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13h Annual Fall Leadership Mentoring Conference

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine
(This conference is made possible through the generous funding of the Dean of the School of Medicine and a grant from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women)

Date: October 15, 2010 (Friday)
7:30 AM - 4:15 PM

Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
Perelman Quadrangle, 3417 Spruce Street

*Fee: $20, to be collected at the event; cash or check** only please

* Budget reductions in the School of Medicine have significantly impacted the FOCUS program. We therefore must charge this registration fee to help defray conference costs. We thank you for your continued support of FOCUS programs
* * Please make checks payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and indicate in memo portion or anywhere "2010 FOCUS Fall Conference.


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 national data that show 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 critical skills and strategic thinking in negotiations related to salary and authorship
  • Gain awareness and knowledge about unconscious bias and emotional intelligence (within self and others) to enhance workplace effectiveness
  • Explore paths to leadership through traditional and non-traditional means
  • Clarify personal and professional development goals
  • Establish networking relationships that foster support, growth and professional success

AUDIENCE:This event is open to all women faculty, instructors, lecturers, fellows and residents at Penn Medicine: MDs & PhDs; all Penn women in academic medicine in any rank or track or department are welcome to attend.


7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS


8:15 – 9:30

Choosing Your Journey in Academic Medicine
Ann C. Bonham, PhD

Our life in academic medicine – where we are now, how we got here, where we want to be and how we get there – is our journey. Our journeys may be different, but there are certain similarities, pivotal moments, which inform all our journeys. We learn from our own journey and from the journey of others. I hope that hearing my journey provides light to your journey – to see the landmarks, bridges, those occasional rocks, and the wonders.

9:30 – 9:45



9:45 – 11:45

Operating With Emotional Intelligence: Understanding Emotions To Increase Work Effectiveness
Sigal G. Barsade, PhD

Emotional intelligence is being able to use your emotions to help you think more intelligently and to be intelligent about your emotions. It is a skill that can be enhanced through training, and is critical to workplace – and life -- success. Being emotionally intelligent can help employees better understand themselves and others and lead to greater work-effectiveness. It is not about dictating “the correct way to feel” rather it helps us to understand the important role emotions can play in our work lives. In this presentation, Dr. Barsade will use the most cutting edge research, knowledge and theory,grounded in practical application, to help audience members better understand the four factors of emotional intelligence, how these factors relate to work place effectiveness, and how to improve in each:

  • Accurately perceiving emotions in yourself and others
    -- For example, recognizing that something you have done has hurt or upset a co-worker rather than being surprised when they confront you with it. Being able to read your team.
  • Internally accessing and generating emotions so as to assist thought
    -- For example, knowing how your moods can influence your business decisions and how catching each others’ emotions can change your team’s performance.
  • Understanding the complexity of different emotions and how emotions can predictably turn into other emotions.
    -- For example, recognizing that a colleague who has made a mistake is embarrassed about it and may lash out rather than admit his or her error.
  • Regulating your own emotions and those of others so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth.
    -- For example, knowing why people can “lose control” and how an important component of leadership is based on emotions and helping to reach the emotions of those who work for you.


11:45 – 12:45

Lunch & Awards
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD

Special Dean’s Award Presentation
FOCUS Visionary Leadership Award

Annual FOCUS Award Presentation
2010 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine <link>


12:45 – 2:00

Hope is Not a Strategy: How to Negotiate to Get What You Need
Catherine J. Morrison, JD

This session explores two commonly used negotiation strategies, integrative and distributive bargaining. Its aims are to build participants’ skills in negotiation analysis, preparation, and performance. These skills will equip participants to negotiate more effectively and mindfully choose from a range of approaches to create or claim value in a negotiation.


2:00 – 3:00

Unconscious Bias: Now What?
Ann C. Bonham, PhD
Jesse Joad, MD MS

We will explore unconscious bias – and how to move beyond it. For the workshop, we will have the participants take a written test, show them a video and then conduct the workshop on recognizing, dealing with and clearing the hurdles of unconscious bias.


Show Me the Money: Compensation Negotiations
Catherine J. Morrison, JD

Research on gender influences in negotiation concludes that in compensation negotiations women avoid asking for more than they are offered and settle for less than they need or deserve. In this workshop participants will learn how to plan and conduct successful negotiations about employment and compensation. Its aims are to expand participants thinking about the array of negotiable elements in a compensation package. Participants will increase their skills in negotiation framing, developing objective data to support compensation levels, and using alternatives analysis to assess and increase leverage.


