ESCAPE to Thrive, January 2 – 6, 2019

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 experts sharing their insights on current and upcoming policies and practices 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

Tentative Agenda for ESCAPE to Thrive 2019

Please note that the *items have mandatory attendance.

 

Wednesday, January 2

4:00 pm – *Meet the 2019 ESCAPE to Thrive Advocates

5:00 pm – *Welcome Reception with Sponsors/Partners

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – *Dinner with Fellow Advocates

 

Thursday, January 3

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

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 – *Advances in Precision Medicine: What Advocates Need to Know

  • Presentations in the following areas: diagnostics, immunotherapy and clinical trials
  • Q/A and discussion
  • Panel to discuss the influences/challenges including patient access, big data and value-based care
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan?

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

 

Friday, January 4

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

8:00 am – 11:00 am – *All-inclusive Survivorship from High Risk to Late Stage

  • The history and evolution of survivorship
  • Open discussion and forum on current issues, challenges and support of meaningful survivorship for all. Influences/challenges of patient access, big data and value-based care will be considered.
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan?

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – *Focus Group Sessions with Sponsors/Partners

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Group Lunch with Networking

1:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Wellness Activities/Classes

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – An Informal Fireside Chat: Personal Survivorship

 

Saturday, January 5

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

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 – *Integrative Practices – Building a Resiliency Toolbox

  • Understanding Integrative/Complementary vs. Alternative Care. What does the research say?
  • Integrative practices and skills that promote wellness and resiliency for survivors.
  • Challenges of implementation. Influences/challenges of patient access, big data and value-based care will be considered.
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan?

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

 

Sunday, January 6

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

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. CHALLENGE, IMPROVE AND RENEW with 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 2019 is made possible by our generous sponsors for an all-inclusive fee of just $549*.  An application must be completed and accepted.

Your all-inclusive fee of $549* includes:

  • All 5 days of conference program;
  • 4 nights accommodations (SHARED ROOM*) at Miraval Arizona;
  • ALL MEALS, refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day;
  • $200 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/to Tucson Airport on Miraval scheduled shuttle.

*We will pair you with another advocate in a shared room for the $549 fee.  For a single room, the all-inclusive fee increases to $1,065 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 6. 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.

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Paying your all-inclusive conference fee:

  • Once you receive an email with acceptance to ESCAPE to Thrive, 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 fee in full at this time.
  • Payment of the $449 balance (or $865 balance for single room) is due by September 15, 2018.
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card.
  • Should it become necessary for you to cancel your space at ESCAPE to Thrive, 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 to Thrive 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.

Due to the unique nature of this leadership conference, our optimal goal is to create a balanced and diverse group of advocates with specialties in a variety of advocacy work and cancer types. This includes the right balance of new and returning participants. Qualified advocates NEW to ESCAPE to Thrive will be preferentially accepted on a wave admission basis.

Applications are reviewed by a committee in waves: June 15, July 15, August 15, and September 15. Applicants are notified of status by email at the end of each submission wave. This admission process continues until our goal of a balanced and diverse group is completed. A wait list is often generated to help achieve this goal. (Alums, see Alum Tab)

ESCAPE to Thrive 2019 is made possible by our generous sponsors for an all-inclusive fee of just $549.

Paying your all-inclusive fee:

  • Once you receive an email with acceptance to ESCAPE to Thrive, 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 all-inclusive fee in full at this time.
  • Payment of the $449 balance (or $865 balance for single room) is due by September 15, 2018.
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card.
  • Should it become necessary for you to cancel your space at ESCAPE to Thrive, 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 to Thrive Compares:

Alum

Due to the unique nature of this leadership conference, our optimal goal is to create a balanced and diverse group of advocates with specialties in a variety of advocacy work and cancer types. This includes the right balance of new and returning participants. Qualified advocates NEW to ESCAPE to Thrive will be preferentially accepted on a wave admission basis.

Alums are encouraged to apply based on recent advocacy work. Alumni applications will be considered/reviewed in two waves: August 1 and September 15. This admission process continues until our goal of a balanced and diverse group is completed. A wait list is often generated to help achieve this goal.

Alums Apply Now!

Additionally, there are 3 ways for alums to ensure a return to ESCAPE to Thrive:

  1. Recruit two qualified first time advocates (from a different organization) to apply to ESCAPE to Thrive. Once they have been accepted and have paid their $100 non-refundable deposit toward their $549 all-inclusive fee, YOU are confirmed with payment of your $549 all-inclusive fee and an approved* application.
  2. Recruit a new ESCAPE sponsor for $5,000+ and YOU are confirmed to attend (double occupancy) with an approved* application. NO all-inclusive fee for you! (Contact sherri@escape4advocates.org if you want information on sponsorships.)
  3. Opt to confirm your space with an approved* application by paying in full to cover your stay at Miraval ($2,024 double occupancy or $2,540 single occupancy.) Reduced conference fee of $200 will also apply.

*Application will be considered upon receipt for those *indicated above.

Sponsorship

Now in its eighth 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 93 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