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  • Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

    Assistant Course Director—see sidebar for biographical details

  • Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Elizabeth Frates, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, part-time, Harvard Medical School

    Elizabeth P. Frates is trained as a physiatrist and a health and wellness coach. Her expertise is in lifestyle medicine, and she works to empower patients to reach their optimal level of wellness by adopting healthy habits. Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Frates is helping to shape the scope of this new specialty. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School and developed and taught a college lifestyle medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School, which is one of the most popular courses offered at the school. As the Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Frates has created and implemented a twelve-month wellness program for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Co Author of the book, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke, and co-author of three chapters on behavior change in different medical textbooks, Dr. Frates is currently writing her next book. She is passionate about developing programs focused on lifestyle medicine and wellness. 

  • Hermioni Lokko, MD, MPP, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Brigham & Women’s Hospital

    Dr. Hermioni Lokko is currently the Associate Training Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a staff physician in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Purdue University with a BSc in Biology, Harvard Medical School (HMS) for her MD and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for her Master’s in Public Policy (MPP).

    Dr. Lokko pursued her clinical training in adult psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident. She is also a graduate of the psychosomatic medicine/psycho-oncology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to being a clinician educator, her research interests include developing innovative and practical psychological interventions for cancer patients and their caregivers. Dr. Lokko’s work has resulted in several local and national awards including the HMS Dupont Warren and Livingston Research Awards, the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry’s William Webb Award, and the American College of Psychiatrist’s Laughlin Award. Her scholarly work has been acknowledged in over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and presentations.

  • Luana Marques, PhD, Director and founder of Community Psychiatry PRIDE, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Recognized as a national and international expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs), Dr. Marques’ major clinical and research interests include the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices. Her research centers primarily on reducing the disproportionate mental health burden among underserved populations in resource-constricted community clinics across Massachusetts. Dr. Marques’s book Almost Anxious: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Worry or Distress a Problem? serves to educate the public about how worry and anxiety can interfere with happiness and productivity in their lives. Almost Anxious makes evidence-based tools accessible to a lay audience, so that people with sub-clinical anxiety can use this book to practice CBT at home. The wide public reach of the book is highlighted by the national media coverage it has received (Publishers Weekly, Boston.gov) and its recent recognition as a recommended self-help book by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. In her private practice, Dr. Marques focuses on teaching individuals how to utilize such cognitive behavioral strategies and goal-oriented thinking to improve their professional relationships and leadership capabilities. 

  • Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

    Dr. Parangi is a busy endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, with a particular interest and expertise in thyroid and parathyroid tumors. She focuses her clinical efforts on endocrine surgery and applies her basic science knowledge and expertise to tumor progression in thyroid cancer. She has been one of the Boston surgeons named in Best Doctor and her excellent in both research and her clinical expertise have earned her a national reputation. She has been a council member for The Association of Women Surgeons and the most prestigious organization of endocrine surgeons in the US, The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and a member of the American Thyroid Association. She has won numerous awards nationally and at Harvard Medical School for her NIH-funded research in the role of BRAF oncoprotein in thyroid cancer invasion. Her active research focuses on understanding why some patients with thyroid cancer do worse than others and how to help them.  She is one of a handful of thyroid surgeons with expertise in molecular biology and has over 90 publications, many on thyroid cancer therapeutics, in premier journals. She is president elect of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and is active in AWS because she feels there is still a large need in promoting women to leadership positions in academia and surgical organizations. 

  • Susan Pories, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Kerry Reynolds, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Medical Director of Inpatient Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital

    Kerry Reynolds is a physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She currently serves as the Medical Director for the inpatient cancer services at Mass General Cancer Center in addition to being an executive member of the Department of Medicine inpatient clinical counsel and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Reynolds specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. Under her leadership, the Mass General Cancer Center’s inpatient program evaluates and treats over 5,000 patients each year and serves as a core training experience for Harvard Medical School students, Mass General residents, and Dana-Farber/Partners fellows each year.

