2017 Leadership Institute

2017 Leadership Institute

The 2017 Annual Meeting welcomed the second cohort of SBM's year-long Leadership Institute for mid-career members.

SBM Past-President Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD, began developing the year-long Leadership Institute for mid-career members in 2016 after identifying leadership training as a high-need area among mid-career individuals, despite the fact that they often find themselves at pivotal career junctures where leadership skills or career coaching would prove helpful.

The second annual Leadership Institute kicked off at SBM's 2017 Annual Meeting. The 36 Leadership Institute fellows met during an intensive two-day workshop which included sessions on:

  • Understanding yourself as an emerging leader
  • leadership influencing
  • Thriving amid chaos
  • Welcoming diversity and fostering inclusivity
  • Crafting, practicing, and executing highly effective impromptu pitches

Following the in-person session, fellows participated throughout the year in individual coaching sessions, developed self-selected leadership projects under the mentorship of recognized SBM leaders, and joined periodic calls with a “learning community” of five to seven fellows with similar professional interests.

Leadership Institute fellows met for a two-day training on March 28-29 during SBM’s 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

2017-18 fellows have shared testimonials about the institute's benefits:

Olivia Affuso, PhD, on coaching:
“I've had my first call with my coach and I just love her! She helped me see why I have been struggling by graphically illustrating my many commitments. My focus now is on reducing some of the workload by either stepping down or delegating tasks. I have already made some changes and can feel the difference in my work.”

Robert Newton, PhD, on workshop sessions:
“The Leadership Institute has been exactly what I needed and more than what I expected. I immediately implemented strategies we were taught during the workshop: arranging my day, how to handle emails, and mobile phone use at work.”

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Leadership Institute fellows:

Lorien Abroms, ScD
Olivia Affuso, PhD
Fabio A. Almeida, PhD
Elva M. Arredondo, PhD
Amanda S. Birnbaum, PhD,MPH
Lisa A. Cadmus-Bertram, Ph.D.
Patricia Chalela, DrPH, MPH
Catherine L. Davis, PhD
Kirsten K. Davison, PhD
Chandra L. Ford, PhD, MPH, MLIS
Carolyn J. Heckman, PhD
Eric B. Hekler, PhD
Aimee James, PhD MPH
Sarah S. Jaser, PhD
Patricia A. Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN
Robin C. Anthony Kouyate, PhD
Robin M. Lally, PhD
Beth A. Lewis, PhD

Qian Lu, PhD, MD
Lorna Haughton McNeill, MPH, PhD
Robert L. Newton, Jr., PhD
David B. Portnoy, PhD, MPH
Lisa M. Quintiliani, PhD RD
Chad D. Rethorst, PhD
Lila J. Rutten, PhD, MPH
John M. Salsman, PhD
Carmen D. Samuel-Hodge, PhD,MS,RD
Tanya M. Spruill, PhD
Melissa K. Thomas, PhD, MSPH, MSA
Katarzyna Wac, PhD
Karriem S. Watson, DHSc
Sandra J. Winter, PhD, MHA
Jean C. Yi, PhD
Nataliya Zelikovsky, PhD
Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD

Thank you fellow sponsors:

Laura L. Hayman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH
Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd
C. Tracy Orleans, PhD


And a special thank you to the SBM leaders who served as institute mentors, discussion panelists, and steering committee members:

Alan M. Delamater, PhD
Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD
Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD
Sara J. Knight, PhD
Rebecca E. Lee, PhD
Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD
Dawn K. Wilson, PhD
Amy L. Yaroch, PhD


Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Gary G. Bennett, PhD
Edwin B. Fisher, PhD
Laura L. Hayman, MSN, PhD, FAAN
Peter G. Kaufmann, PhD
Lisa M. Klesges, PhD
Kevin S. Masters, PhD
Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
William T. Riley, PhD
James F. Sallis, Jr., PhD
Amy L. Yaroch, PhD

Steering Committee
Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Elliot J. Coups, PhD
Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD
Laura L. Hayman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd
Amy L. Yaroch, PhD