2016 Conference

Collaboration: a key to navigating the biomedical environment

Faculty, students and staff from across OHSU gathered for the 4th WAM leadership conference, which focused on collaboration. 

The event kicked off by honoring five women for their outstanding efforts and leadership in the categories of Mentoring, Discovery Award for Women in Science, Clinical excellence, Emerging Leader and Resiliency.  

Sona Andrews, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic affairs at Portland State University delivered our keynote address. On the theme of collaboration, Sona described the many challenges that were overcome in the development of the OHSU-PSU School of Public health, including a list of "278 reasons that it wouldn't work." Together with ex-Provost Jenny Mladenovic, the leadership team focused on the common goal of educating students and eradicating health disparities, adopting a "Can, if" attitude rather than "can't, because," and building "a coalition of the willing." Sona went on to describe 11 leadership lessons developed from her own personal experiences (including "hope is not a strategy") and her personal audit, a list of questions that she asks herself at the end of each week aimed at continuing to develop as a leader. A self-confessed book junky, Sona also provided a list of recommended literature on leadership.  

Following the keynote, the thematic table discussions generated rich conversation among attendees on topics such as collaborative mentorship, developing your leadership potential and making family leave policies work for you. The conference ended with a panel discussion on strategies and benefits of negotiation and collaboration featuring Renee Edwards, Dana Bjarnason, Sancy Leachman and Bonnie Nagel. One attendee enthused "I loved some of the things that Dr. Leachman and Dr. Nagel so brilliantly and tersely said!" Other attendees noted "it is great to attend this inspirational conference to remind ourselves why we are here" and "I really appreciate this conference as a new leader here at OHSU." 

Honoring five women (2016 WAM award winners)

Personal audit questions and literature