    After completing her own residency and chief residency at Mass General and fellowship training in Oncology at Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care Hematology/Oncology, she joined the Mass General and Harvard Medical School faculty in 2014, where she provides clinical care, supervises and educates trainees, participates in administrative affairs, heads the inpatient quality committee, and conducts research on severe toxicities associated with immunotherapy. Her short-term academic and primary research focus is to understand the patients at highest risk for adverse events associated with immunotherapy and how to appropriately treat patients in those circumstances to improve both the quality and safety of care.

  • Hope Ricciotti, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Julie Silver, MD, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

    Course Director—see sidebar for biographical details

Harvard-Affiliated Faculty

  • Shelley Carson, PhD, Associate in Psychology, Harvard University

    Shelley Carson, PhD holds several appointments at Harvard University, including the Medical School, the Extension School, and the Department of Psychology, where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of creativity, psychopathology, and psychological resilience. She has won multiple teaching awards for her popular course Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students, and her research, which been published widely in national and international scientific journals, has also been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN, NPR and in media outlets around the world. Dr. Carson is the author of the award-winning book, Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life (Jossey-Bass), and co-author of the critically-acclaimed book, Almost Depressed (Hazelden), which won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication.

    In addition to writing, teaching, and conducting research, Dr. Carson has worked as a Subject Matter Expert for the Department of Defense, helping create an online resilience tool for our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, and alcohol abuse. She has also served as scientific consultant for a number of corporations, including the Virgin Group, Reebok, and General Dynamics.

  • Jennifer Joe, MD, Physician, Boston VA Healthcare System; Co-Founder, Medstro.com; Editor-in-Chief, MedTechBoston.com

    Jennifer Joe, MD, is an expert and leader in social media and leveraging it to engage and build an audience. Dr. Joe and her company manage over 10 different handles on 4 different widely used social media platforms. Additionally, her company has custom built over 20 digital communities currently used by the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Medical Association, Google, Boston Scientific, and many others. Dr. Joe has been invited to speak, mentor, or judge at hundreds of local, national, and international events, including South by Southwest Interactive, Partners World Medical Innovation Forum, and HIMSS. Because she believes that patient care is the most important aspect of healthcare, she works part-time as an emergency room physician and hospitalist at the Boston VA Healthcare System.

  • Margaret Moore, MBA, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital

    Margaret Moore is a 17-year veteran of the biotechnology industry in the US, UK, Canada, and France. In 2000, Margaret founded Wellcoaches Corporation in strategic partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine, which has trained more than 10,000 health professionals as health and wellness coaches in 49 countries. Margaret is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and co-director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School. Margaret teaches a Science of Coaching Psychology program at Harvard University Extension School. She co-founded and co-leads the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching, and co-led the formation of a strategic partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners to deliver national standards and certification for health and wellness coaches. Margaret co-authored the ACSM-endorsed Coaching Psychology Manual published by Wolters Kluwer (2009, 2015), and two Harvard Health books: Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life (Harlequin, 2012), and Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life (William Morrow, 2016).

  • Allison Rimm, Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education Program

    Allison Rimm is a best-selling author, consultant, and executive coach who inspires individuals and organizational leaders to create breathtaking visions and practical plans to bring them to life. The former Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Information Management at Massachusetts General Hospital, she combines her passion for leadership development and strategic planning to engage the hearts and minds of her clients to drive exceptional business results. She serves on the faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education Program and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review. In her book, The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan for Life, Allison presents eight steps to help readers find their purpose, set priorities, and achieve even their most elusive goals. 

Guest Faculty

  • Philomena Asante, MD, MPH, Director of Medical Services, Northeastern University Health Services
  • Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs, Creighton University

    Laurie K. Baedke is a faculty member and Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs at Creighton University. A sought-after speaker, author, and advisor, Laurie Baedke works with individuals and teams including early careerists, physician leaders, and senior executives. She has specific expertise in physician practice management, leadership development, organizational change, emotional intelligence, and strengths-based leadership.

    Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and business administration and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. At age 26, she became the youngest individual to achieve board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and is also a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Laurie has been certified by The Gallup Organization as a Strengths Performance Coach since 2006.

    Laurie is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nebraska ACHE Regent’s Early Career Excellence Award (2001), the Region 5 ACHE Regent’s Award for Healthcare Excellence (2006), and the ACHE Distinguished Service Award (2015). Professionally, she has served on three national committees for ACHE: the Early Careerist, Products, Programming, and Services, and Chapter Committees. She is also a current member of the ACHE Nebraska Regent’s Advisory Council and a board member for the ACHE of Nebraska and Western Iowa Chapter. She also serves a variety of civic and community organizations, including current appointments on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Executive Committee and the Leadership Omaha Curriculum Committee.

    Her first book, titled The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published ACHE’s Health Administration Press in 2015. And, she most recently contributed a chapter; "Entrepreneurship Basics for Practitioners," to the book Handbook of Private Practice (Oxford, 2017).

  • J.G. Boccella, EdM, Co-Founder, FierceWomen

    J.G. Boccella, EdM is on a mission to support women leaders. His work describes a new paradigm for leveraging the “hidden demographic” of men in leadership positions who are ready to actively support women leaders. Co-Founder of FierceWomen, and author of Bring Your Strength, J.G. Boccella is a speaker, facilitator, artist, musician, and social change catalyst with over 15 years of experience at the nexus of art, education, and advocacy. J.G. holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. He is a recipient of the YWCA Pittsburgh Racial Justice in the Arts Award and has appeared at an diverse array of organizations including The Consortium for Public Education, The CORO Center for Leadership, The Mayor’s Council on Youth, Presidential Classroom, universities, corporations, high schools, churches, as well as on radio and television.

  • Paula Gutlove, DMD, Professor of Practice, Simmons College School of Management; International Consultant on Negotiation and Leadership; Deputy Director, Institute for Resource and Security Studies

    Paula Gutlove is an international consultant on negotiation and leadership, a Professor of Practice at the Simmons College School of Management, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS). She consults to a wide range of business, government, and non-government organizations on negotiation, health and human security, conflict management, and leadership for the 21st century. Her consulting experience includes work for organizations including the World Health Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the US Institute of Peace, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. At Simmons College, Dr. Gutlove’s research and teaching focus on socially responsible leadership and negotiation, especially regarding the roles of women in these contexts. At IRSS, she founded and directs the Institute’s International Conflict Management program, which advises and supports government and non-government organizations regarding negotiation, leadership, human security, and conflict management. Dr. Gutlove is also an Associate of the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, and was the founding board chair of the International Alliance for Peacebuilding.

    Dr. Gutlove was trained in social science (BS Psychology, Cornell University) and dental medicine (DMD, Boston University), and was a resident in oral surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She has been a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Bunting Institute and at the Australian National University’s Peace Research Center.

  • Wendy Gutterson, MS, Principal, Physician Management Resources

    Wendy Gutterson is the founder and president of Physician Management Resources, a healthcare consulting company focusing on helping medical practices and healthcare organizations achieve greater success by boosting strategic, operational and financial performance. Wendy’s financial and operational know-how springs from 20-plus years of practice leadership experience. Prior to launching Physician Management Resources, Wendy worked in large and small physician practices, as well as academic departments at Tufts Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, Cambridge Health Alliance and Hebrew SeniorLife. Wendy earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a graduate degree in health care administration from Simmons College, Boston, where she is an honorary trustee.

  • Randy Kamen, EdD, Psychologist, Educator, Boston University School of Education

    Randy Kamen, EdD is a psychologist, educator, and author of the bestseller Behind the Therapy Door: Simple Strategies to Transform Your Life. She pioneered new territory in mind-body medicine at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and at Boston University’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Kamen develops and leads global online courses on "Retraining the Brain for Positivity and Success." She designs mind-body workshops and retreats at corporations, universities, conferences and health institutions. Some of these retreats include Kripalu, Omega Institute, Red Mountain, 1440 Multiversity, Open City NYC, Canyon Ranch and Rancho la Puerto. She is a consultant and contributor for The Huffington Post and frequently appears on the radio, television and other media outlets. She runs a retreat facility on Martha’s Vineyard, Blueberry Fields MV.

