Redefining Recruitment to Retention

AAPPR Leaders Connect

April 18-20, 2021
Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
Grapevine (Dallas), Texas

AAPPR Leaders Connect is an exclusive three-day, in-person event limited for thought leaders and decision-makers who oversee the physician and provider recruitment and retention practice at a health system or health care provider.

Benefits to attendees of this exclusive event:

Complimentary registration and two nights hotel accommodations

Share insights and information with other physician recruitment and retention executive leaders

Participate in trending topic roundtables facilitated by Debra Zabloudil, FACHE, with the goal of shaping AAPPR’s education content.

Have the option to be recognized for your thought-leadership on key HR/Recruitment topics as a future panelist at AAPPR national and regional meetings; as a contributor to ROAR, AAPPR’s Journal; as a trainer and mentor to the AAPPR membership

Meet with sponsoring industry business partners and have the opportunity to provide insights and feedback on new and current products and services

Attend keynote speaker sessions by Dr. Michelle Rozen, a nationally recognized leader on motivation, leadership, change management and conflict management and Crystal Washington, CSP, a technology strategist and certified futurist who has worked for companies including Google, Microsoft, and GE


Application Information

Application Status

Applications are now closed.

Requirements of Participation

Attendees will be required to meet with at least eight of the sponsoring business partners at the conference. Attendees will be able to review business partners’ profiles and initiate appointments through AAPPR’s scheduling portal. Each meeting will be ten minutes long and will take place at designated times throughout the event that do not conflict with the education and networking sessions.

Application Process

Health care professionals interested in attending AAPPR Connect must complete an online application. AAPPR will review applications based upon applicants’ decision-making authority and purchasing level/interest.

This event is separate from AAPPR's Annual Conference. Click here for details about the Annual Conference.


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There will be a Welcome Networking Reception on Sunday, April 18 from 5 - 7 pm.


7:30 – 9:00 am
Registration, Breakfast and Hosted Sponsor Appointments
9:00 – 9:15 am
9:15 – 10:15 am
Keynote: 2 Second Decisions: How to Lead Through Change with Confidence Dr. Michelle Rozen, Motivational Speaker Igniting Leaders, Teams and Organizations
10:15 – 10:30 am
10:30 – 11:30 am
Plenary Session: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Physician Workforce Dian Ginsberg, MA, CPCC, CHWC, Sr. Director of Career and Professional Development American Association for Physician Leadership


11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Hosted Sponsor Appointments
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Small Group: World Café – The Top Issues Facing our Profession Today Part 1 Debra Zabloudil, CAE, FACHE, President and CEO, The Learning Studio, Inc.
2:30 – 2:45 pm
2:45 – 3:45 pm
Plenary Session: Working Remote with Results Carey Goryl, MSW, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of AAPPR
3:45 – 5:00 pm
Hosted Sponsor Appointments

Schedule is subject to change.


7:30 – 9:00 am
Registration Breakfast and Hosted Sponsor Appointments
9:00 – 10:00 am
Keynote: Imagine the Future: What Physician/Provider Recruiters Need to Know Now! Crystal Washington, CSP, Tech Strategist, Futurist, Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:15 am
10:15 – 11:15 am
Plenary Session: Speaking C-Suite Language: Growing Successful Relationships With Executives Patti McCue, Sc.D, MSN, RN, Consultant and Owner, Proven Methods Consulting


11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Hosted Sponsor Appointments
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Small Group: World Café – The Top Issues Facing our Profession Today Part 2 Debra Zabloudil, CAE, FACHE, President and CEO, The Learning Studio, Inc.
2:00 – 2:15 pm
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Plenary Session: Rural Recruiting: During a Pandemic Fayeann Hurley, MHS, CPRP, Director of Physician Recruitment & Retention, Schneck Medical Center and Mike Shimmens, CPRP, Executive Director, 3r Net
3:15 pm
Conference Adjourns

Schedule is subject to change.

Sponsoring Business Partners

Sponsor registration for the AAPPR Connect conference is now closed.


  • Adaptive Medical Partners
  • Barton Associates
  • CHG Healthcare
  • Curative
  • Doximity
  • Hayes Locums
  • Health eCareers
  • Healthcare Workforce Logistics
  • Jackson Physician Search
  • Katon Direct
  • LocumsMart
  • MPLT Healthcare
  • PracticeLink
  • PracticeMatch
  • The Medicus Firm

Education & Speakers

Participation in this conference will provide 8 continuing education credits towards CPRP certification renewal. AAPPR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 8 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

How to Hit the Change Button: Leading Forward Through Change

Michelle Rozen, PhD

As an expert on motivation, human behavior and conflict, Dr. Rozen has devoted her career to teaching individuals, team and organizations how to lead effectively, increase engagement and address the human factor of every situation in the most effective, meaningful and growth oriented manner. She is a nationwide-recognized thought leader and speaker on motivation, leadership, change management, powerful conflict management and the human factor.


Imagine the Future: What Physician/Provider Recruiters Need to Know Now!

Crystal Washington, CSP

As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Crystal takes complex social media, app and web topics, and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people. Crystal’s clients are comprised of Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft and GE. As a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe.


Attendee Information

Hotel Reservations

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051

AAPPR will make hotel reservations for accepted applicants after they have confirmed their participation. Reservation confirmations will be distributed via email by the end of March.

Cancellation Policy

If you are a confirmed attendee and are no longer able to attend, please notify AAPPR as soon as possible (no later than March 18, 2021) so that we can offer the registration to another qualified attendee. Substitutions are not allowed.


Please direct any requests for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as soon as possible or no later than March 12, 2021 to Amber Feldpausch at (800) 830-2777 or


Health and Safety Measures

The safety of our attendees, speakers, and staff is our top priority. AAPPR and the Gaylord Texan Resort will implement measures to ensure optimal health and safety conditions for all participants. These measures include, but may not be limited to, social distancing, masks, screening at entry, and responsible food and beverage choices. AAPPR will closely monitor the situation and decide whether to move forward with the event as scheduled based on health and safety requirements by March 1.