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Elevate Conference

An In-Person Event

Elevate Conference: Marketing, Recruitment, ConnectionsWednesday, April 5, 2023
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kansas Leadership Center
325 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas

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Hosted by Rural Health Education and Services, University of Kansas Medical Center

Main Stage Sessions

4 individuals in an audience applauding

Keynote Session

Paul White portraitBuilding a Positive Workplace with Authentic Appreciation
Presenter: Dr. Paul White, psychologist, author, and speaker who “makes work relationships work.”

Despite the efforts made through employee recognition programs, many workplaces continue to have departments that struggle with poor morale and high staff turnover. In some settings, cynicism and negativity continue to grow. With limited financial resources available, supervisors are frustrated, not knowing how to support and encourage their staff. Utilizing humor and real-life stories, Dr. White will share the core conditions for individuals to truly feel appreciated and how the 5 languages of appreciation can empower you to encourage your staff in the ways that are meaningful to each individual.

Dr. White is the co-author of the best-selling book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, which has sold over 550,000 copies (written with Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages). Based on their extensive research and expertise, Dr. White and Dr. Chapman have developed practical ways for leaders and employees to communicate authentic appreciation that leads to increased employee engagement, lower staff turnover, more positive work environments, and higher profitability.


Plenary Session

Mandi Gingras portraitManaging Your Rural Recruitment in a Virtual World
Presenter: Mandi Gingras, Director of Education for 3RNET

Mandi provides recruitment and retention educational support to safety net facilities across the nation for 3RNET, the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, a non-profit organization and trusted resource for connecting safety net facilities with health professionals seeking careers in rural and underserved communities.

Breakout Session Topics by Industry Experts 

Billboards: Out-Of-Home Advertising and Trends in Medical Advertising
Presenter: Elizabeth Farha, President of Midwest Billboards

Can We Talk About the Ghost in the Room? Ghosting—What it Means, Why it Matters, and How to Respond
Presenter: Joyce Grayson, Director of Rural Health Education & Services

How to Increase Diversity Through Your Recruitment Practices
Presenter: Brad Thomison, KLT Coordinator for Rural Health Education & Services

How to Make Quick Slideshow & Animation Videos
Presenter: Ed Pilolla, Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Rural Health Education & Services

Working Together: What’s a Generation Got To Do With It?
Presenters: Tara Morrow, Education Manager & Brad Thomison, KLT Coordinator for Rural Health Education & Services

Marketing Your Rural Opportunity to Candidates
Presenter: Mandi Gingras, Director of Education for 3RNET 

How do I register?

Cost: $199 

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This in-person event includes: conference, materials, breakfast, lunch and beverages.

You can:

  • Participate in live seminars and breakout sessions
  • Chat and network face-to-face
  • Develop relationships with fellow industry professionals
  • View and learn about services presented by speakers

Are there opportunities for sponsorship?

Yes, both silver and gold sponsorships are available. For more information, see our Sponsorship opportunities flyer (PDF)

What’s the cancellation policy?

The cancellation deadline is March 21, 2023. If written notice of cancellation is received by Rural Health Education and Services two (2) weeks prior to event date, a refund less a $25 administrative fee, will be made. Any cancellations less than two (2) weeks prior to conference date will not receive a refund. 

Who should attend?

Health care administrators, and leaders within rural health care organizations in marketing, recruitment, human resources, fundraising, and community relations. 

Is Elevate an in-person conference only?

Yes. This conference is fully in-person; there is no virtual component, and none of the sessions will be recorded. 

What happens during Show & Share?

A crowd favorite! Learn tips and innovative solutions as health care experts share a success. Interested in sharing a >4-minute presentation? Email Jen Yuza at

Elevate Conference Flyer Download (PDF)

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistant awards totaling $1,503,612.00 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and $690,000 and 0% funded by nongovernment source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
Rural Health Education & Services
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: 316-293-2649