  • Kimberley Kelly, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Member, Board of Directors, Alberta Medical Association

    Kimberley Kelly MD, CCFP, FCFP is a family physician doing diverse clinical work who has moved up to become a member of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Medical Association. She now combines administrative work with working with people with addiction. Dr. Kelly is an advocate for change at all levels including government and grassroots in schools. She has tackled complex issues like childhood obesity, improving treatment for people with addiction, and improved childcare. She has spent over 20 years of her career advocating for patients, peers and learners. After attending #SheLeads2017, she has added “advocating on behalf of herself” to the list. Success has been mixed with challenges and setbacks along the way. 

  • Tiffany Love, PhD, APRN, GNP, ANP-BC, CCA, Deputy Associate Director of Patient Care Services, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center

    Tiffany Ann Love was appointed Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) at Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center (OBVAMC) in October 2013. As the Deputy ADPCS at OBVAMC, Dr. Love has championed diversity in the healthcare workforce. She has led the efforts for the recruitment and advancement of healthcare executives from all segments of the population. She has completed Lean Management projects for Home and Community Based Services and non-institutional care consultation at the local and national level for Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Love has served as the National Program Manager for Purchased Home and Community-Based Services in the Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations Program Office (10NC4) in Washington, DC, assisting with the implementation of the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) new payment processes (AN-98).

    Dr. Love serves on the Board of Directors for the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Frances Payne Bolton Alumni Association as the Executive Director of Communications, and is Chairman of the Social Media Committee. She is a state-level founding member of the Louisiana Healthcare Diversity Council Board of Directors, which is a branch of the National Diversity Council. Ms. Love is an active member and mentor of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), serving as Chairman of the 1st Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Louisiana Chapter. She also serves as a member and mentor for the Regents Advisory Council for the Veterans Affairs Chapter of ACHE and is Chairman of the 1st Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee for the Louisiana chapter. 

    Dr. Love completed her BSN at Cleveland State University in 1998 and continued her career at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC). In 2003 she was awarded the John Hartford Scholar Fellowship and completed a dual degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP). She is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She later received the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAAN) Fellowship, and completed her Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) course work from the CWRU School of Graduate Studies. Her career goal as a healthcare executive is to promote diversity in the healthcare workforce to be more reflective of the population it serves.

  • Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association; Director, APA/ APA Foundation and Minority Fellowship Programs

    Ranna Parekh joined the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as Director of the Division of Diversity and Health Equity in January, 2015. In this role, she also stewards APA’s 9 fellowships, medical student grants and the Minority Fellowship Program. Understanding the importance of workforce diversity, cultural competency principles and eliminating mental health disparities is one of APA’s four major strategic initiatives.

    Previous to the APA, Dr. Parekh worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and has also worked internationally in Rotorua, New Zealand and Cairns, Australia. During her tenure at MGH, she worked on diversity initiatives leading to the creation of a Diversity Center within the department of psychiatry.  Dr. Parekh is co-author of the e-book  Overcoming Prejudice in the Workplace (Harvard Health Publishers, 2012). She is also editor of the Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity (Springer Publishers, 2013), and co-editor of the textbooks Cultural Sensitivity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MGH Academy Press, 2016), and Stigma and Prejudice: Touchstones in Understanding Diversity (Springer Publishers, 2016).

    Dr. Parekh has led trainings and lectured locally and nationally on topics including diversity, cultural psychiatry, mediation, negotiation, child and adolescent psychiatry, substance use, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Parekh has lived, studied, and worked around the world including Japan, France, Poland, New Zealand and Australia. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH, international health), the adult psychiatry and child fellowship residency trainings programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and also holds degrees from Wayne State University (MD, BSc in Biology, BA in Chemistry and co-major in Black Studies).

