Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Online registration available for conference featuring U-M women leaders

University and health system faculty, staff and students are invited to attend U-M Women Leaders Making a Difference: Stories to Inspire Your Path, a half-day event focused on learning from 10 successful U-M women leaders.


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Registration for U-M Women Leaders Making a Difference: Stories to Inspire Your Path cost $39. Click here to sign up online.

Online registration still is available for the event, which will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 8 at the Power Center for Performing Arts.

Co-sponsored by Human Resource Development (HRD) and the Center for the Education of Women (CEW), this event will allow participants to examine and learn from the career paths of a group of diverse and successful U-M women leaders chosen for their unique paths.

Each interview-style presentation will highlight how they went from "everyday" women to extraordinary U-M leaders. The conversational interviews will include insights from both participants, allowing people to learn from several unique career paths.

"We kept hearing from our participants that they wanted to learn from the experiences of U-M leaders at all levels, so we did some research and ended up with this fantastic list of women leaders," says Kristen Storey, HRD director. "We are very excited about the opportunity to learn from these amazing women and the interview format will allow more in-depth conversations to create a richer learning experience."

The following individuals will be featured at the event:

• Julie Grunawalt, nurse manager and adjunct clinical instructor, School of Nursing

• Sonya Jacobs, director of faculty development, Medical School

• Dr. Eve Kerr, professor of internal medicine, director of the Ann Arbor Veteran Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, and participant in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women

• Catherine Lilly, senior adviser to the executive vice president and chief financial officer

• Deborah Orlowski, senior learning specialist, HRD

• Ruth Person, chancellor, UM-Flint

• Kathleen Potempa, dean and professor, School of Nursing

• Chrissi Rawak, assistant vice president, Talent Management and Development Operations

• Abigail Stewart, Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, director of the ADVANCE Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender

• Gloria Thomas, executive director of CEW

A video with welcoming remarks will be provided by Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System.