We invite you to join us for our AccessCircles Winter Forum, “On the Edge”, January 24-27, 2019 at the St. Regis, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach. (See the full agenda below)
Scientists know that exciting things happen along the boundaries between things. At the dividing line between two things, there’s often no hard line at all. Rather, there’s a system, phenomenon or region rich in diversity or novel behavior — something entirely different from the two things that created it.
At our AccessCircles Forums, we like pushing the boundaries of knowledge by exploring the boundaries between us and the world of science. We strive to create experiences that ignite that spark creativity and innovation which forces us to think differently and to interact, “On The Edge”.
Come, sit "On The Edge" with us as we explore how innovation from our thought leaders creates dramatic results - and will change your lives forever.
We will explore many topics:
- Women: The growing problem of Opiods and Cannabanoids
- The Impact of Exercise on our Brains
- WHAM!: Women’s Health Matters Update
- Women on The Edge: Changing women’s health through their philanthropic visions.
Saturday morning will focus on Mindfulness and Meditation, Nutrition and Exercise and how we can live calmer, focused and more stress free lives.
Enjoy the warmth of Miami and cutting edge wisdom from extraordinary and iconic thought leaders, while connecting with friends. Spend your afternoons rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit by enjoying the spa, the beach, pools or shopping at the legendary Bal Harbour Shops. Our evenings will be shared together as we dine al fresco each night.
ON THE EDGE: AN ACCESSCIRCLES FORUM
St. Regis Hotel, Miami Beach
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019
6:00pm – 6:45pm
St. Regis Hotel Ocean View Ballroom
7:00pm – 8:45pm
OPENING DINNER AND KEYNOTE
St. Regis Hotel Ocean View Ballroom
Carolee Lee, Founder of AccessCircles and WHAM!
Dr. Hadine Joffe, Executive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center of Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Paula A. Johnson Assoicate 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
8:00pm – 8:45pm
DARING: MY PASSAGES - A PERSONAL JOURNEY
Gail Sheehy, New York Times Best Selling Author and Journalist
World-renowned author of 17 books, journalist, and popular lecturer, Gail Sheehy has changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. Her revolutionary book, Passages, was named by the Library of Congress one of the ten most influential books of our times.
Gail will share her own personal journey with us and her views on the personal ambitions and vulnerabilities that drive the world’s most public women.
Sheehy is one of the founding writers of New York and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. She has written about presidential candidates from Robert Kennedy to Hilary Clinton and world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to Saddam Hussein.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019
7:15am – 815am
BREAKFAST AT YOUR LEISURE
8:30am – 8:45am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Carolee Lee, Founder, AccessCircles and WHAM!
8:45am – 9:45am
STARTING AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL: A VIEW FROM THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN’S HEALTH, NIH
Dr. Janine Clayton, Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH
It doesn’t take a medical degree to understand that men and women are built differently—different hormonal patterns and even different lifestyle choices can affect the health outcomes for each sex (which, unlike gender, is a biological construct). The differences exist even at the cellular level. “Literally every cell in your body has a sex, from your liver to your lungs,” Dr. Clayton explains. “Being XX or XY affects the actual physiology of that tissue. Those differences have an impact on how men and women manifest diseases, how they respond to treatments, the side effects that they have and their overall health.”
Despite progress in recognizing and incorporating sex-based differences in the health of men and women, work remains, Hear how The Office of Research for Women, led by Dr. Janine Clayton, is forging the way to sustain change in how women are studied and results reported. All of this affects our diagnosis, treatment and ultimately the level of our well being.
9:45am – 10:45am
MINDFUL STORY TELLING
Lisa Genova, PhD, New York Time Bestselling Author. Neuroscientist. Speaker. Yogi. Mom. Empathy Warrior.
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, about a Harvard University professor who suffers early onset Alzheimer's disease. The novel was adapted into a film in 2014 film and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Julianne Moore’s highly acclaimed performance as Alice Howland.
Lisa will discuss the power of story to understand neurological diseases, disorders, and mental illness, to generate empathy, and to invite conversation that fuels social change.
There are over 2.6 million copies of Still Alice in print, and it has been translated into 37 languages. It was chosen as one of the thirty titles for World Book Night 2013. Genova has written fiction about characters dealing with neurological disorder. Gallery Books published her next three novels, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O'Briens, all New York Times bestsellers.
10:45am - 11:00am
11:00am – 12:00pm
BE INSPIRED: EXCEPTIONAL VISIONARIES – CREATING IMPACT
Moderator: Caroline Hodkinson, Senior Vice President,Director of Philanthropic Advisory at Bessemer Trust
Ann Deshe is passionate about health issues and particularly focused on a rare disease called EB, Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that affects 1 out of every 20,000 births in the United States (approximately 200 children a year are born with EB). There is no treatment or cure.
Ann will share her passion for helping to find a cure for EB and her journey of working with a small team of passionate individuals who are racing against the clock to improve treatments against this disabling disease. Creating the right team of professionals to help you sort through the best ways to create impact and offer time, treasure and talent to a cause around which you are passionate, will be the focus of this dialogue.
Lynn Posluns, Founder and President, Women’s Brain Health Initiative
Lynn Posluns is Founder and President of Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI), the only organization dedicated solely to protecting the brain health of women. Since the charity launched in Canada and the U.S. in 2012, Women's Brain Health Initiative has made tremendous strides in raising awareness about the inequity in brain aging research for women, in funding that research, and in creating compelling education programs to help women protect their cognitive vitality.