  • Monika Roychowdhury, MD, FCAP, Director, Cytopathology; Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Tufts Medical Center

    Monika Roychowdhury, MD, FCAP, is the Director of Cytopathology and Assistant Professor at Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA. As a seasoned Pathologist with subspecialty expertise in Cytopathology, Breast Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology, her clinical work includes diagnosing challenging cancer cases and helping tailor therapy for her patients. Dr. Roychowdhury is also an educator and serves as the Chair of Education and QA Committee, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Tufts Medical Center, where she helps improve Pathology education for residents and medical students.

    Dr. Roychowdhury is the Chair Elect, 2018 for Women in Medicine and Science (WiMS), Tufts Medical Center. In this leadership role, she is committed to promote the personal and professional development of women in medicine and science at her institution. She also serves on the Executive Committee of AIPNA (Association of Indian Pathologists in North America), a non-profit organization committed to promoting education in Pathology across the globe. She is on the Editorial Board of multiple journals, is a published author of several manuscripts, and is a continuing author since 2007 for PathologyOutlines, an extensively used free online Pathology textbook which proudly receives over 20,000 hits every day.

  • Deborah Saltman, AM, MD, PhD, Chair, Independent Scientific Advisory Committee, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, United Kingdom

    Deborah Saltman is the Chair, Independent Scientific Advisory Committee, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK). She holds positions as Honorary Professor at Imperial College, London and the University of Sydney and is Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. Previously, she was a clinical and scientific director. Deborah is member of the Order of Australia, a recipient of the Rose Hunt Medal (UK) and a Notable Australian Doctor. She has a doctorate in general practice, Fellowships of several family practice and public health boards and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has run leadership workshops for physicians worldwide. She is returning this year to run again her highly rated workshop on "Seven Principles of Effective Leadership" and a new session on "Predicting Your Leadership Success: A Checklist to Inventory Your Skills and Readiness."

  • Rusty Shelton, Publicist and social media expert, Zilker Media

    Rusty Shelton first spoke at Harvard on the changing world of PR and marketing at the age of 23. He is the Founder & CEO of Zilker Media, the country’s premier PR & marketing agency for authors, thought leaders and brands, and co-author of Mastering the New Media Landscape: Embrace the Micromedia Mindset (Berrett-Koehler, 2016). An active keynote speaker, Rusty’s commentary on the changing world of PR and marketing has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Wharton, Huff Post and many other top media outlets.

  • Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research, and Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Shillcutt also serves as the Director of Clinical Research. She underwent her residency in Anesthesiology at UNMC and completed an Executive Fellowship in Perioperative Echocardiography at the University of Utah Medical Center. She is a board-certified Anesthesiologist, and is a testamur in the Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM) and certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. She is an NIH-funded researcher through the National Institute of Aging. She is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds national leadership positions in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. She also serves on the National Board of Echocardiography. Sasha is a wife, mother, physician, clinical scientist, national educator, writer, and speaker. In 2016, Sasha was awarded the national American Medical Associations Women Physician’s Inspiring Physician Award by her peers. Sasha’s greatest passion is empowering and encouraging others to achieve personal greatness in their professional and personal lives. She speaks frequently to health care executives and physicians on the topics of professional burnout and resilience. 

  • Christine Spadafor, JD, ScM, RN, Board of Directors Advisor & Management Consultant; CEO, SpadaforClay Group

    Christine Spadafor is CEO of SpadaforClay Group, a Harvard Square management consulting firm focused on strategy development, operational improvement, organizational restructuring and board advisory services. Ms. Spadafor’s experience includes an extensive background in healthcare, with academic medical centers, hospitals, physician practice groups, biotechnology corporations, mental health facilities, and clinical social service agencies. Her healthcare career began as an ICU nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, and in collaboration with MIT she co-authored an occupational health textbook published by Johns Hopkins University. As a public health advisor to the United Nations in China, she lectured on maternal health issues and environmental sustainability. Her experience with global healthcare includes complex projects with several leading management consulting firms, including the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she was a partner.

