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ELC 2020 Canceled

August 13, 2020

Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, the AAPA Executive Leadership Conference in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, November 16 – 18, 2020, is canceled. This difficult decision was reached after careful analysis and consideration of all associated implications – most importantly, what is best for the health and safety of PAs/NPs and your patients, as well as speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and staff.

We recognize that PAs and NPs are on the frontlines, preparing for and responding to this worldwide health crisis. AAPA volunteers and staff are working diligently to minimize any inconveniences of the cancellation and also meet the emerging and changing needs of PAs and NPs during this uncertain time.

Please visit this list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the cancellation of ELC 2020.


What is ELC?

The Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) is a 3-day event that will redefine how you approach leadership at your healthcare organization. Our unique blend of sessions challenges you to refine your healthcare leadership competencies, learn how to lead through crisis, gather tools to represent your work as a leader, improve revenue generation from your workforce, and much more.

Meet face-to-face with PA and NP leaders for interactive learning led by dynamic speakers and facilitators. You’ll return to your daily role with a renewed sense of purpose and brand-new ideas that just might transform healthcare.

ELC 2020 features:

  • 2.5-day general course full of interactive sessions on leadership
  • Optional half-day post-course on the business of medicine geared toward executive PA/NP leaders
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues

What will I learn?

During the course, you will:

  • Explore relevant content, regardless of your healthcare setting
  • Develop your skills in the 5 competency domains described by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance: communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business skills and knowledge
  • Network with a broad group of PA and NP leaders, from early on in leadership to seasoned
  • Use real-life case studies and problem-solving activities to cement your learning

Course Directors

  • Krisi Gindlesperger, PA-C, MPAS, MBA, DFAAPA
    US Acute Care Solutions, Vice President – National Director of APPs
  • Andrea Lowe, MHA, PA-C
    AAPA, Director of Employer Strategy
  • Sarah Vanderlinden, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Medical College of Wisconsin, Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers

Accreditation Statements

The 2020 Executive Leadership Conference: General Course, offered November 16 – 18, 2020, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 18.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The 2020 Executive Leadership Conference: Post Course – Moving from Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders, offered November 18, 2020, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 3.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Are You an NP?

NPs can often claim AAPA Category 1 CME credit as continuing education with AANPCB and ANCC. Check with your certification/licensing authority to confirm that AAPA credit is acceptable – and then register today!

Cancellation FAQs

FAQs Regarding Cancellation of ELC 2020

If your question is not answered below, please contact [email protected] for more information.


What happens to my current ELC 2020 registration?

There is no need to contact AAPA about canceling your registration. All registrants will receive a full refund via the original form of payment within 30 days.

Can I get my refund on a different credit card than the one I paid with?

Legally, we cannot refund your conference registration to another form of payment. The refund will go to the original form of payment. If the original credit card used is no longer valid, the refund will still go to the original form of payment and you will need to contact your bank to receive the funds.

Will you offer a virtual option?

Check out Leadership on Demand if you want to catch up on leadership content and earn CME from home.

How will this affect my travel plans?

If you booked your hotel through the AAPA block at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, it will be automatically canceled. If you booked a room at another hotel, please contact them to cancel. Please contact your airline to inquire about a credit or refund.

How do I cancel my hotel room?

If you booked your hotel through the AAPA block at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, it will be automatically canceled. If you booked a room at another hotel, please contact them to cancel.



Course Information

General Course (18.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)

Monday, November 16 at 8 a.m. – Wednesday, November 18 at 12:15 p.m.


  • AAPA member: $899
  • Nonmember: $1,199

Registration includes three breakfasts, two lunches, one welcome reception, and online access to course materials. There is no single-day pricing for this course.


Optional Post-Course: Moving from Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders (3.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)

Wednesday, November 18, 1:15 – 5 p.m.

Separate registration required. Limited seats available!


  • AAPA member: $199
  • Nonmember: $279

This post-course will provide a deeper learning experience on the business of medicine. Expert faculty will discuss PA/NP utilization models, business plans for launching PA/NP teams, how to optimize leadership structures that integrate PAs and NPs, and tips for navigating the changing healthcare landscape.

Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1. We offer a 75 percent refund for cancellations received at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  2. We offer a 50 percent refund for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  3. Generally, we do not offer any refunds or credits for no-shows and cancellation notifications received after the conference or seminar is held.

