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10th Annual Fall Leadership Mentoring Conference
2007 (Archived)

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine
(A CME-certified Course, supported by the School of Medicine and the trustees' Council of Penn Women)

Date: November 16, 2007 (Friday)
Time: 7:45 am - 4:30 pm

Location: The Hilton Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine recognizes the importance of women in academic medicine and supports various initiatives that address recruitment, retention, promotion, and overall job satisfaction for women medical faculty. In 1997, with support from the School of Medicine, FOCUS expanded its original mission in order to address the well-documented national issue that, relative to their male colleagues, women medical faculty are over-represented in the junior ranks and are less likely to attain promotion or tenure. The overall program, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, maintains a dual mission: to support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine, and to promote education and research in women's health.

This conference, Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine, is designed to promote the retention and advancement of women faculty as they face the challenges and realities of academic medicine at Penn. Through plenary sessions and interactive workshops, faculty will have opportunities for skill building and networking designed to support their career progression.

Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss current trends, challenges and realities of academic medicine
  • Employ crucial leadership skills to efficiently and successfully navigate the dynamic environment of academic medicine
  • Gain skills for effective communication and presentation of scientific work
  • Clarify personal and professional development goals and create a career agenda
  • Establish mentoring relationships that foster support, growth and professional success


7:45-8:15 One-on-one CV Review Sessions with Senior Faculty Members
(optional and pre-registration required)

A one-on-one mentoring session for assistant professors paired with senior women colleagues for an in-depth review of your CV and career plans. The idea is that a senior woman from your own institution (but not from your department) reviews your CV to discuss with you your strengths and weaknesses and how both might be addressed to optimize your success in meeting your goals.
8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Welcome

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS

Navigating the Career Journey

Monica McGrath, PhD

Did you know there are some distinct career stages unique to women? The career path for a woman might not be the traditional one we have come to expect. At each stage of a woman's career, there may be a different focus to work and life. This session will discuss these stages of a women's career, how a woman can navigate through these stages, and how to build a personal plan for all areas of her life and work.
9:45-10:00 Group Discussion
10:00-11:00 The 10 P’s of Success in Leadership in Academic Medicine
Julie A. Freischlag, MD

To be successful in leadership one must possess many leadership styles and know when and how to use them. Dr. Freischlag will discuss the cornerstones of such leadership styles through the use of her own personal stories as she has traveled through her first 5 years as Chair of Surgery at Johns Hopkins.
11:00-11:15 Group Discussion
11:15-11:30 Break

The Josiah Macy Foundation “Women and Medicine” 2007 – How to Make It a Reality
Julie A. Freischlag, MD
Dr. Freischlag participated in the Josiah Macy Foundation retreat which focused on the barriers to leadership for women in academic medicine. June Osborne, MD (President of the Macy Foundation) has recently published these findings. A discussion of how to get “there from here” will be the topic of this workshop.

Clear, Concise & Compelling Presentations: The Art of Speaking Science
lisa B. Marshall
This session will cover organization, delivery and design of a professional presentation. While utilizing specific examples from various areas of academic medicine, lisa will offer suggestions and guidelines for effective biomedical presentations:
  • Learn to structure a presentation using her Presentation Plan for Science, a deductive strategy for organizing talks.
  • Improve your presentation delivery style including both non-verbal (eye contact, gestures, tone of voice)and verbal (transitions and choice of language) signals
  • Review design principles for effective visuals through illustrations while seeing illustrations drawn from your community of professional peers.

Building a Game Plan

Monica McGrath, PhD
We will discuss in more detail a women's life journey, how women tend to learn throughout their life and the type of work experience most likely to provide leadership development opportunities. This interactive workshop will define in detail the possible obstacles and challenges women might face while crafting a career and the impact of these challenges on leadership roles. We will work on a development and learning plan to capture the realities of our lives and our dreams and ambitions.

(Structured networking at tables)

One-on-one CV Review Sessions with Senior Faculty Members
(optional and pre-registration required; see description above)
Award Presentations
2007 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine <link>

10th Anniversary FOCUS Founder's Award
Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh
Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS

Passion and Personality: How Effective Women Presenters Inspire Others
lisa B. Marshall

Drawing on examples of inspirational women speakers, lisa will provide tips on how you can inspire others by sharing your passion and personality. One style does not fit all. From Jane Goodall to Janine Benyus, you’ll learn techniques to show enthusiasm, tell stories, use gestures, and use language to show off YOUR unique personality and passion while delivering professional presentations.


The Josiah Macy Foundation “Women and Medicine” 2007 – How to Make It a Reality
(see description above)
Julie A. Freischlag, MD

From Stress to Success: The Art of Speaking Science
lisa B. Marshall
This session focuses on stressful presentation challenges: overcoming presentation disasters and handling the Q&A period. You loose your train of thought, the projector dies, you run out of time---you’ll learn how to remedy common presentation disasters and prevail. For many, the most dreaded two letters of any presentation are Q&A. lisa will provide specific guidelines to handle the stickiest situations you might face during your Q&A period...the rambler, the stage hog, and (heavens no) the hostile questioner.

