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CTAHE Annual Women’s Conference – Exploring a New Generation: Leadership and Gender Dynamics

April 17, 2018 - April 18, 2018

CTAHE Annual Women’s Conference

“Exploring a New Generation –

Leadership and Gender Dynamics” 

 April 17-18, 2018

Mohegan Sun Casino

Uncas Ballroom – Salon B2 


This cutting – edge conference addresses hot topics for seasoned professionals and early careerists alike! Not just for women either!


Program has been approved for 5.75 Qualified Education Credits from ACHE National! 


* Event Learning Objectives *


  1. Raise Awareness

  • Awareness of and ability to explore aspects of own identity and culture 

  • Self-Awareness about their own biases, fears and comfort levels

  • Awareness of inequality of privileges in the workplace

  1. Increase Knowledge

  • Understanding the value of authenticity in leadership

  • Recognizing how to exert the power of one’s own voice in personal and professional settings 

  • Learning more about global diversity issues


Tuesday, April 17th: 

Registration: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Welcome: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Program: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  • 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation of Korn Ferry Study
    • Presented by Katie Wreed Bell, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
  • 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm Panel: Women In Leadership
    • Moderator – Lisette Martinez, Chief Diversity Officer, Yale New Haven Health
    • Panelist: Gayle Capozzalo, FACHE, Chief Strategy Officer, Yale New Haven Health
    • Panelist: Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Regional Chief Performance Officer, East Coast Hospital Division and Prospect Medical Holdings
    • Panelist: Leanne Sedlak, LMT, Chief Visionary Officer, SkinCatering LLC
    • Panelist: Mary A. Gambardella, Partner, Wiggin and Dana

Networking Reception: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Wednesday, April 18th:

Registration 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Welcome 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Program: 8:30 am – 12:45 pm 

  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am Key Note Address 
    • Presented by Usha Pillai, Ph.D, Senior Consultant, Leading Women
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am Break 
  •  10:15 am-11:30 am Panel: Gender Diversity in Government
    • Moderator: Sarah Barr, Founder and CEO, Washashore Writing
    • Panelist: Lynn Malerba, Mohegan Tribal Chief
    • Panelist: Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Mayor of Bristol, Connecticut
    • Panelist: Dr. Shannon Kula, Director, Women’s Leadership Center, St. Joseph University
  • 11:30 am – 11:45 am Break
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Closing Session  –  “Catering to the Spirit- Living Happily with Stress”
    • Presented by Leanne Sedlak, LMT, Chief Visionary Officer, SkinCatering LLC

Networking Lunch Reception: 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm






Registration Options:

Member Attendee: $250.00 – Register here!

Non Member Attendee: $299.00 – Register here!

Student Attendee: $200.00 – Register here!

NEW! One Day Meeting Pass: $110.00 – Register here! 

Payment and Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must occur by 5:00 pm on 04/03/18 for full refund; no refunds after 04/03/18

Anyone who does not show for the event will be charged.


A block of hotel rooms have been set aside for attendees of the CTAHE Annual Women’s Conference in the Mohegan Sun Casino Hotel’s Sky and Earth Towers for the night of April 17, 2018.

Sky Tower: $169.00 per room, plus taxes and fees

Earth Tower: $149.00 per room, plus taxes and fees

Reservation costs and incidentals to be covered by the attendee. Please call 1-866-708-1340 to reserve your stay at the group discounted rates by mentioning group code “CTAHE18”, or visit online to  book at https://aws.passkey.com/go/CTAHE18 

Group rates have been extended until April 10th, 2018. 


Key Note Speaker Profiles


Katie Wreed-Bell

Ms. Bell has over 20 years of healthcare and
behavioral economics consulting experience. She
joined from another global executive search firm
where she was Partner, Healthcare and Life Sciences.
Prior to this role, Ms. Bell served in several leadership
positions at the Advisory Board Company and Gallup,
where she worked closely with client executives to
design and leverage data analytics, health industry
products and global marketing strategies to drive
business growth.

