March 7, 2019

Cancer Illuminated Conference: Transforming Communication in the Workplace

Cancer Illuminated Conference November 7 2019 Seattle WAFormerly known as When Cancer Comes to Work Conference

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Featured Speakers:

cancer illuminated conference transforming cancer communication in the workplace

Conference Objectives:

  • Equip professionals with communication tools to support colleagues touched by cancer
  • Raise awareness of cancer diagnoses, treatment, and outcomes' varying impact on work adjustment
  • Enhance understanding of employment law; implications of the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Learn realities of survivorship - research and first-hand experience 
  • Develop a win-win approach to reasonable accommodations in the workplace

Featured Sessions:

  • Keynote: Survivorship in the Workplace
    • Clinical expert focuses on the psychology and symptom management for cancer survivors during and after treatment.
    • Presenter: Jean Yi, PhD | Senior Staff Scientist, Fred Hutch
  • Employment Law & Case Review
    • Presented jointly by both plaintiff and defense attorneys, this session educates on local, state, and federal regulations related to serious medical conditions and provides updates on recent case law.
    • Presenter: Krista Hardwick, JD | Shareholder, Lane Powell PC
    • Presenter: Elizabeth Hanley, JD | Member, Reed Longyear Malnati and Ahrens PLLC
  • Advocacy Roundtable
    • Analysis of current policies, issues not addressed in current policy, upcoming policy agenda items, and more to ensure smoother navigation of cancer in the workplace.
    • Speakers: 
      • Moderator: Anne Bryant | Senior Director of Government Relations, Physicians Insurance a Mutual Company
      • Amy Anderson, MHPA, JD | Government Affairs Director, Association of Washington Business
  • Cancer Mythbusters & Communicating with Those Affected by Cancer
    • Education on many myths about cancer, treatment, and recovery. What you don't know about cancer may surprise you!
    • Presenter: Teri Pollastro | Cancer Research & Patient Advocate
  • Employer Perspective: Navigating Cancer
    • Employers are significantly impacted by cancer during treatment and after. Learn how employers have navigated cancer in the workplace.
    • Panelists: G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE | Division Chief, UW Medicine Heart Institute & University of Washington & more
  • Stories from the Workplace
    • Cancer survivors share their personal experiences with managing cancer at work. Learn best practices from employees who have faced cancer in the workplace.
    • Panelists:
      • Ashley Walker | University of Washington
      • Rebekah Willis | Boeing 
  • Spotlight: Caregiving While Working
    • Caregivers share their personal experiences about working and caring for spouses and children during their cancer journeys.
    • Panelists: 
      • Karen Bienz | Microsoft
      • Kelly Mudaliar | The Electricians
      • Chris Thompson, MHA | UW School of Medicine

Target Audience:

  • Business Owners
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Human resources specialists
  • Healthcare professionals


  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Fourth & Madison Conference Center (Suite 400) in Seattle, WA
  • $150 registration
  • Formerly known as When Cancer Comes to Work Conference

 For more information or questions on the conference, email us or call 206.709.1400. 

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Thank you to conference sponsors, supporters, and exhibitors:

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