Aspen | July 12-15, 2018
AccessCircles Aspen Forum
Living Long, Living Well
Please Register by June 16, 2018
Space Is Limited

Twenty-four world class thought leaders will shift how you think about your wellbeing and ultra longevity.  As we all will be living longer and more active lives, understanding the synergies between diet, exercise, meditation, biotechnology and more, this Forum will offer you insights into how to live our lives to the fullest.

Our signature experience, AccessCircles Aspen Forum, With a focus on “Living Long, Living Well”, July 12-15, 2018 will be hosted at the St. Regis in downtown Aspen.  

We are excited to share our exciting program and esteemed thought leaders with you. (Full agenda posted below)

We will convene the leading institutions and researchers to make this Forum the first to announce the status of current research and where we currently find ourselves in the five areas which will affect our lives: Brain Health, Heart Disease, Cancer, Autoimmune and Depression.

This Forum will give our members the opportunity to hear first hand from the researchers involved in this work and understand more clearly why our participation will be important to creating change. During the past year, we have been very busy forging ahead on several different initiatives. There are a number of major implementations we hope to announce in Aspen.  Please see below for more details.

On Saturday, AccessCircles partners with the Aspen Brain Lab to explore the latest research in neuroscience. This is an optional program for our guests.

Connect with friends and our unprecedented global community of women.  Spend your afternoons rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit by experiencing the beauty of Aspen while hiking, visiting the Aspen Art Museum or wandering through a meditative walk in the John Denver Sanctuary.  Several different hiking options will be offered.  Our evenings will be shared together in unique settings and exquisite private homes with guest chefs who will prepare exquisite dinners paired with wine tastings.

AccessCircles Aspen Forum Agenda:

Thursday, July 12th

5:30 - 8:30PM

Living Long, Living Well: Opening Reception and Dinner


Welcome Remarks

Dr. Hadine Joffe, Executive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Paula A. Johnson Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

7:30 - 8:30PM

From Addyi to The Pink Ceiling: A Personal Journey

Guest Speaker: Cindy Whitehead, Founder, The Pink Ceiling

Over a distinguished 22-year career in healthcare, in only the last 10, Cindy has started and sold two businesses for more than $1.5B. She co-founded and last served as CEO for Sprout Pharmaceuticals where, in 2015, the company broke through with the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women. She started Sprout only one day after selling another that she also co-founded, Slate Pharmaceuticals, which redefined long lasting testosterone treatment for men.  She subsequently founded The Pink Ceiling which invests in companies founded by, or delivering products to women.

Friday, July 13th

8:00 - 8:15AM

Welcome, Carolee Lee, Founder AccessCircles

8:15 - 8:45AM

Opening RemarksDr. Maria Friere, President and Executive Director of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)

8:45 - 9:45AM

Cutting Edge Discoveries in Women’s Wellbeing

Moderator: Meryl Comer, Founding Partner/Ambassador
Global Alliance on Women's Brain Health

What do we need to know to maintain our health and wellbeing since women today will live well into their 90's?  Join us as these three experts share the importance of their research and how it impacts the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for women as well as what our focus needs to be moving forward.

Each of our experts are passionate about women’s health research and are focused on creating change to ensure the inclusion of women and a healthier future for us all.

Dr. Carolyn Mazure, Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women's Health Research and Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology; Director, Women's Health Research at Yale.  Carolyn's comments will include some insight into the gender differences in depression.  Carolyn was the first to demonstrate how stress is a more potent pathway to depression in women than men and use these findings to inform treatment interventions.

Dr. Judy Regensteiner, Founder and Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and member of the Scientific Council, University of Colorado.  Judy will share some findings of her research in the cardiovascular effects of diabetes with a specific focus on women with type 2 diabetes since they appear to have more significant abnormalities than men with diabetes.

Dr. Marcia Stefanick, Director, Co-founder, Stanford WSDM Center (Women & Sex Differences in Medicine) Dr. Stefanick’s research focuses on chronic disease prevention, e.g. heart disease, cancer (especially breast, skin, and issues specific to survivors), osteoporosis, and dementia, in both women and men, primarily through physical activity, diet, and weight control.

