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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Alumnae Events & Programming

2017 ELUM Professional Development Program:
Next-Level Leadership: Building Personal and Organizational Capacity

January 12–14, 2017


The Four Seasons | Denver, Colorado
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University of Colorado School of Medicine


The 2017 ELUM Professional Development Program, Next-Level Leadership: Building Personal and Organizational Capacity, welcomes alumnae from ELAM and ELATE to strengthen their skills in communication, philanthropy and organizational change. ELAM's new director, Nancy Spector, and the former directors, Page Morahan, Rosalyn Richman and Diane Magrane, welcome you to this three-day event to connect alumnae across the nation and to continue to strengthen the leadership skill-building begun during the fellowship.

Morning plenaries are complemented by afternoon workshops and evening social events.

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Registration is now open. We are offering an early bird discount for those who register before October 1.

Special thanks to the members of the ELUM Advisory Group, who have served as the planning committee for this event.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Denver!

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Session Descriptions

Dinner Presentation: Inclusive Leadership

Nita Mosby Tyler

Join the class of 2017 and leaders from ELAM and the University of Colorado Health Sciences for reception and dinner followed by an inspirational address by Dr.Nita Mosby on inclusive leadership practices. It's a fitting close for the fellows' winter session and opening for our ELUM program as we enter the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

IAP Peer Mentoring Sessions

Do you recall how challenging it was to design an action project (IAP) that moved your institution forward, gave you the right kind of visibility, and was actually doable? This year’s fellows are looking for guidance as they develop their own IAPs. Previous ELUM consultants say they learned as much as they contributed!

As an IAP consultant, you and another ELUM will be paired with three or four fellows, who will share their thoughts and initial plans for their IAPs. You will spend the rest of the time providing feedback and workshopping the fellows’ ideas. This opportunity is limited to 30 ELUMs.

Only register for this opportunity if you are available for the following:

  • Orientation lunch – January 12, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Peer consultations – January 12, 2 – 5 pm

Note that this requires you to be in Denver earlier than most ELUMs. Do not select this opportunity if you cannot commit to these responsibilities.

Next-Level Leadership

Lilly Marks
Ora Pescovitz
Elizabeth Concordia
Larissa Herda

In this session, ELUMs will identify and gain skills necessary to succeed in high level executive positions. The session will consist of a facilitated panel discussion followed by activity that engages the audience around "next level leadership." Sample topics addressed:

  • Dealing with issues of governance
  • Working with a board
  • Influence when you don't have authority
  • Navigating internal and external politics
  • Power dynamics

As part of each major topic area that panelists address, we will end with "How did you develop the skills to do this successfully?" or "What advice can you give for people to develop these skills?"

Changing the Philanthropic Conversation

Scott Arthur

This presentation is designed for leaders dedicated to expanding their philanthropic reach to bolster and propel programs and organizations in an increasingly competitive world. Changing the Philanthropic Conversation will demonstrate various tactics for changing the way leaders think about and participate in philanthropic conversations.

Communications Skills

Eva Aagaard
Kristen Broadfoot

In the workplace, challenging communication situations occur when we are asked to provide difficult or emotionally charged information, negotiate for limited resources and communicate with individuals with specific personality or conflict management styles. Knowing when and how to adapt communication strategies and skills to use in these situations can be challenging. In this workshop, participants will identify situations and personas that they have found difficult to communicate with. After introducing key communication skills, they will practice these skills in small groups using trained actors who will portray the personas and scenarios participants earlier identified as challenging.

How Your Personal Image Affects Your Ability to Communicate and Lead: Learning to Work With Your Own Style

Ann Fulton

The purpose of this session will be for ELUMs to enhance skills necessary for the best possible presentation in the professional workplace with regard to clothing and other elements of personal style.

This workshop will include both a didactic and a hands-on component as participants learn to ensure that their best personal image is presented by working with their own style- updated and optimized.

Executive Coaching

Sharon Hull
Page Morahan
Roberta Sonnino
Sally Shumaker

Executive coaching is becoming an accepted practice in academic health centers (AHCs), and not just in the C-Suite environment. ELUMS Roberta Sonnino, Sally Shumaker and Sharon Hull, and Page Morahan have been developing a current list of executive coaches. We will provide the list at the workshop, strategize with ELUMs how to use such a list, discuss and gather tips from ELUMs about why and how an executive coach may be helpful and how to select and work with a coach, and solicit names of other recommended coaches from ELUMs.

