ILA Healthcare Leadership Conference

Strengthening Ties Between HealthCare and Leadership: Personal & Team Development, Leadership Education & Development, Organizational Leadership in Healthcare

The 2021, inaugural ILA Healthcare Leadership Conference occurred virtually, live online 17-18 May 2021. The conference theme is Strengthening Ties Between Healthcare and Leadership. The conference will bring together both healthcare and leadership experts covering foundational and cutting-edge topics that are relevant for healthcare professionals (practitioners, educators, and scholars) to optimize leader development, leadership education, research, practice, and networking. Each day of the conference will begin with a keynote address  followed by panel discussions and interactive poster sessions. Scroll down for details and speakers.

Panel discussions will be highly interactive and engaging. Conversation leaders (panelists) will each speak for about five-minutes, framing the discussion, and will then facilitate a rich dialogue in which participants consider the important issues being raised and share and learn from one another.

Leadership knowledge and application, expertise, and collaboration are essential for being an effective healthcare professional. Panels (breakout sessions) will therefore be organized along the following themes:

  • Personal Development: Inspiring new thinking and personal growth
    Self & Social Awareness; Trust development; Psychological well-being/burnout
  • Team Development: The synergy that occurs when working together
    Mentoring & Coaching & Precepting; Conflict & Conflict Resolution; Cultural sensitivity & Cultural Intelligence
  • Leadership Education and Development: Current practices and equipping future leaders
    Conceptual Frameworks & Models; Curriculum & Assessment; Followership
  • Organizational Leadership in Healthcare: Setting climate and goals while motivating individuals
    Outreach to patients and communities; Innovation & Sustainability; Organization Development: How to pivot and adjust

The conference’s online virtual platform will also allow for a rich networking experience, making it easy to connect with new colleagues.

The ILA’s Healthcare Leadership Conference is ideal for established and emerging healthcare professions, which includes ILA members,  non-members, students, patients, practitioners, educators, and those with a passion for improving healthcare systems. As a participant, you will become better equipped to improve yourself and the systems and organizations in which you work by utilizing a leadership lens relevant to healthcare.

Thank You for Sponsoring!

Call for Poster Abstracts

Deadline: 1 April 2021

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An interactive display poster is a one-page, visual representation (using text, graphics, photographs, data samples, etc.) of a paper, a research project, a developing idea, or an innovative program that is uploaded and presented by the creator(s) during a hosted poster session.* Posters are an excellent format for receiving feedback from colleagues with common interests. Posters are encouraged from both emerging and established scholars, as well as from practitioners who are implementing innovative programs.

Proposals for a poster must include a title, identified theme (see below), and abstract (500 words max). Be sure your proposal addresses one of the following themes:

  • Personal Development: Inspiring new thinking and personal growth
  • Team Development: The synergy that occurs when working together
  • Leadership Education and Development: Current practices and equipping future leaders
  • Organizational Leadership in Healthcare: Setting climate and goals while motivating individuals

Poster abstracts are due April 1, 2021 with acceptance notification by April 20, 2021.

*Note: If accepted, there are numerous programs with which posters can be created, but PowerPoint is probably the most common choice. Free PowerPoint templates for posters are available online. Simply search for “free PowerPoint research poster templates” or something similar.

Keynote Speakers

Leadership: A Matter of Healthy Balance ​

Those in healthcare professions serve on the frontlines of developing and ensuring viable and sustainable communities; they work at the forefront of society’s quest to protect and improve lives; they are seekers of solutions to the most challenging medical problems; and they are committed to providing the best care, to discovering truth and to treating all with dignity and respect. Their leadership is critical. During the crisis and global trauma of COVID, we have been reminded of our interdependence and the need for developing more competent, courageous and ethical leaders. This keynote from Katherine Tyler Scott will discuss the essential practices of healthy, balanced leadership in healthcare because it matters to all of us.