Building a Game Plan
(see description above)
Monica McGrath, PhD
4:30 Evaluation & Adjourn

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)T. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education adheres to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. Faculty disclosure information will be made available during the activity. Faculty members are also expected to disclose to participants any discussion of off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceutical products or devices during their presentations.


Julie A. Freischlag, MD <link>
The William Stewart Halsted Professor
Chair, Department of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Julie Ann Freischlag, MD is The William Stewart Halsted Professor, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Freischlag came to Johns Hopkins in 2003, from the University of California in Los Angeles, where she was Chief of the Vascular Surgery Division and Director of the Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center. She completed her surgical residency and post residency Vascular Fellowship at UCLA. Before she returned to work at UCLA, she was a Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she was also the Vice Chair of the Vascular Surgery Section and Chief of Surgery at Zablocki VA Medical Center. Dr. Freischlag is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome. She is presently conducting a quality of life study on all patients before and years after surgical intervention for this disease. She is the national principal investigator of the VA OVER trial (Open Versus Endovascular Repair) of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The study is a prospective randomized trial which has already randomized over 800 patients from 34 medical centers across the country. She is the Editor of the Archives of Surgery which is one of the major surgical journals. She also serves on several other editorial boards. She has published over 135 manuscripts, numerous abstracts and book chapters.

Monica McGrath, PhD <link>
Founder and CEO, Resources for Leadership, Inc.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management Department
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Monica McGrath, PhD is the operating principle of Resources for Leadership, Inc. and an experienced leadership development consultant and executive coach. Recent clients have included FMC Agriculture Products, Bowne, Inc., Women's World Bank, Siemens Medical Systems, Colgate Palmolive Company, Yves Rocher North America, Hills Pet Nutrition, and Unisys Corporation. Dr. McGrath also serves as adjunct faculty at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and as co-leader for Wharton's first leadership course for women, Women in Leadership: Legacies and Opportunities. She is the academic director for a number of Wharton Executive Education programs including The Executive Coaching Workshop and an innovative new program for women, Career Comeback: A UBS Fellowship Program for Professional Women Reentering the Workforce. Dr. McGrath received her PhD in adult learning and organizational psychology from Temple University. She is a graduate of a Harvard University Kennedy School executive program, The Art and Practice of Leadership Development. She continues to evolve in her own leadership and teamwork capabilities as a member of a competitive women's dragon boat team and has completed the Wharton Leadership Trek to Mt. Everest region and Wharton's Leadership Trek to Bhutan. More information can be obtained on her website:

Lisa B. Marshall <link>

Lisa B. Marshall has background and experience in technology, science and adult education and has been delivering communication programs for over a dozen years. Programs include seminars and workshops in areas such as public speaking, teambuilding, interviewing and podcasting. A sample listing of her institutional clients includes Stanford University, Harvard University, Genentech Inc, NY Academy of Science, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and University of Pennsylvania. However, she also works one-on-one with professionals, at all levels, in both industry and academia. She has a BS from Drexel University and dual concentration MA in organizational communication and interpersonal/intercultural communication from the State University at Albany. She is currently working on a book and blog with the same name -- Art of Speaking Science.

Now here's the REAL story: One day--a long time ago, my boss Jane, called me into her office to give me a bit of advice. She told me, "Lisa, you are just too passionate!" She went on, but all I heard was "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah" (remember the teacher on the Charlie Brown cartoons?) I thought to myself...WHAT?? Is she nuts? It is IMPOSSIBLE to be TOO passionate. This was one of the few things I was absolutely certain about. By example, John had taught me just how important it is to share passion and inspire others. You see, when I met John he was terminally ill. He had been infected with HIV from infected blood products yet was NEVER negative or sour about his situation. In fact, John was dying from a horrible disease yet he was the most alive person that I have ever met. That's why I married him. He was full of zeal. Maybe you have met someone like this? He was the kind of person that naturally attracts other people-like a magnet. His passion was contagious and he inspired me to find my passion and share it with others.

I felt deeply (and still do) that communication was perhaps the most important skill for professional and personal success so I decided on a masters degree in communication with a double concentration: interpersonal /intercultural and organizational. During those years I received not only a formal education from the University of New York, but also, through John, I was getting an informal education in communication and passion. Eventually, John died. I was sad, but I never lost my passion for communication. In 2001, it was time to devote myself full time to my passion. From public speaking, to teambuilding, to podcasting, I knew I wanted to help people to improve their ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. My focus has been on scientific professionals because I like working with smart, passionate leaders. Although I am very pleased with my prestigious client list, I am most proud of the genuinely enthusiastic emails and phone calls that I get. I love it when I hear that my client landed their dream job, or they got additional funding, or that they received glowing compliments on their communication skills. It is these successes that inspire me to continue to share my passion for effective communication. Today, I continue to be passionate about my business and I'm also passionate about two big additions to my life-- my identical twin daughters, Ariana and Daniela. Am I too passionate? Impossible.

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