CHPA Educational Foundation 5th Annual Gala

November 18, 2020 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST

About the 2020 CHPA Educational Foundation Virtual Gala

We’ve gone virtual! Join us this year from the comfort of your home or office on November 18 from 4-7 p.m. We are gearing up to put on a celebratory program, equipped with a red carpet experience, live broadcast, dynamic keynote speaker, and networking opportunities. We’ll also be recognizing Patient Point as our Community Partner of the Year Award for promoting the foundation’s Know Your Dose acetaminophen safety messages through their point-of-care network.

Last year, more than 300 industry executives joined us from 95 different companies. We are on track to hit those numbers this year -- and may even surpass those numbers with participation from our international colleagues! To purchase a ticket for the Gala, please click HERE and to secure your sponsorship fill out THIS form and return to Stef Owens at

We look forward to seeing you in November!


4 - 4:45 p.m.
Leadership Chats

For our VIP sponsors, participate in intimate video leadership chats with a board member of your choice. Chats will take place in the VIP sponsor hall and will be assigned ahead of time, so all you have to do is enjoy the conversation.

Invitation Only for Diamond, Platinum, Gold & Silver Sponsors

4:30 - 5 p.m.
Red Carpet Reception

Join us before the program to explore the platform, enjoy jazz music, and participate in a wine tasting interactive session. 

Bonus! Have delicious California wine delivered right to your door to sip on during the event. Use code CHPA15 to order from The Calling or Joseph Carr Wines.

5 - 6 p.m.

Join us in the auditorium for a lively and engaging program, featuring Anita Brikman and Mary Leonard. We’ll have award presentations, a Keynote speaker Steve Jones and a preview of the 2021 Gala + OTC Marketing Awards. Don’t forget to bring a favorite beverage for a celebratory toast!

6 - 7 p.m.
Cocktails & Conversation

Join us in the lounge for video table topic conversations or choose to connect 1-1 with attendees through the chat function. This is your opportunity for informal networking. Enjoy!


Anita Brikman
Executive Director, CHPA Educational Foundation

Mary Leonard
Director, CHPA Educational Foundation

Steve Jones
Keynote Speaker
“Brand Like a Rockstar”

Theo Rutherford
Interactive Wine Tasting
Certified Sommelier and Whiskey Expert

Steve Jones

Brand Like a Rock Star

Tapping into 30 years of experience in the music industry, Steve Jones tells backstage stories about legendary rock stars, today’s biggest hitmakers, and one-hit wonders. Through stories, songs, and videos, Jones shares lessons about branding, resiliency, legacy, and purpose through rock star examples like AC/DC, Run DMC, Fleetwood Mac, and U2.
Jones is the author of two popular business books, Brand Like a Rock Star and Start You Up. He is based in Toronto, Canada, and also oversees content and branding for 103 radio stations as part of the executive team at Stingray, a global music, media, and technology company.

Theo Rutherford

Interactive Wine Tasting

Whether you are just getting into wine or have a wine cellar of your own this session is designed to help give you an aha moment when it comes to tasting new varietals. Take a brief walk around the science of tasting and the “how” when it comes to your physical reaction to tasting.
At the end, guests will be put through a guided tasting of a white and a red wine, with high level of interaction encouraged.

The Calling and Joseph Carr Wines are offering 15% off any online purchase for CHPA Educational Foundation supporters and virtual gala attendees! Use code CHPA15

Cocktails & Conversations

Marcia D. Howard, Ph.D.

Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, CHPA

Diversity and Inclusion Topic Room

Marlin Smith, SHRM-SCP

Author, Speaker and Trainer, Mandrake HR Consulting

Diversity and Inclusion Topic Room

Former Representative David Jolly


Post-election Political Landscape Topic Room

Steve Jones

Speaker and Author

“Brand Like a Rockstar” Topic Room


Theo Rutherford

Certified Sommelier & Whiskey Expert

Whiskey Masterclass Topic Room

Wendy Van Besien

Management Consultant and Executive Coach, WVB Consulting Services, LLC

Leadership in Crisis and Managing Employee Wellbeing Topic Room


Why it’s a Can’t Miss Event

This year, we are proud to bring you our virtual Gala, which eliminates the challenges of travel and unnecessary risk during the pandemic and brings you both convenience and savings. This is the one time a year the industry can come together for a memorable and celebratory experience. Plus, you still get everything you love about going to our Gala, including 1-1 networking, small group networking, and an exciting show! The platform we’ve selected is as user-friendly as it gets and we know you will have a positive and valuable experience. Thanks for supporting the foundation and participating in our Gala!

How Your Support Helps the Foundation

Every Gala donation supports the foundation’s 501c3 mission critical work addressing health disparity, AUIs, unintentional overdose, and COVID-19, among other topics. We serve as the industry’s consumer-facing arm and provide critical education on medicine safety. Your donation is also tax-deductible and we know every cent matters during these unprecedented times!

Frequently Asked Questions

a. No, you only need access to the Internet to participate.
a. Minimize your bandwidth, meaning make you have closed out all other windows and are only viewing the vFairs platform for the event. For the best experience, make sure there are not other people in your home accessing the Internet at the same time.
a. Yes, the platform is mobile compatible but for the best experience a computer is preferred.
a. Each ticket will be a link to access the event with a password, so we would recommend one household view the event per ticket.
a. There is a help desk located in the lobby of the vFairs platform where a customer service representative will be able to chat with you and troubleshoot any problems you may be having.
a. You will login with the email you used to register for the event.
a. To maximize your networking experience, we would recommend having a webcam for participation during the video table topic discussions and/or leadership chats if you are a sponsor.
a. Yes, the event will be available to view following the night of the Gala for one month through December 2020.
a. There are three main components to the event:
  • Leadership Conversations - If you are a sponsor, you can access the VIP sponsor hall and participate in leadership chats with board members.
  • Auditorium - This is where the program will take place.
  • Lounge - This is where you can participate in table topic video conversations or 1-1 chat conversations with other attendees.
a. Yes, these chats will be pre-assigned. Staff will reach out to sponsors and board members to assign and confirm the chats ahead of time.
a. To purchase a ticket for the Gala, please click HERE. If you have any questions regarding registration you can email Stef Owens at
a. To secure your sponsorship fill out HERE form and return to Stef Owens at
a. All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by Friday, November 6, to receive a full refund. Refunds cannot be approved for requests received after this date. Substitutions are gladly accepted up until Monday, November 16.

Thank You Sponsors

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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact Stef Owens at