Ms. Bell will be presenting the latest findings from the Korn Ferry Study on Women CEOs: Their breakthrough formulas:

With women representing only 6% of leadership roles within Fortune 500 companies, it is evident that organizations are failing to achieve gender equity in their most high-powered positions. To tackle this stubborn challenge, Korn Ferry in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation set out to interview and assess 57 women who have been CEO at Fortune 1000-listed companies and others of similar size.

In this session, we will share our groundbreaking research, while identifying common threads and experiences in these women’s careers. Along with the data, this session will highlight best practices and specific steps organizations can take to increase gender diversity in the C-suite.


Dr. Usha Pillai, Ph.D.

Dr. Usha Pillai Wade, a senior consultant with Leading Women, is a specialist in strategy, critical thinking, change management, outsourcing, and project/program management. With over 20 years of experience as a leader and scientific professional in a global setting, Usha brings an integrated and holistic perspective to every engagement.

Prior to joining Leading Women, she held various positions with increasing responsibilities and complexities at Pfizer, Inc., where she effectively leveraged her broad scientific knowledge, excellent global business acumen, and strong network of global resources to achieve and often exceed business goals. She led strategic planning and outsourcing, introduced change management, and partnered on organizational re-design and strategy. Following Pfizer’s acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals, Usha served as an internal consultant responsible for coordinating plans for integrating King’s research portfolio into Pfizer. She introduced innovative platforms fostering external partnerships, and she has over seven years of experience executing and managing strategic alliances. One of her current engagements is with the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven where is working to establish a Bioscience Clubhouse dedicated to fostering science entrepreneurship.

In 2010, Usha was selected by Pfizer, Inc. as a Global Health Fellow. She spent 6 months in Ghana working with Family Health International, a global non-profit organization. During her tenure in Ghana, she utilized many of her leadership skills to quickly assess her environment and engage team members to contribute their skills and talents, and, perhaps most importantly, to “own” the program. She successfully led the team in developing and implementing long-term sustainability plans, decreasing future dependence on donor funds. Usha also authored Lesson’s Learned from Ghana, a report detailing the successes and challenges of the program easily transferable to health care related challenges that developing nations face.

Usha is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Bombay College of Pharmacy, India; an Executive Masters in Technology Management from Rensselaer Polytechnology Institute; and a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She also trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Usha is also a member of the board of directors for the Garde Arts Theater in New London, CT.

Dr. Pillai will be speaking about “Solutions for Closing the Leadership Gender Gap and Women’s Advancement”.


Leanne Sedlak, LMT

Leanne Sedlak is the Chief Visionary Officer of SkinCatering, LLC – a spa dedicated to providing a high level of discreet, caring service for the health and well-being to those in the business district of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, and a recently opened second location in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA.
In 2009, as the Center Director of theelective surgery department in a busy Ophthalmology practice, Leanne felt the pull to be more directly involved with positive health changes in people. Knowing there was more she could do than to make someone feel better with words, Leanne enrolled in The Massage School in Easthampton, MA where she graduated in 2011.

It was here that she became fascinated with the human body; the beauty of it and the important role it plays in our health.She believes every person’s skin tells a story. It’s like a timeline that shares a piece of their life’s history with her.Leanne realized this passion was the beginning of what would become her expertise.
Furthering her skill set, Leanne trained under two experts in the industry on ways to safely care for the skin that didn’t include using harmful ingredients. It was through this context that she began her involvement with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and SurvivingSkin.org.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and revitalizing business in Springfield, Leanne became a board member of the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield. Being in service to her community helped her understand how she and SkinCatering could provide better wellness opportunities to both current and future business clients.

Leanne has been invited to speak at Bryant University about Stress Management, Springfield College about Entrepreneurship, and to schools across New England such as Westfield State University, the University of Rhode Island, Emerson College, Western New England University, and Providence College as an advocate for workplace wellness.

Leanne will be speaking about “Catering to Your Spirit: Living Happily with Stress”.


April 17, 2018
April 18, 2018


Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382 United States
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