Senior Women Conferences

This meeting addresses issues specific to women who have achieved promotion to the ranks of associate or full professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Participants explore mid-career issues, challenges, and opportunities particular to senior women medical faculty.

Past Conferences


Guest Speaker: Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz

Presents: "Women: Leading on Health Care Reform"

Date: April 16, 2009 (Thursday)

Time: 5:15 - 7:30 pm

Location: The Hourglass Room
University Club at Penn
(formerly known as The Faculty Club)
2nd floor, Inn at Penn; 3611 Walnut Street
(valet parking available at 3600 Sansom Street)


U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz is serving in her third term representing Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district. The 13th district includes both the close-knit neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia, as well as the first ring suburbs of Montgomery County.

National and local media have noted Schwartz’s effectiveness as a member of Congress. The Philadelphia Inquirer called Schwartz a leader “with especially impressive accomplishments” who “knows how to forge bipartisan coalitions with folks on the other side of the aisle” and described her appointment to the “influential” Committee on Ways and Means as evidence of her “clout” and “prominence in the local congressional delegation.” National Journal magazine called Schwartz a “rising star,” and correctly predicted that she is “likely to settle into an influential role” on the Hill.

Prior to her service in Congress, Representative Schwartz was a leading healthcare executive in Philadelphia and from 1990 to 2004 served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, where she was considered one of the most accomplished legislators for her ability to forge bipartisanship partnerships.

In just her second congressional term, Schwartz was appointed to the powerful Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over tax, trade and revenue raising measures, as well as Medicare and Social Security. Schwartz’s appointment is an indicator of the confidence and respect that the Congressional leadership has in her legislative abilities.

Schwartz also continues to serve on the Budget Committee where she has distinguished herself as an outspoken critic of deficit spending. A strong proponent of fiscal discipline and a balanced federal budget, Schwartz believes the nation must reduce our enormous national debt and redirect our policies to meet the priorities of American families.

Long considered a leading advocate for children, Schwartz spearheaded Pennsylvania’s legislative efforts to provide healthcare coverage to the children of middle-class families. Her leadership led to the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 1992, which served as the model for the federal plan that now provides health insurance to millions of children.

In Congress, Schwartz has continued to focus on healthcare, including working for the expansion of federal SCHIP to cover all eligible children. Schwartz is also instrumental in legislative efforts redirecting the nation’s environmental and energy policies towards energy independence and the reduction of global warming. Her energy legislative accomplishments include smart reuse of Brownfield sites, incentives for businesses to build energy efficient buildings and securing tens of millions of dollars to enable communities throughout the 13th district to revitalize commercial business districts and develop new greenways.

She is a member of the centrist New Democratic Coalition and is considered a champion for business development, particularly in areas of biotechnology and technological innovation.

Schwartz’s first Congressional legislative proposal, which passed as part of the business tax reduction bill in 2007, offers tax credits to businesses that hire veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Noted for her diplomatic ability, Schwartz was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as a member of the House Democracy Assistance Commission, which has the mission to strengthen democratic institutions by assisting parliaments in emerging democracies. She has traveled to Asia and Eastern Europe to assist foreign parliaments on both legislative processes and institution building. In March 2007 Schwartz traveled to Iraq where she met with soldiers from the 13th district, military leaders and Iraqi civilians.

Schwartz cites the influences of her father, a Korean War veteran, and her mother, a Holocaust survivor, as the source of her commitment to public service. These personal family experiences compel Schwartz to be a strong advocate for veterans and their families and to fight for foreign and domestic policies that build democracy, security, and opportunity for all people.

Schwartz earned a B.A. from Simmons College in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. She is married and has two grown sons. (Additional info here)


"Senior" Women Networking Event: Wine & Early Dinner for Women Associate and Full Professor Faculty

Date: May 1, 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: The Hourglass Room, University Club at Penn
(formerly known as The Faculty Club)
3611 Walnut Street, 2nd floor, Inn at Penn
(valet parking available at 3600 Sansom Street)


Leadership: Why We Do It (and Why We Don't)

Guest Facilitator:
Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS
John F. & Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair
Department of Surgery
The Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas
Professor of Surgery
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Date: May 4, 2007 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: BRB II/III, 14th Floor, Seminar Room 1412
Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, with the support of the School of Medicine, presents the eighth annual conference for Penn women associate and full professors in medicine.

Join us for an enriching half-day conference with our guest faculty presenter, Dr. Barbara Lee Bass. Participate in an interactive conference focusing on the complex issues women faculty experience as they seek and fulfill leadership roles. The morning will combine didactic presentations and facilitated discussion to explore personal attitudes about leadership and to develop strategies that maximize leadership potential.

