11th Annual Escape to THRIVE Leadership Conference For Cancer Advocates

January 15-19, 2023 Miraval Arizona

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What makes Escape to THRIVE different from other conferences?  EVERYTHING!

Escape to THRIVE offers:

  • A small (max 50 attendees) 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
  • 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

Applications for our 2023 Escape to THRIVE event are now closed.  

“This is my second year at Bag It/Escape to THRIVE.  It has been an incredible week and I walk away having learned so much I thought I knew!!!  The highlight of my time has been getting to know all of the advocates for the work they do and—more importantly—for the humans they are. I am in awe of everyone’s background and personal strengths.  I have made life-long connections and, as a result, I feel energized and inspired to continue my work in cancer advocacy.”  –Jan Huynh

Please Note These Agenda Details:

  • All starred (*) 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.

Sunday, January 15

4:00 pm — *Kick-Off Group Activity
5:30 pm — *Welcome Reception with Sponsors/Partner & Opening Remarks
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm — *Group Dinner with Fellow Advocates

Monday, January 16

6:30 am – 8:00 am — Breakfast at Leisure
8:30 am – 9:30 am — *Focus Groups with Sponsors
9:30 am – 11:30 am — Wellness Activities/Classes
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — Group Lunch with Networking
12:45 pm – 5:45 pm — *Survivorship/Thrivership
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm — Memory Tree
6:30 pm -7:30 pm — Comfy Casual Conversation
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm — Group Dinner with Networking

Tuesday, January 17

6:30 am – 8:00 am — Breakfast at Leisure
8:00 am – 12:45 pm — *Equity and Inclusion in Cancer Care

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm — Group Lunch with Networking

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ––Wellness Activities/Classes
5:15 pm – 6:15pm — *Fireside Chat
6:15 pm – 9:00 pm — Group Dinner with Networking

Wednesday, January 18

6:30 am – 8:00 am — Breakfast at Leisure
8:00 am – 11:30 am — Wellness Activities/Classes
11:30 am – 1:00 pm — Group Lunch with Networking
1:00 pm – 5:45 pm — *Difficult Discussion Topics

  • Death with dignity
  • Loss/Grief
  • Independent vs. organizational advocacy
  • Personal/Professional succession planning

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm — *Final Group Dinner with Networking

Thursday, January 19

6:30 am – 8:00 am — Breakfast at Leisure
8:00 am – 10:00 am — *Reactions and Reflections:  Tying It All Together

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.

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.

Escape to THRIVE 2023 is made possible by our generous sponsors for a registration fee of just $589*.  An application must be completed and accepted.

Your Registration Fee of $589* Includes

  • Conference programming
  • 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 Tucson Airport on Miraval scheduled shuttle

*We will pair you with another advocate in a shared room for the $589 registration fee.  For a single room, the registration fee increases to $1,171 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 19, 2023. 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.

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Paying Your Registration 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 registration fee in full at this time.
  • Payment of the $489 balance (or $971 balance for single room) is due by October 14, 2022.
  • 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.
  • If you need funding ideas, we have them!

How Escape to THRIVE Compares to Similar Conferences Escape to THRIVE comparison chart

Applications for 2023 conference are closed.  Please join our mailing list on the link below to receive updates about our 2024 event.

Escape to THRIVE is a small conference by design, with maximum of 50 advocate attendees. 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. Applications are reviewed by a committee and applicants are notified of status by email.  A rolling admission process continues until all available spaces are filled and then a waiting list is generated. (Alumni, see Alumni Tab.) Escape to THRIVE 2023 is made possible by our generous sponsors for a registration fee of just $589 (double occupancy) or $1,171 for a single room.

Paying Your Registration 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 registration fee in full at this time.
  • Payment of the $489 balance (or $971 balance for single room) is due by October 14, 2022.
  • 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/$200 non-refundable fees) if we are able to fill your space with another advocate.

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Escape to THRIVE quote from Valencia Robinson

Returning advocates become alumni mentors who serve as guides for new attendees throughout their Escape to THRIVE experience. Alumni attendees will engage with new attendees before and during the conference, lead a table talk on an (approved) topic of choice, be considered part of the Logistics Committee and assist in the on-site conference planning and production, attend on-site alumni meetings, and may be asked to participate on panels. Returning to Escape to THRIVE as an alumni provides the opportunity to not only participate in the leadership conference, but to enhance others’ experiences.

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

3 Ways for Alumni 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 $589 registration fee, YOU are confirmed with payment of your $589 registration fee.
  2. Sign up for the waiting list (by completing the alumni application.) You will be notified if a slot opens up and can confirm your attendance with payment of the $589 registration fee.
  3. Opt to immediately confirm your space by paying in full to cover your stay at Miraval ($2,513 double occupancy or $3,082 single occupancy) pending accepted application. NO registration fee for you! (We’ll cover the costs for the conference portion for you.)

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Now approaching its 11th year, Escape to THRIVE was designed by and for cancer advocates. It combines features of a national leadership conference with collaboration and self-care components to 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. A research study is underway to evaluate the efficacy of this transformative conference format. Be part of the collaboration! Advocates representing over 100 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 mindy@bagitcancer.org.