2017 Conference

Dr. Obi and Dr. Park taking part in a group discussion at the conference
Word cloud in the shape of a surgeon with phrases and words mentioned at the conference
Group of conference attendees talking

Becoming Who You Want to Be

The 2017 Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference was the first annual conference held by the Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative in Ann Arbor, MI. It brought together female surgeons from across the country to discuss experiences and challenges in the field of surgery as a community, in addition to personal and professional development strategies. The conference was sponsored by the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery.


Friday, November 10, 2017

  • 11:00 am: Registration

  • 12:15 pm: Welcome and Community Building Lunch

  • 1:15 pm: Setting the Stage

  • 1:30 pm: The Michigan Promise

  • 2:00 pm: Keynote Speaker

  • 3:00 pm: Break

  • 3:15 pm: Session 1 - From Surviving to Thriving!

  • 5:15 pm: Hotel Check In/Free Time

  • 6:00 pm: Reception and Dinner

Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • 7:30 am: Breakfast

  • 8:30 am: Session 2A - Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness

  • 10:00 am: Break

  • 10:15 am: Session 2B - In-Depth Leadership Learning

  • 12:15 pm: Lunch

  • 1:15 pm: Session 3A - Coaching for Productive Conflict

  • 2:45 pm: Session 3B: In-Depth Conflict Learning

  • 4:45 pm: Tying it All Together and Next Steps - Open Forum Discussion

  • 5:15 pm: Closing Remarks

Featured Speakers

Janet Pinkerton Dombrowski

Janet Pinkerton Dombrowski, BSN, MHSA

Janet is the President/Founder of JCD Advisors, LLC, an executive coaching and organizational development consulting company based in Ann Arbor. Her work is exclusively focused on supporting C-suite executives and physician leaders in becoming more intentional about their leadership presence and effectiveness. Janet will be providing leadership coaching during the conference.

Julia Lee

Julia Lee, PhD

Dr. Lee is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She instructs BBA, MBA, and executive education courses focusing on negotiation, leadership, and organizational behavior. Her research examines how employees address challenges in the workplace by utilizing their relationships, interpreting negative events, and changing implicit beliefs. She also researches the positive outcomes related to emphasizing best self concepts.

Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery Faculty Speakers

  • Dawn Coleman, MD

  • Justin Dimick, MD, MPH

  • Michael Mulholland, MD, PhD

  • Erika Newman, MD

  • Gurjit Sandhu, PhD

  • Dana Telem, MD, MPH

  • Jennifer Waljee, MD, MPH, MS

Guest Faculty Members

  • Amalia Cochran, MD, MA

  • Julie Freischlag, MD

  • Melina Kibbe, MD

  • Rebecca Minter, MD

  • Aurora Pryor, MD

  • Heena Santry, MD

  • Julie Ann Sosa, MD

  • Sandra Wong, MD, MS