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Shifting the Paradigm of Social Workers as Leaders

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The Ripple Effect of Leadership: Shifting the Paradigm of Social Workers as Leaders

Social workers are natural leaders. It isn’t about the title, the years in practice or the setting—leadership is an innate part of who social workers are and the skills we possess. The challenge becomes recognizing the many types of leadership, from the quiet leader to the more vibrant entrepreneur.  Leadership can and should be recognized and developed, especially in social work. It is not about the absence of leadership potential in our field, it is the myth that leadership can’t be cultivated and social workers are not in a position of power or influence. Learning about how to identify leadership opportunities, validate the innate skills we already possess and how to advocate for ourselves and our profession is a critical part of changing the way social work is viewed by ourselves, employers and the greater community.

Guest Speaker: Lisa Marquette Porat, BA, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, President

Lisa Marquette Porat, BA, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, is the President of ILP Solutions, Inc. and the Past President of the Association of Oncology Social Work. Lisa is a founding partner of ILP Solutions, Inc., a Health Communications and Management Consulting Firm in Indianapolis, IN. She came to ILP after over twenty years of experience in the health care industry as a health communication/public relations executive, licensed therapist, clinical director, professor, health educator and consultant in both private and public settings. With a primary expertise in the field of oncology, Lisa’s practice focus is in the area of oncology communication, patient education, training and organizational leadership.

Prior to her work with ILP Solutions, Lisa was in Oncology Marketing at Eli Lilly Oncology, and was the Senior Vice President and Head of Oncology for Matthews Media Group, a national strategic health communications firm located in Washington, D.C. MMG is a subsidiary of Omnicom, the global leader in advertising and public relations. There, she provided senior leadership and high-level strategic counsel to pharmaceutical clients, The National Institute of Health, The National Cancer Institute and various oncology advocacy organizations.

Lisa has been an invited speaker at over 100 conferences, including recent topics such as Leadership in Oncology Social Work, The Ripple Effect of Leadership, Embracing Hope, Leadership for the Oncology Professional, Conflict Management in the Workplace, Organizational Communication and Organizational Leadership for Oncology Practitioners. In addition, she serves on numerous local and national boards, including Past-President of the Association of Oncology Social Work and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Lisa was the 2016 recipient of the international AOSW Leadership in Oncology Award sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Lisa’s passion for oncology spans over 25 years and includes experience as an oncology social worker at Indiana University Cancer Center, as well as the founding Clinical Program Director of The Cancer Support Community-Central Indiana. In addition to her consulting projects, Lisa continues to facilitate support groups for people with cancer on a regular basis. These groups have taught Lisa the importance of staying focused on her “greater why”—her husband, and twelve-year old daughter. Lisa and her family reside in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

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