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What is ELC?

The Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) is a 3-day event that will redefine how you approach leadership at your organization. Our unique blend of sessions challenges you to refine your healthcare leadership competencies, explore care model design, enhance your communication skills, improve PA and NP revenue generation for your organization, 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.

The conference experience features:

  • An optional half day on Monday with:
      • Networking Golf Scramble at world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course

  • An optional free Volunteer Leadership Networking Workshop on Monday
  • A half day of sessions geared to your leadership level: Emerging or Executive
  • Our 2.5-day conference filled with lectures from dynamic speakers
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues to include Link Up: La Jolla, networking reception and more
Course Directors

Alisha T. DeTroye, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Joe Ciavarro, PA-C, MBA



Registration Rates

AAPA Member Early Bird
(9/20 – 12/13)
AAPA Member Standard
(12/14 – 2/19)
Nonmember Early Bird
(9/20 – 12/13)
Nonmember Standard
(12/14 – 2/19)
Golf Scramble $199 $199 $303 $303
Volunteer Leadership Networking Workshop $0 $0 $0 $0
Conference $899 $999 $1,199 $1,299

Please note that the Executive Leadership Conference is not included in AAPA Fellow Plus or Premium Membership.

What’s Included in Registration

Golf Scramble

Separate registration is required for this optional golf scramble on February 19 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT at Torrey Pines.

Join other Executive and Emerging Leaders for the networking opportunity of a lifetime! This year, ELC attendees have the opportunity to play in a four-person golf scramble at the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course (North Course) in La Jolla, conveniently located within walking distance of the conference hotel, the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. By signing up for this networking event, you will be randomly assigned with three other attendees for 18 holes of golf.  Additional information to come, including rules and prizes for the winning team. Should you wish to sign up a guest, you may do so for a charge, by contacting [email protected]. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, golf cart rental, and all golf course related fees.

Volunteer Leadership Networking Workshop

Separate registration is required for this optional workshop on February 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT.

PA leadership is a journey that is individual and nonlinear. Hear from three experienced PA leaders on their journey. The course will include a review of professional values, how those values influence the vision for the PA leaders, and how leadership priorities align with both vision and values. The course will also include a facilitated workshop on how to create a two-minute pitch to executive leadership on the importance of ensuring PA leaders have a seat at the table with a vote.


Monday, February 19 – Wednesday, February 21

Registration includes two breakfasts, three lunches, half day leadership track breakout sessions, networking events, exhibits, and access to session recordings for 6 months after the conference concludes.

Cancellation Policy

Registration Cancellation Policy
  • Please submit your cancellation request in writing to [email protected].
  • We offer a full refund for cancellations prior to January 1, 2024.
  • Between January 2 – February 18 we can offer a 50% refund for cancellations.
  • No refunds or credits will be granted after the conference begins on February 19.
  • If AAPA has to cancel the in-person 2024 Executive Leadership Conference in La Jolla, CA, all registrants’ registration fees will be transferred to a fully virtual conference experience and participants will be refunded the difference in price, if applicable.
  • All hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.
Registration Discounts

Registration Discounts

Bring a Colleague

You know how great AAPA’s Executive Leadership Conference is – and we want you to be rewarded for sharing that knowledge! When you bring a colleague to ELC 2024 who has never attended the conference before, we’ll give you both a discount of $100 off your registrations.

Request your discount now. See below for discount details and read the full terms and conditions. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Terms and Conditions

  • Valid only for a returning ELC attendee bringing a first-time ELC attendee.
  • $100 registration discount per registrant.
  • Both applicants must also book a hotel room within the hotel block.
  • Application must be submitted prior to registering. No refunds will be given.
  • Registration rate for both applicants will be based on current registration rate on date of application submission.
  • Not valid in combination with any other discounts.
  • Only one application may be submitted per applicant.

Group Registration

AAPA offers a $100 discount, per registrant, on group registrations of 10+ PAs or NPs.

Restrictions apply:

    • All registrants must also book a hotel room at the time of registration.
    • No registrant on the list may be already registered. No refunds will be given.
    • This promotion and discount may not be used in combination with any other promotion or discount.
    • Group registration list must be submitted to [email protected].
Should I Attend?

Should I Attend?

Both PAs and NPs are invited to attend the Executive Leadership Conference (ELC). 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 2023.