Katherine Tyler Scott

Katherine Tyler Scott is Principal of Ki ThoughtBridge, LLC, a company that is known for its integrated approach to the development of individual and organizational leadership that increases adaptive capacity, efficacy and resilience. Previously, Katherine developed and directed the Lilly Endowment Leadership Education Program and was President and CEO of Trustee Leadership Development, a National Leadership Development Center.  Katherine has worked in public and private health facilities as a psychotherapist and supervisor of residents in psychiatry, psychology interns, and graduate social work students and has consulted with and provided training to executive leaders in various healthcare facilities. She has written extensively on integrated adaptive leadership, trusteeship, organizational development, and change management. Katherine is a current board member of Women4Change and she previously chaired the board of the International Leadership Association. She is a founding member of the Indianapolis chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Innovative Leadership for Health Care

Maureen Metcalf’s keynote will focus on the principles and practices described in her 2021 book, Innovative Leadership for Health Care. This new book integrates the Innovative Leadership Framework with the Leader-Follower Framework to help dedicated health care professionals increase their leadership effectiveness.

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf, Founder, and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute is an expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends. She helps leaders elevate their leadership quality and transform their organizations to create sustainable impact and results. Her 30 years of experience informed her ten books used by public, private, and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems, and culture with innovative leadership techniques. She is a regularly featured author for and host of a Voice America international radio show and podcast focusing on innovative leadership. Metcalf has been recognized for her contributions to the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology and was named Business First BizTech Executive of the Year 2019, ComSpark Power Player 2018, 2019, and 2020 and Ten Influential Business Leaders to Watch 2020. She is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association.

Breakout Session Streams & Conversation Leaders

Note: During concurrent panels/breakout sessions, conversation leaders (panelists) will speak for about five-minutes each, framing the discussion, and will then facilitate a rich dialogue among all participants. 

To see sessions in time (versus stream) order, please scroll down to the agenda. 

Personal Development: Inspiring New Thinking and Personal Growth

Self & Social Awareness

17 May | 13:50 EDT

Director of SELECT Competency Assessment, Department of Medical Education, Associate Professor, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

SELECT Clerkship Director, Professor, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and Lehigh Valley Health Network

Fellow Human, Duke University School of Medicine

Interim Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Faculty Development, University of Michigan Medical School, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

MD Candidate 2022, University of Michigan Medical School

MD Candidate, SELECT Program, USF Morsani College of Medicine, Class of 2021

MD/PhD student at Duke University and a Feagin Leadership Scholar

Resident Physician in Internal and Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente and University of California San Francisco, USF SELECT Program Alumni c/o 2018

Building Patient Trust

18 May | 12:30 EDT

Founder & Lead Consultant, Concord Solutions

Director of Program Management, Maxar Technologies

Manager, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Valley Children's Healthcare

Psychological Well-being / Burnout

18 May | 13:50 EDT

Deputy Professory of Military Science & Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University

Title forthcoming.

Title forthcoming.

Chief Research Scientist, Futures Integration Directorate, Futures and Concepts Center, Army Futures Command

Team Development: The Synergy That Occurs When Working Together

Mentoring & Coaching & Precepting

17 May | 12:30 EDT

Senior Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland Medical Center

Senior Nurse Practiitoner, University of Maryland Medical Center

Professor, Military & Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University

Research Assistant Professor, Military & Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University

Applying What’s New in Culture Research to Leading Diverse Teams

17 May | 13: 50 EDT

Professor of Military Cross-Cultural Competence, Marine Corps University

CEO Every Child Fed

Conflict & Conflict Management

18 May | 15:10 EDT

Director of SELECT Competency Assessment, University of South Florida

Adjunct Associate Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions

System CMO of Baylor Scott and White

Leadership Education and Development: Current Practices and Equipping Future Leaders

Leading Thru COVID

17 May | 12:30 

CEO LEADS Global and CHLNet Senior Research Advisor

CHLNet Senior Policy Advisor

President and CEO Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada and CHLNet Cochair

Director Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba and Chair Sanokondu

Corporate Director of Research, Interior Health

Conceptual Frameworks & Models

17 May | 15:10 EDT

Professor, Leadership, College of Business, Bellevue University

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Creighton University School of Medicine

Professor of Surgery, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Leadership Education for Medical Students: An Innovative Curriculum and Assessment Plan

18 May | 15: 10 

Chief Academic Officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Senior Dean, Faculty Affairs, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Organizational Leadership in Healthcare: Setting Climate and Goals While Motivating Individuals

Outreach to Patients and Communities

17 May | 15:10 EDT

Chief Clinical Product Officer and Medical Director, Medical Home Network

Fellow and Managing Director of Clinical Transformation, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings

How to Build Organizational Sustainability With Personal Resilience and Self Care