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Ocean View Ballroom
A PERSONAL JOURNEY
Maria Freire, Ph.D., President and Executive Director, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Dr. Maria Freire is the President and Executive Director of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. She came to the Foundation in 2012 form the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation where she had served as the President since 2008. Maria will share some insights from the past year of her own encounter with disease and her reflections and insights on clinical innovation as a critical part in the path to wellbeing.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
THE FUTURE OF PRECISION MEDICINE FOR WOMEN
Introduction: Dr. Anula Jayasuriya, Founder, EXXclaim Capital, WHAM! Scientific Board Chair
Dr. Hadine Joffe, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health, Brigham Health, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, Director, Founding Director and Chief Scientist for the Laura. W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and Texas Tech University HSC.
Dr. Joffe will share the details of the Connors Center’s exciting new initiative, the emerging First-in-Women Precision Medicine Platform, a translational research platform that will advance the inclusion and specific investigation of women in the early development of new drugs and devices, as well as preventative and chronic disease management initiatives. Women have long been underrepresented in these investigations, leading to a paucity in sex-specific knowledge about therapeutics before they are approved for use in both women and men often resulting in treatments that may not be optimized for women in terms of efficacy or safety. First-in-Women will be a go-to hub in relation to new therapeutic treatments, improving health care prevention and treatment options for both men and women.
2:30pm - 3:15pm
WOMEN AND OPIOIDS
Dr. Carolyn Mazure
Founder and Director of Women’s Health Research at Yale; Spungen Bildner Professor in Women’s Health Research, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine.
Few have not heard of the widespread opioid crisis that is raging in this country. Yet, many are unaware of the important gender differences in how women and men come to use and become addicted to opioids, experience addiction and can require different interventions. This presentation will focus on how attention to these differences can inform more effective interventions.
Women’s Health Research at Yale’s director, Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, argues that policymakers, researchers and clinicians need to start considering how addiction affects women differently and what we can do to reduce its incidence and outcomes.
3:15pm - 4:00pm
HEALTHY BRAIN, HAPPY LIFE
Introduction: Lynn Connelly, Founding Partner, AccessCircles
Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New YorkUniversity
What if there was something you could do right that would sharpen your focus, get rid of brain fog, improve your mood and enhance your memory? What if those benefits were long-lasting and could protect your brain from diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and depression? Would you do it? I’m talking about physical activity. Simply moving your body has immediate, long-lasting and protective effects for your brain that can last for the rest of your life.
In this talk I’ll tell you about the neuroscience underlying these brain-strengthening effects of physical activity as well as my own very personal journey to understand why I consider exercise to be the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today. You will leave this talk with a better understanding of how and why exercise is so beneficial for your brain, but you also leave with some practical tips for how to bring more exercise into your own life.
4:00pm – 4:15pm
4:15pm – 5:00pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm
OCEAN VIEW DINNER AT THE ST. REGIS
Ocean View Terrace
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019
7:30am – 9:15am
BREAKFAST AT YOUR LEISURE
DEPART FOR SACRED SPACE MIAMI
Meet in St Regis Lobby – Please be prompt
SACRED SPACE TOUR AND WELCOME
Karla Dascal, Founder
9:15am – 10:30am
ENTREPRENEURS – CHANGING WOMEN’S LIVES
Moderator: Carolee Lee, Founder of AccessCircles
Karla Dascal, Founder, Sacred Space Miami
Gina Diez Barroso, Founder, Dalia
Karin Hehenberger, MD, PhD, CEO and Founder, Lyfebulb
Share an intimate and open dialogue on the journeys these three extraordinary women have taken to achieve the amazing and life changing impact they have created for improving and changing women’s lives.
10:45am - 11:30am
Leader: Dr. Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University
Wendy’s fascination with exercise and the effect of exercise on brain function was inspired by her own experiences of developing a regular exercise program in her own life. In 2009 she became a certified exercise instructor and since that time she has taught a form of exercise called IntenSati. Wendy will offer a modified version of her program for us to enjoy before lunch.
11:30am - 1:00pm
LUNCH AT PLANT MIAMI
Plant, is a plant-based restaurant with an emphasis on living foods, featuring vibrant, vegan, kosher and organic cuisine inspired by South Florida living.
Karla Dascal and her experts will share the importance of this healthy lifestyle choice and share some recipes and tips for us to use at home.
DEPART BACK TO THE ST. REGIS
1:15pm – 6:30pm
AFTERNOON AT LEISURE
Enjoy the Florida sunshine and all that the St. Regis offers - a magnificent beach, multiple pools, state of the art gym, walking and biking pathways, or take a stroll along the Bal Harbour Shops across the street. There is always the option to adventure out to the Design District, South Beach or Wynwood!
7:00pm – 9:00pm
AL FRESCO CASUAL DINNER OCEANSIDE AT THE ST. REGIS
Ocean Lawn (by the pool)
Enjoy our final dinner with new friends and AccessCircles members!
AccessCircles Forum Fee Member: $1100.00
Non-Member Forum Fee: $1350.00
The AccessCircles Forum fee is all inclusive: all programming as outlined below, daytime meals and exquisite private dinners. Hotel rooms as the St. Regis are not included and need to be booked directly through AccessCircles at this time to receive our discounted rate of $545.00. Call 561.441.8656 should you need a room.
St. Regis Miami Beach (Bal Harbour)
AccessCircles rate – rooms are limited at this time please contact us directly to secure your room at the AccessCircles rate of $545.00. If you contact the hotel directly they will not have rooms at our rate.
$545/ night plus tax.
Our block is limited, please book asap. Our rate is available 3 days prior and 3 days post upon availability.