Want more leadership training? Don’t miss the 2020 Arizona State University (ASU) Leadership Academy Certificate Program.  Learn more and register today!

Should I Attend?

Should I Attend?

Both PAs and NPs are invited to attend the Executive Leadership Conference. We’ve specifically designed ELC for PAs and NPs who are clinical or administrative leaders, or those who are considering transitioning into healthcare leadership. There’s a new curriculum each year for you. Take a look at our attendee data from 2019 to learn more.


2019 Attendees by Profession

2019 was the first year that NPs were in attendance, and we look forward to an even higher NP attendance in 2020.


2019 Attendees by Leadership Experience

The Executive Leadership Conference is for leaders of all experience levels, as well as for PAs and NPs who are planning to become leaders.


2019 Attendees by Level of Responsibility

Whether you manage PAs and NPs in one site or service line, drive strategic initiatives within an organization, or manage in some other capacity, the program and networking opportunities at the Executive Leadership Conference can benefit you.



  • November 16


    • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM


    • 7:00 – 8:00 AM

      Exhibits and Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 – 8:15 AM

      Welcome From Course Directors

    • 8:15 – 9:15 AM

      Leading Through Crisis

    • 9:15 – 10:15 AM

      Enhancing Engagement in PA/NP Transition to Practice

    • 10:15 – 10:30 AM


    • 10:30 – 11:30 AM

      Inpatient Team Integration/Rapid Response

    • 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM

      Contract or No Contract: An Upside and Downside Discussion of Different PA/NP Employment Models

    • 12:30 – 1:30 PM

      Exhibits and Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:30 – 2:30 PM

      Unconscious Bias for Leaders/Administrators

    • 2:30 – 3:15 PM

      Transitioning From Unofficial Leader to Titled Leader: What Do You Need to Know?

    • 3:15 – 3:30 PM


    • 3:30 – 5:00 PM

      Small Group Session 1: Tools to Represent Your Work as a Leader: Leader Reports and SMART Goals

    • 5:00 – 6:00 PM

      Welcome Reception

  • November 17


    • 6:15 – 7:00 AM

      Group Yoga (Optional)

    • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM


    • 7:00 – 8:00 AM

      Exhibits and Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 – 9:00 AM

      Data Minded: A Review of Quality

    • 9:00 – 10:00 AM

      Updates in Reimbursement

    • 10:00 – 10:15 AM


    • 10:15 – 11:15 AM

      Furthering Your Academic Degrees: What Is the Best Way to Go?

    • 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

      Telemedicine 2.0

    • 12:15 – 1:15 PM

      Exhibits and Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:15 – 2:15 PM

      COVID-19 Response and Preparing PAs/NPs for Medical/Mass Casualty Response

    • 2:15 – 3:15 PM

      Maximizing Revenue Generation Strategies for PAs and NPs

    • 3:15 – 3:30 PM


    • 3:30 – 5:00 PM

      Small Group Session 2: Exchanging Ideas and Best Practices

    • 6:00 – 8:00 PM

      Group Networking Dinners With Facilitators (Optional)

  • November 18


    • 6:15 – 7:00 AM

      Group Yoga (Optional)

    • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM


    • 7:00 – 8:00 AM

      Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 – 9:00 AM

      Leadership and Relationships With State and National Advocacy

    • 9:00 – 10:00 AM

      Empathy in Leadership

    • 10:00 – 10:30 AM

      Break for Hotel Check-Out

    • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

      Small Group Session 3: Mentorship vs. Sponsorship: What’s the Difference and Why Do You Need Both?

    • 12:00 – 12:15 PM

      Closing Remarks

    • 12:15 – 1:15 PM

      Lunch (On Your Own)

    • 1:15 – 2:15 PM

      Post-Course – Moving From Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders
      PA/NP Utilization Models: Creating Best Practices
      (Separate registration required)

    • 2:15 – 3:00 PM

      Post-Course – Moving From Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders
      Business Plans for Launching PA/NP Teams
      (Separate registration required)

    • 3:00 – 3:15 PM


    • 3:15 – 4:15 PM

      Post-Course – Moving From Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders
      Optimization of Leadership Structures That Integrate PAs and NPs
      (Separate registration required)

    • 4:15 – 5:00 PM

      Post Course –  Moving From Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders
      Navigating the Changing Healthcare Landscape as an Executive: How to Anticipate and Prepare for What’s Next
      (Separate registration required)

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

Venue & Travel


The 2020 Executive Leadership Conference will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102.