18 May | 12:30 

Director of Leadership Programmes, Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Chair, Sustainable Healthcare Coalition

Developing Organizations of Reciprocal Care

18 May | 13:50 EDT

Professor of Leadership Studies, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Associate Professor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychology, University of Richmond


Preferred Leader Behavior of Doctors in a Large Health Services Association

Charles Fischer, Consultant

Reimagine Healthcare: Leadership’s Motivational Role in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Augmentation

Lyndee Phillips, Ph.D. Student, Organizational Leadership, Concordia University Chicago

Personal Narrative and Collective Experience in a Global Pandemic: An Autoethnographic Approach to Cathartic Meaning-Making Through the Sociological Imagination

Susan Flaming Yeats, PhD Student, Leadership Studies, University of San Diego; Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Medicine, TCC Family Health

Magical Moments in Time

Theresa Haarberg, Director, University of Nebraska

Transformational Triage: An Analysis of Best Practice Behaviors & Competencies in U.S. Healthcare Executives During the COVID-19 Crisis

Jeannette Pugh, Doctoral Candidate, Pepperdine University

Enhancing Communication to Improve Team Performance at the Leader Level

Phyllis Sarkaria, Founder & CEO, The Sarkaria Group LLC; Teaching Faculty, MA-HR programs, Organizational Leadership - Human Resources, Claremont Lincoln University

Leadership Development for Future Physicians

Jeffrey Pettit, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa

Read to Lead: Developing a Leadership Book Club Curriculum for Graduate Medical Education

Anthony Greco, Physician, Internal Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Joshua Hartzell, Program Director, Internal Medicine, National Capital Consortium

Melanie Wiseman, Internal Medicine Resident, Internal Medicine, National Capital Consortium

William Rainey Johnson,  John G Blickle, James B Hughes, Thomas R Brooke, Sarah B Schulte

Importance of the Healthcare Organization Learning-and-Development - Implicit Bias, Incivility, Cognitive Diversity in LGBTQ+ Tools

Joseph Harrison, Jr., Lead Faculty Area Chair, UOPX

Quality Improvement Initiatives Impact on Health Outcomes and Healthcare Cost

Kelly Chatlos

Creating a Culture of Teamwork Through the Use of the TeamSTEPPS Framework

Eleanor Dunlap, Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center

Leading Self Successfully to Lead Others Effectively: From Self-Awareness to Self-Mastery

Assegid Habtewold, Author, Coach, Speaker, and Facilitator, Success Pathways, LLC

Leadership for Medical Students Curriculum Development Using Design Thinking and Social Learning

Salvatore Falisi, Medical Student, Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine

Rahul Anand, Associate Professor of Medical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Quinnipiac University; Director of Infectious Diseases, , Community Health Services

The Role of Leadership in Designing a Structure for Patient-Centered Care

Vidya Ayyr, Director Community Social Impact, Parkland Health & Hospital System

An Innovative Faculty Development Leadership Model for Improving Community Health

Shiyao Yuan, Technical Associate, FAIMER, ECFMG|FAIMER

An Analysis of Reflective Essays on Leadership From Clerkship Year Medical Students

Melanie Wiseman, Internal Medicine Resident, Internal Medicine, National Capital Consortium

Health-Care Workers Leadership Development: Current Practices and Equipping Future Leaders

Cameron Kiosoglous

Doctor of Nursing Practice Education Innovation to Prepare Future Nursing Leaders

Veronica Quattrini, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Impacting the Work Climate in Healthcare, Does Embeddedness Matter?

Susan Steele-Moses, Dean, Professor, School of Health Professions, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University; University Research Methodologist, College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix

Designing Meaningful Leadership Development: A Program Model for Faculty Leaders in Academic Health

Sara Spear, Senior Program Administrator, Center for Organizational Leadership, Rutgers University; PhD Candidate, Higher Education, Rutgers University

RealMD: Early Efforts to Promote Help Seeking, Community, and Personal Identity in Medical School

Savannah Gelhard, Student, University of Utah School of Medicine

Brandon Wilde, Medical Student, School of Medicine, University of Utah

Tom Hurtado

Curricular Mapping: A Tool for Leadership Curriculum Development

Andrew Goodwin, Internal Medicine Resident, In, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Development of a Virtual Leadership Development Training Program for Public Behavioral Health Medical Directors in California

