Due to Covid-19, the 2021 conference has been postponed. The next Escape to THRIVE is planned as an all-alumni celebration experience.  The conferences that follow will then be open to cancer advocates that have not attended in the past. Watch this website in 2022 for more information or sign up here for updates. 

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 2021

The final agenda for the 2021 conference is still in development. However, have a look below at the tentative schedule of activities.  Please note that the *items have mandatory attendance.

Sunday, October 3

4:00 pm   * Meet the 2021 Escape to THRIVE Advocates

5:00 pm   * Welcome Reception with Sponsors/Partners

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

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm    Planning Chair Committee meeting

Monday, October 4

6:30 – 8:00 am     Breakfast with Networking

8:00 am – 9:00 am   * Focus Group Session with Sponsors/Partners

9:00 am – 11:30 am   Small Group Activities/Wellness Classes

11:30 am – 12:30 pm   Lunch with Table Discussion Topics chosen by participants

12:45 pm – 5:00 pm   * Collaborations: Celebrations/Challenges

  • Panel: Collaborations evolved from Escape to THRIVE experiences/opportunities
  • Small breakouts led by advocates on bridging gaps, meeting challenges of collaborations

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm   Dinner with Networking

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm   * Optional small group activity to promote collaborative intent

Tuesday, October 5

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

8:00 am – 12:00 pm   * Integration: Equity and Inclusion in Cancer Care

  • Panel on Healthcare Access (Advocates)
  • Small breakouts led by advocates:
    • What can advocates do to increase inclusion in their own organizations/efforts?
    • What are the obstacles to inclusive care? How can we affect real change?
    • The COVID-19 Perfect Storm: How to survive the aftermath

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   Lunch with Table Discussion Topics chosen by participants

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   *cFocus Group Sessions with Sponsors/Partners 

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

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   Dinner with Networking/Optional Evening Group Activity

Wednesday, October 6

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

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

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

12:45 pm – 5:00 pm   * Balance for the Advocate

  • Panel on the Healthy Advocate (Advocates)
  • Small breakouts led by advocates:
    • Balance of advocacy work and personal burnout
    • How to create and maintain balance

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

Thursday, October 7

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

8:00 am – 10:00 am   * Reactions and Reflections:  Tying It All Together



Now approaching its 10th 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