who want to take back their time without taking more than a day away from the office

Are you ready for a transformational and exclusive 3-day event focused on the person behind the practice?


October 25-27, 2024

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

Are you ready for a transformational and exclusive 3-day event focused on the person behind the practice?


Empower Express 2024

Empower Express 2024 is perfect for the fatigued female pediatrician ready to take charge of her personal growth and break free from the shackles of endless “shoulds”. Learn how to keep yourself and your practice healthy.

Discover the secrets to well-being and time mastery at our exclusive 3-day event – spaces are filling up fast!

Transform Your Life-Work Balance

October 25-27, 2024

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

HEre's what you'll get out of the 3-day event:

Gain access to three enriching days of innovative talks, workshops, and group discussions.

Enjoy guided yoga and meditation sessions, allowing you to recharge during the event.

Savor included meals, snacks, and upgraded accommodations, keeping you energized, refreshed, and focused on making the most of every session and networking opportunity.

Connect with like-minded female pediatricians, share insights, and build a supportive professional network.

Receive individualized attention and advice from industry leaders to address the specific challenges and goals of women pediatricians.

Engage in interactive group sessions designed to foster teamwork, idea-sharing, and peer support.

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session highlights

here's what you will gain...

Time-Saving Tech Strategies for Busy Women

Surely there’s an app for that?!? In this hands-on session, tech guru, Erin Auer, will share, and help attendees customize, her favorite digital tools that will take attendees from stress to success.

Beyond Dollars and Cents: Zero-Based Budgeting for Your Calendar

Unlike money, there’s no way to “save” your time to spend later. Each day, your 1440 minutes are consumed whether you use them wisely or not. In this session, Natalie Clarke will share the concepts of zero-based time budgeting so attendees can develop strategies to invest each minute for its best use.

Pulling a Habit Out of Your Hat and Other Magic Tricks

In this power-packed session, attendees will acquire a tool box full of strategies from the Empower Express Team to help them focus on and take action toward the goals that are most important in their lives.

Empowered Alignment: The Power of Confidence

Ever wondered why you weren’t accomplishing your goals or meeting your own expectations? In this session, Katrina will share her concept of Empowered Alignment and reveal the one key most female pediatricians lack when failing to reach their desired outcomes.

Silence Your Inner Mean Girl Monologue for Good

Join Dr. Yolanda Johnson to learn effective techniques to put an end to your worst critic’s negative banter while implementing strategies to magnify the encouragement of your inner cheerleader.

AED: Resuscitate Your Self-Leadership Skills Today

Whether you realize it or not, you are the CEO of your own one-woman corporation. As CEO of You, Inc., self-leadership skills are vital to the success of your vision and goals. In this session, Katrina will coach attendees through strategic and tactical practices to automate, eliminate, and delegate consistently and effectively.

Unbecoming: How I Stopped Abandoning Myself and Became My Biggest Ally

In this session, Dr. Yolanda Johnson will share her journey from burnout to balance, revealing how the process of "un-becoming" and rewriting old narratives transformed her life.

Dreamline Your Future, Ignite Your Legacy

“A dream without a goal is a wish.” In this interactive session, Katrina will share effective strategies to help attendees reconnect with their most audacious dreams and then reverse engineer them into a timeline of concrete and manageable goals.

"To be in a room of supportive women who want to empower each other is absolutely beautiful, and life-changing."

I'm ready for Empower Express 2024!

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Pediatricians are as wealthy in minutes as anesthesiologists, dermatologists, and oncologists.

It’s time to take back your time at the first and only conference created for female pediatricians, by a female pediatrician.

Learn to Avoid Burnout

in just 3 days

What if there was a way to...

Start each day feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to tackle your professional and personal responsibilities with clarity and purpose

Claim the time and space to focus on yourself without feeling guilty or overwhelmed by competing demands from your family, or the families you serve

Set boundaries that protect your time and allow you to recharge and rejuvenate, because self-care is not a luxury but a necessity that you prioritize without hesitation

Advocate confidently for your needs and priorities, fostering healthier relationships with your colleagues, patients, and stakeholders

Pursue your passions, nurture your interests, and cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance

“This was so much better than expected. Very needed and appreciated. It was just the right mix of learning, thinking, connection, and rejuvenation.

— Heather C.

October 25-27, 2024

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile



2:00-3:00 PM Registration and Refreshments

3:00-5:00 PM Sessions

5:00-7:00 PM Happy Hour


7:30-8:00 AM Gentle Yoga

8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Sessions

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch

1:30-4:30 PM Sessions

6:00-9:00 PM Girls’ Night


7:30-8:00 AM Gentle Yoga

8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Sessions

Schedule subject to change

There’s a Better Way to approach life as a pediatrician

The Real Secret:

a supportive network in pediatrics

Are you ready to unlock your full potential and reclaim your time while prioritizing your own well-being?

We intentionally keep our attendee list intimate, so we can give each one of you the experience you deserve. Every Women in Pediatrics event has sold out so far—don’t miss out on your chance to attend!

Join us at

October 25-27, 2024

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

a groundbreaking 3-day live event where you’ll transform your personal well-being and pediatric career!

How much longer will you let your potential go untapped?

You can elevate your impact, enhance your self-advocacy skills, and prioritize your wellness alongside like-minded female pediatricians, creating true friendships of choice instead of just relationships of convenience. Together, you’ll break free from the time constraints holding you back and embrace a future where your success knows no bounds.

