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Educating & Empowering Blood Center Professionals Worldwide


Subject to change.

May 9-11, 2023

Sheraton/Le Meridien
charlotte, nc

Session Descriptions

Solution Session: Join us as we collaborate with our industry partners to work on solutions that enhance donor center efficiency and the overall donor experience.

Abstracts: A one-hour in-depth presentation with Q&A on a specific topic

Roundtables: Select a topic and join others in an intimate setting and walk away with ideas to implement back in the office.

Quick Hits: Fast-paced presentation to jumpstart action.

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May 9
Pre-conference Workshops: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

 Time  Topic
 9:00 - 10:30 am

SOLD OUT- WAITLIST ONLY Pre-Conference Workshop:  Leveraging the Power of Design Thinking to Inspire Innovation in the Blood Industry

David Schonthal, Kellogg School of Management

 Sponsored by Abbott
 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

SOLD OUT- WAITLIST ONLY Pre-Conference Workshop: Blood Donation Preferences, Barriers and Motivators in the Context of COVID-19: Perspectives of Donors and Nondonors

Shana Hughes, PhD, MPH, Assistant Investigator, Vitalant, and Suzanne Joiner, Vitalant

In this session, a team composed of blood center operational leadership, researchers and other industry partners will report results from a recent survey on donation practices and preferences, as well as barriers and motivators for blood donation. The sample included individuals who have never donated, and first-time, repeat, and lapsed donors. The presentation will highlight key findings and explore their relevance from both a scientific and operational perspective.

 Sponsored by Fresenius Kabi 
 1:00 - 1:30 pm

 Opening Session

Sponsored by OneBlood

 1:30- 2:30 pm
Keynote Presentation: Fearless

As a finalist on NBC's The Voice Season 6, Kat Perkins brings her message on being fearless in all aspects of your life. She is an energetic force and will lead you through ways you can implement a fearless approach in the face of challenges and doubt in the workplace and personal life.

Mentored by Adam Levine, Kat climbed her way to fourth place. A native of the tiny town of Scranton, ND, Kat has resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1999.  Kat has released five albums since The Voice with two of her singles charting inside #20 on the iTunes Charts. Along with full time touring, Kat founded The Rising Star Foundation and runs her own music camp in the badlands of North Dakota! Music and education is her passion and she tries to combine them whenever possible.

Kat Perkins

 2:30 -2:45 pm

 2:45 - 3:45 pm

ADRP Recruitment and Collections Survey

Amanda Farrell, The Blood Connection; Theresa Pina, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

 3:45 - 4:00 pm

4:00 - 5:00 pm

 Inspiring Action Through Education, A Case Study on Vein to Vein

Naomi Howatt, Bloodworks NW

 5:00 - 7:00 pm 
 Expo Opening and Reception

May 10

ADRP Awards Presentation and Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:30 am
Sponsored by The Blood Connection

 Time Topic  Topic  Topic   
 9:45 - 10:45 am Abstract: Guardians Circle Donor Pledge Program

Nicole Acedo, and Leslie Eagan, San Diego Blood Bank
Abstract: Recording Sex: Scotland's journey towards developing a policy for trans blood donors

Cara McGuigan, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Quick Hit: Donor/Recipient Meetings Inspire the Masses

Yadira Navarro and Christine Foran, NYBCe

Quick Hit: Building a Successful Plan for College/University Blood Drives

Ellen Kirtner, and Allie Van Dyke, The Blood Connection
 10:45 am

 11:00 - 11:30 am Solution Session

- Knock Your Day-to-Day Out of the Park!

Troy Anderson, Director of Product SolutionsJenn White, Director of Product Development | CRM, IT Synergistics 

Sponsored by IT Synergistics

Solution Session - Engage, Empower and Retain: Work-life balance in the palm of your hand

Todd Abner, Business Development Director, Blood Management,  InVita Healthcare Technologies

Sponsored by InVita Healthcare Technologies

Solution Session - Identifying Messaging Solutions to Optimize Donor Motivation

Dave Leitch, Sr. Director Blood Services, HealthAware

Sponsored by HealthAware 

 11:35 am - 12:05 pm

Solution SessionMaximizing ROI with PermaCard: A Printing Partnership

Tracie Altman and Amanda Marcengill, PermaCard

Sponsored by PermaCard

Solution Session - A Novel Approach to Turn Appreciation into More Frequent Donors