3:00 – 4:00

Authorship Negotiations: How to Avoid Surprise
Catherine J. Morrison, JD

When preparing and submitting scholarly work for publication there can be differences of opinion about the criteria for authorship and order of contributing authors. This workshop focuses on the use of negotiation strategies and techniques when negotiating for a particular order of authorship. Several different cases will be used to examine effective approaches to authorship negotiations. We will examine these negotiations from the perspectives of various participants and discuss how to structure proactive and late stage negotiations about authorship.


Unconscious Bias: Now What?
Ann C. Bonham, PhD
Jesse Joad, MD MS

We will explore unconscious bias – and how to move beyond it. For the workshop, we will have the participants take a written test, show them a video and then conduct the workshop on recognizing, dealing with and clearing the hurdles of unconscious bias.

4:00 - 4:15

Wrap Up/Feedback on Conference
Stephanie Abbuhl, MD



A grant to FOCUS from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women has been dedicated toward our guest speaker honoraria.

Sigal BarsadeSigal G. Barsade, PhD
Professor of Management
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Sigal Barsade is a Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, where she has been on the faculty for seven years, and prior to that was a faculty member at Yale University for ten years.  Dr. Barsade has consulted to many large corporations such as Del Monte, GlaxoSmithKline, Levi Strauss, Merrill Lynch, the NBA, Oxford Health Plans, State Farm Insurance and Wyndham Worldwide, public and not for profit corporations such as Philadelphia Gas Works, as well as to small entrepreneurial organizations. The focus of her consulting practice has been on emotional intelligence, organizational culture, organizational change, teamwork and leadership. Dr. Barsade is an award winning researcher and teacher whose academic expertise enables her to integrate cutting edge research tools and knowledge into her consulting practice. She has published in the top academic research journals in her field, and is often interviewed by, and had her research referenced in, the general media, such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Time Magazine, US News & World Report, International Herald Tribune, Forbes, LA Times, Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, Slate, ABC News and numerous national and regional news outlets.  Her research and areas of expertise include:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Culture 
  • Leadership and Top Management Teams
  • Emotions in the Workplace
  • Group Dynamics

Ann BonhamAnn C. Bonham, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges

Chief Scientific Officer Ann C. Bonham, Ph.D., directs the AAMC's array of programs that support all aspects of research and training. As the primary AAMC contact for external research organizations, Dr. Bonham addresses policy issues affecting research through engagement with key officials in the public and private sectors. Dr. Bonham also works closely with AAMC constituents to address their research and research training needs, and represents the association on the national stage in forums dealing with research policy and administration. Prior to joining the association, Dr. Bonham served as executive associate dean for academic affairs and professor of pharmacology and internal medicine at the University of California at Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Bonham was a member of the UC Davis faculty for nearly 20 years and played a major role in the UC Davis’ expansion of basic biomedical sciences in pharmacology, neurosciences, and membrane and vascular biology and exemplified the School of Medicine’s emphasis on combining research, education and mentoring as interwoven and inseparable missions. As executive associate dean, Dr. Bonham oversaw the School of Medicine’s research, undergraduate medical education, and faculty academic programs. During her tenure, UC Davis School of Medicine’s research funding increased from $106 to $162 million and included an NIH Roadmap Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), for which she chaired the Executive Committee and the Oversight and Governance Committee. Research training grants also nearly tripled during Bonham’s tenure and included a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Training Grant: Integrating Medical Knowledge into Graduate Education, on which Dr. Bonham was the Program Director. Dr. Bonham led the team which successfully competed for a $100 million philanthropic grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for a new School of Nursing to create an innovative program that integrated inter-professional education, leadership training, evidence-based practice and health information technology. She previously served as chair of the Department of Pharmacology where, over a two-year period she rebuilt the department, increasing NIH funding by six-fold and increased the number of women faculty from 1 to 5. She also served as vice chair of research for the Department of Internal Medicine, associate chief of research for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and acting chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She was twice awarded the UC Davis Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching Science Basic to Medicine and was
honored with the American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award for providing a gender-fair environment for the education and training of women physicians. Dr. Bonham’s extensive experience in mentoring scientists and junior faculty, especially women in research, has advanced many careers. She is acclaimed for her role in initiating training opportunities, mentoring women and men who have accepted positions in academics and industry, bringing together investigators to work in teams toward common goals, and fostering collaborations with faculty and department chairs across disciplines. Dr. Bonham’s research interest is in central nervous system regulation of cardiovascular and respiratory
functions and how gender, environmental pollutants, and changes in physiological states (i.e. exercise) or pathophysiological states (i.e. hypertension, heart failure, diabetes) alter this regulation. The common theme is the hypothesis that neuroplasticity in the central neural network contributes to the altered regulatory mechanisms. She has a long history of federal funding, has served on various National Institutes of Health and
American Heart Association review panels, and was a reviewing editor for the Journal of Physiology.

