Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference

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Graduate Ann Arbor

615 East Huron Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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The Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference is hosted by the Michigan Women's Surgery Collaborative (MWSC). MWSC was established in 2016 to address issues facing women in academic surgery by harnessing the intellectual capital of UM female surgeons. The MWSC is composed of a diverse group of academic female surgeons across promotion ranks, tracks and surgical disciplines. The MWSC mission is to develop, disseminate and implement strategies that promote the academic advancement of all female surgeons and achieve diversity, equity and inclusion across surgical disciplines.


  • Learn personal strategies from women with proven track records of success.
  • Identify and address issues and challenges confronting women as they seek to advance within the field of surgery.
  • Discuss individualized strategies for personal and professional development.
  • Provide and facilitate community building opportunities among participants.

Featured Speakers

  • Janet Dombrowski, BSN, MHSA, President and Founder JCD Advisors, LLC, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Gretchen Spreitzer, PhD, Management Professor at the University of Michigan's Ross Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Guest Faculty

  • Amalia Cochran, MD - Univerisity of Utah
  • Julie Freischlag, MD - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Melina Kibbe, MD - University of North Carolina
  • Rebecca Minter, MD - University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School
  • Aurora Pryor, MD - Stony Brook School of Medicine
  • Heena Santry, MD - University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Julie Ann Sosa, MD - Duke University
  • Sandra Wong, MD, MS - Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Planning Committee

  • Dana Telem, MD, MPH
  • Dawn Coleman, MD
  • Janet Dombrowski, BSN, MHSA
  • Erika Newman, MD
  • Gurjit Sandhu, PhD
  • Jennifer Waljee, MD, MPH, MS


Friday, November 10, 2017

11:00 a.m. Registration
12:15 p.m. Welcome and Community Building Lunch
1:15 p.m. Setting the Stage
1:30 p.m. The Michign Promise
2:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Session 1: From Surviving to Thriving!
5:15 p.m. Hotel Check In/Settling In
6:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner

Saturday, November 11, 2017

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Session 2A - Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Session 2B - In-depth leadership learning
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Session 3A - Coaching for Productive Conflict
2:45 p.m. Session 3B- In-depth conflict learning
4:45 p.m. Tying it all Together and Next Steps: Open Forum Discussion
5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks


Attendees may include senior residents, fellows, and mid to early career faculty.

Conference registration is required and space is limited.

Hotel room confirmation required to complete registration for out of town guests.

Hotel Guest Room Block:

Graduate Ann Arbor

Please reserve your room before September 18 to secure the group rate, $209 per night.

Group Name: "Women in Surgery UM"

Click Here to Book Hotel Online using Group Code: 171110WOME

Nearest airport is Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

Pre-Conference Requirement:

Self-assessments will be emailed to registrants. Completion of self-assessments is required for executive coaching session.



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