2016 Atlanta Mini Retreat

Atlanta Piedmont Park Reduced

Non-US Citizens: You must fill out THIS FORM BEFORE May 31st – or you won’t be able to go to the CDC

THU SEP 15 – FRI SEP 16, 2016 After our amazing cruise retreat, we are ready to focus on “Global Health: Innovation and Change” with a fantastic program at the High Museum and the CDC. The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce boasts that “The metro Atlanta region is home to more than 5.3 million people and nearly 150,000 businesses, a world-class airport, multiple parks, and green space, competitive schools and numerous amenities for entertainment, sports, and restaurants that all offer a top-tier quality of life. From its diverse economy, global access, abundant talent, and low costs of business and lifestyle, metro Atlanta is a great place to call “home.” Residents have easy access to arts, culture, sports, and nightlife, and can experience all four seasons, with mild winters that rarely require a snow shovel.” http://www.metroatlantachamber.com/ Please join us for this dynamite Program in Atlanta.


Click Atlanta Q&A to download a “Q and A” Sheet with important information about the upcoming Retreat such as what to wear and transportation advice.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15th and Friday, September 16th (and breakfast on Saturday, September 17th) ATLANTA RETREAT COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Co-Chairs:  Martha Brooks, Chris St.Clare & Elizabeth Noe ; Committee:  Vera Arthur, Ceree Eberly, Virginia Hepner, Wonya Lucas, Mary Madden, Hala Moddelmog,  Judi North, Amb. Mary Ann Peters PLANNER: Erin LeBlanc

WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia Sept. 15th Program at the High Museum (4:30 PM) Sept. 16th Program at the CDC (all day)

Thursday, September 15th

Friday, September 16th

Saturday, September 17th


The Atlanta Committee has done a fantastic job to secure some truly amazing speakers for the Retreat!  Here is a sneak peek at a draft of the impressive lineup. Keynotes by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN and Jeff Arnold, ShareCare  (breakthroughs in technology, voice monitoring of health, comments on future panels’ themes) Speeches By:   Dr. Warren Jones, PhD, Director of Research, Marcus Center Autism Center and Professor, Emory University—research, detection, public health actions. Dr Paul Wolpe  Bioethicist, Emory University Conversation with William Foege (Senior leader from CDC, Gate and Carter Center…icon in field) hosted by MaryAnn Peters   Health Entrepreneurs Panel  Moderator:  Mark Gilreath, Founder and CEO, Endochoice Lucienne Ide, MD and PhD, CEO and Co-Founder, Rimidi Diabetes Michelle C LaPlaca, Professor, Co-Inventor, DETECT Latha Ganeshan, President and CEO, Zywie, Inc. Amy Baxter, MD, CEO, MMJ Labs LLC   Centers for Disease Control Panel:   Sherri Berger–COO, CDC  (operations scope and challenges) Anne Schuchat—Principal Deputy Director (emergency response) Judith Monroe—President and CEO of CDC Foundation (domestic health issues, private and public partnerships for progress) Katherine Daniel–Director for Communication (successful and challenging communications with the public and USG)   Addressing Disparities in HealthCare in the US panel: Moderator: Hala Moddelmog, President, Metro Atlanta Chamber Valerie Montgomery Rice MD, President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine Otis Brawley, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, EVP, American Cancer Society Donna Hyland, President and CEO, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta

Jeff Arnold

Jeff Arnold

Chairman and CEO of Sharecare Jeff Arnold is Chairman and CEO of Sharecare, a health and wellness engagement platform he founded with Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications.  Sharecare’s ultra-personalized and comprehensive platform helps consumers connect to the knowledge, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need by building each user a unique, dynamic health profile where they can access all of their health resources in one place. Previously, Arnold was Chairman and CEO of HowStuffWorks.com, an award-winning online resource used by millions of people each month, which he sold to Discovery Communications, where he served as Chief Digital Strategy Officer, and Chief Architect of The Curiosity Project until December 2011. In 1998, he founded and served as CEO of WebMD, the first healthcare company to harness the power of the Internet to create a destination for consumers, healthcare institutions and physicians to find trustworthy medical information. He was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, as an Honorary Member in recognition of his superior achievements and contributions to the advancement of nursing and health care on both a national and global level. Arnold also has been honored by the World Economic Forum; inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia; named Entrepreneur of the Year, Southeast Region by Ernst & Young; and received the prestigious Phoenix Award, which recognizes companies and individuals who embody strength, tenacity, and leadership in Georgia’s healthcare information technology industry. Currently, chairman of Forbes Travel Guide, Arnold also has served on numerous boards for public, private, and charitable organizations over the years.

Dr. Amy Baxter
Dr. Otis Brawley
Sherri A. Berger, MSPH
Katherine Lyon Daniel, PhD
William H. Foege, MD, PHD
Latha Ganeshan
Mark Gilreath
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Donna W. Hyland
Dr. Lucienne Ide
Warren Jones, Ph.D.
Michelle LaPlaca, Ph.D.
Hala Moddelmog
Judith Monroe, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice
Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott Suites Midtown on Wednesday, September 14th, Thursday, September 15th and Friday, September 16th.  (The Hotel will honor the block rate on Saturday, September 17th but we are not blocking many rooms – so please book now if you are extending your stay to ensure availability).  Hotel reservations can be made now and we are recommending that you do so ASAP (due to limited space and other events happening in Atlanta on our Program Dates). The rooms are all suites, have a separate room with a pullout bed and can comfortably fit two people or accommodate up to 3 people, if needed. PLEASE NOTE:  REGULAR HOTEL CHECK IN IS AT 4 PM

