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
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Please plan to join us for our 2017 ELUM professional development program, Next-Level Leadership: Building Personal and Organizational Capacity.
Opening with a presentation on inclusive leadership for an alumnae and fellows dinner, the program continues the next morning with a panel of national leaders, invited by and including ELAM facilitator Lily Marks, to address what next-level leadership looks like. In addition, you will have the opportunity to join workshops on communication skills, building ELAM/ELATE-like programs at home, and using systems engineering to improve health care.
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Registration begins in early September, and we will be offering an early bird discount for those who register before October 1.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
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2016 has been a year of breaking the glass ceiling with the first woman presidential candidate AND the uncovering of blatant misogyny and 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.
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.
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.
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
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?"
The ELAM and ELATE fellowships provide in-depth training in leadership for senior women faculty. Offering training programs based on ELAM/ELATE has the potential to build leadership capacity, prepare candidates for both programs, and broaden the awareness of the importance of the programs.
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. Information about programs developed at ELUM institutions will be requested prior to the event, and will be used as examples of possible programs.
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.
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.
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.
This will be an interactive workshop with a goal of developing a better understanding of the systems in which we work. Applying engineering principles to health care, we will discuss complex adaptive systems and how such systems behave. Through a combination of didactic and small group work, attendees will be able to:
- Define complex adaptive systems
- Discuss whether health care and, in particular, academic health care is a complex adaptive system
- Explore what that means for leaders in engineering, health care and academics
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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.
Ms. 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.
Dr. Magrane 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.
Ms. 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.
Dr. Morahan 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.
Dr. Pescovitz 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.
Dr. Regensteiner's research 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.
Dr. Shumaker 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.
Dr. Sonnino 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.
Dr. Travis 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.
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