9:45 - 10:45AM

Cognitively Sharp: Connecting the Dots Between the Heart, Hormones and the Brain

It is not commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. These heart signals, as well as our hormones, have a significant effect on brain function—influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.  

Our panelists will explore those connections and how they affect our wellbeing and ultralongevity.

Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, Founding Director and Chief Scientist for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University HSC  

Dr. Hadine Joffe, Executive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Paula A. Johnson Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Joann Manson, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine Co-Director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine and the Elizabeth F. Brigham Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.

11:00 – 12:00PM

Shifting the Landscape: A Lens on Funding the Longevity Economy

Dr. Anula Jayasuriya, M.D., Ph.D, Founder, EXXclaim Capital, the first venture capital fund to recognize the large and rapidly growing opportunity in women's health

Jane Metcalfe, CEO, NEO.LIFE, Founder Wired Magazine

Less than 2% of Venture Capital funding goes to women owned companies. Our focus for this discussion will be on the segment of the market where this type of technology doesn’t face the regulatory hurdles and delays to market that drug makers and biotech firms typically face. That means bringing these promising new innovations to market is faster and easier for the companies leading the way. Known as the Longevity Economy, this fast growing market segment consists of people who are living longer and will thus continue to fuel economic activity far longer than past generations had.

The US alone is home to 111 million in the 50-plus cohort; whose spending on consumer goods and services, including health care is responsible for at least $7.1 trillion in annual economic activity, with that number expected to grow to over $13.5 trillion by 2032. The outsized economic value of the 50-plus-year-old group is largely powered by their share of wealth: 83 percent of US household wealth is held by people over 50. By age 85, there are twice as many women in the US as men.

How will our lives be affected by the changes in technology, devices and diagnostics being developed - especially for women. This will be a vibrant and informative Panel Discussion.  Our panelists will offer insights into how they – and we, can change the landscape to improve health outcomes for women.

12:00 – 12:45PM

“Food” – What the Heck Should I Eat? 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman will sort through the conflicting research on food to give us the skinny on what to eat.  Even the most health conscious among us have a hard time figuring out what to eat in order to lose weight, stay fit, and improve our health.  Dr. Hyman will set the record straight and will explain what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat.

Mark Hyman, MD, Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.  

12:45 – 2:00PM

Lunch Al Fresco: Topic Tables with Our Thought Leaders   Share lunch tables with our experts who will be there to offer their research and knowledge with candor and details that hold interest to us all:  Ultralongevity,  Heart Health, Nutrition,  Brain Health, Meditation, Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer  - and you can select which lunch table you would like to share.

2:00 – 4:30PM

Optional Activities:

Guided Hike with ACES: Explore and learn about the Aspen area with ACES!  Our guide will lead us on a private wildflower and nature hike at the top of Aspen Mountain. Invigorating Hike: Need a little cardio boost, join us on a hike up the scenic Hunter Creek Trail or relax by the pool with friends or enjoy downtown Aspen.

6:00 – 9:00PM

Lynn Britt Log Cabin: Reception and Dinner

Daring: A Dialogue with Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is an icon of American journalism, and groundbreaking pioneer for women. The author of 17 books, Sheehy’s latest book is Daring: My Passages: A Memoir.  Based on her New York Times best-selling book, Sheehy’s dialogue after dinner will weave her personal narrative with 50 years of public history, laying bare her major life passages and taking a hard look at what accompanies today’s undying ambition of “wanting it all.”

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Aspen Brain Lab (Optional Programming)

On Saturday AccessCircles partners with the Aspen Brain Lab to explore the latest research in neuroscience. 

Highlights from AspenBrainLab Agenda

Morning Sessions: Healthy Brain, Impaired Brain, Future Brain 

Dr. Charles Czeisler: PhD, MD Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School Senior Physician, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital Affiliated Faculty, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard 

The Sleep Deprived Brain and the Influence of Sleep on Ageing 

Companies today glorify the executive who logs 100-hour workweeks, the road warrior who lives out of a suitcase in multiple time zones. But to Dr. Charles A. Czeisler, the Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, this kind of corporate behavior is the antithesis of high performance.

In fact, he says, it endangers employees and puts their companies at risk. Czeisler describes four neurobiological functions that affect sleep duration and quality as well as individual performance. When these functions fall out of alignment because of sleep deprivation, people operate at a far lower level of performance than they would if they were well rested.

