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16th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference Logo

The 16th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference

May 19-20, 2022

Laura Holmes-Haddad is a featured panelist providing a patient’s perspective to: “The Priorities of Patients: A Presentation and Panel Discussion About Patient-Centered Research Principles for the Era of Personalized Medicine.”

Lazarex Cancer Foundation “Disrupting the System III”

June 10, 2020  |  6PM EST/3PM PST

I’m pleased to be the patient voice in this annual conference focusing on clinical trials in oncology: inequities and areas for improving patient recruitment. This year’s conference is virtual and can be accessed live on Facebook; it will also be available on the Lazarex website. Join the conversation live and submit questions to this incredible panel of professionals involved in oncology in both the community and NCI-designated settings.

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit that supports cancer patients access clinical trials. Their services include education as well as financial support to cancer patients of all ages.

Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite.

June 14 – 18, 2020

DIA Global Annual Conference 2020

I’ll be presenting a cancer patient’s view on participating in a clinical trial at this healthcare conference.

Our session, “Patient Centered Initiatives in Clinical Trial Design and Execution,” will be led by Mary Elmer, Executive Director of Patient Insights for Oncology at Merck, and will include patient tools developed by TransCelerate BioPharma.

The conference is now virtual and some sessions are live, others recorded. All are available for viewing at home.

DIA is an organization that brings life science professionals to interact with peers and patients through conferences throughout the world. It was originally founded by a group of pharmaceutical executives and academics around the controversy surrounding the drug Thalidomide.

2bPrecise Health logo

Implications and Applications: Precision Medicine at the Point of Care

July 21 – 23, 2020

I’ll be speaking at this annual summit focusing on precision medicine hosted by 2bPrecise, a precision health platform. I will be presenting the patient perspective on clinical trials and participating in panel discussions.


LitCrawl Reading

October 19, 2019  |  5-6pm

Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA

A literary pub crawl, join thousands of fans listen to writers share short readings of original work.

Part of the legendary free book event LitQuake, the LitCrawl is held in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Each venue, which could be a laundromat, a coffee shop, or a library, hosts five writers who read work created for a specific theme. My venue theme is “The Comeback” and will make you laugh, cry, and stomp your feet. Or all three.

This reading is hosted by LitCamp, a juried writer’s conference held every May in Bug Sur, CA.

Admission is free; go online for their full schedule and lineup.

Jimmy Choo Fall Collection Event for BCEF

October 17, 2019  |  6-8 PM

Stop by Jimmy Choo San Francisco to view and shop their new collection while supporting the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. I will be speaking about my experience as a breast cancer patient and the important work of the BCEF in the gorgeous Jimmy Choo boutique in downtown San Francisco. A portion of sales for the evening will go to the BCEF.


Precision Medicine Leaders’ Summit – West Coast

October 10 – 11, 2019

Torrey Pines, CA
The Alexandria

I am thrilled to be presenting at the Journal of Precision Medicine’s Leaders’ Summit. I’ll be discussing my patient experience in a Phase I-extension clinical trial.

The PMLS series features a variety of stakeholders in the precision medicine field, including industry leaders in medicine, pharma, and academia. The series was created by the Journal of Precision Medicine, a multimedia organization that covers precision medicine “from discovery to diagnostics to implementation.”

For registration information visit Journal of Precision Medicine.

ACCC 36th National Oncology Conference

October 30 – November 1, 2019

Orlando, FL
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

I’m excited to present the endnote speech at the 2019 Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) National Oncology Conference. I’ll be discussing the unique needs of what I call the “modern” cancer patient, ages 30-55. We’re not just getting treatment for cancer–we’re taking care of kids or taking care of our aging parents; we’re running small businesses or launching new ones; we’re mid-career and using our 401K to pay for cancer expenses; we’re married, divorced, or in a partnership. I’ll be talking about how to reach and help these patients more effectively based on my own experience and the hundreds of “modern” cancer patients I’ve met over the past seven years.

The ACCC is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. Their membership encompasses all disciplines of the team, including medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; cancer program administrators and medical directors; practice managers; oncology nurses; pharmacists; radiation therapists; social workers; patient navigators; and more.

For the full conference program & registration information visit ACCC.

Stowe Weekend of Hope

May 3 – 5, 2019

Stoweflake Mountain Resort
Stowe, VT

I will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Stowe Weekend of Hope cancer retreat. This is a three-day retreat for cancer survivors, families, and caregivers in beautiful Stowe, Vermont. The weekend includes presentations about current cancer research and a wide variety of mind/body programs as well as a Health Fair. Registration for the retreat is free but space is limited; registration opens in early March.