Managing Change in Complex Systems

Aenor Sawyer
Barbara Casey

Academic health care and engineering are changing at a rapid pace. Leaders are faced with making large-scale changes in culture, business models and integration of disruptive technology on a regular basis. Such changes are not only challenging to implement but can be damaging to the faculty and employees of the organization if not done well. Unfortunately, this kind of change is rarely done well. At this session, we will start by exploring common examples of large scale change to uncover common pitfalls in change management. We will then review important principles of effective change management at the systems level and key considerations in leading such change. We will then work through a case activity in small and diverse groups, representing different stakeholders in the change process to practice the skills and work as a team to develop a plan for complex system change. The session will end with a discussion of key principles and lessons learned.

The Legacy of ELAM and ELATE: Building a Community of Women Leaders

Judy Regensteiner
Ann Brown
Eva Aagaard

The purpose of this session is to provide tools for ELUMs to bring the concepts that the Fellowships impart to its scholars to their own institutions in the form of communities, courses, lectures and/or other programs in order to provide leadership training and ongoing skill building to those who want and need it. This will have three benefits: it will provide a toolbox for institutions to allow many individuals to develop leadership skills, it will increase awareness about ELAM/ELATE and it will also help identify future outstanding faculty who may be chosen to participate in the fellowship.

Systems Change Workshop

Ellen Bass
Yuehwern Yih

To enhance patient safety and to improve the health care system, health care organizations are changing from considering adverse events and incidents as the sign of an individual’s incompetence or recklessness to viewing them as an indicator to take a more systems approach. These organizations are therefore striving to implement approaches that integrate human considerations with and across all system elements as part of the solution.  

However, the focus will continue to make incremental improvements until there is a fundamental change in perspective from treating patients to helping people stay healthy.

The goal of this interactive workshop is to introduce the participants to “systems thinking” and with an understanding of the systems view and systems engineering approaches that consider human capabilities in health care system design. Through a combination of didactic and small-group work, attendees will:

  1. Be introduced to systems thinking concepts
  2. Be introduced to system engineering methods from human factors that contribute to better human-system integration
  3. Discuss what these concepts and approaches mean with respect to patient safety and to improve the health care system
  4. Explore a new perspective of the “health” system that focuses on a healthy population as opposed to treating people who are sick

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the concept of system thinking
  2. Formulate problems/challenges in academic health care settings from a system perspective
  3. Describe approaches to reach sustainable solutions using systems engineering methods

Equity Vigilance

Page Morahan
Diane Magrane
Liz Travis
Roberta Sonnino
Sally Shumaker

2016 has been a year of breaking the glass ceiling with the first woman presidential candidate AND the uncovering of gender discrimination. In our third conversation on attaining gender equity in higher education, we aim to advance beyond the rhetoric to actions we can each take home to keep chipping away at the constructs that continue to hold women back from their full leadership potential.

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Eva Aagaard, MD

Eva Aagaard, MD, FACP

Eva Aagaard, MD, is professor of medicine, associate dean for educational strategy, director of the Academy of Medical Educators, and director of the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence, University of Colorado School of Medicine. In these roles, she provides coordination of issues that span undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education including faculty development, competency assessment (including standardized patient and simulation-based assessment), and remediation.

She has developed and currently oversees and teaches in multiple faculty development programs across the Anschutz Medical Campus. Nationally she has developed the Society of General Internal Medicine TEACH Program. Internationally she developed the Health Education Advanced Leadership Program in Zimbabwe (HEALZ). She teaches leadership skills locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Aagaard is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Specialty Board, council member for the Society of General Internal Medicine, and co-chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners Ambulatory Care Test Development Committee. She served as a core member of the Milestones in Internal Medicine Committee and co-chairs the AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency Entrustment Learning Community.

She has won more than 15 awards for clinical excellence, teaching and humanism in medicine, including the University of Colorado's President's Teaching Award, the Society of General Internal Medicine Mid-Career Mentoring Award, and the Elizabeth Gee Award for the Advancement of Women at the University of Colorado.

Scott Arthur

Scott Arthur

With over 15 years of experience as a fundraising leader at major medical institutions and nonprofit organizations, Scott Arthur joined the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus team in 2014 as vice chancellor of advancement.

Prior to this appointment, he was vice president of constituent giving at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation in Columbus, Ohio – the fourth-largest children's hospital in the United States. There, he led a major gifts program that increased giving nearly 400 percent in two years.

Prior to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Scott worked with Mayo Clinic as a major gift officer, working on gifts of significance at the $1 million level.

