The 2020 Executive Leadership Conference will be held November 16-18, 2020 in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

More information to come in May 2020.

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What is ELC?

The Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) is a 3-day conference that will redefine how you approach leadership at your organization. Our unique blend of sessions challenges you to refine your healthcare leadership competencies, improve revenue generation from your workforce, prevent leader burnout, and develop essential soft skills like negotiation.

Meet face-to-face with leaders in all disciplines – clinical, administrative, education, and research – for interactive learning and ideation 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.

*New this Year* We encourage teams of PAs and NPs to jointly attend the first two days of the conference. Day three will be for PAs only.

Should I attend?
We’ve specifically designed ELC for leaders and clinical administrators. There’s new curriculum each year for you.

What will I learn?
During the course, you will:

  • Explore relevant content, regardless of your healthcare setting
  • Experience content across various disciplines – we will have breakout sessions based on your practice area
  • Develop your management skills in areas of leadership, finance, recruitment and retention, performance management, and productivity
  • Network with a broad group of PA and NP administrators, from early on in leadership to seasoned
  • Use real-life case studies and problem-solving activities to cement your learning

Course Directors

  • Andrea Lowe, PA-C, MHA, CHLM Director
  • Krisi Gindlesperger, PA-C, MPAS, MBA, DFAAPA, CHLM Advisor

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. The two-day conference has been designated for 13.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits and the three-day conference has been designated for 18.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs and NPs 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!



Executive Leadership Conference

8 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 5 p.m., Thursday, November 14, 2019*

*Please note: While Tuesday and Wednesday conference days are collaborative for PA and NP attendees, Thursday will be reserved exclusively for PAs.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch each day, a welcome reception, and online access to course materials. There is no single-day pricing for this course.

Need funding help to get to ELC? Download a template to request funding from your employer.

PA Member 

    • Early Bird (before August 7) – $899
    • Standard (after August 7) – $949

PA Nonmember

    • Early Bird (before August 7) – $1,169
    • Standard (after August 7) – $1,219

NP Member

  • 2 Day
    • Early Bird (before August 7) – $799
    • Standard (after August 7) – $849

NP Nonmember

  • 2 Day
    • Early Bird (before August 7) – $1,069
    • Standard (after August 7) – $1,119

Having issues registering?  Please contact us.

ELC Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1. We offer a 75% refund for cancellations received at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  2. We offer a 50% 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.
Venue & Travel


The 2019 Executive Leadership Conference will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102.

Hotel Accommodations

The hotel room block is now closed. Should you still need a reservation, please email Mairi Gardner at [email protected].

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 Tyson’s 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.

Info For Attendees

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips

  • On-site registration will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12. 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.


Electronic Handouts

Please remember there is no paper syllabus for this course. Electronic handouts provided by conference faculty are available in Learning Central. To access the handouts:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials or are unable to log in, please contact [email protected].
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2019 Executive Leadership Conference.
  3. Click the course title to navigate to Course Overview, then use the Course Navigation Menu or Next to proceed to Sessions.
  4. Click the session title and then scroll down to Session Materials to access the handout for that session.


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 Thursday, November 14, 2019. You will have until Saturday, December 14, 2019, to complete the evaluations. Please use the following steps to complete the course evaluation and receive your CME certificate:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials or are unable to log in, please contact [email protected].
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2019 Executive Leadership Conference.
  3. Click the course title to navigate to Course Overview, then use the Course Navigation Menu or Next to proceed to Sessions.
  4. At the end of each session, click the session title to open and complete the Evaluation for that session. Be sure to ONLY complete the session evaluations for the sessions that you attended.
  5. Complete the Conference Evaluation at the end of the conference.
  6. View your certificate under Transcript.

What Previous Attendees Say About ELC


What I enjoyed most:

  • “Getting a finger on the pulse of utilization and progression in other states.”
  • “The sense of community.”
  • “…The ability to reset and brainstorm and be able to do things differently with a fresh perspective.”
  • “The networking is invaluable! Peer mentorship with other leaders…is inspiring and equips all of us to grow.”
  • “…Being with like-minded PAs and NPs. Leadership can be lonely.”
  • “…Hearing about hospital and teams’ experiences of building APC leadership structures.”


Overall feedback:

  • “…Amazed at the enormous amount of talented PAs we already have in key leadership positions.”
  • “Great program with real-world application.”
  • “Impressive speakers…good & relevant topics, excellent execution.”
  • “I learned invaluable pathways to leadership that have stayed with me for years.”
  • “This is my second CHLM ELC…learn something each time.”
  • “Will be here next year!”

The Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) would like to thank the following company for sponsoring the 2019 Executive Leadership Conference!




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ELC on Demand 2019 – Now Available!

Access recorded sessions from ELC 2019 and other CHLM content via Leadership on Demand.