Events & Opportunities

Metastatic Breast Cancer Virtual Micro-Conference

October 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This is a free online seminar for members of our metastatic breast cancer community and the loved ones who support their journey. Please join us!

  • Registration is required. Register here now.
  • Once you register you will receive a link to join the Micro-Conference via the Zoom platform.
  • Please share this page and encourage others to participate.

Connecting, empowering, living, thriving—together.

Traditionally, the word “future” was a word people were told to avoid when talking with someone diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). But today, even though currently there is no cure for their disease, many individuals with MBC are fighting for their present and keeping an eye on their future. MBC patients are living longer than in the past—with many women in our community living five, 10, 20 years or more after their diagnosis. The tide is changing for the MBC breast cancer community. The fight grows stronger. The community is focused on bigger and better advocacy, funding, research and action. Most importantly, YOU aren’t just living with MBC. You are doing so with more confidence and determination. You are experiencing your own resilience and ability to thrive one day at a time.

Now more than ever, support for the MBC community must reflect the new dynamic of your world—integrating the support, knowledge and professional care you need to face daily challenges with the resources and opportunities for empowerment that translate into a higher, sustained quality of life. Moreover, building a stronger MBC community means mobilizing everyone in the mission to continue, and elevate, not just awareness, but the action—the type of action bringing about revolutionary change in the way MBC is understood, approached, treated and defeated.

This is what Komen Philadelphia MBC Virtual Micro-Conference is all about. In two short hours we will engage you in an evolved approach to supporting your life as an individual living with MBC who is focused on today and tomorrow. Our journey together will be led by a unique team of your peers and experts, experienced and immersed in doing more now for your present and future physical and emotional well-being.


MBC Virtual Micro-Conference Agenda—focused on topics most meaningful to you!

Keynote presentation: Advancing Legislation and Advocacy
Led by Meryl Weinreb
Three-time breast cancer survivor
Susan G. Komen®, Advocate in Science and member of the Advocacy Advisory Task Force; Komen Philadelphia, Education and Public Policy Chair

Expert panel: The Future of Care—Experts in Treatment, Research and Navigation Discuss the MBC Clinical Landscape

  • Arnold Baskies, MD, American Cancer Society, Chairman, Global Cancer Control Advisory Council
  • Frank J. Rauscher III, PhD, Wistar Institute, Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program; Caspar Wistar Professor
  • Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW, Jefferson Health’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Oncology Social Worker
  • Kamel Abou Hussein, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Hematologist/Medical Oncologist (subject to change)

Keynote presentation: The MBC Community in Action to Combat Disparities and Elevate Patient Advocacy
Led by Bárbara Segarra-Vázquez, DHSc
Metastatic breast cancer thriver.
University of Puerto Rico, Dean of the School of Health Professions, Principal Investigator of the Hispanic Clinical and Translational Research Education and Career Development.
Puerto Rico Cancer Control Coalition, member and leader of the survivorship committee.
Hispanics Increasing Diversity to Enhance Advocacy in Science, Founder and co-investigator.
Susan G. Komen, Vice-Chair, Advocates in Science steering committee.

Peer panel: Your Peers’ Insights on Quality of Life, Managing Care and Embracing Every Day

  • Felicia Johnson, MBC thriver
  • Sheila Pettiford, MBC thriver

Q&A Session
This is your opportunity to ask the experts!

Registration, information, action!

  • Sign up for the MBC Mini-Conference here. Registration is free and required to receive access to our Zoom Room for October 12.
  • Share this page/event information and invite others in your MBC network to join us.
  • Come prepared with your most thoughtful questions for our Q&A.
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About our Keynote Presenters

Meryl Weinreb

Meryl Weinreb is a retired pharmaceutical marketing executive with extensive experience in oncology – both from an industry and personal perspective. As a 3-time breast cancer survivor, she was responsible for a number of awarding-winning patient education and support programs for breast, prostate and lung cancer therapies. Ms. Weinreb directed consumer marketing strategy and execution for AstraZeneca’s US oncology portfolio. She led innovative adherence programs and worked with company researchers to create patient-friendly prescription information and clinical protocols. As a consultant, she has worked with many other pharmaceutical companies to provide strategic help with a variety of business challenges, relating to a variety of tumor types including breast. Ms. Weinreb is very involved with her local Komen Philadelphia Affiliate, where she served for 7 years on its Executive Board and continues to serve as the Education and Public Policy Chair. Passionate about public policy, she leads public policy initiatives for Komen’s Advocacy Alliance in Pennsylvania and Delaware and currently serves on Komen’s Advocacy Advisory Taskforce. Ms. Weinreb joined Komen’s Advocates-In-Science in 2013, and she has served as a consumer reviewer for many research granting organizations and as a patient advocate on many research projects.


Bárbara Segarra-Vázquez, D.H.Sc.

Bárbara Segarra-Vázquez, D.H.Sc., has been a faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico for 30 years, and is the Dean of the School of Health Professions and one of the Principal Investigators of the Hispanic Clinical and Translational Research Education and Career Development (HCTRECD) program (R25MD007607) funded by NIH. Dr. Segarra-Vázquez was diagnosed with breast cancer Stage IIB on December 2003 and was in remission for 13 years. On January 2017, she had a recurrence of metastatic breast cancer to the skin. A volunteer for Komen Puerto Rico since 2006, she was Board President for four years, during which they received the “Promise Award 2013” for their commitment to innovation and forward thinking in reducing overall breast cancer mortality. She is a member of the Puerto Rico Cancer Control Coalition, currently serving as the leader of the survivorship committee. She is the Vice-Chair of Steering Committee for Komen Advocates in Science, and is a member of SWOG Patient Advocates Committee. She is the founder and co-investigator of HIDEAS (Hispanics Increasing Diversity to Enhance Advocacy in Science) cancer awareness. Dr. Segarra-Vázquez is a medical technologist and she received her D.H.Sc. from Nova Southeastern University.


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