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Fall Leadership Mentoring Conference, 2017
(20th Annual )

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 the Trustees' Council of Penn Women.)

Date: October 20, 2017 (Friday)
8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
Perelman Quadrangle, 3417 Spruce Street

*Registration Fee: $25
Payment (cash or check* please) at the event only.

* Please make checks payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and indicate in memo portion "2017 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 and leadership.

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine, our fall leadership mentoring conference, is open to all women in academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania: MDs, PhDs, faculty, instructors, lecturers, fellows and residents. Women in any rank or track or department are welcome to attend. In addition to providing a daylong opportunity to learn from nationally renowned experts and leading women in academic medicine about professional development and career strategies, this forum also provides opportunities for skill building and facilitates networking and mentoring relationships.

Upon completion of this year's conference, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities in academic medicine
  • Employ critical skills and strategic thinking to negotiate authentically and successfully
  • Explore opportunities for leadership and growth along the academic medicine career trajectory
  • Establish networking relationships that foster support, growth and professional success

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


8:00 - 8:30 Registration - & - Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45

Stephanie Abbuhl, Executive Director, FOCUS Program


8:45 - 10:15

Academic Leadership: Not an Oxymoron
Susan Hockfield

Academic success usually celebrates individual achievement. However, effectively designing shared purpose and collaborations to support them can amplify the successes and the impact of an academic community.

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:30

Unconscious Bias: What is it, Why do you care, what can you do about it?
Sigal Barsade

Diverse work groups can lead to stronger and smarter teams who can make better decisions and have better performance. However, the question still remains what can enhance or detract from employees’ ability to leverage this diversity, including both in hiring, promotion, and daily interaction. One detracting factor is that even though employers can take steps to avoid explicit bias, unconscious biases can still exist which prevent employees from fully leveraging the benefits of diversity. The goals of this session are:

  • To have participants understand what unconscious biases are and how they occur.
  • To gain information about specific biases that can influence everyday workplace outcomes, including the concept of micro-inequities.
  • To discuss what techniques and steps can be taken to help reduce these biases and leverage inclusion for all employees in the organization.

12:30 - 12:45

12:45 - 1:30

1:30 - 2:00

Getting Lunch

Annual Award Presentation- Stephanie Abbuhl and
2017 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine

Networking Discussion at Tables


2:00 - 3:30

Leadership Guided by "Core Values"
Claire Pomeroy

Our core values are the guiding principles that dictate our beliefs, behaviors and actions. They help us chart our paths and assess how well we have achieved our goals. To be effective leaders, it is essential that we identify our core values and apply them to each action we take. In the interactive part of the session, you will be asked to define the experiences that most powerfully shaped your core values and examine instances in which your decisions were either driven by, or violated, your core values. Finally, you will be urged to identify one new activity (at work or in your personal life) which would advance the realization of your core values.

3:30 - 3:45 Wrap Up/Feedback on Conference
Stephanie Abbuhl




Photo S. HockfieldSusan Hockfield, PhD
President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Susan Hockfield served from 2004 to 2012 as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the first life scientist and first woman in that role. She is now President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. As president, Hockfield strengthened the foundations of MIT’s finances and campus planning while advancing Institute-wide programs in sustainable energy and the convergence of the life, physical and engineering sciences. She helped shape national policy for energy and next-generation manufacturing, appointed by President Obama in 2011 to co-chair the steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and by serving as a member of a Congressional Commission evaluating the Department of Energy laboratories in 2015. As a biologist, she pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research, identifying proteins through which neural activity early in life affect brain development. She discovered a gene implicated in the spread of cancer in the brain, providing a link between her research and human health. Prior to MIT, she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1998-2002), and Provost (2003-2004) at Yale University. She studied at the University of Rochester and Georgetown University and carried out research at the NIH and UCSF before joining the faculty at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then Yale. She has published extensively, in scientific and public media. She is president of AAAS and currently serves as a director of General Electric, Partners HealthCare System, and the Council on Foreign Relations, is a life member of the MIT Corporation, a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a board member of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has received many academic and civic awards, as well as numerous honorary degrees from national and international universities.

Photo of Claire PomeroyClaire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Claire Pomeroy is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for advancing the Foundation's mission to "improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, public education and advocacy.” An expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Pomeroy is a long-time advocate for patients, especially those with HIV/AIDS, and public health. She passionately supports ongoing investment in the full range of research. She has a special interest in health care policy, with a focus on the importance of the social determinants of health. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and edited three books. Dr. Pomeroy serves on the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Board of Directors for the Sierra Health Foundation; the Foundation for Biomedical Research; iBiology, Inc.; and New York Academy of Medicine. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Expanesthetics, Inc. and for Becton Dickinson & Company. Dr. Pomeroy was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2011. Dr. Pomeroy received bachelors and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. She earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky. She has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky and University of California (UC) Davis. Dr. Pomeroy was chief of infectious diseases and associate dean for research and informatics at the University of Kentucky. She joined UC Davis in 2003 as executive associate dean and served as vice chancellor and dean of the School of Medicine from 2005 through 2013. She became president of the Lasker Foundation in June 2013.

Dr. Sigal BarsadeSigal G. Barsade, PhD
Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor of Management
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Sigal Barsade is the Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania since 2003 and prior to that was a faculty member at Yale University for 10 years. Professor Barsade studies the influence of emotions on work behavior, particularly in groups and teams and on individual employee outcomes; organizational culture; emotional intelligence and the influence of diversity at work. She has published articles in the field of emotional contagion in groups; the influence of work emotions on organizational outcomes generally - and on creativity, decision-making and negotiations specifically; emotional organizational culture; emotional intelligence; the outcomes of specific emotions on work performance, such as loneliness and contempt; the influence of affective personality on managerial performance; and affective diversity and implicit emotions in organizations. Current research projects include research about emotional culture, loneliness, the influence of hope versus fear on escalation of commitment, and affective interventions at work. She has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly; Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes and Organization Science. She was a co-associate editor for a special issue Psychology of Networks Issue of Organization Science, and is currently the OB Symposia Chair on the five year Division Chair track of the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. In addition, Professor Barsade has been engaged as a speaker or consultant to numerous large corporations across myriad industries such as Cisco, Coca Cola, Coldwell Banker, Comcast, Deloitte, Del Monte, Estee Lauder, Google, Hertz, Hitachi, IBM, KPMG, Lincoln Financial, Magna PowerTrain, Merrill Lynch, the NBA, the NFL, Office Depot, Penske, State Farm Insurance, Sunoco, US Trust, and Wyndham Worldwide; health care and biopharma organizations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Penn Medicine; public and not for profit corporations such as the OECD, World Economic Forum and the United Nations; as well as to small entrepreneurial organizations.