Annual Fall Conference

Fall Leadership Mentoring Conference, 2022
(25th Annual Conference)


Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine

FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, with the support of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, cordially invites you to attend our 25th annual professional development conference, a unique opportunity for women faculty and their allies at Penn medicine to convene and network while learning important tools and strategies for success in academic medicine.  

A once-a-year opportunity to convene with PSOM women colleagues and their allies, this celebrated professional development conference is for faculty and trainees in any rank, track, department or division. This includes faculty, instructors, lecturers, fellows and residents, MDs and PhDs; all are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is never an ideal time to step away from the clinic, lab or office, but this is the only chance to gather with a substantial group of your Penn women peers and take some time - for an excellent career development program with national experts  -  and for you.  

Event Details

Successful Strategies for Women in Academic Medicine, our fall leadership mentoring conference, welcomes women in academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania: MDs, PhDs, faculty, fellows, instructors, lecturers, residents. In addition to providing a daylong opportunity to learn from nationally renowned experts and leaders in academic medicine about professional development and career strategies, this forum also facilitates networking and mentoring relationships. Workshops are included to provide skill-building opportunities on topics such as Presentation, Negotiation, Managing and Communication, Time Management and Writing for Publication.

Date: October 7, 2022 (Friday)
Time: ~8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: this year's conference will be held virtually via Zoom

(COVID-19: We fully recognize the impact that the coronavirus virus (COVID-19) continues to have on the Penn community and plan to have a virtual conference again this fall.  Hopefully in 2023 we will resume our conference in-person.) 

Registration Fee: $25

Announcing Our Full Speaker Line-up!
Theme: Data to Drive Change: Applications in Science and Society

SAVE THE DATE- registration and complete details forthcoming

Share a day of networking and professional development with Penn women colleagues from across the PSOM.  See below our 2022 FOCUS Conference speaker line-up. Formal invite with agenda to follow in early September.

A special thanks to Rebecca A. Hubbard, PhD and Ariela Marshall, MD who were part of the FOCUS Conference Planning Committee and dedicated their time to help organize this year’s conference.


FOCUS Fall Conference Speaker Line-up 


Erika H. James
Dean, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise
Professor of Management


Katrina A. Armstrong, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons 


Amy S. Gottlieb, MD, FACP

Chief Faculty Development Officer, Baystate Health

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology

UMass Chan Medical School – Baystate


Andrea Roe, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Gynecology, Pennsylvania Hospital

Attending Physician, PEACE, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Attending Physician, PEACE, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pennsylvania Hospital

Associate Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Research Program, Pennsylvania Hospital 


Farzana Sayani, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Director, Penn Comprehensive Adult Thalassemia Program

Director, Penn Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program 


Marylyn D. Ritchie, PhD, FACMI

Professor, Department of Genetics
Director, Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI)

Vice President of Research Informatics, UPHS

Director, Center for Translational Bioinformatics
Associate Director, Center for Precision Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Montserrat C. Anguera, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Member, Epigenetics Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Member, Institute for Immunology, University of Pennsylvania

Member, Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Member, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Member, CAMB graduate group (DSRB), University of Pennsylvania, Biomedical Graduate Studies