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Leadership Conference

The annual WISDM conference is designed to promote professional development through enhancement of leadership skills. Community practitioners, academic faculty, administrators and other health care professionals, as well as medical, dental and graduate students, post docs, residents and community leaders are welcome. Both women and men in medicine and science will gain skills that will enhance personal growth and advance careers. In addition, the conference provides an opportunity to network with other professionals and share advice and experience.

This annual conference is sponsored by the VCU School of Medicine, the VCU School of Dentistry, the VCU Health System, and McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Join us for the

26th Annual WISDM Leadership Conference

Models of  Leadership: "Where Do You Fit?"

Friday, April 27, 2018

Larrick Student Center, MCV Campus

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Jean Gasen, Ph.D., PCC, Director for Leadership and Executive Coaching, VCU School of Business

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Matthew Freeman, M.A., Founding Principal and Lead Consultant, TMI Consulting Inc., Richmond, VA

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Rosemarie Fisher, M.D., M.S., Professor of Medicine and Director/Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, Yale-New Havel Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine
"Pursuing Leadership through Academic Medicine"

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Kevin Grigsby, DSW, Senior Director of Member Leadership Development, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
"Creating Your Own Path to Leadership"

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2013 Theme: Breaking Through Invisible Barriers Brochure [PDF] Photos
2012 Ann Parker Maust, Ph.D. , Founder/Former President and CEO, New Visions, New Ventures, Richmond, VA
“Making a Difference - The Meaning of Service ”
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2011 Sharon L. Hostler, M.D. , Senior Associate Dean and Vice Provost for Faculty Development, McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia
“It's All About Relationships ”
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2010 Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D. , Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development, University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences
“Moving Up, Moving Out, Moving On: Career Transitions”
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2009 Sara Laschever, M.A., Author, Editor, Cultural Critic
Concord, MA
“Taking Charge of Your Career”
Brochure [PDF]  
2008 PonJola Coney, M.D. , Senior Associate Dean, School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, VCU
“Learning to Lead”
2007 Patricia Cormier, Ph.D., President, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
“Taking a Calculated Risk”
Brochure [PDF]  
2006 Jennifer Daley, M.D., Senior Vice President for Clinical Quality Chief Medical Officer Tenet Healthcare Corporation Dallas, Texas

Virginia V. Valian, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Linguistics Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

Regina Barreca, Ph.D., Professor of English Literature and Feminist Theory, University of Connecticut. Author of several publications including: I’m With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up.
Molly Carnes, M.D., M.S., Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial Engineering. Director, Center for Women’s Health Research and Co-Director, Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) University of Wisconsin

2004 Debra E. Meyerson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and Organizational Behavior at Standord University. Author, Tempered Radicals: How People Use Difference to Inspire Change at Work. Brochure
2003 Nancy H. Nielsen, M.D., Ph.D., Vice-Speaker of the American Medical Association House of Delegates

Carol Nadelson, M.D., Past-President of the American Psychiatric Association; Editor-in-Chief, President, and CEO (retired) of the American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
2002 Linda S. Austin, M.D., Author, What's Holding You Back? Eight Critical Choices for Women's Success Brochure
2001 Bernice R. Sandler, Ed.D., National Association for Women in Education. Author, Sexual Harassment on Campus: A Guide for Administrators, Faculty and Students    
2000 Kathleen A. Brehony, Ph.D., Author, Awakening at Midlife: A Guide to Reviving Your Spirits, Recreating Your Life and Returning to Your Truest Self    
1999 Leonard Marcus, Ph.D., Director, Program for Healthcare Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Harvard School of Public Health    
1998 Pat Heim, Ph.D., Author, Hardball for Women: Winning at the Business    
1997 Emma Stokes, Ph.D.
Organizational Development Specialist, John Hopkins University
1996 Valerie Williams, M.P.A., Associate Dean, College of Medicine, Director, Faculty Leadership Program University of Oklahoma Health Science Center    
1995 Marjorie A. Bowman, M.D., Chair, Department of Family Practice Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC Co-author: Stress and Women Physicians    
1994 Paula Stillman, M.D., Dean, Eastern Virginia Medical School    
1993 Nancy Gary, M.D., Dean, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine