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Fall Leadership Mentoring Conference, 2016
(19th 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 a grant from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women)

Date: October 28, 2016 (Friday)
8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
Perelman Quadrangle, 3417 Spruce Street

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

* Please make checks payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and indicate in memo portion "2016 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, fellows, instructors, lecturers, 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
  • Recognize the difference (in yourself and in others) between leading from “role” versus “person” to enhance workplace effectiveness
  • 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.


["Pearls" that women faculty reported following the networking exercise during lunch at the 2016 Fall Conference]

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45

Stephanie Abbuhl, Executive Director, FOCUS Program


8:45 - 10:15

Leadership Presence: Discriminating between "Person" and "Role"
Beulah Trey (Click here for pdf of slides)

Our lives are made up of moment-by-moment events and our responses to them. When we respond “in role,” we are focused on our goal, absorb information, and use that information to move forward. When we respond to the events “in person,” we take things personally, potentially get defensive, and act in ways that are possibly not constructive or professionally appropriate.

As leaders, we are called to work “in role” and not “in person.” When we show up “in role,” we are effective because we maintain our focus on the goals. Although we do not leave our personalities behind, we infuse how we are in role with the best of who we are as individuals.

In the pressured academic medical environment, it is easy to fall out of role (and sometimes not know it until much later). In this interactive session, we will learn to recognize the telltale signals that indicate we (or others) are out of role, and learn strategies to get back into role. We will identify issues within our work systems that contribute to difficulties remaining in role.

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:45

Women in Leadership in Male Dominated Fields:
Experiences in Medicine and Disaster Response
Nicole Lurie

Dr. Nicole Lurie, The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services, will reflect on the key lessons in leadership across a career that has straddled several traditionally male-dominated fields including medicine, academic research, and disaster response.


11:45 - 12:45

12:45 - 1:15


1:15 - 1:30

Lunch & Networking Discussion at Tables

Award Presentation
2016 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine
Stephanie Abbuhl

Anita L. Allen
Vice Provost for Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy


1:30 - 3:30

Improving Your Negotiation Readiness
Catherine J. Morrison
(Click here for pdf of slides)

You don’t always have the luxury of a long lead time before your next negotiation concerning your professional life. Sometimes issues or opportunities emerge that require your immediate negotiation. This workshop will enhance your negotiation effectiveness by teaching you how to build on your negotiation strengths, assess and improve your negotiation limitations, establish a negotiation consult team, and create a database that will aid you in more effectively advocating for your negotiation needs and interests. This interactive session includes opportunities for small group interaction, introductory personal preparedness work, questions and skill demonstrations.

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




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


Nicole LurieNicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
US Department of Health & Human Services

Dr. Lurie is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The ASPR serves as the Secretary's principal advisor on matters related to public health emergencies including bioterrorism. The mission of her office is to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. As such, she coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other federal agencies, and state and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from public health emergencies. Previously, Dr. Lurie was Senior Natural Scientist and the Paul O’Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy at the RAND Corporation where she directed RAND’s public health and preparedness work as well as its Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She has previously served in leadership positions in both federal and state government. She is an internationally renowned health services researcher and health policy expert. Dr. Lurie attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her residency and MSPH at UCLA, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. She served as Senior Editor for Health Services Research and as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, as well as on numerous other national committees. She is the recipient of many awards, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Finally, Dr. Lurie continues to practice clinical medicine in the health care safety net in Washington, DC.

Catherine MorrisonCatherine J. Morrison, JD
Principal, Morrison Associates
Negotiation and Conflict Management Consultant & Coach

Catherine J. Morrison, JD is a negotiation and conflict management expert who helps academic professionals become more capable at resolving conflicts and negotiating effective change. She brings extensive experience as an administrator in academic medicine and 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 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Duke University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University Langone Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Association of American Medical Colleges, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others. Catherine 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, as a faculty member at Penn State Hershey and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School, 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 recognizes 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 many years of training she believes that her experience in the gym has enhanced her teaching and consulting capabilities. The purpose of powerlifting is not to carry heavy burdens. It requires mindful assessment of a seemingly immovable object and the use of exquisite form to move it forward without injuring yourself or others. It also teaches you to know your own limitations and recognize that there are some burdens that should not be carried. Catherine views negotiation and conflict management in much the same way. They both require analysis and mindful engagement with the purpose of forward movement without harm to self and others.

Beulah TreyBeulah Trey, PhD
Organizational Psychologist
Owner, Strategy--Culture Change--Teamwork Engagement--Leadership Coaching
Vector Group Consulting NA

Beulah Trey, PhD is a licensed organizational development psychologist specializing in helping health-care professionals, teams, and organizations achieve excellence. She is expert in assisting her clients to navigate the unpredictable, informal side of organizational life through a values-based approach. Blending the tools and systems of process improvement with the relational and emotional intelligence skills of organizational development, Beulah is committed to working with health-care professionals, especially clinicians, to advance leadership and promote the influence of the clinical voice. In 2007, Beulah, who holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Swarthmore College, co-founded Vector Group Consulting, an international leadership and organizational development firm. VGC’s mission is to free leaders to enjoy doing their best work. VGC coaches leaders, develops teams and transforms cultures through an ethical, educational and skills based approach to strategic planning/cultural alignment and relational skills development. Beulah is a Team STEPPS Master Trainer and has taught in Wharton’s MBA program, the Aresty Institute, and the Medical College of South Carolina. In 2005, she co-founded Mussar Leadership Programs to promote ethical character development. Beulah is certified in Positive Psychology and numerous assessments processes. She has published widely, including with Penn Medicine’s own Dr. Lee Fleisher, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. “Turning Mission-Based Academic-Department Leaders into a Leadership Team: A Case Study in Creating Value,” can be viewed on the New England Journal of Medicine-Harvard Business Review web page on Leading Health Care Innovation: