org for information about group package rates to extend your stay or any questions you have.

Apply Now!

Paying your registration fee:

  • Once you receive an email with acceptance to ESCAPE, your payment of a $100 non-refundable deposit (or $200 for single room) will be due within two weeks of acceptance. You may also elect to pay your registration fee in full at this time.
  • Payment of the $399 balance (or $807 balance for single room) is due by October 13, 2017.
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card.
  • Should it become necessary for you to cancel your space at ESCAPE, we will refund your payments (less $100 non-refundable fee) if we are able to fill your space with another advocate.

Application

ESCAPE to Thrive is a small conference by design. An easy application process lets us know about your advocacy work and how ESCAPE is a good fit for you. Advocates are encouraged to submit their applications early as space is limited.  Note: A submitted application does not guarantee attendance.

Applications are reviewed by a committee and applicants are notified of status by email within two weeks of submission.  A rolling admission process continues until all available spaces are filled and then a waiting list is generated. (Alums, see Alum Tab)

ESCAPE to Thrive 2018 is made possible by our generous sponsors for a registration fee of just $499.

Paying your registration fee:

  • Once you receive an email with acceptance to ESCAPE, your payment of a $100 non-refundable deposit (or $200 for single room) will be due within two weeks of acceptance. You may also elect to pay your registration fee in full at this time.
  • Payment of the $399 balance (or $807 balance for single room) is due by October 13, 2017.
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card.
  • Should it become necessary for you to cancel your space at ESCAPE, we will refund your payments (less $100 non-refundable fee) if we are able to fill your space with another advocate.
Apply Now!

How ESCAPE Compares:

Alum

The right balance of new and returning participants makes for an optimal ESCAPE experience.  As always, qualified advocates NEW to ESCAPE will be preferentially accepted on a rolling admission basis BUT alums are always welcome to return, as space allows.

4 ways for alums to return to ESCAPE to Thrive

  1. Recruit two qualified newcomer advocates to apply to ESCAPE to Thrive. Once they have been accepted and have paid their $100 non-refundable deposit toward their $499 registration fee, YOU are confirmed with payment of your $499 registration fee.
  2. Recruit a new ESCAPE sponsor for $5,000+ and YOU are confirmed to attend (double occupancy). NO registration fee for you! (Contact sherri@escape4advocates.org if you want information on sponsorships.)
  3. Opt to immediately confirm your space by paying in full to cover your stay at Miraval ($1,768.40 double occupancy or $2,273.72 single occupancy.) NO registration fee for you! (We’ll cover the costs for the conference portion for you.)
  4. Sign up for the waitlist (by completing the application.) You will be notified if a slot opens up and can confirm your attendance with payment of the $499 registration fee.
Alums Apply Now!

Sponsorship

Now in its seventh year, ESCAPE to Thrive was designed by and for cancer advocates. It combines features of a national leadership conference and a restorative retreat where advocates support advocates to continue their work effectively – all with the ultimate goal of improving cancer patient education and outreach. No other conference offers this balance of learning and skills to embrace the WHOLE advocate – professionally and personally.

Advocates representing more than 85 organizations from around the country have attended, and many have participated more than once.

Sponsorship benefits to your company:

  • Time to network with key advocate leaders from organizations representing a variety of cancers. Advocates represent not just a single viewpoint but many voices, issues, and stories;
  • Informal opportunities to discuss issues and topics your company is interested in. Learn the advocates’ perspective through insights, comments, and discussions. Glean much information in a short period of time;
  • Build your company’s network of reliable and capable advocates for the future;
  • Excellent opportunity for key or new company employees to learn about cancer patients and their issues from the “inside” by attending workshops alongside advocates. (Available for select sponsorship levels);
  • Ensure attendance by your selected key advocate or company representative. (Available for select sponsorship levels)

For more information about sponsoring ESCAPE to Thrive, contact sherri@escape4advocates.org