An informal seminar series designed to develop staff and faculty leadership competency and efficacy in women leaders from junior to executive levels. The seminar series features notable speakers and nationally recognized speakers from academic, corporate, healthcare, and non-profit organizations.
Moderated panel of UTHealth Women LeadersModerated by:
Dr. Julianne Cenac, Executive Director of Organizational and Talent DevelopmentDate & Time:
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
St. John has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavors throughout her life. In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking a Master of Letters degree in Economics.
Dr. Reed has served as Chief of the Space and Occupational Medicine Branch at the NASA Johnson Space Center since November 2015. In this position, she is responsible for the delivery of medical and psychological care to the NASA astronaut corps and the Johnson Space Center population and medical subject matter expertise to human spaceflight programs. From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Reed served in the JSC Office of Chief Counsel, where she was lead counsel for the Human Health and Performance Directorate, the NASA Flight Institutional Review Board, and the Lifetime Study of Astronaut Health. She also provided advice on privacy, constitutional issues, and bioethics. Dr. Reed’s primary research interest is bioethics in the spaceflight environment.
Vice President and Chief Revenue Cycle Officer | McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Associate Dean for Management | MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School
Vice President of Diversity and Leadership Development | Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs | Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics | McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Graham Distinguished University Chair | Vice Dean for Healthcare Quality | Professor and Director, Division of Critical Care Medicine | McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences | Professor and Dean, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Dr. Eden King is an Associate Professor of Industrial- Organizational (IO) Psychology at Rice University and the President-Elect for the Society for IO Psychology. Dr. King is pursuing a program of research that seeks to guide the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. This research has yielded over 100 scholarly publications and has been featured in the New York Times, Good Morning America, and the Harvard Business Review. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. King has consulted on applied projects related to climate initiatives, selection systems, and diversity training programs. She also published a book entitled, "How Women Can Make it Work: The Science of Success.".
Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, joined the Foundation in August 2018 as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Remley, who has more than 30 years of experience in public health and healthcare, previously served as CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 67,000 practitioners dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. In her role as Senior Fellow, Dr. Remley serves an advisory and leadership role in the Foundation’s efforts to create practical solutions to build healthier communities. In addition to leading the AAP, Dr. Remley has had a prestigious and diverse career as a commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a pediatric emergency physician, and the chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Virginia. Learn more about Dr. Remley here.
Julianne Robbins Cenac, PhD, serves as the director of learning and development at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and program director for The Leadership Institutes at UTHealth. Dr. Cenac previously served as assistant vice president at Regent University where she led the university’s Professional and Continuing Education Division and oversaw international affairs. Prior to that role, Dr. Cenac served as a senior management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. in McLean, Virginia. There she led and managed projects in strategy and performance for clients including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs among others. Dr. Cenac’s research interests include leadership complexity, leader behavioral repertoire and emergence.
Joy Weaver is a high-energy speaker, author and corporate, international, and social protocol & etiquette expert. She is certified by the Protocol School of Washington DC and as well as certification from Letitia Baldrige’s Business Etiquette Program. Ms. Weaver specializes in corporate and social etiquette & customer service training. She knows first hand that we are expected to carry ourselves in a five-star manner, while many times we only receive one-star training. Her clients range from the world’s largest construction firm to the Dallas Symphony Debutante program. In addition to segments on ABC’s Good Morning Texas and the CBS/11 Early Show, Ms. Weaver is the etiquette expert for the award-winning French Room, she writes monthly articles for three national magazines, and is also the spokesperson for clothing designer Joseph Ribkoff. Learn more about Joy at www.justaskjoy.com.
April Powers is the Managing Director of First Impression Rx, a full service consulting firm that helps companies manage differences through training and diversity and inclusion strategy. She is a highly-rated trainer for Fortune 50, government and non-profit companies. She has consulted for and trained at Amgen since 2010, most recently project managing a cultural dexterity roll-out and delivering certified training in the areas of Generational Diversity, Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competence. Learn more about April at FirstImpressionsRx.com.
The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Haben is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She resisted society’s low expectations, choosing to create her own pioneering story. Because of her disability rights advocacy she has been honored by President Obama, President Clinton, and many others. Haben is also writing a memoir that will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2019. Learn more about Haben at habengirma.com.