FOCUS is pleased to be able to offer this unique opportunity to expand your professional network; to explore as a group those issues specific to your evolving professional needs; and, to strategize and group mentor among senior women

faculty at Penn.


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS is the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair, Department of Surgery, at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and Professor of Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. In addition to her clinical practice in gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery, Dr. Bass has led a funded laboratory program in gastrointestinal epithelial injury and repair for 19 years. More recently, she has held leadership roles in the development of surgical quality initiatives at the national level in both the Veteran Affairs Health Care System and at the American College of Surgeons. A recognized leader in surgical education, Dr. Bass recently completed a 7-year term as a Director and Chair of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Bass is immediate past president for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and recipient of the Nina Starr Braunwald Award from the Association of Women Surgeons. Most recently, Dr. Bass was appointed to the Strategic Planning Group of the NIH National Commission on Digestive Diseases. She serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery, SURGERY, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and The World Journal of Surgery. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed general surgery training at George Washington University Hospital and during her residency completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal physiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She has held faculty positions at George Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she served as Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair for Research and Academic Affairs.



Facing Our Challenges: Envisioning Our Future

Guest Facilitator: Carol Storey-Johnson, MD
Senior Associate Dean (Education)
Office of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Date: Friday, May 12, 2007
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: BRB II/III, Seminar Room 253
Biomedical Research Building II/III
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
421 Curie Boulevard


Carol Storey-Johnson, M.D. is the Senior Associate Dean (Education) at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and an Associate Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Storey-Johnson has a special interest in medical education and in the past has served in a number of leadership roles at the medical center including Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, Director of the Medicine, Patients, and Society I course for first year medical students, Director of the Clinical Education Unit in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Director of the Ambulatory Selective for fourth year medical students, Director of the Primary Care Residency Track, and Director of the Ambulatory Block Rotation for the residents in the Department of Medicine.

In addition to her activities as Senior Associate Dean, she is currently the Chair of the Medical Education Council at the Medical College, the Director of the Basic Science Teaching Experience for fourth year medical students, and the Chair of the Strategic Planning Initiatives for the education mission at the medical college. Dr. Storey-Johnson is a graduate of the Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching and is now teaching faculty and fellows how to teach using the Stanford techniques. She is also a graduate of the Harvard-Macy Program for Clinician Educators and an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Association of Academic Medical Colleges. She has given many presentations at national and regional professional meetings on enhancing teaching and other professional skills.

Currently her administrative duties include leading the education mission at the Weill Cornell Medical College and building the infrastructure to support curricular innovation. She is regularly involved in reviewing program evaluations to discern whether learning objectives and content are consistent with projected educational outcomes. Her research interests are in the areas of curriculum evaluation, student assessment, and faculty development.


Snow on the Roof. . . Fire in the Furnace
Revitalizing Your Career

Friday, May 6, 2005
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
BRB II/III, 14th Floor,
Seminar Room #1412 and adjoining lobby area


William Hastings Bergquist, PhD

William Bergquist is an international coach and consultant; professor in the fields of psychology, management and public administration; author of more than 35 books; and president of a graduate school of psychology. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His written work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their mid-career and mid-life to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has consulted with over 1000 organizations and among them, several medical schools and health systems.

His book, The Postmodern Organization, has been identified as one of the 50 classics in organizational theory and has been translated into both Italian and Mandarin, while In Our Fifties (with Klaum and Greenberg) was featured on Good Morning America and in several metropolitan newspapers. The Vitality of Senior Faculty (with Carole Bland) received the annual research award in 1998 from the American Educational Research Association. The Four Cultures of the Academy, Designing Undergraduate Education (with Gould and Greenberg), and A Handbook for Faculty Development (three volumes) (with Steven Phillips) have been widely acknowledged and cited as seminal publications in the field of higher education.

Sample Publications
The Vitality of Senior Faculty Members: Snow on the Roof --- Fires in the Furnace

Creating the Appreciative Organization: Six Strategies for Releasing Human Capital

Who is Wounding the Healers: Investigating the Four Cultures of Health Care

The Postmodern Organization: Mastering the Art of Irreversible Change

The Four Cultures of the Academy: Insights and Strategies for Improving Leadership in Collegiate Organizations

Building Strategic Relationships: How to Extend Your Organization's Reach through Partnerships, Alliances, and Joint Ventures

In Our Fifties: Voices of Men and Women Reinventing Their Lives

Planning Effectively for Educational Quality: An Outcomes-Based Approach for Colleges Committed to Excellence




Friday, May 7, 2004
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
BRB II/III, 14th Floor,
Seminar Room #1412 and adjoining lobby area


PonJola Coney, MD
An accomplished clinician, educator and researcher, PonJola Coney, M.D., brought a national reputation in academic medicine when she became Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in July 2002.