Catherine MorrisonCatherine J. Morrison, JD
Assistant Professor, Business of Health
The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Catherine J. Morrison, JD is a negotiation and conflict management expert who helps academic health care institutions become more capable at resolving conflicts and creating effective change.  For each consulting engagement she brings extensive experience as an institutional administrator herself and as an award-winning professor. She employs negotiation and conflict management frameworks that are compatible with clinical diagnostic models and bioscience research approaches and that apply across diverse cultures.  Her consulting clients include Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, New York University Langone Medical Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, University of Vermont College of Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Association of American Medical Colleges, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others. She is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and Associate Faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthCatherine is a two-time recipient of the Best of Hopkins teaching award from the graduates of Johns Hopkins University’s Business of Medicine MBA program. She has also received the Excellence in Teaching award from the Graduate Division of Business and Management at Johns Hopkins. She has served in senior administrative roles at the University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Maryland Baltimore, and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and has practiced law.  She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degree from Oakland University. As both a participant and an observer in academic health care management and the practice of law, Catherine recognized the transformative potential of negotiation and conflict for individuals and organizations.  Her consulting, teaching, and research are grounded in the belief that individuals can use negotiation and conflict as a means to define themselves and others.  Effective negotiation can be an opportunity to engage in a collaborative, imaginative dialogue to develop unique ideas and agreements.  When thoughtfully analyzed and appropriately managed, the energy of conflict can be used to strengthen ideas and relationships. Catherine’s favorite place to spend time outside the classroom is in a free weights only gym.  She trains, and occasionally competes, as a power lifter.  After six years of training, she has developed an interesting theory about the relationship between power lifting and conflict management.

jesse joad 1Jesse P. Joad, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonology
Associate Dean Diversity and Faculty Life Emerita
University of California Davis School of Medicine

Jesse Joad, MD,MS is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean Diversity and Faculty Life Emerita from the School of Medicine University of California Davis.  She received her BS, MS (Pharmacology), MD degrees and did her Pediatrics residency, and her Pediatric Pulmonary and Allergy Immunology fellowships all at the University of Iowa.  After three years on the faculty at the University of Illinois, she joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis until she retired one year ago.  Her research interest was how air pollutants (especially ozone and sidestream tobacco smoke) alter innate airway responsiveness and the neural control of airways of young animals.  She served as Director of the Pediatric Asthma Program, Ward Manager, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics.  She served on the  Pulmonary and Allergy Drug Advisory Committee of the FDA. In her role as Associate Dean, she developed multiple faculty development programs, workshops, and series that enhanced and promoted the non-clinical aspects of faculty life, including research, education, leadership, work-life balance.  Highlights include:  1) a school-wide mentoring program for all assistant professors, a program that enrolled over 200 mentor/mentee pairs (about 80% of Assistant Professors in all series), 2) intensive year-long programs for Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty interested in leadership, and Teaching Scholars. She founded the Office of Diversity in the School of Medicine.  The office provided pipeline programs for disadvantaged K-12, college, and postbaccalaureate students and she served as the head of the California Postbaccalaureate Consortium consisting of postbaccalaureate programs at each University of California Medical School.  She revised the search process for faculty recruitments in order to infuse more diversity, cultural competency, and overall strength into our health system.  She lead the Women in Medicine and Science executive group which sponsored four events per year and published a book:  “Under the Plan Tree:  Celebrating Our Founding Women In Medicine”, a book highlighting stories as told by those women.  She founded a URM (underrepresented in medicine) faculty mentorship group, and an LGBT social, educational, and advocacy group. She presently serves as a faculty advisor for ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine), as a consultant for the FDA and academic diversity offices, and as a reviewer for the NIH.