First Responder to Boston Marathon Bombings, Dr. Natalie Stavas, to Keynote First-Timer Luncheon at GBTA Convention 2017


Although she may be a doctor, Natalie Stavas began her morning on April 15, 2013 by putting on a pair of running shoes, not a white coat. And yet, that day would end up being one of the biggest medical challenges of her life, as she neared the end of her fifth Boston Marathon and ran towards the sound of explosions.

This year, first-time GBTA Convention attendees will have the privilege of hearing from Dr. Stavas, a first-responder to the Boston Marathon Bombings. A physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Stavas has dedicated her career to preventing childhood violence & improving the health of urban communities.

In response to the question of what compelled her to head into the commotion that morning she replied, “You run towards that which you fear, that which challenges you, that which is oppositional.” Running towards chaos actually makes chaos more manageable.

The First-Time Attendee Orientation & Luncheon will also give guests the opportunity to talk with industry veterans who can guide them through the ins & outs of navigating the conference and share helpful pointers. Additionally, GBTA Board Members will speak on the unique benefits of membership, including the outstanding network of professionals, world-class resources, and career advancement opportunities.

First-timers are sure to enjoy the insights from Dr. Stavas and our board members. This year’s luncheon will be on Sunday, July 16 from 11:30 am-1 pm in Room 216. See you there!

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