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Hawk Tran

Chief Operating Officer

 2023 NAVREF Conference Agenda (updated September 8, 2023)

All times shown are local to the conference location

This agenda is preliminary and subject to change

Sunday, September 17th

 1:00 PM  - 5:00 PM Registration Desk Opens
 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Pre-Conference Breakout Sessions:
  • VA-NPC-Academic Cohesiveness: The Legendary "Triforce" of VA Research
  • NAVREF Annual Membership Meeting for NPC Members
  • ACOS/VA Personnel Meeting (Closed Meeting)
 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  Welcome Reception: Welcome to the Viking Village

Monday, September 18th

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at the Viking Village Exhibit Hall

  • Visit "VAhall" to interact with OGC STAR, NPPO, and other VA ORD representation
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Ceremony with a live performance of the National Anthem by SMSgt Ryan Kelly, USAF

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Session: The Magic of Empathetic LeadershipNash Fung

Speaker: Magician, Nash Fung

“The Magic of Empathetic Leadership”, will share empathetic communication techniques that will help you lead with empathy, make others feel heard, understood, valued, and empowered.

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Refreshment Break
     10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

     Breakout Sessions:

    • Change Management…How to Predict (and Plan For) the Future Voyage!
    Speaker(s): Michele Packard-Milam
      • PEO Advantages, Expectations, and How to Select One
      Speaker(s): Matt Johnson, Stacey Seeger and Ashley Drewes of ProResources HR
          • WOC/IPA Process: What to Know and How to do It
           Speaker(s): Tony Laracuente and Kim Collins
                 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM  Hybrid Lunch Period: Either Lunch on Your Own OR Brown Bag Session (Requires Pre-Registration)
                 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

                Brown Bag Lunch Sessions (requires pre-registration):

                • What is the role of NPPO and Best Practices
                  Speaker(s): Kim Collins and Paula Floyd
                  • ACOS/VA Brown Bag Lunch - VA Research Enterprise Hot Topics Discussion Part 1
                  Speaker(s): Tony Laracuente and Jason Berlow
                       1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

                       Breakout Sessions:

                      • Navigating Extramural Grants: eRA Commons, and eBRAP
                      Speaker(s): Mary Reeder and Rebecca Walker
                      • QuickBooks Setup:  Building a Boat That Floats
                      Speaker(s): Bill Winkler, Lori Gould, Peggy Bradley, Nadine Rogers 
                      Moderator: Jennifer Mock
                        • ACOS: What's the Job?

                        Speaker(s): Carl Grunfeld, Irma Molina, Risa Richardson

                           2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

                          Breakout Sessions:

                          • Pre and Post Award Grant Management: What Does Success Look Like?
                          Speaker(s): Rebecca Field, Christiane Perry, Mary Reeder
                          • Navigating QuickBooks for Success
                          Speakers: Bill Winkler Lori Gould Peggy Bradley, Nadine Rogers 
                          Moderated: by Jennifer Mock 
                          • Growing Your Program: Practical Lessons from Successful Sites

                          Speakers: Brooks Robey, Bill Banks , Allison Williams
                             3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

                             Refreshment Break

                             3:30 PM - 4:30 PM  Breakout Sessions:
                            • A Tale of Three Lands: A Panel and You on Growth- Not Just Size
                            Speaker(s): Elaine Staats, Jeremy Greene, and Mary Thornton
                              • Auditing: What you should know, where to look and what to ask
                              Speaker(s): Bennie Lewis
                              • Small Sites: Think Big, Start Small
                              Speaker(s): Tony Laracuente, Irma Molina, Irene Zoesch, River Smith, Suzanne Milbourne
                                 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

                                 8th Annual NAVREF Awards Dinner and VA Recognition Ceremony

                                Join this evening of celebration and recognition for champions in our unique VA Research arena. 