Attendees by Profession


Years of Leadership Experience

Primary Work Role



Below is a list of sessions that are taking place at ELC 2024. Please note that all times listed are in Pacific Time (PT).

  • February 18


    • 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

      On-Site Registration

  • February 19


    • 6:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

      Golf Scramble
      (separate registration required)

    • 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

      Volunteer Leadership Networking Workshop
      (separate registration required)

    • 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.


    • 1:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

      Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 Track)

        • Emerging Leader Track

        • Executive Leader Track

    • 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

      Link Up: La Jolla

Emerging Leader Track Schedule of Topics

  • February 19


    • 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

      Early to Mid Career Leaders

    • 2:05 P.M. – 3:05 P.M.

      Conducting Internal Investigations When Potential Compliance and Fraud Issues Are Brought to a Leader’s Attention

    • 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

      Communication (Crucial Conversations)

    • 4:35 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

      Work-life Balance

Executive Leader Track Schedule of Topics

  • February 19


    • 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

      Topic TBD

    • 2:05 P.M. – 3:05 P.M.

      Higher Level Finance

    • 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

      Healthcare Landscape

    • 4:35 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

      Healthcare Leadership and Quality

  • February 20


    • 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.

      Exhibits and Breakfast (provided)

    • 8:00 A.M. – 8:15 A.M.

      Welcome from Course Directors

    • 8:15 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

      AAPA/AANP Advocacy Efforts

    • 9:05 A.M. – 10:05 A.M.

      PA Program Working With a Hospital Center

    • 10:05 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.


    • 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

      Human Resources

    • 11:35 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

      Health Equity and DEI

    • 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

      Exhibits and Lunch (provided)

    • 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

      Value Based Care

    • 3:00 P.M. – 3:25 P.M.


    • 3:25 P.M. – 4:25 P.M.

      PA and NP Inclusive Leadership

    • 4:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

      How to Build APP Infrastructure (Panel)

    • 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

      Networking Reception

  • February 21


    • 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.

      Exhibits and Breakfast (provided)

    • 8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.


    • 9:05 A.M. – 10:05 A.M.

      PA/NP Leadership

    • 10:05 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.


    • 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.


    • 11:35 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.

      Data Literacy for AP Leaders

    • 12:20 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

      Exhibits and Lunch (provided)

    • 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

      Care Model Design

    • 3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.


    • 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

      Breaking Into Management From a Clinical Perspective

    • 4:35 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

      Interactive Rapid Fire Ask the Experts Panel

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

CME Accreditation

CME Accreditation

2024 Executive Leadership Conference: General Course has been approved by the AAPA Review Panel for up to 20.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

2024 Executive Leadership Conference: Volunteer Leadership Networking Workshop has been approved by the AAPA Review Panel for up to 2.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Participants 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 for this great conference!

Venue and Travel

Venue and Travel

The 2024 Executive Leadership Conference will take place at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 North Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Hotel Accommodations

A discounted room rate of $229, plus applicable taxes, has been secured for attendees and will be available until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Monday, January 29, 2024, or until the room block is full. After that time, a room cannot be guaranteed.

The room rate is exclusive of the optional resort fee.  Should you wish to purchase it you may do so upon check-in.


Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 1-800-445-8667. Please have your arrival/departure dates, bed type preference, and credit card information ready. You must mention “AAPA Executive Leadership Conference 2024,” in order to receive the discounted rate.

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

Benefits of Staying at the Conference Hotel

This year’s conference is designed as an experience.  By staying in the conference hotel, you are fully immersed in daily networking, education, and the vibe that this conference encompasses.  By staying within the block, you also help AAPA negotiate the best hotel rates for our attendees. There’s really no reason to stay anywhere else!

Hotel Perks

  • Complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary use of fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • Optional resort fee for attendees of $32 per room/per night plus applicable taxes to include the following:
    • Two 12 oz coffee or tea per room per day
    • Access to Shiley Sports Complex ($18 value)
    • Kids Eat Free from Kids Menu (12 and under) in Torreyana Grill for Dinner with purchase of adult dinner entrée ($18 value)
    • In-Room Bottled Water, 2 per day ($7 value)
    • Access to resort activities and events
    • Breeze to the Beach City Shuttle – 2 tickets per room per day
    • 20% discount for Tennis Lessons by Local Pro
    • 15% Gift shop discount
    • 15% off Torrey Pines Golf ProShop

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 15 miles from San Diego International Airport. You can learn more about the location online here. 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 $40 and includes in and out privileges. Valet parking is $48.  Get more information on parking and other hotel policies.

