2017 Program Details

All sessions will be held at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. 

Day 1 Program

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:30am – 12:15pm

Lobby Day Briefing

Learn about NBCC’s 2017 legislative and public policy priorities and the key role they play in the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® strategic plan for knowing how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Hear the strategy we’ll implement to advance the priorities on Tuesday, May 23, Capitol Hill Lobby Day.

Speakers: Joanne Howes, Women’s Health Advocate; Margarita Valdez, Director of Government Relations, NBCC

Moderator: Sharon Ford Watkins, Field Director, NBCC


12:45pm – 2:45pm

Project LEAD® Workshop: Early Metastatic Dissemination

 For Project LEAD® graduates only.

Speaker: Kent Hunter, PhD, Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics;  Senior Investigator, Head, Metastasis Susceptibility Section, Nathional Institute of Health, Center for Cancer Research

Moderator: Annette Bar-Cohen, MPH, Women's Health Advocate


3:00pm – 3:15pm

Opening of Advocate Leadership Summit

Speaker: Wanda Lucas, NBCC Board of Directors; Metropolitan Washington, DC Chapter of NBCC


3:15pm – 3:45pm

President’s Plenary

Speaker: Fran Visco, JD, President, NBCC


3:45pm – 5:15pm

Plenary Session: Three Years And Counting, Where Are We With Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®?

This session will provide an overview of where we have done the past 7 years in the Deadline Campaign and where we are now, with three years to go. Learn about accomplishments and barriers in the Artemis Project, public policy, leadership work and hear from a grassroots advocate actively involved in the campaign.

Speakers: Daniel Douek, MD, Chief, Human Immunology Section, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH, DHHS: Silvia Formenti, MD, Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Joanne Howes,  Women’s Health Consultant 

Speaker and Moderator: Fran Visco, JD, President, NBCC


5:30pm – 6:00pm

Leadership Summit Group Photograph


6:15pm – 7:15pm

Finding Your Niche: A Welcome Orientation for New Leaders

Led by NBCC board members and advocates, this session will help first-time attendees navigate the conference program and get the very most out of the many opportunities presented at the conference. Special attention will be given to key plenary sessions, must-attend workshops and special events.


Day 2 Program

Sunday, May 21, 2017

8:00am – 8:15am


Speaker: Medha Sutliff, NBCC Advocate; Young Survival Coaltion 


8:15am – 9:45am

Plenary Session: Therapeutics - Different Approaches: Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy

Learn from a stellar panel of researchers as they discuss where we are now with targeted therapy and immunotherapy in breast cancer, and the challenges of each approach moving forward.

Speakers: Elizabeth Mittendorf, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


9:45am – 10:00am



10:00am – 11:00am

Workshops - Session One

Workshop 1:
Critically Analyzing Headlines and Studies

Workshop 2: Immune Approaches: Benefits, Issues & Barriers

Workshop 3: Research Advocacy: How to Ask the Critical Questions               


11:00am – 11:15am



11:15am – 12:15pm

Workshop - Session Two

Workshop 4: Drug Biologics – Small molecule, big molecule, What Difference Does it Make?    

 All other workshops are repeated


12:30pm - 2:00pm

Luncheon Arm Chair Discussion:  DCIS: What Do We Know, What Should We Do?

Speakers: Silvia Formenti, MD, Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center; H. Kim Lyerly, MD, FACS, George Barth Geller Professor for Research in Cancer and Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center


2:15pm – 3:45pm

Plenary Session: Primary Prevention – Preventative Vaccine Project

Preventative vaccine project and lifestyle risk reduction.

Speakers: Keith L. Knutson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic; Program Director in Oncology, Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida  


3:45pm – 4:00pm



4:00pm – 5:15pm

Plenary Session: Prevention of Metastasis Explore a systems biologic approach to prevention of metastasis.

Speakers: H. Kim Lyerly, MD, FACS, George Barth Geller Professor for Research in Cancer and Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center; Judy Perkins, NBCC Advocate: Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD, Senior Attending Physician, Leon Hess Associate Professor, Elizabeth and Vincent Meyer Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology, The Rockefeller University


5:15pm - 5:30pm



5:30pm – 6:15pm

Advocate/ Speaker Meet Up

Advocate Leaders and Summit Presenters join for an informal dialogue in a relaxed setting. Delve into the topics most important to you, hone in on details from plenary presentations, explore thorny research dilemmas and engage in stimulating and insightful discussions with experts from all areas of breast cancer research and advocacy.


6:30pm – 9:30pm                                           


A party in the fast lane at Lucky Strike Lanes, 701 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. Anyone attending the Summit can attend the "Women with Balls” advocate bowling challenge by raising $500 or purchasing a ticket. The Women with Balls event will be held on Sunday, May 21. For questions about this fundraising event, contact Sharnita Goins at sgoins@breastcancerdeadline2020.org.


Day 3 Program

Monday May 22, 2017

7:00am - 8:00am

Team Leader Breakfast


8:00am - 8:15am


Speaker: Ivis Febus-Sampayo, NBCC Board of Directors; SHARE


8:15am - 9:45am

Plenary Session: Using Data to Understand Prevention of Metastasis and Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Metastasis

Learn about utilizing genealogy social networks to conduct genetic epidemiology studies and better understand the genetic risks of breast cancer in the DNA.LAND project, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project, and global data in breast cancer. 

Speakers: Yaniv Erlich, PhD, New York Genome Center;  Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Columbia University; Nikhil Wagle, MD,  Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Precision Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard


9:45am - 10:00am



10:00am -11:30am

Plenary Session: Approaches to Health Care Reform





11:45am – 12:45pm

Workshop - Session One

Workshop 1: Brain Metastasis

Workshop 2: Are you Prepared To Deliver Your Message To The Media?

Workshop 3: Participating Effectively in a Scientific Peer Review

Workshop 4:  Organizing and Activism For Access to Health Care


1:00pm – 2:10pm

Luncheon: Awards presentation


2:30pm – 3:30pm

Workshop - Session Two

Workshops are repeated


3:45pm - 4:45pm


Attend this briefing to receive the appropriate information on NBCC’s legislative priorities and lobbying strategies to most effectively lobby your Member of Congress.

Speakers: Margarita Valdez, Director of Government Relation, NBCC


5:00pm - 6:00pm



7:00pm – 9:00pm

Reception/Dance Party


Day 4 Program

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Annual Lobby Day

7:00am – 8:15am



8:30am & 8:45am

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel Lobby Entrance



9:00am – 5:00pm


NBCC advocates meet with Members of Congress!


4:30pm - 6:30pm