APHA Women’s Leadership Institute

APHA 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, Nov. 12-15, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social & Ethical Challenges

APHA Women’s Leadership Institute: Finding Your Impact and Influence

Current as of Sept. 11, 2023

Find your voice and expand your influence as a leader in public health. Uncover your greatest strengths in this intimate leadership institute as you engage, collaborate and grow with like-minded professionals and leaders. You will learn from experts and peers to enhance your strategy, negotiation and communication skills to confidently lead your team and organization. You will also discover new strengths and ignite your passion for making a difference in the world. Whether you are an aspiring or established leader, this institute will help you take control of your career, overcome challenges and achieve your goals.

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Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

10-10:20 a.m. Welcome and Overview

What is leadership? For women, it’s certainly more than just influencing and inspiring others to achieve a goal. Women leaders face unique challenges and expectations, so we also need unique training and support to succeed. Kaye Bender will welcome you and highlight the issues and opportunities for women leaders and how this institute can help you overcome and thrive.

  • Welcome: Saroyi C. Morris, DrPH, MHS, District Program Manager, Coastal Health District; Immediate Past President, GPHA
  • Overview: Kaye Bender, Co-Chair, APHA Women’s Leadership Institute, Immediate Past Chair, APHA Board

10:20-11:45 a.m. Cultivating Your Leadership Persona without Apology

Learn how to embrace your leadership persona and express it with confidence and authenticity. Discover how to overcome the stereotypes and biases that often label women leaders as “hostile” or “bossy.” You will also explore how to communicate your vision and values effectively and inspire others to follow you.

  • Keynote Speaker: Renee Canady, Michigan Public Health Institute, CEO
  • Panelists:
    • Mary Pittman, CEO, Public Health Institute (possible)
    • Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, University of Texas, Dell Medical School, Associate Dean for Health Equity, Office of Health Equity
    • Chris Chanyasulkit, APHA President

11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Connection and Collaboration Break

12-12:45 p.m. Relationships Matter: How to Self-Promote and Negotiate with Confidence

In this session, you will learn how to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who can support you and advocate for you in your career. Discover how to identify and reach out to potential mentors and sponsors who can help you grow and achieve your goals. Learn how to self-promote effectively and showcase your strengths and achievements without feeling awkward or arrogant.

  • Keynote Speaker: Wendy Ellis DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor, Global Health, The George Washington University Founding Director, Center for Community Resilience, Founder Resilience Innovation Labs
  • Peer Fireside Chat: Brittany Marshall & Sandy-Asari Hogan, current APHA Executive Board Members

12:45-1 p.m. Connection and Collaboration Break

1-2:15 p.m. Lunch and Session: Balance and Health

We are living in a time of great stressors, both professional and personal. This session will help you explore how to achieve a healthy balance through attention to mental health (both the public’s and your own). We will tackle the quest for balance and health through the intersection of mental health, nature, and social justice. 

  • Introduction: Ella Greene-Moton, Incoming APHA President
  • Keynote Speaker: Lisa Carlson, MPH, MCHES, Executive Administrator for Research Administration, Emory School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health; Past APHA President

2:15-2:30 p.m. Closing

So, what is leadership? It is so much more than just influencing and inspiring others to achieve a goal. Today, you have found your voice and learned how to expand your influence beyond what you may have believed possible. You have enhanced your strategy, negotiation and communication skills to confidently lead your team and organization. You have uncovered your greatest strengths and ignited your passion for making a difference in the world. You have also engaged, collaborated and grown with like-minded professionals and leaders who share your vision and passion.

Go make a difference in the world. After all, isn’t that what makes you a leader?

  • Closing: Nandi Marshall, Co-Chair

Monday, Nov. 13, 8:30-10 a.m.

Industry Expert Panel: Views from the Mountaintop Fireside Chat

In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from public health leaders who have achieved remarkable success in their fields. Learn from their personal stories and challenges, and even the failures they’ve experienced on their journeys. They will offer practical tips and advice on how to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities and lead with impact and influence. We are certain you will gain valuable insight and inspiration from their experiences and perspectives.

  • Moderator: Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES, President & CEO, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
  • Panelists:
    • Admiral Rachel Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
    • Helene Gayle, MD, President, Spelman College
    • Shavon Arline-Bradley, President & CEO, National Council of Negro Women