    Ms. Spadafor’s healthcare expertise is complemented by a background in the law. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and was named “one of America’s top 20 female business lawyers” by the American Bar Association. By combining her medical and legal skills, Ms. Spadafor served as an effective advocate for vulnerable individuals as a pro bono attorney for at-risk children, as General Counsel of a pediatric hospital, as a trustee on nonprofit boards, and as CEO of a nonprofit serving abused and homeless children. In 2015, she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, in recognition of her career achievements and ongoing contributions to society. A Visiting Executive in the MBA program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Ms. Spadafor is also a guest lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.  She is a frequent speaker at seminars, board retreats and academic events. 

  • Lisa Tener, MS, Book writing coach and author

    Lisa Tener specializes in helping doctors, therapists and other healing professionals write and publish a compelling health, how-to or self-help book. Lisa's unique, Stevie Award-winning process includes book and book proposal writing and the "platform building" necessary for successful publication. She is also passionate about helping experts develop a business plan so that the book is a sustainable project with a respectable return on investment. Many of Lisa Tener's clients have landed 5-and 6-figure book deals with major publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Yale University Press, Johns Hopkins, New World Library, New Harbinger, Praeger, HCI, Beyond Words and many more. Lisa has guided clients to blog successfully for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post and other top media outlets, and many of her clients have been featured by national media including the New York Times, NPR's Fresh AirGood Morning America, CBS Early Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today ShowThe Atlantic, and much more. Lisa Tener received her Bachelor of Science in Management Science from MIT, where she minored in writing and studied with such luminaries as Frank Conroy. Lisa received her Master's degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management where she concentrated in marketing. She blogs on books and publishing for the Huffington Post and received the Silver Stevie Award for Coach/Mentor of the Year 2014—the first coach in the writing and publishing field to do so.

  • Christy Uffelman, BCC MHCS, President, Align Leadership, LLC

    Christy Uffelman, BCC MHCS, President, Align Leadership, LLC, launched the east coast office of Align Leadership in 2013, centering on women’s leadership development and Millennial initiatives – helping organizations engage and develop their emerging talent pipeline. Christy developed PEER Technology®, a cohort-based, virtual mentoring and sponsorship experience inside Fortune 500 companies designed to make employee business resource groups actionable. Her most recent passion is working with cohorts of mid-career male leaders to develop more inclusive advocates and allies in diversity.  In 2016, Christy launched the EDGE Experience with the Pittsburgh Technology Council, an annual women’s leadership development program targeting mid-career leaders.

    Christy is the Chair of 2020 Women on Boards in Pittsburgh, an ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient and was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 in 2016. She serves on the board of directors of a large, privately held hospitality organization; is an active member of the Executive Team of the Women’s Leadership Council with the United Way and Girl Scout leader to her 14-year-old daughter’s Cadette troop. Christy lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Elaina.

  • Thomas Varghese, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Tammra Warby , BSc (Hon 1), MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, Family Medicine (General Practice) physician

    Dr. Warby was among ~1% of Australian family doctors to also complete a PhD while attending medical school. She has worked regionally and internationally in Emergency Medicine and currently practices Family Medicine on the Gold Coast of Australia. Since completing her own Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), she has co-authored The General Practice Exam Handbook, become a board examiner, an external clinical trainer of Family Medicine trainees, and guest blog writer. She has also worked as a peer reviewer for the content of medical educational programs.

    Most recently, Dr. Warby was chosen to be on the RACGP Future Leaders Program. The RACGP is Australia’s largest professional General Practice organization and represents over 35,000 members working in or towards a career in family medicine in Australia. The Future Leaders RACGP 2018 is a selective program to further educate and support 12 future leaders of the college to design an innovative project and increase their capabilities in leadership domains that are aligned to the RACGP vision of a Healthy Profession, Healthy Australia.

  • Jacklyn Wynn, Vice President and Director, Veterans Affairs, Center for Enterprise Transformation, MITRE