Tommy Royston, PhD Student, University of San Diego; PhD Student, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Personal Development: An Intersection of Transformational and Discursive Leadership With Mindfulness Practices

Salisha Allard-Blaisdell, PhD Student, Center for Leadership Studies, Northwest University; Development Director, GK Folks Foundation; Development Director, Community Outreach and Development, GK Folks Foundation

Debbee Lynn, Founder, Jellyfish Flow & PhD Student, Northwest University; Educator, Consultant,  Founder, Jellyfish Flow

Pauline Elwin, Doctoral Student/Senior Grants and  Contract Manager, Northwest University; Doctoral Student, Center for Leadership Studies, Organizational Leadership

Implementing a Longitudinal Physician Leadership Program Based on the MLCF in Partnership With a Health System

Tiffany Jordan, Assistant Director of Dual Degree Programs and Grants Management, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine

Judith Brenner, Associate Dean for Educational Data and Analytics, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine

Primary Care Movers and Changers (PCMAC): A Model for Healthcare Leadership Development

Kathy Kennedy, Executive Director, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership; Professor, Colorado School of Public Health

Faculty Leaders, Mental and Emotional Health, and Student Support During the Pandemic

Kimberly Underwood

Developing a Leadership Curriculum for Fourth Year Medical Students

Andrew Galligan, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of South Florida

Leader as Coach Certification Program

Philip Giordano, Leadership Development Specialist, Leadership & Organizational Development,  MaineHealth

Healthcare 2020: Moving Forward Through Leadership

Christa Banton, Banton Counseling E-Therapy Services; Adjunct Faculty, University of Phoenix; Professor-Mental Health Counselor, Barstow Community College

Bridging Science and Practice Using Leadership Development Benchmarking: A Case Study in the Healthcare Sector

Melanie Standish, Graduate Student, Illinois Institute of Technology; Program Manager, National Center for Healthcare Leadership

Connecting Medical Students With Their Personal Mission Statement: A Pilot Program

Kimberly Lumpkins, Associate Professor, Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Coaching to Enhance Professional Development in Medical Students: The Impact on Faculty Coaches

Amy Smith, Medical Educator, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Initial Experience of the Radiation Oncology Interest Group: Increasing Organizational Engagement With Emerging Medical Student Leaders

Jordan McDonald, Medical Student, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Developing Resilient Future Academicians by Prioritizing Organizational Leadership Education

Anupam Rishi, Resident, Radiation Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center

Sarah Hoffe, Physician, Moffitt Cancer Center

Sanokondu - Building an International Community of Practice Focused on Healthcare Leadership Education for Learners

Ming-Ka Chan, Co-Director, Office of Leadership Education, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba; Chair, Sanokondu Executive, Sanokondu

Overcoming Pandemic Pandemonium: Restoring Stability in Front Line Healthcare Organizations

Jenny Hodges

Reconfiguring Healthcare Leadership – From a Focus on Leaders to Collective and Individual Practice

Don Dunoon, Independent consultant; Author, In the Leadership Mode, New Futures Pty Ltd

Health-Promoting Self-Leadership: Towards a Framework for Developing Mental Fitness as the Main Driver of Performance

Rune Bjerke, Professor, Leadership and Organization, Kristiania University College

Value of Accurate Self-Assessment in Emotional Intelligence Education

Joe Doty, Executive Director, Feagin Leadership Program, Duke University

Jason Chandrapal, Interprofessional Advanced Clinical Simulation Fellow, U.S. Veterans Administration

Daily Schedule / Agenda

Concurrent breakout session topics and conversation leaders as well as poster titles and authors may be found above. 

Note: During concurrent breakout sessions, conversation leaders will speak for about five-minutes each, framing the discussion, and will then facilitate a rich dialogue among all participants. 


