August 2, 2023

Meet the Thought Leaders at the 2023 Funder Forum

Fusion of Science and Innovation


We’re less than two months away from the eagerly anticipated 2023 Funder Forum. The event takes place from September 19-21 at the stunning APTA Centennial Center in Alexandria, Virginia. As we finalize preparations, we can’t help but share our excitement about our extraordinary keynote speakers.

We are thrilled to announce two distinguished thought leaders who will be sharing their insights and experiences at the Funder Forum:

Hayley Arceneaux

Hayley Arceneaux: Turning Adversity into Adventure

Hayley Arceneaux is not your average healthcare professional. A physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hayley shot to fame as a commercial astronaut, joining SpaceX‘s first private spaceflight, Inspiration4.

Arceneaux, who survived bone cancer and became the first human in space with a prosthetic leg bone, embodies resilience, bravery, and determination. Her journey is a testament to the power of ambition and the will to overcome adversity. Her talk promises to inspire, motivate, and challenge us to look at adversity not as a setback, but as a launching pad for new heights of achievement.

Dr. William Dahut

Dr. William L. Dahut: Leading the Charge Against Cancer

Stepping up next, we have the globally recognized physician-investigator, Dr. William L. Dahut. Currently serving as the Chief Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society, Dr. Dahut manages over $400 million in research funding, shaping the organization’s discovery work, and advising key discovery positions.

Before joining the ACS, Dr. Dahut held prominent roles at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). At NCI he led the revitalization of its clinical research program, and pioneering treatment regimens in prostate cancer. His work has been instrumental in transforming cancer research, and his address is bound to provide invaluable insights into cancer research’s future.

A Meeting of Minds

These two groundbreaking figures represent the spirit of innovation, resilience, and progress we aim to foster at the Funder Forum. The event provides a unique platform for scientific funders worldwide to address the most pressing issues, emerging trends, and best practices in research grant funding.

We invite you to join us at this exciting forum, which promises to be filled with powerful insights, vibrant discussions, and ample opportunities for collaboration and networking. Register now to secure your spot to learn from these extraordinary thought leaders.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event. We can’t wait to welcome you to the 2023 Funder Forum!

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Stay tuned for more updates on the Funder Forum and get ready for an unforgettable experience!