Friday, February 5
6:00–8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Saturday, February 6
7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00–9:30 a.m.

Strategies for Success when Hard work and Talent aren't Enough
Janet Bickel

Medical and scientific training do not cover career managment skills. And scientific and clinical excellence do not guarantee career growth or satisfaction. This session focuses on the key elements and skills involved in continuing to grow professionally and to lead in ways aligned with one's strengths and values. Since women continue to be less likely than men to reach their professional potentials, this session also focuses on how women can recognize and overcome gender-related disadvantages.

Paticipants in this session will increase their abilities to:
- Formulate what success means to them
- Make strategic choices regarding their commitments and priorities
- Comfortably summarize their accomplishments and goals
- Avoid career derailers

9:45–11:30 a.m.

Honing Relational Communication Skills
Janet Bickel

This session will focus on strengthening communication skills critical to bridging differences, particularly: formulating questions that elicit others' perspectives and feelings; listening generatively with curiosity and a desire to create dialogue; and noticing and managing one's own reactions before speaking. These communication and emotional intelligence competencies are the basis of all leading from the middle, effective personnel management, and negotiation and conflict management.

Participants in this session will increase their abilities to:
- Approach differences, conflict and competition more constructively
- Negotiate on behalf of their goals
- Delegate more effectively
- Obtain the feedback needed to keep growing

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch in Topical Breakout Groups
Topics include Delegating, Managing your Boss, and Transitioning into New Roles.

In this session participants will be encouraged to select a topic of current importance; WPS leaders and members of the Program Committee will serve as facilitators for the discussion in which participants may share their questions and experiences (Janet Bickel will prepare a précis of each topic as a resource for facilitators and participants).

Participants in this session will:
- Engage in dialogue on a critical career management skill
- Gain insights into an area of importance to their career advancement
- Have opportunity to expand their network of peers and role models

1:00–2:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Career Lessons I Learned the Hard Way—and Lessons I am Still Learning
Moderated by: Janet Bickel
Panel includes: WPS Leaders and Members of the Program Committee

In the first half of this session, 4–5 diverse WPS leaders will distill lessons from their careers in such a way that attendees can tap into their experiences (assisted by preparation questions and guidelines provided by Janet Bickel). The second half of the session will be an open Q&A format in which attendees may raise issues and questions that have arisen for them throughout the day.

Participants in this session will:
- Learn from the experiences of women leaders who have chosen a variety of paths, particularly in the areas of systems-based practice, organizational politics and work-life integration.
- Manage tensions between career development needs and organizational realities
- Gain insights that will help them make better use of their energies

3:00–5:00 p.m. Optional Off-site Networking Activity
6:30 p.m. Dinner
Sunday, February 7
8:00–9:00 a.m. Yoga
9:00–10:30 a.m. Brunch