PD Stream = Personal Development: Inspiring new thinking and personal growth

TD Stream = Team Development: The synergy that occurs when working together

LED Stream = Leadership Education and Development: Current practices and equipping future leaders

ORG Stream = Organizational Leadership in Healthcare: Setting climate and goals while motivating individuals

Monday 17 May – All Times Are EDT
11:00 – 12:15

Welcoming RemarksCynthia Cherrey, ILA CEO & President

Keynote Katherine Tyler Scott, Principal of Ki ThoughtBridge, LLC

12:15 – 12:30 Networking Break 
12:30 – 13:30

Concurrent Breakout Session 1

Mentoring & Coaching & Precepting (TD Stream)

Leading Thru COVID (LED Stream)

13:30 – 13:50 Networking Break 
13:50 – 14:50

Concurrent Breakout Session 2

Self & Social Awareness (PD Stream)

Applying What’s New in Culture Research to Leading Diverse Teams (TD Stream)

14:50 – 15:10 Networking Break / Posters
15:10 – 16:10

Concurrent Breakout Session 3

Conceptual Frameworks & Models (LED Stream)

Outreach to Patients and Communities (ORG Stream)

16:10 – 16:30 Networking Break / Posters
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Remarks and Socializing
Tuesday 18 May – All Times Are EDT
11:00 – 12:15Keynote – Maureen Metcalf, Founder, and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute 
12:15 – 12:30 Networking Break 
12:30 – 13:30 

Concurrent Breakout Session 4

Building Patient Trust (PD Stream)

How to Build Organizational Sustainability With Personal Resilience and Self Care (ORG Stream)

13:30 – 13:50 Networking Break / Posters
13:50 – 14:50 

Concurrent Breakout Session 5

Psychological Well-being / Burnout (PD Stream)

Developing Organizations of Reciprocal Care (ORG Stream)

14:50 – 15:10 Networking Break
15:10 – 16:10 

Concurrent Breakout Session 6

Conflict & Conflict Management (TD Stream)

Leadership Education for Medical Students: An Innovative Curriculum and Assessment Plan (LED Stream)

16:10 – 16:30 Networking Break / Posters
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Remarks and Socializing

Conference Convenors

Erin Barry

Erin S. Barry, M.S. is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Military & Emergency Medicine at Uniformed Services University. She works with the Leader and Leadership Education and Development Program to develop leadership education and development programs that integrate research, curricula, and assessment within the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Graduate Education Office. Ms. Barry’s educational background includes a  M.S. (2008) in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington. In addition to her research and program development, Ms. Barry mentors and coaches graduate and medical students. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Health Professions Education focusing on leadership and followership within medical education. 

Tanisha Currie

Tanisha L. Currie, BSN RN-BC, MA, MAJ, Army Nurse Corps, United States Army. MAJ Currie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a clinical staff nurse and leader at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 2008, MAJ Currie accepted a direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps and was assigned to Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA. She has applied her leadership knowledge and experiences to several hospital organizations within clinical, academic, and combat operational settings. Presently, MAJ Currie is a PhD Nursing Candidate at the Uniformed Services University Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Given MAJ Currie’s background and research interests she seeks to inspire organizations through principles of nutrition and cardiovascular health, leadership and psychological health, and performance.

Suzanna Fitzpatrick

Suzanna Fitzpatrick, DNP, CRNP, is an acute care and family practice nurse practitioner at  University of Maryland Medical Center specializing in surgical patients where she has worked for the past 12 years.  She has a passion for mentoring novice nurse practitioners in their transition into practice.  She recently finished her doctorate in nursing practice with a focus on teamwork and collaboration in healthcare.  She has written articles on teamwork, nursing leaderships, and transition shock for novice practitioners.  Finally, she is an adjunct professor teaching Doctoral nursing students leadership at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She resides in Burtonsville, Maryland with her family.

Neil Grunberg

Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D., is Professor of Military & Emergency Medicine, Medical & Clinical Psychology, and Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University (USU) School of Medicine; Professor, USU Graduate School of Nursing; and Director of Research & Development, USU Leader and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, Bethesda, Maryland. He earned Ph.D. degrees in Physiological and Social Psychology from Columbia University; and completed doctoral training in Pharmacology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. He educates physicians, psychologists, and nurses for the Armed Forces and Public Health Service and has published more than 200 papers addressing behavioral medicine, drug use, stress, traumatic brain injury, and leadership. In 2015, Dr. Grunberg was selected to be a U.S. Presidential Leadership Scholar. 

John E. McManigle

John E. McManigle, MD, FACP, Col (Ret) USAF, MC is Director of the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Curriculum. He is a retired Air Force Pulmonary and Critical Care physician who has served as faculty, course director, student affairs dean, vice dean and acting dean of the school of medicine. He uses his experience as an officer, physician and educator to ensure that the LEAD curriculum is relevant and impactful to the personal and professional development of the next generation of uniformed healthcare leaders.