Her extensive experience in curriculum development, clinical research and faculty practice plans insures there is synergy across the College's teaching, research and clinical missions, strengthening the advancement of Meharry's efforts in addressing health care disparities in the United States and around the world.

A leader in reproductive medicine, Dr. Coney's research interests have focused on menopausal health, contraception and assisted reproduction. She came to Meharry from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where she served since 1995 as professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology. She has over 40 publications in medical literature.

Dr. Coney earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and completed a residency at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She developed successful infertility treatment programs during her tenure at the University of Oklahoma, University of Nebraska and University of Arizona.

A founding director of the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, Dr. Coney is active in numerous professional organizations. Her appointment is historic for the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program (ELAM), a national group formed to advance women in the ranks of medicine. Her appointment as Meharry's Dean represented a significant accomplishment for women in academic medicine: She is the first of ELAM's inaugural class to ascend to the position of dean of a medical school.

Janet Bickel, MA
As a Faculty Career Consultant, Janet Bickel partners with academic institutions to stimulate and support faculty vitality. As a Career Development and Executive Coach, she partners with individuals to build their careers. Widely respected as an expert in leadership development, Janet Bickel has spoken and consulted at over 85 academic health centers and dozens of professional societies. During the 25 years prior to creating Janet Bickel and Associates, she held positions of increasing national leadership at the Association of American Medical Colleges, including Associate Vice President for Medical School Affairs and Director of the Office of Women in Medicine. Ms. Bickel has published broadly, with over 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals and two books: Educating for Professionalism: Creating a Culture of Humanism in Medical Education and Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing and Advancing.

Ms. Bickel began her involvement with medical education at Brown University in 1972, where she served as admissions, financial aid and student affairs officer for the then new medical school. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Education at George Washington University School of Medicine. She holds a M.A. in sociology from Brown University and an A.B. in English from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Center for Creative Leadership's multi-rater feedback instruments.

Page S. Morahan, PhD
Page S. Morahan is an independent consultant in strategic career planning, leadership development, advancement of women, and faculty affairs for higher education and business. Currently, Dr. Morahan is Co-Director of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is also Co-Director of the Foundation for International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institutes for international medical educators. She holds professorships at Drexel University and at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served in leadership positions at the medical school and university level since 1982, including Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. She served ten years as Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and was the first woman President of the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs. Dr. Morahan is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology, Forum of Executive Women, and Caron Foundation Philadelphia Leadership Council, and was a Fellow with the American Council on Education (ACE) in 1992-93. She has served on numerous committees and taskforces of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), National Institutes of Health, and American Society for Microbiology. Her honors include an NIH Research Career Development Award, Lindback Award for teaching excellence, AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award, and ACE Network of Women Leadership Award. Dr. Morahan received her B.S., magna cum laude, from Agnes Scott College, M.A. from Hunter College, and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Marquette University. More information can be found at and

Wendy Wolf, MD, MPH
Wendy J. Wolf, M.D., M.P.H. is the first Executive Director of the Maine Health Access Foundation, which is the state's newest and largest nonprofit health care funder. This state-wide philanthropy is committed to promoting affordable and timely access to comprehensive quality care and improving the health of all Mainers.

Dr. Wolf's health care career began with her graduation cum laude from Ohio State College of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. For nearly two decades Dr. Wolf was a faculty physician in the University of Texas medical school system where she served as a Professor of Pediatrics and Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology. Her academic career combined a busy clinical practice with medical teaching, and educational and basic science research. Dr. Wolf was the principal investigator for a prestigious five year National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Preventive Cardiology Academic Award. She has published widely in the scientific literature, and is a nationally recognized speaker in health policy and leadership development.

In 1998, Dr. Wolf obtained a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Care Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. As a direct result of her policy work at Harvard, she was recruited by the federal Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a Senior Advisor to the Administrators for both the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In this capacity, she helped develop, coordinate, and implement the federal policy and operational guidance for the $24 billion State Children's Health Insurance Program. On the basis of her outstanding federal work, Dr. Wolf received former Secretary Shalala's Award for Distinguished Service.

Dr. Wolf has been with the Maine Health Access Foundation since November 2001.




Friday, April 11, 2003
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
BRB II/III, 14th Floor, Seminar Room #1412

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
-- by Spencer, M.D. Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard

  1. When you think about the most significant changes you've made in your life, were they ones that you initiated or ones that were forced upon you?

  2. As you assess your current life situation and your future, are there changes that you'd like to make or that you feel you'll have to make?


Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Wright State University School of Medicine

Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in 1950 and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Barbara L. Schuster graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1972 simultaneously receiving a B.A. in biology and a M.S. in Education. She continued her education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry after one year of teaching high school biology. Having completed her medical studies in 1977, she accepted a postgraduate position in the Associated Hospitals Program in Internal Medicine in Rochester, New York, one of the first residency programs dedicated to primary care internal medicine. She achieved American Board of Internal Medicine certification in September 1980.

