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EMPOWER Summit- March 21, 2024

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Who You Are and What You Say: Leadership Identity and Communication

EMPOWER 2024 targets mid-to-senior level women faculty. Specific eligibility criteria for registration include:

  • Faculty at the Assistant Professor level for 10 or more years, Associate Professors, and Professors.  
  • Faculty who are able to attend the entire one-day conference.

To register for the conference, please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM. A waitlist will be created and registrants will be informed about their participation in the program as the date approaches. 


Directions & Campus Map

Attendees should park in the *South Garage for patients & visitors on South Road located across from the Benedict Bldg.  There is a $8.00/day charge.


The Summit will take place in the Faculty Conference Room in the medical school building from 8am to 5pm.


Directions to the Faculty Conference Room: Walk past the UMass Memorial Medical Center & area under construction towards the *Medical School Building.  If you are not an employee and do not have swipe access to the building, you will need to check-in at the front desk. The Faculty Conference Room is located on the right as you pass through security.


Continuing Medical Education Information
CME Accreditation/Designation Statement
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing: This live activity meets the requirements for up to 7.8 contact hours, as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244-CMR 5.04).

EMPOWER Summit Speakers

Mary Ahn, MD
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Mary Ahn, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the UMass Chan Medical School (School of Medicine, Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing) since May 2021.  She oversees all aspects of faculty administration, including faculty appointments, promotion, tenure and post-tenure review; professional development for faculty; and oversight of the Office of Faculty Affairs.  Given the institutional commitment to enhancing the diversity and inclusion, Dr. Ahn partners with leaders in all academic departments, in the three schools and with teams across the organization including diversity and inclusion, human resources, student life and health more here
Session Title: Leadership Identity
In this interactive activity participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to their table, and to discuss the leadership identity that most resonates with them
Emily Green, PhD, MA
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Emily Green, PhD, MA is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development at the UMass Chan Medical School, and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. An educator by training, Dr. Green has made her career in medical education for the past 25 years.
Prior to arriving and UMass Chan, Dr. Green served as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she implemented educational programming and oversaw the Continuing Medical Education Office. She was the founding director of the Program in Educational Faculty Development, which served as the only centralized source of programming on teaching and learning for faculty. In 2019 she expanded her focus to include other areas of non-clinical professional development including research skill development, leadership skill development, career development, diversity and inclusion, and faculty wellness.
In her current role, Dr. Green oversees the design and delivery of professional development initiatives for the T.H. Chan School of Medicine, the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing, and the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She has a particular interest in presenting as an academic skill, and is the author of the book, Healthy Presentations: How to Craft Exceptional Lectures in Medicine, the Health Professions, and the Biomedical Sciences.
Session Title: Leadership Values Auction
This session is designed to clarify the aspects of leadership we most value. Participants will reflect on their goals and ambitions and “bid” on important leadership components. This fun interactive activity is foundational to the day’s sessions as we each consider our own career development.
Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc
Executive Director, Collaborative in Health Equity
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, is the inaugural Executive Director of the Collaborative in Health Equity at the University of Massachusetts T.H. Chan Medical School and UMass Memorial Health. She is also a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a Professor in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Population & Quantitative Health Sciences. Her efforts will seek to center health equity throughout all aspects of clinical care, research, education, and community engagement; leveraging institution-spanning, community-wide, and global assets which foster and sustain community embeddedness and trust while nurturing the recruitment, retention, and promotion of underrepresented minorities in medicine (URiM) across trainees, faculty, staff, and more here.

Session Title: Fireside Chat with Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH 

Leadership at the intersection of healthcare, public health, and equity: Navigating the challenges of leadership to nurture trust, resonance, and sustained system change

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH
Former Director, RI Dept of Health, 2015-2022
CEO, Nicole Alexander-Scott, LLC
Nicole E. Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH served as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health in 2015-2022. Dr. Alexander-Scott was elected by her peers across the country to be president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the national organization for state health directors, and focused on "Building Healthy and Resilient Communities." Recently, now as CEO of Nicole Alexander-Scott, LLC, which includes, but is not limited to being a senior executive consultant at ASTHO, she is expanding this related work of effectively investing in more here. 

Session Title: Fireside Chat with Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH

Leadership at the intersection of healthcare, public health, and equity: Navigating the challenges of leadership to nurture trust, resonance, and sustained system change

Alexandra Velez, MS
Data Storyteller, Storytelling with Data
Alex has told many stories across the finance, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. She developed this skill both inside and outside of the office; and therefore, believes that everyone—regardless of their training—can benefit from effective communication. Her experience as a dance-fitness instructor and peer educator taught her the importance of crafting messages tailored for the audience. Once she began incorporating this important learning into her more technical roles—data engineering and analysis—she was surprised at the immediate positive reaction to her work. Now, she spends her time assisting others: by helping them tell THEIR data stories!

Session Title: Leadership and Data: From Data to Story
Move beyond graphs that simply show data to intentionally designed visuals that impart understanding and inspire action. Join this interactive session to witness the impact of eliminating the non-essential, eloquently directing attention, and weaving the resulting well-designed graphs into data-driven stories. Data storyteller, Alex, will share strategies and illustrate a step-by-step transformation, leaving you with an appreciation of the power of data storytelling, plus practical tips to put into practice in your next presentation.

Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG
Founder, EMPOWER Leadership Summit
Chair and Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Moore Simas is the Donna M. and Robert J. Manning Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Professor of Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences at UMass Chan Medical School/UMassMemorial Health. 
Dr. Moore Simas is an academic specialist in general Ob/Gyn, physician-scientist, educator, advocate, and leader.  She is the founding Obstetric Engagement Liaison of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms, a first in nation state-wide program that enhances the capacity of obstetric care clinicians to address perinatal mental health and substance use disorders. MCPAP for Moms has impacted national policy and is the model on which other programs have been developed, including those funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). There currently exists 31 Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs – 29 state or regional, and 2 national programs – developed through a variety of funding more here.

Session Title: Summary Remarks & Wrap-up

Lunch with Leadership


Vice Provost Faculty Affairs

Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Andrew Artenstein, MD

Chief Physician Executive and Chief Academic Officer at Baystate Health

President at Baystate Medical Practices

Regional Executive Dean, UMass Chan at Baystate

Lynn Hernandez, PhD

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion

Michelle Kelliher, PhD

Interim Chair and Professor, Molecrular, Cell & Cancer Biology

Mary Ellen Lane, PhD

Dean, Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Donna M. and Robert J. Manning Chair in Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Neurobiology

Katherine Luzuriaga, MD

UMass Memorial Health Care Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research

Vice Provost for Research

Director, UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine, Pediatrics and Medicine

Diane McKee, MD, MS

Chair and Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health

Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG

Founder, EMPOWER Leadership Summit

Chair and Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anne Mosenthal, MD, FACS, MAMSE

Regional Executive Dean - UMass Chan at Lahey

Professor, Surgery

Justin Precourt, DNP

Interim President, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Milagros Rosal, PhD, MS

Vice Provost, Health Equity

Imoigele P. Aisiku, MD Chair in Health Equity and Diversity

Professor, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine

Johanna Seddon, MD, ScM, FARVO, FASRS

Interim Chair and Professor, Ophthalmology

Director, Residency Program

Joan Vitello, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAHA, FAAN

Donna M. & Robert J. Manning Chair in Nursing

Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Nursing

2024 EMPOWER Summit Agenda