Keynote Speakers

Bryce Olson_2Bryce Olson is Intel’s Marketing Director for Health and Life Sciences. One of the areas he focuses on is bringing technology and science together in the exciting area of genomics and personalized medicine with a powerful message on how to save lives. Genomic sequencing and precision medicine gave him a life he didn’t think he’d get to live. Bryce is inspired by connecting the advances in life sciences into clinical settings and helping patients understand these new opportunities. He is a sought after keynote speaker both locally and nationally, and his story has been covered by both local and national media. Bryce also started FACTS (Fighting Advanced Cancer Through Songs), a new movement that uses the power of music to build awareness for a new way to fight cancer and bring molecular testing and precision medicine to as many advanced cancer patients as possible. In 2017, Bryce wrote and co-produced a rock-n-roll album with proceeds going towards the FACTS movement, which brought together a variety of Portland area musicians and singers including Jenny Conlee from the Decemberists, Martha Davis from the Motels, Pete Krebs, and Michelle DeCourcy—all of whom are cancer survivors.

Houle Author photoMarcy Cottrell Houle is a professional wildlife biologist, national speaker, and award-winning author of four books.  She has written for The New York Times, LA Times, Reader’s Digest, Nature Conservancy Magazine, among other publications.  Her newest book, co-authored with Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare, was the recent recipient of the national Christopher Award, for “books that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”  Houle’s books have also received the Oregon Book Award, Booklist Editor’s Choice, New York City Library “Best Books”, and New York Times “Best Books for Earth Day.” Visit Marcy online at: and

Version 2 Josephine Ensign, FNP, MPH, DrPh, is an associate  professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she teaches community health, health policy, and narrative medicine. A graduate of Oberlin College and Johns Hopkins University, she has been a nurse for over thirty years, providing health care for homeless and marginalized populations. Her essays have appeared in The Sun, The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Pulse, Silk Road, The Intima, The Examined Life Journal, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine, Traveler’s Tales, and in the nonfiction anthology: I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse edited by Lee Gutkind. Her debut medical memoir, Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net, was released in 2016 from She Writes Press. Ensign lives in Seattle. Visit Ensign online at:

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