For more information, visit Stowe Weekend of Hope


S/Hero’s Journey: Cancer Survivor’s Retreat

September 21, 2019  |  10AM-4PM

The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA

I’m excited to present the keynote at the UCSF Cancer Resource Center’s Survivorship Retreat. It will be a relaxing and informative day, with yoga, lunch, and a sound bath experience. The event is free for survivors, regardless of where you were treated; just be sure to RSVP through the website. I look forward to seeing you there!

Bay Area Cancer Connections Client Workshop: Preparing for Cancer Survivorship

April 23, 2019  |  5:30-7PM

Bay Area Cancer Connections
Palo Alto, CA

I will be presenting a workshop for BACC clients called “A Patient’s Perspective on Planning for the ‘New Normal:’ Strategies & Tips in Cancer Survivorship.”

BACC is a nonprofit that was founded in 1994 to serve women with breast cancer and was expanded to include women with ovarian cancer. They offer a wide variety of support and client services (including a support group in Spanish) to women in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information, visit BACC.

ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer / SF Bay Area

October 27, 2018  |  8 AM – 1 PM

American Cancer Society
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer / SF Bay Area
Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley, CA

I will be the survivor speaker at this annual fundraising event. Put on your finest pink outfit and help us walk, dance, and fight our way through breast cancer! Families, kids, and dogs welcome. Register in advance or on-site.

Belt It Out for BRCA

November 4, 2017  |  6 – 10 PM

Merchants Exchange Building
San Francisco

Get ready to sing, drink, and dance the night away at The BRCA Foundation’s fundraiser event. The Foundation funds medical research for BRCA cancers at UCSF, Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, and Dana Farber Cancer Center. Two BRCA-positive breast cancer patients will be speaking about their experiences, including Laura Holmes Haddad.

Tickets available through brcafoundation.org.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 28, 2017  |  8 AM – 1 PM

American Cancer Society
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
750 John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA

Considering BRCA Genes: Knowledge Improves Outcomes

October 24, 2017 | 6-8 PM

UCSF Cancer Center at Mission Bay
Byers Hall, 600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158
(parking at 1835 Owens St.)

Join a gathering of national and global experts as they discuss the relationship of BRCA mutations to breast and other cancers. Hear from UCSF clinicians and researchers Heather Greenwood, MD; Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS; Mindy Goldman, MD; Pamela Munster, MD; and Laura Holmes Haddad, cancer survivor and author.

Book Reading & Signing

August 19, 2017  |  4 PM

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA

Cowgirls vs. Cancer 2017

June 1-4, 2017

Breast Cancer Retreat
Big Sky, Montana

I will be speaking and attending this yoga and cowgirl retreat in Montana. A little yee-haw and namaste are welcome parts of getting through treatment and survivorship!

For more on Big Sky retreats, visit their website.

18th Annual PlumpJack LINK Golf Tournament – Speaker

May 1, 2017  |  9:30 AM – 10 PM

Lake Merced Golf Club
2300 Junipero Serra Blvd.
Daly City, CA


Proceeds benefit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC)

Smith College Women’s Leadership Conference, Northampton, MA

March 31 – April 1, 2017

One of 25 workshop presenters at this annual leadership conference that inspires and informs. The theme for the two-day conference is “Pushing Boundaries.” This is Cancer books available for sale and signing

For registration and more information, visit Smith College Women’s Leadership Conference

Book signing

March 25, 2017  |  2-4PM

Barnes & Noble
4010 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL

Young Survivor Coalition National Summit, Oakland, CA

March 10 – 12, 2017

Panelist and participant in this three-day conference focusing on women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40, as well as their co-survivors.

Workshops, speakers, and wellness activities will educate and inform patients, survivors, and caregivers from around the world. This is Cancer books available for sale and signing.

For registration and more information, visit YSC Summit.

California Tennis Club Speaker Series

February 9, 2017, 12-2pm

Featured speaker at this San Francisco lecture series, with an audience Q&A to follow.
This is Cancer books will be available for sale and signing.

For tickets and more information visit California Tennis Club or call 415.346.3611

Books Inc. Palo Alto, CA

November 10, 2016 | 7 PM

Please join me and my friend, author, and Stanford pathologist Dr. Kimberly Allison for an evening of conversation at Books, Inc. in Palo Alto.

For more information, visit Books Inc. Palo Alto

Diesel Books, Brentwood, CA

November 3, 2016  |  6:30 – 8 PM

A reading and signing at one of my favorite bookstores in Southern California!

For more information, visit Diesel Bookstore

Diesel Books, Larkspur, CA

October 27, 2016  |  6:30 – 8 PM

A reading and signing at one of my favorite independent bookstores in Marin County!

For more information, visit Diesel Bookstore

Smith College Club of Washington, D.C. Reception & Reading

October 17, 2016

Guest speaker at the Washington, DC, Smith College Club