Breakfast Education

Please note that this opportunity is by invitation only. All attendees will have received a personal Outlook email and appointment.

Friday, October 27, 2023 at 9:00 am
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Exhibit Hall

Our guest speaker for this education is Kelly Willenberg. She will be addressing research compliance risks to be considered when reviewing projects at Prisma Health.

  • Kelly Willenberg, DBA, RN, CCRP, CHRC, CHC

    Kelly Willenberg, DBA, RN, CCRP, CHRC, CHC

    Kelly Willenberg, LLC

    Dr. Willenberg has owned Kelly Willenberg and Associates for 14 years. Kelly is considered an expert and KOL in clinical trial billing and reimbursement, and has extensive knowledge in clinical trials management and research compliance. With over 38 years of experience, she is an experienced oncology nurse and has presented at HCCA, ONS, ASCO, AHLA, MAGI, Momentum Events, SoCRA, AHIA and other professional organization conferences. Kelly Willenberg & Associates works worldwide in both healthcare and research healthcare compliance. Kelly served as the Editor of the 3rd Edition of the Research Compliance Professional’s Handbook for Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA). She served as an editor for the 3rd Addition of the ONS Manual for Clinical Trials Nursing. Kelly is certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC), Healthcare Compliance (CHC), and is Certified as a Clinical Research Professional (CCRP). She is a faculty member of the HCCA Research Compliance Academies and serves on the Board of Directors of Health Care Compliance Association/Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics. She is currently serving as the Legislative Chair for the South Carolina Nurses Association. She has a podcast series called KellytotheCore and advocates at both the state and legislative level on issues related to nursing, healthcare and distracted driving.

Keynote Presentation during Awards Ceremony

All are invited to attend the keynote presentation during the Awards Ceremony.

Friday, October 27, 2023 at 1:15 pm
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Exhibit Hall

Our keynote speaker is Lou Kennedy.

  • Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner

    Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner

    Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

    Lou Kennedy is the chief operating officer, president and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation - a certified woman-owned business. She has held a variety of marketing and operational roles at Nephron and created the Nephron national sales force.

    Under Kennedy’s leadership, Nephron has experienced unprecedented growth. The state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in West Columbia produces one billion doses of life-saving medication annually and is a nationwide leader in manufacturing opioid-free pain management drugs.

    In 2022, Kennedy announced a historic, job-creating expansion with the opening of Nephron Nitrile, a medical-grade nitrile glove production facility established as part of the effort to shore up the domestic supply chain. Nephron Nitrile represents an investment of more than $100 million and will generate 250 jobs in the Midlands.

    Kennedy has been widely recognized for her achievements in business and leadership. As a worldwide pandemic reached South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster appointed Kennedy to #acceleratesc - the state’s coordinated COVID-19 advisory and recovery team. Kennedy is past chair of S.C. BIO, a statewide association promoting the life sciences industry, which has also given Kennedy its Pinnacle Award for significant contributions to the advancement of life sciences in the state.

    Kennedy received South Carolina’s highest civilian honor - the Order of the Palmetto - from Governor Nikki Haley in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of South Carolina.

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