                                Guest Speakers:

                                Molly Klote, MD

                                Dr. Molly Klote, Deputy VA Chief Research and Development Officer

                                Senator Nicole L. Mitchell

                                Minnesota Senator Nicole Mitchell

                                Rep. Sandra Feist
                                Minnesota Representative Sandra Feist 

                                  Tuesday, September 19th

                                  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

                                  Breakfast at the Viking Village Exhibit Hall

                                    • Meet Industry Partners at the "Fire Pit" for presentations:

                                  8:15 am- 8:30 am: Greenphire

                                  8:35 am- 8:50 am: Mirati

                                    • Visit "VAhall" to interact with OGC STAR, NPPO, and other VA ORD representation
                                    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

                                     ORD Enterprise Presentation

                                    Speaker: Dr. Rachel Ramoni, VA Chief Research and Development Officer
                                     10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Refreshment Break
                                     10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                                     Breakout Sessions:

                                    • Clinical Trial Center and Budgets: Tools and Guides

                                    Speaker(s): Caitlin Mahaney
                                    • Veteran Engagement Groups: Unlocking the Full Potential of Veteran Voices
                                    Speaker(s): Steven Fu, Laura Meis, Mary Wyman
                                    • Conveying Value and Relationship Building with Executive Leadership, Clinical Services, and Support Services
                                    Speaker(s): Risa Richardson and Brooks Robey
                                         11:30 AM - 1:00 PM  

                                        Lunch On Your Own: Go Enjoy the City! 

                                        Private Luncheon: 2024 Conference Committee Volunteers (Designated Individuals Only)

                                         1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


                                        • Clinical Trial Center and Budgets: Applying the Tools & Guides Workshop
                                        Speaker(s): Michelle Trimble
                                        • Debunking Website Development Mysticism
                                        Speaker(s): Hawk Tran and Elizabeth Stout
                                        • Public Relations: Controlling the Narrative and Publicizing your Program
                                        Speaker(s): Brad Doboszenski; Bruce Friedland; Alice Huang; Josh Nixon
                                           2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

                                           Breakout Sessions:

                                          • Indirect Rates – Why They are Important and How They Can Benefit your NPC
                                          Speaker(s): Adam Cassius, Rebecca Field, Steven Zuraf 
                                          • Going ROGUE: The CTMS Platform Built by NPCs for the NPCs
                                          Speaker(s): Michelle Trimble and Jennifer Mock
                                          • VHA Research Enterprise Hot Topics Part 2
                                          Speaker(s): Grant Huang and Chris Bever
                                           3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  Refreshment Break
                                           3:30 PM - 4:30 PM  Breakout Sessions:
                                          • Looking Beyond Our Landscape: Incorporating the CVSO

                                          Speaker(s): Greg Peterson, Jon Lovald, Stephen Whitehead, and Nadine Rogers

                                          Moderator: NAVREF

                                          • Rowing together – Fostering Effective Physician and Administrative Partnerships
                                          Speaker(s): Beth Averbeck and Ezgi Tiryaki
                                            • Leveraging CDAs for the Next Generation
                                            Speaker(s): Mark Roltsch, Kristin Mattocks, Jennifer Lee
                                               5:00 PM  Evening Social Activities - Check-in at Registration Desk!!!

                                              Wednesday, September 20th

                                               7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

                                              The Mindful Viking's Time:

                                              • Meditation Room 
                                              • Beginner's Yoga
                                              • Run Groups
                                               8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 

                                              Meet Industry Partners at the "Fire Pit" for presentations

                                                • 8:30- 8:45: RCM&D

                                              • Farewell Brunch at the Viking Village Exhibit Hall
                                              • Visit "VAhall" to interact with OGC STAR, NPPO, and other VA ORD representation
                                               9:00 AM - 10:00 AM The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act and Military Exposures Research Program

                                              Speaker(s): Grant Huang

                                               10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Break
                                               10:30 AM - 11:30

                                              The new EHR and what the transition means to the research office and NPC

                                              Speaker(s): Dr. Molly Klote

                                               11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

                                               Conference Wrap-up Sessions:

                                              • Wrap-up with NPCs: Key Take-Aways and Action Items
                                              Speaker(s): Rashi Romanoff, Hawk Tran, Angie Smith
                                                 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Lunch:
                                                • Industry Partner Consortium Working Lunch (Provided Lunch)
                                                • Lunch on Your Own for NPC Attendees
                                                • Wrap-up with ORD: Key Take-Aways, Action Items, and Strategic Planning
                                                  Speaker(s): Gery Schulteis and Jacob Lindheimer
                                                 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

                                                Post-Conference Sessions:

                                                • Industry Partner Consortium General Quarterly Meeting
                                                • NPC Workshop: How to Implement Lessons Learned from the Conference
                                                Speaker(s): Hawk Tran
                                                   3:00 PM  Close of all Conference Activities

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