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CEO Roundtable on Cancer

Join us for CEO Roundtable on CancerXVIII

November 7 - 8, 2019 | SAS World Headquarters | Cary, NC

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This year marks a poignant time in the CEO Roundtable’s history.

As we reflect on the November 2018 passing of our founder, President George H. W. Bush, we are rejuvenated in our collective efforts to meet his challenge of being “bold and venturesome” in our work to confront and conquer cancer.

Our flagship initiative, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ health and wellness framework, adopted by employers of all sizes from diverse industries and geographies, continues to save and enhance lives around the globe. The Project Data Sphere® open-access data-sharing platform, now in its fifth year, has become a powerful research tool that has led to new insights and the publication of more than two dozen peer-reviewed articles.

View a list of CEO Roundtable on Cancer Member organizations.

George H.W. Bush

Remembering our Founder

The Bush family’s commitment to ending cancer grew out of personal tragedy, when they lost their 3-year-old daughter Robin to leukemia. Her passing instilled in them a lifelong determination to fight this disease.

In 1999, the National Dialogue on Cancer was established under the leadership of President George H. W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush. This national forum was dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major public health burden as quickly as possible. The forum eventually evolved into the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, and the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ was its first major initiative.

In 2011, President Bush was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor – from President Barack Obama. At the time, William Weldon, Chairman of Johnson & Johnson and former Chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, expressed the thoughts of many when he said:

“Throughout a lifetime of unprecedented public service, President Bush has taught us that an unwavering commitment to noble work is the true definition of leadership.”

We salute our Founder, a true American hero.


Thursday, Nov. 7 | SAS Executive Briefing Center (Building C), SAS World Headquarters
1 - 3 p.m.
CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and Project Data Sphere® Pre-Meeting Workgroups
Thursday, Nov. 7 | The Umstead Hotel, Ballroom 1
5:45 - 8 p.m.

Reception and Dinner

  • Welcome from Robert A. Bradway, Chairman, CEO Roundtable on Cancer
  • Tribute to our founder, the late President, George H. W. Bush
  • Recognition of new CEO Roundtable on Cancer members
  • Recognition of new CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ employees
  • Presentation of the Dr. Charles A. Sanders Life Sciences Award
  • Preview of Friday’s agenda and Breakout Sessions
Friday, Nov. 8 | SAS Executive Briefing Center (Building C), SAS World Headquarters 
7 - 8 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
8 - 8:30 a.m.
Chairman's Welcome and CEO’s Report
Robert A. Bradway, Chairman, CEO Roundtable on Cancer; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Amgen
Martin J. Murphy, DMedSc, PhD, FASCO, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, CEO Roundtable on Cancer
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Reports, Remarks, Group Photo Session and Breakout Sessions
12:30 - 1 p.m.
1 - 3 p.m.
CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and Project Data Sphere® Post-Meeting Workgroups
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Reception and Dinner – Thursday, Nov. 7

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
100 Woodland Pond
Cary, NC 27513

Meeting Location – Friday, Nov. 8
SAS Executive Briefing Center
Building C
820 SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513

Map of SAS campus (PDF)
Area map with driving directions and access to Google Maps.
Print Parking Permit (PDF)


CEO Roundtable on Cancer – XVIII is invitation-only and nontransferable. Since it is essential that Members of the CEO Roundtable have representation at the meeting, if a Member is unable to attend, you may delegate someone from your senior leadership team to attend in your place. Guest invitations are not transferable.

If you are unable to attend, please let us know.

Please note that the meeting will be videotaped will be available afterward. You will be asked to sign a release form as part of registration.

Attendee List

View the attendee list to see who will be at the meeting. (coming soon)


Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is about a 10-minute drive from SAS.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, shuttle service will be available beginning at 6:45 a.m. from The Umstead to SAS campus and will run approximately every 15-20 minutes.

If you have a car, you may park in the marked customer parking spaces at the SAS Executive Briefing Center (Building C). Please display your parking permit to let the SAS security staff know that you are attending the CEO Roundtable on Cancer – XVIII.

Luggage storage will be available on-site at the SAS Executive Briefing Center (Building C) for those departing directly from the meeting.

Following the CEO Roundtable on Friday, we will offer a shuttle to the airport from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 7
A reception and dinner will be held at The Umstead Hotel, Ballroom 1.

Friday, Nov. 8
Breakfast and lunch will be provided in the SAS Executive Briefing Center.


Hotel arrangements are the responsibility of individual attendees. Please reserve a room as soon as possible and mention that you are attending the CEO Roundtable on Cancer – XVIII. The special CEO Roundtable rate (group code CEORC1107) at The Umstead is only available through October 17.

The Umstead Hotel
100 Woodland Pond
Cary, NC 27513
Phone: 919-447-4000
Reservations Toll-Free Number: 866-877-4141
Online reservations

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Raleigh Durham Research Triangle
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard
Cary, NC 27513
Phone: 919-677-1840
Limited government rates available

The Mayton Inn
301 S. Academy Street
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: 919-670-5000

Attire and Weather

Meeting attire is business dress. The climate in Cary is mild in November, with an average low of 40°F and an average high of 62°F.

Registration opens in September

CEO Cancer Gold Standard
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Please contact: Michael H. Smith, Event Coordinator, CEO Roundtable on Cancer


SAS is a tobacco-free campus and is proud to support the CEO Roundtable on Cancer – XVIII.  

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