At CU Anschutz, Scott leads a team dedicated to connecting benefactors with their passions. In the past year, the Office of Advancement posted record fundraising numbers, bringing in more than $167 million in private gifts and commitments.

Scott earned a master's degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor's degree from Otterbein College. He and his wife, Tricia, are both runners, and they have four children – Jackson, Sullivan, Anderson and Campbell Joy.

Ellen J. Bass, PhD

Eva Aagaard, MD, FACP

Ellen J. Bass, PhD, is a professor at Drexel University. She is head of Department of Information Science in the College of Computing & Informatics with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Systems and Services Research in the College of Nursing & Health Professions. Her research focuses on understanding and modeling how human operators perform in real-time complex systems in order to inform the systems engineering process: operational concept definition, requirements for decision support and human-computer interaction, procedures the operators will follow, and training requirements. She develops analytical frameworks, measures and methods that quantify total system performance including end users, their tools, features of the task environment and schedule.

As part of an R01 funded by AHRQ, Dr. Bass is analyzing and modeling the information requirements, decision-making and workflow of homecare nurses admitting patients, and characterizing if and how health information technology systems support their needs. She is the human factors lead for the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Dr. Bass’s role is to work with the ASSURE university and industry partners in order to help the FAA to solve the human factors issues related to integrating UASs into the National Airspace System. 

Dr. Bass is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Academies. She is a member of the editorial board for the journals Human Factors, IIE Transaction on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors and IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering.

Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD

Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD

Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine; the communication skills development, remediation and research specialist for the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence; and the director of communication skills for the Academy of Medical Educators in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In these roles, she provides communication skills curriculum design and development expertise that spans undergraduate (UME), interprofessional (IPE) graduate (GME) and continuing faculty development, competency assessment (including standardized patient and simulation-based assessment), and remediation.

She was previously associate director of communication skills for the Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she oversaw the longitudinal development of the relationship-centered communication skills curriculum currently used in preclinical years.

Dr. Broadfoot's research interests lie in the organizing and cultured practices of clinical care interactions, specifically in terms of patient and provider agency, advocacy and wellbeing in the healthcare workplace. She is also faculty for the Health Communication Track in the Colorado School of Public Health and an affiliate associate professor at Colorado State University, maintaining an active advising roster for health and organizational communication students internationally. She is originally from New Zealand and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Ann J. Brown, MD, MHS

Ann J. Brown, MD, MHS

Ann J. Brown, MD, MHS, is the vice dean for faculty at the Duke University School of Medicine and ELUM (2009). At the center of her work at Duke is the innovative Faculty Development Program, which she established in 2004. This program produces seminars, courses and networking events, conducts institutional research, and develops policies to support career success for faculty at Duke. Since her appointment as vice dean in January 2011, Dr. Brown has worked to expand resources for faculty problem-resolution and prevention. She meets regularly with faculty to discuss issues surrounding communication, promotion, professional career development opportunities and management skills. In addition, she oversees a schoolwide faculty mentoring initiative. Dr. Brown represents School of Medicine faculty in campus leadership venues, and works with department faculty leaders to enhance faculty success across the School of Medicine.

Dr. Brown has been interested in helping faculty build their careers for much of her time at Duke. Prior to her appointment as vice dean, she served as associate vice dean for faculty development (2006), establishing the School of Medicine Office for Faculty Development. Prior to this, she served as associate dean for women in medicine and science (2004). In all of her roles, her work has been guided by data from her institutional research. This work has led to publications, including highly cited work on understanding generational differences in academic medicine.

Dr. Brown has been with Duke since completing her endocrinology fellowship there in 1993. She is a tenured associate professor in medicine, and has worked extensively in the area of women’s health and leadership. In 2002, she was selected to serve on the University-wide Duke Women’s Initiative.

She is the past program director for the Duke BIRCWH* grant and, in this capacity, worked closely with the scholars in their career development. She is the founder and medical director for the Duke Academic Program in Women’s Health, a multidisciplinary program providing provider education about women’s health issues. In recognition of her work with this program, Dr. Brown was awarded the 2001 NAWH Award for Excellence and the 2006 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Office of Institutional Equity.

Dr. Brown maintains an active clinical practice seeing women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She has served as principal investigator on over 16 clinical trials, and completed a K23 Award in which she studied the effects of exercise in women with PCOS. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and attended Stanford Medical School. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital prior to her endocrinology fellowship at Duke.

*Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health

Barbara Casey, MBA

Barbara Casey, MBA

Barbara Casey, MBA, is an accomplished strategist and sales leader with over 25 years of diversified health care, managed care, insurance and management consulting experience. Barbara is currently the global healthcare and life sciences director for Cisco's Digital Transformation Group. She leads a team of industry consultants, architects, project managers and analysts focused on digital transformation for health care providers, payers and life sciences organizations. The healthcare team is aligned with customer accounts in the regions through the development of key solutions, account plans and partner alignment.

Prior to joining Cisco, Barbara led corporate strategic planning efforts at HCA, Inc. by serving as part of its Strategic Resource Group (SRG). The goal of the SRG at HCA is to translate strategy into executable methodology that could be facilitated and implemented in key HCA markets. Prior to working in this capacity, Barbara was the chief marketing officer for the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI), an oncology research organization. Barbara has also worked as a management consultant at Deloitte and the Mercer Consulting Group (specifically the entity now known as Oliver Wyman), with all her work being focused on health care clients. She assisted in the development of provider and health plan business strategies, designed and implemented networks, and facilitated joint venture partnerships among providers and managed care organizations. Barbara holds a master of business administration with concentrations in organizational development and change and marketing from the University of South Florida. Her bachelor of science in clinical psychology was earned from Florida State University.

Elizabeth B. Concordia

Elizabeth B. Concordia

Elizabeth B. Concordia serves as president and chief executive officer of UCHealth.
UCHealth is a U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll system with operating revenue of $3.2 billion and a workforce of 17,000 people. Ms. Concordia joined UCHealth in September 2014 and is responsible for the strategic direction, clinical operations and financial success of the system. UCHealth includes seven Colorado hospitals, 1,600 inpatient beds, and more than 100 clinics in Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. University of Colorado Hospital is the region's only academic medical center providing access to clinical trials, nationally recognized research and advanced treatments and techniques.

Under Ms. Concordia's leadership, UCHealth is focused on strategic partnerships, expansion of the system's footprint in the region, developing new models of care, improving patient access, convenience and service, and supporting the academic mission. Also, UCHealth is fostering new innovation and technologies to support the care of individual patients and efforts to improve the health of our population.

UCHealth accomplishments include:

  • UCHealth is home to three of the six acute-care adult hospitals in Colorado to have received Magnet® designation for nursing excellence: Poudre Valley Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital have four consecutive Magnet designations, and Medical Center of the Rockies has two consecutive Magnet designations.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Colorado Hospital #20 in the nation, #1 in the state and among the nation's best in 10 specialties. All UCHealth hospitals are ranked among Colorado's top hospitals.
  • University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) named University of Colorado Hospital as the #6 highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for delivering quality health care.
  • UCHealth is the first in Colorado and third in the U.S. to launch a Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit.
  • UCHealth has seen an 18% growth rate in admissions and observation visits and a 20% growth rate in outpatient visits since FY14, and cares for more than one million unique patients each year.

Before joining UCHealth, Ms. Concordia served as executive vice president for UPMC and president of its Hospital and Community Services Division, where she guided the strategic direction, clinical operations and financial success of the larger system, while leading patient care operations for the system's 20 hospitals and 17 senior community facilities. In previous positions, she was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as an associate director at the Montefiore Medical Center's Jack D. Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York, and a manager and senior consultant for Ernst & Young in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Concordia earned a bachelor of arts in economics and German from Duke University and a master of administrative science management from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Women's Forum of Colorado and the Colorado Forum.

Ann Fulton

Ann Fulton

Ann Fulton is a certified color and image consultant and owner of NPR Samples (Never Pay Retail): a women's clothing store in Denver Colorado.  She has spent her working life focusing on how women and men can improve their image and become more comfortable and confident with their personal presentation. She concentrates on each individual's strengths and teaches the fundamentals necessary for a functional and distinctive wardrobe.  Ann has worked nationally with individuals, a variety of businesses and corporations and given countless seminars over the last thirty years.  Her insights and ability to understand your clothing challenges will help you attain a more polished and professional image.

Larissa L. Herda

Larissa L. Herda

Lariss L. Herda took the helm of tw telecom inc., formerly Time Warner Telecom Inc., as CEO and president, on June 19, 1998. She was elected chairman of the tw telecom inc. board of directors effective June 7, 2001, and held the title of chairman and CEO until November 2014.  Ms. Herda served as the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing from March 1, 1997 until her appointment as chief executive.