Following her residency, Dr. Schuster remained at the University of Rochester to practice and teach primary care internal medicine. In July 1981, she accepted the newly developed position of assistant program director of the Associated Hospitals Program with responsibilities for the continuity ambulatory experiences and the non-internal medicine elective experiences. In 1982, in addition to her continuing responsibilities in the internal medicine program, she became the director of the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program.

The position in the internal medicine program (renamed the Primary Care Program) grew to associate director. In July 1993, she became director in addition to remaining the Med/Peds Program Director. In the fall of 1995, Dr. Schuster left Rochester to chair the Department of Internal Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Schuster has been active in the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine holding a council position from 1987-1994. She served as APDIM's president during 1992-93. From 1991-1994, she represented APDIM at the Federated Council for Internal Medicine. Currently she is the APDIM representative to the Primacy Care Organizations Consortium and the Council of Academic Societies of the AAMC. She is Chair-elect of the Council of Academic Societies (CAS) of the AAMC as well as an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Association of Professors of Medicine. She was recently re-elected to a second term on the American College of Physicians--American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) Board of Regents.

Dr. Schuster's contributions to internal medicine were recognized in 1996 with the distinction as Master of the American College of Physicians.


Information-Based Bargaining: Practical Steps to Better Results

Friday, April 19, 2002
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
BRB II/III, Seminar Room 251


Mario Moussa, PhD, MBA
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Academic Director of "Essentials of Management,"
Wharton’s School of Executive Education
Management Consultant and Principal, CFAR,
Center for Applied Research
(Private Consultant Firm affiliated with the Wharton School)

Mario Moussa is a principal at CFAR, Inc., a management consulting firm with offices in Philadelphia and Boston. For many years CFAR was an applied research institute inside the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. CFAR spun off in 1987 to become a private firm, specializing in strategy, organizational development, market analysis, and executive education.

Dr. Moussa is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Academic Director of Essentials of Management, a program at Wharton�s School of Executive Education. He teaches negotiation, leadership, teamwork, and organizational dynamics to senior managers and executives in healthcare and other industries.

In his consulting practice, Dr. Moussa specializes in negotiation and mediation, organizational design and change, and top team strategy. His clients include several of the major healthcare companies and medical centers in the country.

Dr. Moussa has published widely in the field of social theory and wrote a regular column on leadership and change for Matrix: the Magazine for Higher Education Leaders. He has spoken at conferences in Europe and North America.

Dr. Moussa received his doctorate from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Looking at Leadership: Issues and Perspectives

Friday, April 6, 2001
8:15 am - 4:15 pm
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
BRB II/III, Faculty Lounge, 14th floor


Linda S. Austin, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Dean Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Linda Austin has spent twenty-five years educating both lay and professional audiences about mental health issues. A practicing psychiatrist, she is best known for her nationally syndicated public radio program, What's On Your Mind? which is broadcast by twenty five stations in fourteen states and is now in its tenth year of production. She also produces and voices a daily short segment, An Ounce of Prevention, with a similar broadcast reach; in South Carolina alone, this segment is heard by 300,000 listeners daily, and millions more nationally. She has produced films and documentaries on a variety of topics, and her film, Depression: The Storm Within, won a CINE golden Eagle Award and has been used for years for National Depression Screening Day. She has been featured as a guest expert on CNN, the McNeill Lehrer Hour, and the Discovery Channel.

Dr. Austin's book, What's Holding You Back? Eight Critical Choices for Women's Success received national media attention following its publication in April 2000, and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Austin lectures to professional groups and women's organizations across the country.

Dr. Austin is Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Continuing Medical and Public Education at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a frequent lecturer for the Association of American Medical Colleges and has served for ten years as a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has a private practice in psychiatry and is an active teacher and supervisor at the University.

Dr. Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA
Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Family
Practice and Community Medicine

Dr. Bowman is the first woman appointed to Chair a Clinical Department in the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and only the second woman to Chair any Department. Her board-certifications are in family practice and preventive medicine.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Practice (treasurer), and has held other leadership positions, such as President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. She has been involved widely with medical organizations, such as state medical societies, the AMA, and the AAMC. For the last 8 years, she has been editor of the Archives of Family Medicine, published by the AMA. She is also editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Family Practice. Her book Stress and Women Physicians sold widely throughout the United States and overseas in the first two editions. The third edition, which has been retitled to Women Physicians: Life and Career Management, comes out later this year. This edition will include much of the data from the Women Physicians' Health Study. She is the recent recipient of the Thomas Johnson Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians. During the upcoming Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual meeting, she will be given the F. Marian Bishop Award.