Rod Stryker is an American Yoga teacher. He is the founder of ParaYoga and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He has studied and taught yoga, tantra, and meditation for over thirty years.

Yoga Nidra and Meditation, Yoga Nidra is the sublime science of complete relaxation. But, it is more than that. Rooted in a vast body of knowledge, Yoga Nidra has five different aims or outcomes. Depending upon which one of these five you wish to achieve, the approach changes. On the most basic level, Yoga Nidra is a comprehensive method for maximizing health and well being. On a deeper level, it is a profoundly spiritual practice and somewhere in between, it is one of the most profound and accessible ways to positively reshape the unconscious.

Dr. Joshua Hare, Chief Sciences Officer, Senior Associate Dean for Experimental and Cellular Therapeutics, Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), and Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Stem Cells Aiding the Regenerative Powers of the Brain

"Stem cells could be the new antibiotics," says Joshua Hare, director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  "When you put the pieces of the puzzle together, stem cells could touch just about every area of medicine."

Afternoon at Brain Lab

A Deep Dive into the End of Alzheimer's

Moderated by George Vradenburg, Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer's and Convener of the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer's Initiative.  George and UsAgainstAlzheimers co-convene both the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease (LEAD) Coalition and the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer's Disease.

This rich dialogue will be between four thought leaders in the field of Brain Health who will share their findings in research, nutrition, exercise and other influences in creating and maintaining a healthy brain and understanding the current landscape of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Mark Hyman, Director, Center for Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, a practicing family physician, a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. 

Dr. Dale Bredesen, President and Founder - The Buck Institute.  The Bredesen Protocol is a comprehensive lifestyle and nutrition approach to treating - and reversing - early-onset Alzheimer's, developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen, neurologist and researcher with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

Dr. Richard P. Brown is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; he has authored over 100 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on pharmacological treatments, clinical studies, and complementary and integrative treatments in psychiatry.

2:00 – 5:00PM

Afternoon Activities

Guided Hike with ACES: Explore and learn about the Aspen area with ACES! Our guide will lead us on a private wildflower and nature hike at the top of Aspen Mountain.

Invigorating Hike: Need a little cardio boost, join us on a hike up the scenic Hunter Creek Trail or relax by the pool with friends and enjoy downtown Aspen.


Closing Dinner at the beautiful Mountain Top Home of Glenda Greenwald

Enjoy our final evening dining al fresco with our thought leaders and new friends while taking in some of the most magnificent views of Aspen Mountain.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Breakfast at your Leisure and Departures


AccessCircles has a lens on women's health research.  During the coming year we intend to create:

The Collaborative for Gender Precision Medicine: We have been able to secure five leading institutions focused on women’s health research to join us in Aspen, moving us closer to creating our “Collaborative” which we hope to announce in Aspen. They are, The Connors Center, Brigham (Harvard); Yale’s Center for Women’s Health Research; Stanford, Clayton Center for Women’s Research; University of Colorado, Center For Women’s Health Research and the Laura W. Bush Center for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University.

Funding Seed Grants: We have been working closely with Dr Hadine Joffe and Dr Carolyn Mazure to strategize on how to bring the idea of funding seed grants at these institutions to life. We hope to announce our intentions in Aspen. Be awed by the wisdom and experience from these extraordinary thought leaders and experts in their fields while more fully understanding the impact their work has on us today and in the future.


AccessCircles Founding Member Forum Fee: $1500.00

AccessCircles Member Forum Fee: $1700.00

The AccessCircles Forum fee is inclusive of all thought leader programming, all meals, exquisite private dinner events and afternoon guided hikes.

Optional Aspen Brain Lab Saturday Program, 8:30am-4:00pm: $600.00

Aspen Brain Lab Saturday programming is optional and a separate price is listed should you wish to attend on Saturday.  Includes all programming, breakfast and lunch.


St. Regis Aspen

You must make your reservation before June 10th to receive the AccessCircles rate.

Reservations: 888-627-7198

Reference AccessCircles when you call to receive our special room rate.

$539/ night plus tax.

Our block is limited, please book asap. Our rate is available 3 days prior and 3 days post upon availability. 

St. Regis Aspen
315 E Dean St, Aspen, Colorado, 81611, United States