Under Ms. Herda’s direction, tw telecom grew from $26 million in revenue in 1996 to nearly $1.6 Billion in 2013; expanded its broadband network footprint from 17 U.S. markets to 80; built a national IP backbone recognized as one of the top 10 most connected IP networks in the world; introduced comprehensive data, voice, Internet and national Ethernet products and made three acquisitions totaling over $1.2B — a regional Internet service provider and two competitive local metro carriers.  Since becoming chairman and CEO, Ms. Herda raised more than $8.5 billion in the public and private debt markets, including a $290 million IPO. Ms. Herda completed the sale of tw telecom to Level 3 for $7.6 billion in November 2014.

Ms. Herda served as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), and chair of the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).  She was also chairman of the board of the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City. She served as a member of the Colorado Innovation Network advisory board, appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The board’s mission was to promote collaboration among Colorado’s private, public and academic organizations and to stimulate growth, help create jobs and attract new businesses.

Recognized for her business efforts and leadership in the community, Ms. Herda was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region and the Denver Business Journal’s CEO of the Year and Outstanding Woman in Business. In addition, she was named Telecom Executive of the Year by the Denver Telecom Professionals. She also received the “Swede” Johnson Hope Award presented by the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America.

Ms. Herda served as a member of the board of directors at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado for eight years and as a member of the school’s advisory board for the Center for Education in Social Responsibility (CESR). She is a member of The Committee of 200 and a member of the community advisory board of SungateKids, a local children’s advocacy center helping abused children and their families.

Ms. Herda is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Diane M. Magrane, MD

Diane M. Magrane, MD

Diane M. Magrane, MD, is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, director emerita of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM®) program for women faculty in the health sciences and the founding director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering program (ELATE at Drexel®) for women faculty in STEM fields. In this role, she has been a co-investigator for an NIH study of academic women’s career development and PI for a five-year award from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation to study the outcomes and impact of the ELATE fellowship.

Her academic medical career has taken her from instructor and clerkship director at St. Louis University School of Medicine to professor and associate dean at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Before returning to academic medicine at Drexel University, she was associate vice president for faculty development and leadership at the Association of American Medical Colleges (2003–2008) where she was responsible for programs for department chairs, deans, and women in medicine. She has been an international leader in integrating human rights education to women’s health practices through work with the Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee (WSRR) of the Federation of Ob-Gyn societies (FIGO).

In recognition of her national leadership in medical education and leadership development, she has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 2002, and received an APGO-Wyeth Career Achievement Award in 2006 and a University of Iowa Distinguished Alumnae Award in 2015. She identifies her greatest honor as that of working with leaders in academic medicine, the sciences and engineering to support the development of strong, diverse, collaborative leaders and adaptive practices in higher education.

Lilly Marks

Lilly Marks

Lilly Marks serves as vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor in charge of the Anschutz Medical Campus, which is comprised of the University's Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing and Graduate School and the University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado. Prior to assuming this University position, Ms. Marks spent two decades in the concurrent positions of senior associate dean for finance and administration of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and as executive director of University Physicians, Inc., a 501(c)(3) that operates as the centralized faculty practice plan.

Ms. Marks is the chair of the board of directors of the University of Colorado Hospital and a member of the University of Colorado Health System Board, a member of the board of directors of Children's Hospital Colorado, the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and is a trustee of the University of Colorado Foundation. She serves as a member of the Association of American Medical College's (AAMC) Advisory Panel on Health Care and the AAMC Advisory Panel on Research. Ms. Marks is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC). January 2013 Ms. Marks was appointed to a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Denver Branch board of directors. In 2008–2009, Ms. Marks served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Healthcare Reform to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

She is past chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Practice, chair of the Faculty Practice Solutions Center (FPSC), and has served on the steering committees of the University Health Systems Consortium Group Practice Council, and the AAMC Group on Business Affairs. She has also served as chair of the Academic Practice Assembly of the Medical Group Management Association and as a member of the MGMA national board of directors.

The Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business Award was awarded to Ms. Marks in August 2012.

Ms. Marks is a frequent national speaker on topics related to medical school economics, health care and clinical practice management, and leadership issues in academic medicine.

