2014 Women's Night Out
September 23 @ Albany Marriott
More than 500 women from around the Capital Region attend Ellis Medicine's Women’s Night Out event each year for a night of shopping, networking, and education on healthy life choices. All proceeds from Women’s Night Out support women's health services at Bellevue Woman's Center and the Neil and Jane Breast & Heart Health Center.
2014 Headliner: Good Morning America news anchor, Amy Robach
This year’s keynote speaker will be Amy Robach, of Good Morning America. In October 2013, Robach, 40, received some life-altering news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of Good Morning America Goes Pink Day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at the urging of her colleague, Robin Roberts, she had her first mammogram broadcast live in front of millions of viewers. A few weeks later, Robach received the devastating news that she had breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy and is currently undergoing treatment. Robach wants to share her story - a road that so many have traveled before and help pave the way for those who unfortunately will follow.
Robach has been a correspondent for ABC News since 2012. Her assignments have sent her across the globe and have included working on several 20/20 investigations and Nightline reports. In March 2014, Robach was promoted to news anchor for Good Morning America.
We are deeply grateful to Neil and Jane Golub for the leadership, vision and generosity they contribute to making Women's Night Out such a meaningful and successful event.
If you are interested in learning more about Women's Night Out or would like to be a vendor for 2014, please call The Foundation for Ellis Medicine at 518.243.4600.
Women's Night Out Featured Speaker Amy Robach
Amy Robach is a correspondent for ABC News where she contributes to all ABC News broadcasts. Since joining ABC News in 2012, Robach’s assignments have sent her across the globe. In addition to working on several 20/20 investigations and Nightline reports, Robach has worked on lighter fare as well, recently interviewing David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Charlie Sheen, to name just a few.
Before joining ABC News, Robach was seen on NBC News from 2003-2012. In 2007, she became the co-host of Saturday TODAY and an NBC News national correspondent. During that time, she also filled in as weekday TODAY co-host, weekday newsreader and as anchor for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Prior to that, Robach was as an anchor for MSNBC from 2003-2007.
During her nine years at NBC, Robach interviewed major political operatives and world leaders, including Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Newt Gingrich and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She covered the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections, traveling to Iowa to interview candidates. She also interviewed Elizabeth Edwards following the scandal with her husband, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter. Robach covered the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and in 2009, she landed the first sit-down interview with Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich as he faced impeachment and criminal charges. In 2010, she got a one-on-one interview with Britain’s Prince Harry in Barbados. Robach has flown in an F-18 fighter jet, broken the sound barrier, landed on and then catapulted off the aircraft carrier the USS George H.W. Bush. She has also traveled the globe, reporting for “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer” with live broadcasts from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Seychelles.
From 1999-2003, Robach worked as a reporter and morning and noon anchor at WTTG in Washington, DC. She reported live from the Pentagon where she covered the aftermath of 9/11 and the war with Iraq. She also contributed to the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning broadcast covering the serial sniper attacks and was honored in Regardie’s Magazine as one of the Top 100 Powerful Washingtonians.
Robach got her start in broadcasting at WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina as a general assignment reporter where she worked from 1995-1999. During her tenure there, she traveled to Honduras to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch and reported from Iceland to cover the transport of “Keiko“ (aka Free Willy) to his native waters via a Charleston Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Robach also spent many summers reporting live covering Hurricanes Bertha, Fran and Bonnie as they battered the North Carolina coast. As a crime reporter, she witnessed the lethal injection of a man who had been sitting on death row for over 20 years, convicted of a triple homicide.
In October 2013, Robach received some life-altering news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of Good Morning America Goes Pink Day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at the urging of her colleague, Robin Roberts, she had her first mammogram (broadcast live in front of millions of viewers). Since Robach was 40, the recommended age women should start getting mammograms, producers felt that she would be the perfect person to help raise awareness about the importance of early detection and participate in the first ever live television mammogram. A few weeks later, Robach received the devastating news that she had breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy and is currently undergoing treatment. Robach says the decision to have that on-air mammogram was “the difference between life and death.” She will soon chronicle her journey of what it’s like living with and treating her cancer in a new book. Having covered the tragedies and triumphs of others for nearly 20 years as a journalist, Robach wants to share her story-a road that so many have traveled before and help pave the way for those who unfortunately will follow. She says, “nothing is the same, everything changes, but the fight to live joyfully has been ignited.”
Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Robach spent her childhood in St. Louis, Missouri and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia just before high school. She attended the University of Georgia, graduating with honors and a degree in broadcast journalism. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters. She is also the stepmom to three wonderful boys.
Videos from the 2012 Women's Night Out Panel Discussion
WNO 2014 Panel Discussion
Each year, Women's Night Out features an informative educational session on a health topic important to women. This portion of the evening allows you to hear from leading health and wellness experts and ask questions in an interactive session.
The 2014 panel discussion, “Reasons for Hope: Breast Cancer Care & Research Today” will feature leading medical professionals Myra Biblowit, Christopher Dolinsky, M.D., Arvind Mahatme, M.D., and Hiromi Mahon, M.D. These healthcare experts will discuss and share information on what women need to know when it comes to the latest in breast cancer research and care. The panel will be hosted by WRGB CBS6-Albany.
Myra Biblowit, President, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®
As President of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) since 2001, Myra Biblowit has led the rapid growth of a strong, efficient and highly regarded international breast cancer organization whose mission is to prevent and cure breast cancer. BCRF advances the world's most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime, having raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. Myra has led successful capital campaigns for many of New York City premier institutions, including the NYU Langone Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the American Museum of Natural History. She holds a BA from Tufts University and a Masters in Social Welfare from the Heller School at Brandeis University.
Christopher Dolinsky, M.D.
Dr. Christopher Dolinsky presently serves as the chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Ellis Hospital. Dr. Dolinsky is a board certified radiation oncologist who has been practicing in the Capital Region for over six years. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA. He resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
Arvind Mahatme, M.D., M.S.H.A.
Dr. Arvind Mahatme serves as the Medical Director of the Ellis Breast Care Program, and leads Ellis Breast Surgery in offering evaluation and surgical procedures such as lumpectomies, mastectomies and other breast surgeries.
Dr. Mahatme earned his Doctor of Medicine at University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Fla. and his Master’s of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb and then obtained a Surgical/ Breast Oncology fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, and was a previous staff surgeon at the Black Hills Health Care System/Fort Meade VA Hospital, Fort Meade, S.D. and at Sentara Medical Group/Sentara Health System, Hampton, Va.
Hiromi Mahon, M.D.
Dr. Hiromi Mahon is a Primary Care physician with the Ellis Medical Group, offering comprehensive treatment and care for adults and children at Ellis Primary Care in Schenectady. She sees patients of all ages for the comprehensive care and full range of services from regular check-ups/physicals, sick visits and immunizations, to education (diet, exercise, and smoking cessation) and the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries. Dr. Mahon completed her residency at Ellis Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program and earned her medical degree at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.