The 2021 meeting will celebrate our pioneering women leading with the heart. Trained by Texas Heart Institute’s founder, Denton A. Cooley, M.D., these women are honoring his legacy by leading the education and research programs he launched that have prepared thousands of cardiovascular professionals working around the world today. Upholding the Texas Heart Institute’s mission, the perfusion school is presently thriving with 24 students in training across the U.S. Since its opening in 1971, more than 900 students have graduated from the program. Many of those graduates were mentored by our pioneering women cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who embraced the essential role perfusionists play in operating the heart-lung machine and other ancillary devices to support patients who require cardiac care.