Sunday, November 5, 2017
11 am – 3 pm

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 North Road (Route 117)
Groton Connecticut
$100 per person

Join us for this one-day conference presented by Lawrence + Memorial Hospital designed especially for women. The Well Healed Woman is a wonderful opportunity to explore and integrate information that we hope will inspire you, humor you and broaden your horizons. We are confident that you will leave a Well Healed Woman!

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2017 Speakers

Kelly Corrigan

Keynote Speaker
Kelly Corrigan

A gifted storyteller, breast cancer survivor, and talented interviewer, Kelly Corrigan has touched hearts and captured audiences with the themes of her three New York Times best-selling memoirs about family. From her poignant personal story of battling breast cancer while caring for her father who was also undergoing cancer treatment, to the importance of female friendships and what leads to true happiness, Kelly celebrates those who care for, nurture and teach us all. Called “The Poet Laureate of the Ordinary,” she has earned comparisons to Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron as well as praise from Elizabeth Gilbert and Anne Lamott for her books The Middle Place, Lift and Glitter and Glue. Kelly is also the host of Exactly. Her YouTube video Transcending has been viewed by almost 5 million people!

Gina Barreca

Morning Speaker
Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca is author of If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? and Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women, which was an ELLE Reader’s Prize selection and excerpted in Reader’s Digest. She is one of the world’s leading experts on why humor is one of life’s greatest survival strategies. Gina has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, Dr. Phil, NPR and Oprah, often as a regular guest, to discuss politics, popular culture, education and literature. Gina’s popular weekly column for The Hartford Courant is now syndicated worldwide by The Tribune. As a professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Gina has won UCONN’s highest award for excellence in teaching.


9:30 – 11 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
10 am
Doors Open for Seating
11 – 11:30 am

Welcome, Opening Remarks & Award Presentation

Kim Kalajainen, Chief Information Officer
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
Co-Chair, The Well Healed Woman

Pamela Atkins, President
The Auxiliary of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
Co-Chair, The Well Healed Woman
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

I’m Not Needy, I’m Wanty: How to Cherish your Sense of Humor and Tell your Own Story
Gina Barreca

If it’s worth crying over, it’s probably worth laughing at. Cultivating a sense of perspective allows us to see the wider and longer view of the situation, which helps us recognize that although certain situations are unnerving—or even heartbreaking—these might, one day, become the most important stories of our lives.
12:30 – 2 pm
2 – 3 pm

Glitter & Glue: Words on Women and Family
Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan’s mother often describes their family as: “Your father’s the glitter, but I’m the glue.” In this presentation, based on her memoir, Glitter and Glue, Corrigan examines why we choose the people we admire and how that changes over time.She looks at the bonds we make throughout our lifetime, between best friends, sisters, mothers and daughters – that are sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating and occasionally divine.In this heartfelt speech, Kelly strips away the complexities and emotionally connects who we are with who our parents are, and how this history continues to shape us as we choose those who become our closest friends, as well as the lessons we teach our children about loving and being loved. One of the best storytellers you will hear in your lifetime, Kelly will take you on a moving and humorous journey on finding role models through personal growth.

Registration & Seating

Because of the popularity of this conference, we strongly recommend that you register early!

Registration fee applies in full whether attending all, or part of, the day’s activities.

Registration will not be accepted without payment.

Registration has closed. See you in 2018

Groups of five or more may reserve a table. However, we cannot guarantee any seats without payment. If you wish to gather your friends together, you are encouraged to pay for all tickets upfront in order to reserve the spaces. If you elect to have your friends pay separately and they neglect to register before the deadline, your group seating may not be available. We suggest you contact us to discuss your plans for group seating by calling 860.442.0711, ext. 3163.

Tables accommodate 10 seats. If there are any open spaces at a table, other Well Healed Women will join you.

If you have additional questions not addressed here, please call 860.442.0711, ext. 3163 or email

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