ELAM's second advanced professional development program for alumnae was a great success!
2014 ELAM Alumnae Development Program
Being Seen, Being Heard, Being Effective
January 9 – 12, 2014
The Omni La Mansion Hotel / Mokara Hotel & Spa
San Antonio, TX
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine
Women Faculty Programs, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
This year's program was designed to give participants an in-depth look at how they can improve the way they communicate on a number of levels, from first impressions to presentations.
The program featured the following sessions:
Being Heard: Part I – The Audience, The Message, The Script; Part II – Being Heard
Cindy DiBiasi, partner at 3D Communications, introduced key concepts and research on effective communications and being an engaging and confident presenter. She discussed how to approach a presentation, including how to set a goal, develop messages, deliver with confidence, and be ready to answer difficult questions. Participants then had a chance to present to Cindy and fellow ELUMs, and to receive feedback and helpful tips, as well as having the opportunity to ask questions.
Being Seen: The Leadership Language of Fashion
First impressions can make a big difference in how our messages are received. Research shows that attitudes begin forming within seconds of meeting new people and hearing their voices. Speaker Lynn Kochanek is an entrepreneur—owner of women's clothing stores and fashion consultant to executives. She designed a workshop for participants to consider how to make the best impression possible by dressing as powerful leaders.
Being Effective: Lessons in Leadership from the White House
Ann McDaniel, senior vice president at the Washington Post Company, spoke about her time serving as assistant managing editor and chief of correspondents at Newsweek. She covered the Bush administration as White House correspondent from 1988 to 1992, and was a key member of the 1992 election reporting team that earned Newsweek a Best in the Business award from the American Journalism Review and two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and Single-Topic Issue.
Additional opportunities included:
Join the Class of 2013-14 to Discuss their Institutional Action Project
Recall how challenging it was to design an action project that moved the institution forward, gave you the right kind of visibility and was actually do-able? We used your experience and guidance to assist the ELAM fellows with developing their Institutional Action Projects (IAPs). This also was a great opportunity to show the fellows how our ELUM community contributes to their leadership development and success, and last year's ELUM consultants said they learned as much as they contributed. Isn't that always the way?
Meet with a Communications Consultant
Do you have a critical interview or presentation coming up? Just need to improve your messaging skills? Cindy DiBiasi, partner at 3D Communications and one of our keynote speakers, provided personalized feedback and tips on presentation skills to a group of eight attendees.
Meet with an Image Consultant
Need to make a stronger professional impression? Lynn Kochanek, owner of fashion boutique Rare Essentials, Ltd. and one of our keynote speakers, offered individual fashion advice and tips to a group of eight attendees.
Is your initiative stuck? Can't see your way through the barriers? Latha Chandran (ELAM '06), vice dean at Stony Brook School of Medicine, facilitated a workshop that used peer consultation to explore potential approaches while attendees listened in for insights and new ideas.
Fundraising: What I Have Learned About Relationships, Shared Visions, and Asking
Deborah German (ELAM '96), vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida, facilitated a discussion on how to work with potential donors for mutual benefit.
Equity Vigilance: Now that we have made some gains, how can we guard against sliding backward?
Laura Schweitzer (ELAM '99), president of Union Graduate College, and Page Morahan, ELAM founding director, facilitated a discussion of gaps and progress toward achieving gender equity.
Thank you to the Alumnae Advisory Group for helping to plan this event.
Why ELAM Alumnae Development?
ELAM's alumnae development program was created in response to numerous requests from alumnae to have continued, advanced professional development. This exciting venture would not have been possible without the vision and generosity of the ELAM classes of 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 in the establishment and growth of the Legacy Fund, which they created with the mission of strengthening the community of ELAM alumnae through a variety of programs, activities, and services that sustain their leadership capacity within academic medicine, dentistry, and public health.