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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 | The Umstead Hotel, Ballroom 1
5:45 - 7 p.m.


7 - 9 p.m.


  • Welcome from Robert A. Bradway, Chairman, CEO Roundtable on Cancer
  • Tribute to our Founder, the late President George H. W. Bush
  • Recognition of new Members and CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ bearers
  • Presentation of the Dr. Charles A. Sanders Life Sciences Award
  • Preview of CEO Roundtable on Cancer – XVIII
Friday, Nov. 8 | SAS Executive Briefing Center (Building C), SAS World Headquarters 
7 - 8 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
8 - 8:10 a.m.
Chairman's Welcome
Robert A. Bradway, Chairman, CEO Roundtable on Cancer; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Amgen
8:10 - 8:30 a.m.
CEO’s Report and CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Update
Martin J. Murphy, DMedSc, PhD, FASCO, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, CEO Roundtable on Cancer
9 - 9:15 a.m.

Life Sciences Consortium Task Force Report
David M. Reese, MD, Co-Chair, Life Sciences Consortium Task Force
Executive Vice President of Research and Development, Amgen

Mace Rothenberg, MD, Co-Chair, Life Sciences Consortium Task Force
Chief Development Officer for Oncology, Global Product Development Group, Pfizer

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Chairman's Remarks
Robert A. Bradway
9:30 - 10 a.m.
CEO Roundtable on Cancer – XVIII Group Photo and Break
10 - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • CEO Cancer Gold Standard
  • Life Sciences Consortium and Project Data Sphere
11:45 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Breakout Session Reports
12:10 - 12:20 p.m.
CEO’s Closing Remarks
Martin J. Murphy
12:20 - 12:30 p.m.
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Robert A. Bradway
12:30 - 1 p.m.
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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 and will be available afterward. You will be asked to sign a release form as part of the online registration process.

Attendee List

View the attendee list to see who will be at the meeting.


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

The Umstead Hotel is just outside the entrance to the SAS campus.

Thursday, Nov. 7
Attendees must arrange their own transportation from the airport to The Umstead or other lodging destination.

Friday, Nov. 8
Shuttle service from the main entrance of The Umstead to the SAS Executive Briefing Center will be available beginning at 6:45 a.m. and will run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes until 8 a.m.

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 CEO Roundtable – XVIII.

Lyft/Taxi/Uber: You may use any of these transportation options to arrive at and depart from the SAS Executive Briefing Center between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Use the address 820 SAS Campus Drive, Cary, NC.

Following CEO Roundtable – XVIII on Friday, we will offer a shuttle to the airport at 12:45, 1:30 and 2 p.m.

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


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.
Box lunches will be available for those who are departing at the conclusion of the meeting.


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
Online reservations
Limited government rates available

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.

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Will you be joining us for meals?

 No, thank you
 Roasted Sea Bass
 Marble Potato, Fennel Salad, Lobster Bisque
 Beef Tenderloin
 Roasted Root Vegetables, Caramelized Onions, Beef Jus
 Vegetarian Entree: Roasted Cauliflower
 Pickled Dark Raisins, Sweet Curry Broth
 No, thank you
 CEO Cancer Gold Standard™
 Project Data Sphere®

Video Release:
By attending CEO Roundtable on Cancer - XVIII you are agreeing that the CEO Roundtable on Cancer may use your name, image and/or feedback in any media, worldwide, in connection with any CEO Roundtable on Cancer events.


Please indicate if you will need shuttle service.

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Please contact us at event@ceoroundtableoncancer.org.


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

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