VCU Massey Cancer Center


Women & Wellness Forum Series

Women & Wellness luncheon
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Over the past twenty years, more than $3 million has been raised through our Women & Wellness Forum Series, represented each year by more than fifty dedicated female leaders who donate their time towards planning our annual series of events. 

Women & Wellness Forum Series is comprised of four pillars:

Tradition. We invite you to save the date for the 23rd Annual Luncheon at the Jefferson on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 featuring an impressive speaker at the historic and elegant Jefferson Hotel. With more than 500 in attendance, this event is an annual sell-out. More event details to come!

Impact. Join us for regular hands-on outreach and education experiences for all those whose lives have been impacted by cancer that reflect Massey's mission to eradicate the suffering caused by cancer. 

Influence. Aimed to bring together our professional advocates, we host tailored professional development opportunities with our physical scientists. These opportunities provide unparalled access to our cutting-edge research in an environment that inspires interaction and collaboration among professionals. Plan now to join us for "Rockstar Women of Massey," on Monday, May 22 to meet the women who are advancing discovery and influencing the next generation of cancer care. Light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Advance Registration Preferred, click here. 

Celebration. With survivors speaking passionately and positively about their Massey experiences, now is the time to embrace and celebrate the continued success of the Women & Wellness Forum Series among our greatest friends and supporters. 

Learn more about our Women & Wellness pillars by visiting the tabs below. 

  • Impact Series

    Thirsting for knowledge and additional opportunities to support Massey, the Series has expanded to incorporate elements of edcuation and outreach to meet the demands of our most dedicated supporters. With a focus on creating a tangible change in the lives of those impacted by cancer, these hands on experiences will reflect Massey's mission to eradicate the suffering caused by cancer. 

    We invite you to learn more and join us for a series of free educational workshops on women's cancers at our Stony Point Patient Resource Library!

    Our series so far have focused on ovarian and breast cancers. Please view our events calendar for more dates and details. 

  • Tradition Series

    Save the date for the Women & Wellness Luncheon!

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    Now in its 23rd year, the Luncheon is a much anticipated and beloved event in Richmond. Each February the Luncheon features an impressive speaker at the historic and elegant Jefferson Hotel. Generations of women gather in support of Massey and enjoy remarks that leave them inspired, energized and motivated. With more than 500 in attendance, this traditionally sell-out event is not to be missed!


    Featured Speakers at the Luncheon include:

    Jackie Walters (2017)
    Elin Hilderbrand (2016)
    Meg Ryan (2015)
    Shannon Miller (2014)
    Lee Woodruff (2013)
    Geralyn Lucas (2012)
    Kelly Corrigan (2011)


    Individual seating is $125 per guest. Seating for Women & Wellness is via mail registration only. Guests will be seated in both the Grand Ballroom and Empire Room at the Jefferson. Seating assignments will be made in order of receipt. Seating reservations will be confirmed with receipt of payment. To request an invitation, please contact us at or (804) 628-1663. Please note, telephone reservations will not be accepted.

    Invitations will be mailed December 2017. 

  • Influence Series

    To meet the needs of today's professionals who search for unique experiences to share with their peers and clients, Massey aims to provide tailored interactions with our physician scientists. These opportunities will provide unparallel access to the cutting-edge research taking place at Massey in an environment that inspires interaction and collaboration among attendees. 

    Coming Up: Massey proudly invites you to join us for

    Advance Registration Preferred, click here.

    Featured Speakers Include:

      Mary Helen Hackney, MD, Medical Oncologist, Director of Quality Improvement 

    Recent recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and leading breast cancer specialist who has led Massey's Rural Cancer Outreach Program, key survivorship initiatives  and advocates for an exceptional patient experience for all

     Vanessa Sheppard, PhD, Associate Director for Disparities Research

    Co-leader of Massey's Cancer Prevention and Control program and driver of Massey’s efforts to advance high-priority disparities and minority health research by addressing gaps in care for African-American, African immigrant and Latina populations

     Mary Beth Tombes, RN, MN, CRRC, Assistant Director, Early Phase Clinical Research Nursing

    Passionate advocate for advancing cancer care through clinical trials and provider of compassionate care for trial participants

     Christina Wiedl, DO, Director, Pediatric and Young Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation

    Physician-scientist leading cutting-edge treatment for young people facing cancer, while conducting innovative research examining the biological drivers of leukemia.

  • Celebration Series

    The funds and awareness raised in the past twenty-one years have created many advances in the area of women's cancer research at Massey. With survivors speaking passionately and positively about their Massey experience, now is the time to embrace the mission to create continued success for generations to come. A celebratory and social environment provide the perfect backdrop to toast to a cure!

    Check back for upcoming events.




  • Sponsors




Photos from the 2017 Women & Wellness Forum Series

  • Women & Wellness Tradition Series 2017 Chair, Michelle Logan, with Dr. Gordon Ginder and Speaker Jackie Walters.

  • 2018 Women & Wellness Tradition Series Chair, Karen Higgings, and friends.

  • Dr. Gordon Ginder, 2017 Tradition Series Speaker Jackie Walters, and Dr. Harry Bear

We look forward to your continued support of women's cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center!

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