Networking and Special Events

Join your colleagues at these various networking events during the conference.

Mentorship BreakfastWelcome Reception| Epi Competition Foundation Dinner  |  Women in Epi |
Networking Lunch and Poster Presentations  |  Networking Breaks

It’s more than meeting people, it’s connecting with the right people for knowledge sharing, best practices, career connections…and socializing. The SHEA Spring Conference has planned many different ways for you to connect during the conference. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Spring is the place to create future opportunities for collaboration.

SHEA Mentorship Breakfast

Wednesday, April 24
7:00 – 7:50 a.m.

The SHEA Mentorship Program is designed to create a strong networking community while providing and enhancing the SHEA membership experience at all levels. Our goal is to form relationships that can be carried forward beyond the SHEA Spring meeting. Mentors and Mentees attend this Breakfast to meet with each other, network with others in the field, and foster relationships.

Invited Attendees Only

Welcome Reception #SHEAMembershipMatters

Wednesday, April 24
5:45 – 7:00 p.m. PDI Logo_Tagline_RGB_022818

The Welcome Reception is open to all attendees. Please join SHEA President, Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH, and other attendees to mingle, meet, network, and hear about why #SHEAMembershipMatters.
This reception is sponsored in part by PDI.

 SHEA Epi Project Competition Breakfast

Thursday, April 25
6:30 – 7:50 a.m.

The SHEA Epi Project Competition identifies bright and dedicated early investigators with a MPH, PhD or MD degree within 5 years of completion of training in the field of healthcare epidemiology research. Winner(s) of the competition receive up to $20,000 for project grants funded by the SHEA Research and Education Foundation.  Join us for Breakfast as our finalists deliver their proposals to be selected and awarded as the Winner of the Epi Project Competition at SHEA Spring.

RSVP to the event when registering for the SHEA Spring Conference. 

SHEA Education & Research Foundation Dinner

Sharon Brodie Wright, MD, MPH

Grace Lee, MD, MPH

Grace Lee, MD, MPH

Don Goldmann, MD

Thursday, April 25
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Spirit, Boston Harbor Cruise

We invite you to join your fellow colleagues for a delightful evening of fun, entertainment, and thought-provoking presentation!  This year features presentations on explore the topic of integrating patient safety and quality with infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship. The pairing of the perspectives and stories of Drs. Don Goldmann and Grace Lee, with moderator Dr. Sharon Wright will make for an engaging event! We hope to see you there in support of the SHEA Education & Research Foundation. Additional Ticket Purchase Required when Registering for the SHEA Spring Conference.

Please note: There is also a dress code. Dressy-casual attire is appropriate. We recommend dresses or skirts, collared shirts and dress pants. Dressy jeans are acceptable although casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes and foam flip flops are discouraged. The Harbor is walkable from the hotel and no transportation will be provided. SHEA Staff will be guiding the walking way starting in the Westin Lobby. Please arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. for boarding. No refund will be provided to those who miss the boat’s departure.

SHEA Women in Epi Breakfast

Friday, April 26
6:30 – 7:50 a.m.

Women in the field of Healthcare Epidemiology are encouraged to attend a Women’s only breakfast during the conference. Women are increasingly entering the field of healthcare epidemiology, but have few opportunities to meet and discuss the challenges. This event will feature a speaker on the unique challenges women face when discussing and negotiating compensation. Additionally, it will allow for a facilitated discussion from within similar career paths of what has worked and what has not worked, to share lessons learned and role play ideas. This breakfast will be a chance to connect with your peers and hear from SHEA women leaders and gain confidence around this important topic. We hope to see all the women attendees there!

RSVP when registering for the Conference.

Networking Lunch and Poster Presentations

Selected abstract posters will be displayed at all Networking Lunches. There will be time during each lunch session to visit and explore the posters. More information as the schedule is finalized.


Networking Breaks

New for 2019, networking breaks to enhance attendee interaction with each other and SHEA leadership. All events will take place in the Grand Ballroom Foyer from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted below:

Utilize the first Networking Break of SHEA Spring 2019 to connect you with fellow attendees. Grab coffee and get to know those working to advance healthcare epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship, and infection prevention.

The PACCARB is charged with providing recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on issues related to antibiotic resistance through a One Health perspective. As such, their 5 reports, to date, emphasize that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. Come learn about what we do and how we help inform the U.S. Government’s policy process. Also, check us out online at

Fellows of SHEA are an elite group of members that have achieved this special recognition in the field of healthcare epidemiology through either the academic or clinical tracks. This year, we decided to dedicate a networking break for them, to provide an opportunity for those members to network with each other and provides an additional recognition opportunity to those that apply to and are accepted as a Fellow of SHEA. This fellows networking break will be held in the Foundation Lounge.

Every year, attendees point out that for them, attending SHEA Spring feels like “coming home”. You’re invited to join the SHEA Board of Trustees and SHEA Executive Director at the Membership Booth to say hello, give feedback, ask questions, chat, and sip a coffee – the format is yours. Reach out and connect with us. We look forward to seeing you there.