Page S. Morahan, PhD

Page S. Morahan, PhD

Page S. Morahan, PhD, is founding director of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine ® Program for Women (ELAM®), and co-director of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institutes.
Dr. Morahan is a tenured professor in microbiology and immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine. She has a consulting practice and conducts research in design, implementation and evaluation of leadership development programs; strategic career planning; faculty affairs; and advancement of women. Dr. Morahan is former associate provost for faculty affairs at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, and served as chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology for ten years at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She was the first woman president of the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs in 1990. Dr. Morahan was an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow in 1992–93, and has participated in Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Management Development Program, as well as receiving certification in several organizational and personnel developmental processes.

She has served on various committees and taskforces of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), National Institutes of Health, and American Society for Microbiology. Her national honors include: NIH Research Career Development Award; AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award; The Network Annual Leadership Award from the ACE Office of Women in Higher Education; Fellow in American Women in Science (AWIS); fellow of American Academy of Microbiology; and Distinguished Career Award from Agnes Scott College. Local honors include: Lindback Award for teaching excellence and Eli Abrutyn, M.D. Mentoring Award from Drexel University College of Medicine; and Elizabeth W. Bingham Mentoring Award from Philadelphia AWIS. She is also an invited member of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia; WIL of Greater Philadelphia (Women International Leaders); and associate director of the board of directors of the Swedenborg Foundation.

Dr. Morahan received her BS, magna cum laude, from Agnes Scott College; MA from Hunter College; and PhD in microbiology from Marquette University.

Nita Mosby Tyler, PhD, MA

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Nita Mosby Tyler, PhD, MA, is the senior vice president of human resources and chief inclusion officer at Children's Hospital Colorado. She is also the first African American woman to have served as executive director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver in its 63-year history. She is the founder of The Kaleidoscope Project, a community-based organization designed to increase social and health equity within communities of color.

Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, is also nationally recognized for her work with community organizations in the area of inclusive leadership. Dr. Mosby Tyler has had a strong academic presence in Colorado, as a popular guest lecturer at the University of Denver, University of Colorado, Regis University and many other social, political and community organizations. In the community, Dr. Mosby Tyler has received appointments by former mayors Wellington Webb and John Hickenlooper to serve as a member of the Career Service Authority Board for the City and County of Denver, by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the Tony Grampsas Youth Services board of directors, and by the executive director/chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to the Colorado Health Equity Commission. Dr. Mosby-Tyler has also served as the diversity chairperson for the Human Rights Campaign at both local and national levels and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Phi Delta Kappa International education professional association.

Dr. Mosby Tyler has received many local and national awards for her service and leadership accomplishments including recognition from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Denver Business Journal, United Healthcare, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Kaiser Permanente, Human Rights Campaign, Community College of Denver, National Diversity Council, Mountain Region Black Economic Summit, City and County of Denver, Aurora Police Department, Denver Health, Denver Sheriff Department, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Community College of Denver.

Dr. Mosby Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of organizational leadership, a master of arts degree in management and a bachelor of science degree in education.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, is Eli Lilly and Company’s senior vice president and U.S. medical leader for Lilly Bio-Medicines. She is a renowned pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who has published more than 190 papers and books. She also serves as an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Pescovitz brings to Lilly years of medical and business expertise, along with cutting-edge insights on healthcare, including the challenges of serving patients in a fast-changing environment. She is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from healthcare to diversity to women’s issues.

Dr. Pescovitz earned her medical degree from the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she earned Distinguished Alumni Awards from both the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern University. Much of her work has focused on the physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty, and the development of novel therapies for these conditions. She has received numerous awards for her research, teaching and leadership.

During her extensive, 21-year career at Indiana University’s health system, she served as executive associate dean for research affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine, president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children, and interim vice president for IU’s Research Administration.

From 2009–2014, she was the University of Michigan’s first female executive vice president for medical affairs and health system CEO. In this role, she led a system that included three hospitals, more than 120 health centers and clinics, and the University of Michigan Medical School. She oversaw $3.3 billion in revenue and $490 million in research funding. During this time, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Pescovitz serves on the Advancement Council of the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She also has served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research, the nation’s largest pediatric research organization; president of the Lawson Wilkins (North American) Pediatric Endocrine Society, and chair of the March of Dimes Grants Review Committee. She served on the boards of the Hormone Foundation, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Board for Clinical Research. She also chaired the annual fundraising campaign for the United Way of Washtenaw County (Michigan), and was on the United Way of Central Indiana’s executive committee.

Her late husband, Dr. Mark Pescovitz, was a renowned transplant surgeon at Indiana University. She is a proud mother to three children, two in-law children and three grandchildren.