Heidi Connors, Darren Hudach, Incept, Jackie Marschall, Hoxworth Blood Center, Shaun Schweitzer, SayThanx

Sponsored by Incept

Solution Session  Improving the Donation Experience to Increase Frequency

Dave Leitch, Principal,  Branch Analytics/ Sr. Director Blood Services, HealthAware

Sponsored by  Branch Analytics

Solution Session -

You Donate the Know, We Build the How:
Doing good better. Together.

Sponsored by  BBCS/Degree 37

 12:05 - 1:00 pm

 Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:00 - 2:00 pm  Quick Hit: It's Not Our Fault, But It's Our Problem

Mo Sayed, South Texas Blood and Tissue

Quick Hit: Hiring Collection Team Members to Stay

James Randle, South Texas Blood and Tissue

Abstract: Giving the Finger Back!

 Theresa Pina, and Michele Walker, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Abstract: Does Cause Marketing Enhance Donor Engagement?

Emily Roebuck, ImpactLife
2:05 - 3:05 pm 

Abstract: Transformational Leadership: Inspiring Team Collaboration and Success Through Self-Reflection, Tanya Ospitale, Vitalant

Quick Hit: What 15,000 Donors Taught Us About Making Them Happy

Ayisha, Baillie, and Andrew Harris, Welsh Blood Service

Quick Hit: Share Your Story: Amplifying employee voices in DEI

May Dobbins, and Adam Testa, Vitalant

Abstract: What's Your Color? How to use Insights Discovery to manage and lead teams

Dawn Kaiser, Penny Schroeder, and Amy Smith, Versiti 

 3:05 - 3:30 pm Specialty Break in the Exhibit Hall (exhibits will close at the conclusion of this break)      
 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Live. Engage. Diversify. Recruit: Game changing equity is on the horizon thanks to community-based research

Terrie Foster, Jennie Haw, Kelly Holloway, Don Lapierre, and Elizabeth Vesnaver. Canadian Blood Services

 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Networking Reception Dinner at the Ballpark - Join us at Truist Field to watch the Charlotte Knights  -

Ticket includes game ticket and full buffet dinner.  Must add-on during registration.


    May 11

     Time   Topic 
     8:30 - 9:30 am

    Early Implementation Strategies FDA Guidance Change on Individual Behavior Assessment

    Dr. Julie Cruz, Versiti; Susan Forbes, OneBlood, Pete Lux, ImpactLife; JD Pettyjohn, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers; Nicole Pineault, Rhode Island Blood Center NYBCe

     9:30 - 9:40 am  Break

    9:40 am and 10:15 Roundtables

    Roundtables Topics (30 min) and will repeat one time.

    • Turn Down the Heat: Fighting burnout while re-engaging your workforce, Marisa Saint Martin, OneBlood
    • Podcasting for Blood Donors, David Oh, MD and Lisa Cowden, Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cinncinati
    • Bedside Rebooking, Anthony Piatt, South Texas Blood and Tissue
    • Blood Bank Madness, Jonette Correia, Blood Bank of Hawaii
    • Elevating the Hispanic Experience, Ramona Moise, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
    • Recruiting Donors with Disabilities, Fawzia Sui, Dr Suliman al habib hospital, Saudia Arabia

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Closing Session

    Art of Conversation

    Jonathan is a visionary leader, thought innovator, and dynamic speaker. He is passionate about sharing his expertise and personal experience in order to help leaders become more self-aware, emotionally attuned, and skilled communicators. Jonathan has been leading and speaking professionally for more than 15 years. From delivering keynotes, to conducting workshops and corporate trainings, to presenting at a TEDx event, he has had the privilege of teaching audiences all over the U.S. and abroad. Jonathan is a certified leadership coach through GiANT Worldwide, and is currently in a master coaching program out of London, England studying Predictive Leadership Behaviors. As a community leader and entrepreneur, Jonathan’s work and life serve the same purpose: to inspire and empower the people he meets. 

    Speaker: Jonathan Parker, GiANT Certified Coach and Trainer

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