Hotel Accommodations

A discounted room rate of $209, plus applicable taxes, has been secured for attendees and will be available until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Monday, October 26, 2020, or until the room block is full. After that time, a room cannot be guaranteed.


Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 1-800-241-3333. Please have your arrival/departure dates, bed type preference, and credit card information ready. You must mention “AAPA Executive Leadership Conference 2020” in order to receive the discounted rate.

Should you have any issues booking a hotel room, please contact Mairi Gardner.

Considering Staying Elsewhere? Don’t!

By staying at the conference hotel, you have easy access to the day’s sessions, meals, and countless networking opportunities with your peers. Additionally, by staying within the block, you help AAPA negotiate the best hotel rates for our attendees. 

Hotel Perks

  • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary use of fitness center, steam room, sauna, and whirlpool

Hotel Policies

Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 11 a.m. Reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a no-show fee equal to one night’s room and tax. All reservations and cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.


Flying? This hotel is 14 miles from Dulles International Airport (IAD). Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided. Using rideshare services like Uber and Lyft is highly recommended in this area.

Driving? Self-parking is available for $12 per day. Valet parking is $25 per day and $45 for overnight. Get more information regarding directions and other parking options.

Things to Do in Tysons Corner

Things to Do in Tysons Corner

Located just outside the nation’s capital, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see in Tysons Corner. Take time after the day’s sessions or extend your stay and check out some of the nation’s most historic sites. Jump on the Metro’s Silver Line or grab an Uber or Lyft and you’ll be downtown in no time!


The hotel is conveniently connected to the Tysons Corner Galleria, filled with shops and restaurants.  It’s also just across the street from Tysons Corner Center, a massive mall with hundreds of upscale stores and eateries, plus a cinema and an elevated outdoor plaza.

Food & Drinks

Whether it’s an evening cocktail or a relaxing meal with a colleague, take a break to recharge, refuel, and indulge in a variety of dining options. Curious what Laotian noodles or Cardamom Amaretto ice cream taste like? Try some of the best original food concepts in Washington, D.C. at A Taste of Urbanspace Food Hall.

Explore Washington, D.C.

Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, true local flavor – Washington, D.C. is a place unlike any other. It’s your home away from home with free museums and the National Mall, America’s front yard. Plan your trip to the nation’s capital by checking out all the things to do, places to eat and more.

Information for Attendees

Information for Attendees

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips

  • Registration will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, November 16. Please be sure to stop by and pick up your registration materials before heading into the sessions. You only need to check in once at the on-site registration desk.
  • ELC is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Use your smartphone, computer, or tablet to answer questions in CME sessions that use audience response system technology.
  • Meeting rooms might get cold. Don’t forget your sweater or light jacket!
  • Don’t forget your business cards, as this is a great event to network!

Electronic Handouts

There is no paper syllabus for this course. Lecture materials will be available under “My Curriculum” in AAPA’s Learning Central two weeks before the conference start date.

Course Evaluations and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of course evaluations is a prerequisite for a CME certificate. The course evaluations/CME certificate will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central beginning Monday, November 16, 2020. You will have until Tuesday, December 15, 2020, to complete the evaluations.



What Previous Attendees Say About ELC

“If you are in a position of leadership as a NP/PA or looking into going into leadership, this conference is a must.”

“Wonderful conference that is a perfect setting for one to get new ideas and skills in leadership.”

“Best conference I’ve been to on leadership for clinicians. Top notch speakers with practical information to take home and use immediately.”

“The networking is invaluable! Peer mentorship with other leaders is inspiring and equips all of us to grow.”

“Loved this conference. Great for new leaders wanting to advance their careers.”

“Great for all levels of leaders.”

“Excellent course with a wealth of great information.”

“This conference provides unparalleled networking access to PA/NP leaders across all phases of healthcare leadership experience. It will definitely help take my career to the next level.”

“Great to network with other leaders and hear how others are tackling the tough challenges within PA leadership.”



Join us in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and connect with more than 200 PAs/NPs in healthcare leadership. Benefits to sponsors include increased marketing exposure and name recognition from our constituents.




For more information about these opportunities, contact Tony Manigross.


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