Soaring on the Winds of Change...Leadership Conversations in the Windy City

May 9 – 10, 2014, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL


This activity is Jointly Provided by the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Department of Continuing Medical Education and WESH (Women Executives in Healthcare and Science).

Program Overview: WESH provides resources for the advancement and promotion of women executives in medicine, healthcare and the sciences. This conference will provide attendees with a working familiarity of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on leaders within the healthcare and science setting. In addition, the conference will provide education and skill training in identifying ethical challenges in the leadership setting and applying new skills for management.

Accreditation: Participants are required to complete a pre-test, a post-test and an evaluation in order to receive continuing education credit. Participants may only claim credit for sessions in which they participate. A certificate of completion will be provided to participants based on documentation of actual attendance, completion of a pre-test, a post-test, an evaluation and payment in full.

Doctors of Medicine: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and Women Executives in Science and Healthcare. The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support: This educational activity did not receive any grant funding.

Learning Objectives: at the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • summarize key characteristics of leadership in healthcare and the sciences
  • describe ways to overcome challenges in the practice of healthcare and the sciences
  • recommend potential solutions to ethical problems
  • assess competence based interviews of candidates for careers in healthcare and science
  • apply new strategies to improve communication with key thought leaders in their institution
  • utilize informatics to reduce errors in healthcare and science settings
  • use strategies which will lead to improved interpersonal and communication skills
  • apply success strategies for managing and participating in multi-disciplinary teams in healthcare and the sciences
  • improve their skills related to use of informatics in communicating information to individuals in healthcare and the sciences
  • formulate a plan for advancement using key leadership strategies
  • improve skills in using informatics for communication of information

Target Audience: The target audience is physicians, health-care professionals, and professionals in leadership positions within the sciences or individuals seeking leadership positions.


Friday, May 9, 2014
Time Topic Speakers
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration
12:00 – 12:15 PM Welcome to WESH's Leadership Summit 2014 Sandra K. Willsie,DO, MA
WESH President, 2013 - 2015
Medical Director, PRA International

Susan R. Rosenthal, MD, MS
2014 WESH Program Chair
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Jefferson Medical College

12:15 – 1:15 PM

Keynote Address:

Leadership in a time of Uncertainty

Olufunmilayo F. Olopade, M.B.B.S., F.A.C.O., OON
Professor, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine's Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean of Global Health, University of Chicago

1:15 – 1:30 PM
1:30 – 5:30 PM Career Workshop for Senior Women Leaders in Medicine and Science Janet Bickel, MA
Leadership and Career Development Coach and Consultant
7:00 PM Dine Around Chicago, IL  Venues PLUS leadership topic discussions: TBA
Sat. May 10, 2014
7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast Roundtable: Ethical Challenges in Leadership Facilitator: Deborah Toth O'Donnell, JD, BSN, RN
8:30 – 8:45 AM Break/Networking
8:45 – 10:00 AM Panel Session: Academic Medicine and Science in the ACA / ACO Environment: Working with/in the C-suite during a time of transition – The Chicago Room

Bryan N. Becker, MD, MMM, FACP, FNKF
Associate VP, University of Illinois for Hospital Operations (lead executive for the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics); Visiting Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois

Joanne M. Conroy, MD
Chief Healthcare Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges

Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing in the Department of Medicine College of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Section, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thomas E. Syverson, CPA, MBA
CFO/COO, University Physician Associates, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine

10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:00 AM Rolling with the Punches: Resiliency and Re-invention   Eve M. Tyree, BS, Chair, Board of Trustees, James Tyree Foundation
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Panel Presentation: Beyond – what's out there? And...is this a one-way ticket? – The Chicago Room

Susan Murin, MD, MSc
Gordon Wong Professor of Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care; Chief of the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Internal Medicine, University of California-Davis, School of Medicine

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD
Vice President, Global Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier;
Editor-in-Chief, AWIS Magazine (Assoc. for Women in Science)

12:15 – 1:30 PM

Key Note Address:

Leadership: A view from the top 

Sharon O'Keefe, MSN
President, CEO, University of Chicago Medical Center
1:30 – 1:45 PM Break
1:45 – 2:30 PM Introduction to Wikipedia: get involved and inform the world about women leaders' successes and contributions!! (non-CME) Maia Weinstock
Deputy Editor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Guest Blogger, Scientific American
2:30 – 3:15 PM Behavioral Aspects of Interviewing Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, FASTRO
Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs;  Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation;  Oncology Professor (Tenured), Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology,
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Immediate Past President, WESH
3:15 – 4:15 PM A View from Above the Glass Ceiling Luanne E. Thorndyke, M.D., FACP
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
University of Massachusetts Medical School
2012 Elizabeth Blackwell Awardee (American Medical Women's Association)
4:15 – 4:30 PM

Closing Comments:

Maintaining the Momentum of Change

Sandra K. Willsie, D.O., MA

Women Executives in Science and Healthcare Planning Committee Members:

Abigail Averbach, BA, MSc - UMass Medical School
Yolanda T. Becker, MD - University of Chicago Medical Center
Sarah L. Berga, MD - Wake Forest Baptist Health
Maria Cole, PhD - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Leilani Doty, PhD - UF College of Medicine, McKnight Brain Institute
Amalia Issa, PhD, MPH - University of the Sciences
Joan M. Lakoski, PhD - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Elza Mylona, PhD - Eastern Virginia Medical School
Deborah T. O'Donnell, JD, BSN, RN, no institutional affiliation
Ann Ouyang, MD - Penn State College of Medicine
Susan R. Rosenthal, MD, MS - The Arnold P. Gold Foundation; Jefferson University School of Medicine
Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, FASTRO - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Women Faculty Programs
Linda V. Van Horn, PhD, RD, LD - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Sandra K. Willsie, DO, FACOI, FACP, FCCP- PRA International

Grievance Policy: Grievances are handled on an individual basis. Grievances involving the educational content are important and will be considered when planning future activities. All grievances should be directed, in writing, to Brenda Chezek, KCUMB Director of Continuing Medical Education at bchezek@kcumb.edu. Responses to grievances will be provided within 30 days of receipt by the University.

Refund Policy: Written cancellations submitted to WESH Headquarters by Fri. April 18, 2014 will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after April 18, 2014.

Program Accessibility: KCUMB fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and rules and regulations thereof. 

WESH Institutional Members