Judy Regensteiner, PhD

Judy Regensteiner, PhD

Judy Regensteiner, PhD, conducts research that explores why women with diabetes have even poorer cardiovascular outcomes than men with diabetes. Her work also examines peripheral arterial disease. She has been principal investigator or co-investigator of large grants to assess exercise capacity and gender differences in type 2 diabetes and the effects of exercise training in people with type 2 diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. She has been an Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program and is currently an Investigator for the National Institutes of Health "Look Ahead" program to reduce cardiovascular outcomes in people with diabetes.

Dr. Regensteiner has authored more than 100 research publications in her areas of expertise and has received many honors, including the Department of Medicine's PhD Teaching and Research Award and the CU System-wide Elizabeth Gee Memorial Lectureship Award. She is a dedicated mentor and serves as principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health “Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health” grant, which provides training and mentorship for promising junior faculty members pursuing research careers. Other activities include participation as a committee chair for the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, formed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt in 2008. She is a national and international speaker. Dr. Regensteiner participated as co-chair in two strategic planning meetings for the Office on Research in Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. The results of these meetings will help direct the research agenda for this Office for the next 10 years. Dr. Regensteiner is the recent recipient of the Judith and Joseph Wagner Chair of Women's Health Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She was honored to participate in ELAM as a member of the 2012–2013 class.

Sally A. Shumaker, PhD

Sally A. Shumaker, PhD

Sally A. Shumaker, PhD, is a tenured full professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, the Division of Public Health Sciences, and the Department of Internal Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She joined WFUSM in 1990 and during her tenure at Wake she has held a number of leadership positions, including: founding director of the WFUSM National Women's Health Center of Excellence, founding chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, associate dean of faculty services and development, director of inter-campus program development, and associate – and later senior associate – dean for research. On July 1, 2010, she stepped aside as the senior associate dean for research and assumed her current role as senior executive advisor.

In addition to her administrative and leadership roles at WFUSM, Dr. Shumaker has an extensive research career and she serves as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a number of grants and contracts with the NIH, foundations and industry.  Currently, she is the principal investigator of the Women's Health Initiative Memory Studies (WHIMS), the Women's Health Initiative Southeast Regional Center and the cognitive component of the Testosterone Trial. In addition, she serves on the Steering Committee for the Women's Health Initiative. Currently, she is a consultant to the AAMC. She served on the Council of the Office of Research on Women's Health from 2002 to 2007, has served as an expert consultant on a number of NIH programs, and has chaired NIH-sponsored Data and Safety Monitoring Boards. Dr. Shumaker has extensive expertise in the administration and logistics of complex studies. She has over 150 publications in the areas of older women's health, dementia, health-related quality of life, adherence, and psychosocial factors in disease history and progression.  She was recently awarded the Florence L. Denmark Award for Contributions to Women and Aging, and the Special Achievement Award in Research at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and the Society for Behavioral Medicine.  In addition, she served as the president and later secretary-treasurer of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and she is the past chair of the Steering Committee for the Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) – AAMC.

In addition to her research interests and administrative roles, Dr. Shumaker has formal training in mediation, executive coaching, and conflict negotiation, and she has provided workshops and training in both of these areas at WFUSM, for the AAMC, and for the Center of Creative Leadership where she holds and adjunct faculty position.  She has served as a faculty advisor for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, and she coaches senior leaders in academic medicine throughout the United States and Canada.

Roberta E. Sonnino, MD

Roberta E. Sonnino, MD, FACS, FAAP

Roberta E. Sonnino, MD, is professor of surgery and vice dean of faculty affairs and professional development at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and associate provost for medical affairs at Wayne State University. She also maintains an appointment as a contributed service professor in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University. Dr. Sonnino previously served as associate dean for faculty affairs and professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and as associate dean for academic and faculty affairs and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Creighton University School of Medicine.

A native of New York, Dr. Sonnino moved to Venice, Italy, with her family as a young child. She completed her secondary schooling in Italy, and received her MD at the University of Padova, the oldest medical school in the world. She moved back to the U.S. for her post-graduate training, with internships in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and in surgery at the University of Minnesota. She completed her general surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital and her pediatric surgery fellowship at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Before becoming a full-time medical school administrator, Dr. Sonnino practiced pediatric surgery for many years, serving as chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief of the Children’s Hospital at Mercer University School of Medicine, and previously as professor and chief of pediatric surgery, (and associate dean for special programs and assistant dean for student affairs) at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Earlier positions spanned a decade at Case Western Reserve University and the Medical College of Virginia. Her research on the study of ischemic injury to the intestine and intestinal graft preservation was funded by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. Her accomplishments include over 75 peer-reviewed published articles and over 100 major presentations. 

Dr. Sonnino completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship in 1998, and currently is a Learning Community advisor and a member of the faculty. She has served as an officer and committee member for more than 15 professional societies, is a past president of the Academy of Surgical Research and the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (SELAM). She is a member-at-large of the Steering Committee of the Group on Faculty Affairs, where she chaired the Research Subcommittee for three years.

During her faculty affairs career, Dr. Sonnino has established new offices of faculty affairs, and developed numerous successful programs in faculty development, professional career advancement, mentoring and women in medicine. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of faculty affairs and career development for the medical school, including comprehensive mentoring programs (with specific aspects dedicated to mid-and senior career mentoring and mentor training programs), promotion and tenure, grievances and medical school policies. In addition, as associate provost, she is responsible for assisting the Office of the Provost with issues relating to the School of Medicine, ensuring that the university and the medical school are working in unison. One of her pet projects is helping faculty find creative venues for scholarly activity, such as the use of her own hobby of photography as a source of scholarship.

Dr, Sonnino is a passionate photographer, has published dozens of photographs, maintains her own website, and has had four solo exhibits of her series of medical images entitled “Fragile Beginnings.” She serves as a volunteer photographer for “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Infant Bereavement Photography.” A monograph, “Journey to Authenticity: Voices of Chief Residents,” with photography by Dr. Sonnino, was published by the ACGME in May 2007, and received several awards. In April 2013, Dr. Sonnino completed the requirements to become a certified professional photographer (CPP), by passing the certification exam and image portfolio review. She plans to make photography a full-time occupation when she retires from medicine.

Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD

Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, FASTRO

Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, FASTRO, is the associate vice president, Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion, and Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research in the departments of Experimental Radiation Oncology and Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is an internationally recognized scientist who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the effects of radiation on normal tissues in her 25 years in the field. For the past eight years, she served as associate vice president, Women Faculty Programs, where she led efforts to further the academic careers of women physicians and scientists by ensuring they are appointed to high profile committees and leadership positions, by leading institutional policy change to address obstacles that interfere with women’s success, and by providing career guidance to countless women faculty. The office recently expanded under her leadership to include minority faculty, where she will apply similar and new strategies to address their specific career needs.

Dr. Travis is a principal investigator on two NIH grants: a U54 partnership grant with Puerto Rico, “Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research,” and an R01 grant “Gatekeepers and Gender Schemas,” which seeks to understand the role that gender plays in choosing faculty for tenure track positions.

She is a fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, recipient of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award for an individual (2009) and an institution (2012).  Dr. Travis was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2012 and elected as a member of its board of directors in 2013 and is the chair elect 2017. She is a member of the board of directors of the Association for Women in Science. She was recognized at the Houston Italian Cultural and Community Center’s 12th annual gala honoring the Italian Influence in Medicine and is the recipient of the 2014 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award by the American Association for Women Radiologists. She is the immediate past chair of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science, Association of American Medical Colleges.

Yuehwern Yih, PhD

Yuehwern Yih, PhD

Yuehwern Yih, PhD, is a professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University and the associate director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. She received her PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Her expertise resides in system and process design, monitoring and control to improve quality and efficiency. Her research has been focused on dynamic control, workflow design and analysis, system modeling and simulation, decision-making and optimization for operations in complex systems such as health care delivery, manufacturing and supply chains.

Her Handbook of Healthcare Delivery Systems is the first handbook covering the wide arrays of sectors in health care to provide a holistic view of health care delivery as an integrated system.  Dr. Yih is one of the experts who contributed to “Order from Chaos – Accelerating Care Integration,” a report of the Lucian Leape Institute Roundtable in 2012.

In 2013, Dr. Yih received the inaugural Faculty Engagement Fellow Award at Purdue, based on her work at AMPATH developing a nutrition information system and a food distribution system for HIV+ patients in Western Kenya. This integrated nutrition system was deployed in 2005 and provided food for over 38,000 HIV+ patients and their families each year.  Her work was also featured in an Industrial Engineer Magazine cover article in January 2014. She is an NEC faculty fellow, IISE fellow and ELATE fellow.

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Please note that a food and beverage fee of $120.53 will be added to the best available rate for each night of your stay. The fee covers daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, evening receptions, dinner on January 12, and associated taxes and fees. For example, if the best available rate is $300/night, your bill will come to $420.53/night.

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ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.