Hi There

I'm Katrina

the founder of Women in Pediatrics

I've always been passionate about caring for children and supporting families. However, I realized that while I was giving my all to my patients, I was neglecting an essential aspect of my life - myself. The constant demands of the profession were taking a toll on my well-being, leaving me feeling drained and overwhelmed. I searched for help but came up short, everything felt too big, too impersonal, and too general to foster change.

Driven by the desire to make a better way for myself and other female pediatricians, I founded Women in Pediatrics.

This platform is not just about empowering female pediatricians—it's about reclaiming our time, nurturing ourselves, and advocating for our own well-being. I believe that by taking care of ourselves, we can continue to be the strong advocates for our families, patients, and communities that we are meant to be.

Through Women in Pediatrics: Empower Express 2024, I aim to create a supportive community where we can share our experiences, learn from each other, and grow together. With strategies and sessions on life-work balance and self-care and practical tips for professional development,

this event is designed to equip us with the tools we need to thrive in both

our professional and personal lives.

Join me in this transformative journey of self-empowerment. I’ll share the methods I use myself to find time to knit and nap while balancing family, patients, and several businesses.

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Boost your impact and effectiveness

Cultivate a healthier life-work balance

Improve communication and assertiveness

Enhance your leadership skills and confidence

Strengthen your overall well-being and mental health

frequently asked questions

How much time is required?

Only one day out of office! There is a way to keep yourself and your practice healthy—learn how in less than 48 hours at Women in Pediatrics: Empower Express 2024. We’ll have opening remarks in the afternoon on Friday, October 25 and we’ll close around noon on Sunday, October 27.

Will you help with travel/flights/shuttles?

Our hotel is located less than an hour from both Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway International Airports. Happy Hour will be held at the hotel on Friday and Girl’s Night Out will be within walking distance on Saturday. The conference sessions will be held at the hotel, so give yourself time to make it to breakfast, but there will be no need for transport once you arrive.

I’ve already been to a Women in Pediatrics Retreat. How is this different?

Thanks for being a loyal member of the Women in Pediatrics community! This event is shorter and is located in an easy-to-access mainland US city so reaching us will be a breeze. This is the fly-in version of the event you know and love.

I’m not a female pediatrician. Will this event help me?

This event is uniquely designed to address the needs of female pediatricians. Our guest list, speakers, and agenda have all been curated with the female pediatrician, and only the female pediatrician, in mind. That said, all are welcome. If you’d like to bring your practice administrator or a friend with a different medical specialty, we’ll be happy to have them.

Will you be releasing more in the future?

Looking for something more luxurious? Join us for Retreat 2025 in Riviera Maya, Mexico!

Can I use this for CME credit?

Yes! This experience is powered by CMEfy – an AI-powered platform that directs learners along a pathway to capture reflections at the point of inspiration, point of care. Clinicians may earn CME/CE credit via ReflectCE, the accredited activity portal. Learn more at

Can I share this with a friend?

We’ve included prices for both single and double-occupancy attendees. If you choose double occupancy, just let us know who your roommate will be in the post-purchase survey. We can also assign you a roommate if you prefer. However, even if you arrive not knowing a single person in attendance, we’ll create plenty of opportunities for you to connect with fellow female pediatricians.

What is your refund policy?

Cancel By May 30, 2024 | Receive 100% refund less $100 administrative fee

Cancel By July 15, 2024 | Receive 50% refund

Cancel By August 31, 2024 | Receive 25% refund

Cancel on or after September 1, 2024 | No refunds

View the complete terms and conditions here.

How do I book my hotel room?

A 2-night hotel stay is included in your registration fee. If you’d like to extend your stay, we have a hotel room block at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile. Rooms start at $279 per night plus taxes and hotel fees.

Are meals included?

What if I have allergies? All meals, snacks, and breaks are included during the conference. Please let us know about your allergies in the post-purchase survey, so we can accommodate your meals and snacks.

Will you offer digital access?

We don’t have plans to offer live digital access at this time. However, we may offer audio access in the future. Stay tuned for release details in future emails. Join our list to stay in touch.

What are the key takeaways that attendees can expect after participating in this 3-day live event?

Women in Pediatrics: Empower Express 2024 was created to help female pediatricians take back their time and prioritize self-care with plenary sessions, activities, and mealtimes packed with tools and tactics to help you overcome the perceived lack of time that often hinders your success. You’ll return home agreeing with this previous attendee: “This is the second Women in Pediatrics retreat I have attended, and each time I’ve been reminded why I chose medicine and specifically pediatrics. The road has been long and hard and feels defeating some days. This event is a way to become reinvigorated to do important and meaningful work.”

Will there be opportunities for networking and connecting with other female pediatricians during the event?

Absolutely! We’ve built connection into every part of the event to ensure you leave feeling seen and supported like a previous attendee who shared, “I think WIP is amazing and feels like a group that has my back whether they know me personally or not which is powerful.” Women in Pediatrics is where you find your people.

I hope you are as excited as I am to embark on this transformative journey together. This event is more than just a gathering;

it's a movement towards empowerment, innovation, and community for female pediatricians.

By joining us, you're not only investing in your personal and professional growth but also becoming part of a supportive network that champions the success of women in pediatrics and the communities they serve.

Reserve your spot today and be part of this groundbreaking revolution.

Together, we can achieve greatness and make a lasting impact.

-Dr. Katrina

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