Book your group rate for Belizean Grove Women’s Retreat

Reference: Belizean Grove Women’s Retreat Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate: Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown  for 171.00 USD  per night (plus taxes and fees) 35 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 876-8888 For those who prefer it, there is a Four Seasons immediately adjacent to the Marriott Suites (Please note that we do not have any rooms blocked there).  http://www.fourseasons.com/atlanta/


Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown  35 14th Street NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309 USA Back to top

Click HERE for Directions to Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown


Area Airports

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – ATL

    Airport Phone: +1 800 897 1910 FREE Hotel direction: 13 miles SW

    This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

    • Subway service, fee:  3 USD  (one way)
    • Estimated taxi fare: 34 USD  (one way)


The Atlanta Retreat Committee will host three organized Pre and Post Retreat trips (if enough people sign up).  If you are interested in attending a tour, please click on the tour name below for the “digital sign up sheet.”  The tour captain will contact people who sign up for her tour.

Thursday, September 15th

Tour and Lunch at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens with the Dale Chihuly in the Garden Exhibit


Time:  11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Cost:   $40 Estimate (not including transportation) Internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly, has returned to The Atlanta Botanical Garden for his largest garden exhibit yet, and includes 19 installation sites through these beautiful gardens.    Nationally acclaimed chef,  Linton Hopkins, recently opened his new restaurant, Linton in the Gardens.   Our program includes lunch at his restaurant, followed by a meeting with Mary Pat Matheson,  President & CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, where she will talk about the “behind the scenes” of the Chihuly exhibit.  You will then enjoy a personal tour of the beautifully manicured grounds, with the stunning Chihuly exhibits.    Be sure you make it all the way to the Orchid House, which is the last stop on the Chihuly tour…but what beautiful surprises await you!   Your tour will end with a trip to the gift shop to celebrate your memories of Chihuly in the Garden.   The cost for admission to the Garden is $19; and lunch prices off of the menu run from $15-25.    It will truly be an exceptional way to start your Grove 2016 Mini Retreat!! We all hope you can join us at the Gardens.  Contact Wonya Lucas with any questions:  woonie2326@yahoo.com

On Saturday, September 17th, it is expected that the following trips will be offered:

  1. National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Click for sign up Sheet)
  2. Lunch and Golf at a Druid Hills  (Click for sign up Sheet)

National Center for Civil and Human Rights https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/ Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost:  $20 per person (transportation not included) The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and its CEO, Derreck Kayongo, welcome Grovers for a conversation with Derreck and a tour of the Center. You may have heard Derreck on CNN or delivering a TED talk, and this is an excellent time to hear this amazing man speak in person.  Derreck’s personal story is inspirational – from fleeing a civil war in Uganda and being a refuge in Kenya, to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the US, and recently co-authoring a book with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Ken Blanchard. Email Judi North with any questions:  judinorth@me.com

Golf outing at Druid Hills Golf Club Hosted by Virginia Hepner & Martha Brooks www.DHGC.org Time:  Tee times beginning at 1:00pm; Driving range available at noon. Cost: Greens fee, cart, soft drinks and boxed lunch = $160.00 inclusive Sign-up deadline:  No later than Sept. 7th, 2016 Transportation: Uber or taxi from hotel, approximately 4.1/2 miles Email/Call Virginia Hepner with questions let her know if you need to borrow clubs Virginia.Hepner@woodruffcenter.org  , Virginia Hepner Mobile:  404-550-3131 Address:  740 Clifton Rd NE,  Atlanta Ga 30307, Pro Shop Phone: 404-377-1768

Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th

  1. Music Midtown  ON YOUR OWN (click to view lineup and buy tickets)

General Details on some other Atlanta Attractions are listed below: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum (Visit on Your Own) Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is part of the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal government agency. The museum showcases President’s Carters years in the White House along with the work he has done after his presidency. The Carter Center Museum is interactive and lays out the work the Center has done in”Waging Peace and Fighting Disease” around the world.  It is also in the middle of a large park and adjacent to an urban walking trail called the Belt Line. To learn more about the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and to get information about the admission fee, go to http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/ Music Midtown (Visit On Your Own) Music Midtown is an outdoor concert, just a short walk from the Marriott Midtown, with multiple stages taking place in Piedmont Park September 16 and 17. Each year, some of the biggest names in music can be found in Atlanta, Georgia, during Music Midtown. Drawing audiences of more than 300,000 dedicated fans, the festival provides guests with two full days of musical excellence. In addition to showcasing industry veterans, the event features emerging artists, giving revelers an opportunity to discover new favorites. Past big-name performers have included Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, Journey, Phoenix, Cake, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jack White, John Mayer and many, many more. If you are interested in attending on Saturday afternoon and evening, you will need to purchase tickets when they go on sale—it could sell out. As the schedule for 2016 and ticket information becomes available, we will provide details.


The Inn at Serenbe: (Visit on Your Own) The Inn at Serenbe is  a wonderful Inn and relaxing getaway nestled in the countryside on the edge of Atlanta.  The beautiful 900 acres include preserved forestland,  meadows, 15 miles of trails, an animal village, swings and rocking chairs, two pools and a cabana, two hot tubs, croquet lawn, and endless chances to relax and connect with nature. http://serenbeinn.com/   Back to top


Georgia Aquarium:  (Visit on Your Own) The Georgia Aquarium is a wonderful aquarium located in downtown Atlanta, an easy trip from Midtown and walking distance to the World of Coca-Cola, CNN and Center for Civil and Human Rights.  The Georgia Aquarium is home to thousands of animals, representing several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million gallons of water, and is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. 


Grove Program Registration is now Open! Please click HERE to register for the Program and pay the $500 Grove Program Fee with a credit card.