Airline discount with Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines® is proud to partner with AAPA to offer discounted fares to/from San Diego for eligible travelers attending the Executive Leadership Conference!

  • Book your flights by visiting swabiz.com using Company ID: 99352105 to qualify for eligible discounted rates and bonus rapid reward points.
  • Qualifying discounts on eligible fares are for reservations booked through SWABIZ between now through February 16, 2024, for travel February 16, 2024 – February 25, 2024.
  • As a reward for our partnership, travelers will receive 25% more Rapid Reward bonus points* on all qualifying flights* booked via SWABIZ during now through February 16, 2024, and flown to or from San Diego, CA (SAN) between February 16, 2024 – February 25, 2024.

*Restrictions apply. Visit southwest.com/rrterms for more information.

Things to Do in La Jolla

Things to Do in La Jolla

If you aren’t taking a dip in the resort pool or playing at the famous Torrey Pines golf course, there are still plenty of things to do in downtown La Jolla or in nearby San Diego.

La Jolla Cove

The resort is just 5 miles from the La Jolla Cove. This is a popular destination to see sea lions basking in the sun. There is also tons of shopping, restaurants, hikes, and wildlife to keep you occupied.

Food & Drinks

San Diego has recently been called one of America’s best cities for foodies by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Whether you want Mexican food, farm-to-table, or just a good burger there is sure to be a restaurant that catches your eye!

Link Up: La Jolla

NEW! On Monday, February 19, after sessions conclude, there are some options for attendees to meet up, make some friends, and network with fellow attendees.

Trivia Night

Who doesn’t love trivia? Get into the competitive spirit and compete with fellow attendees for a prize and bragging rights!

Torreyana Lounge

The perfect place to converse after the first day of the conference. Grab a drink at the outdoor lounge at the resort to catch the seaside views.

Eppig Brewing

Beer lovers unite at this brewery overlooking the La Jolla Cove.

Attendee Information

Attendee Information

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips

  • Registration will open at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 18 and will reopen Monday, February 19 at 7 a.m. 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!
  • Bring along your business cards and get ready to network!

Electronic Handouts

There is no paper syllabus for this courseLecture materials will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central  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, February 19, 2024. You will have until Sunday, March 31, 2024, to complete the evaluations.



What Previous Attendees Say About ELC

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

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

“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. This conference 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.”

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

Put the prestige and connections of AAPA to work for you! Reach PA and NP administrators and emerging leaders who are attending the conference for leadership training and to refine their management and healthcare administration skills.

There are a variety of cost-effective networking and sponsorship opportunities for budgets of any size!



Attendees by Profession


Primary Employer Type


Years of Leadership Experience

Primary Work Settings

Primary Work Role


Sponsorship Opportunities

Increase your ROI with exciting networking and sponsorship opportunities that will enhance your visibility at the Executive Leadership Conference.

Have your own 6’x30” Table-Top Exhibit located in the conference area where all meals and breaks will be held.

Become an Event Partner to extend your brand, reach the right audience and amplify your message through thought leadership, creating a memorable attendee experience, or brand exposure. AAPA offers a variety of different opportunities that are available to fit your budget and needs.

Thought Leadership

  • Breakfast Industry Session
  • Dinner Industry Session

Attendee Experience

  • Conference Registration
  • Welcome Reception
  • Creative Corner
  • Refreshment Breaks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Local Tours
  • Head Shot Lounge
  • Portable Chargers
  • Recharge Wellness Zone (no screen zone)
  • Golf Scramble Attendee Activity

Brand Exposure

  • Hotel Room Drop
  • Digital Web Banner Ad
  • Digital Onsite Signage
  • Attendee Conference Bag
  • Attendee Bag Insert

In addition to the sponsorship benefits for each item, sponsors will also receive:

  • General Event Partner & Exhibit Recognition – Conference Website, Pre-Promotional Materials, and On-site Signage
  • Access to the Pre & Post Conference Attendee Registration List (available four weeks before the conference)

For questions or to start partnering with AAPA, please contact Heather.


We’re here to help! Email us your questions about ELC.