Annual Fall Retreat

2021 CWIMS Annual Fall Retreat


Date: Thursday, September 23
Time: 1:30-4:00pm CDT
Location: Remote
Topic: Connecting in the Midst of Disillusionment to Lead Towards Empowerment

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Join us for an afternoon of opportunities for authenticity, connection, empowerment and resource sharing.

This event is open to people of all gender identities who are University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students and/or community members.



1:30pm - 1:45pm    Session Introduction and Welcome Address 
Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)
Ana Núñez, MD FACP
Vice Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
1:45pm - 3:10pm    Connecting in the Midst of Disillusionment to Lead Towards Empowerment
Description: Do you feel it, too? An evolving sense of disillusionment? Are you questioning goals and priorities you have previously taken for granted or assumed to be true? Are the rules changing? As we step further into a shifting social landscape, the Center for Women in Medicine and Science invites you to join together to pause and reflect on how the past 18 months have impacted perception, needs and priorities. This interactive virtual workshop will facilitate "checking-in" with ourselves and one another. What if you are actually the expert in the academic career that works for you?
Facilitated Discussion and Peer-Mentoring Space facilitated by:
Kaz J. Nelson, MD
Vice-Chair of Education, Associate Professor, 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
*Featuring COVID-19 Health Services Faculty Survey Share-out
Sade Spencer, PhD 
CWIMS Retention and Recruitment Action Group Leader 
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Rebekah Pratt, PhD 
CWIMS Retention and Recruitment Action Group Member
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
3:10pm - 3:15pm     Break 
3:15pm - 3:55pm     Empowerment Breakout Sessions
A series of breakout sessions meant to build further connection and empowerment over key topics. Example sessions include: 
  • From Invisible to Invincible:  Meeting the Needs of Mid-Career Women in Academic Medicine a panel discussion facilitated by Drs. Rahel Ghebre and Heather Buum 
  • Individual-level-care and Coping Strategies with Dr. Lidia Zylowska

Additional sessions are to be announced. 

3:55pm - 4:00pm     Closing Session

Note: We encourage participants to be prepared to share their video and be ready to engage in discussion and connection. 

Please consider attending the Medical School and Department of Surgery for the 13th Annual David A. Rothenberger Lecture scheduled for September 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m CDT.


Past Retreats

  • 2020 Fall Retreat
  • 2019 Fall Retreat
  • 2018 Fall Retreat
  • 2020 Fall Retreat

    Date: September 24, 2020

    Time: 1-3:30pm CST 

    Location: Remote


    A high-energy, interactive, remote retreat, packed with networking opportunities and training to help you take smart risks consistent with your values. You will walk away with an expanded network, a risk-taking playbook, and tools to help you narrow the divide between where you are and where you want to be.

    This event is open to people of all genders who are University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students and/or community members.


    1:00pm - 1:15pm    Session Introduction and Welcome Address 
    Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT
    Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)

    1:15pm - 1:25pm   Welcome Address 

    Ana Núňez, MD, FACP
    Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    1:25pm - 2:00pm    Breakout Discussions 
    Facilitated Discussion and Peer-Mentoring Space focused on key topics 
    1. Could Engagement in Social Media Advance Your Academic and Advocacy Mission?

    2. Finding and Fortifying Collaborations

    3. Identifying New Mentors

    4. Saying “No” as a Strategy for Saying "Yes" to What Counts

    5. Networking for Social Justice: Leveraging Research and Clinical Practice/Partnerships

    6. Transforming into an Anti-racist and Multicultural Organization

    7. Coping with COVID-19 for Faculty

    8. Coping with COVID-19 for Staff

    9. Knowledge is Power: Promotion and Tenure Process

    2:00pm - 3:30pm     Art of Risk Taking 
    Noter-in-Chief, The Lightning Notes: A short daily post to help us move the world forward.
  • 2019 Fall Retreat

    DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
    TIME: 12:00pm - 3:55pm
    LOCATION: Coffman Memorial Union, President's Room 

    Agenda at a Glance

    Lunch and Networking Event
    CWIMS Fall Retreat Welcome Address
    Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT
    Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)
    Q&A with Jakub Tolar, MD, PHD, Dean of the Medical School and M Physicians Board Chair
    Moderator: Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT
    Breakout Sessions 
    Session A: Enhancing Your Academic Identity and Visibility for Promotion and Tenure and Future Career Opportunities: Promoting Yourself is Good for You and CWIMS!
    Presented by: Caitlin Bakker, MLIS, AHIP
    Summary: Make your scholarly accomplishments, projects, and hard-won experience pay off for you and your CWIMS colleagues.
    - Organize your academic experiences to simplify preparation of CVs, departmental or institutional write-ups and websites, and your dossier for promotion and tenure within the University of Minnesota
    - Discover areas for potential future professional development and collaboration
    - Showcase your mentorship, service and leadership roles
    - Control your academic identity both internally and externally
    - Become more visible to the non-academic community
    - Find experts for research collaborations, academic initiatives, and mentoring on internal and external leadership roles you are considering
    - Help CWIMS develop an “expertise network” among its members
    Session B: Lab to Impact: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Context of an Academic Career
    Presented by: Carla Pavone, PhD and Mary MacCarthy, MBA
    Summary: This session will address how innovation and entrepreneurship can dramatically increase your impact as a researcher, clinician and/or teacher, while also helping to advance an academic career. We’ll talk about the “both-and” approach that characterizes the careers of academics whose research spearheads either innovations licensed to establish companies, or the launch of successful startups. We will share case studies that illustrate the commercialization process, as well as the variety of roles that academics can play. We’ll also review strategic considerations and tactical skills required to develop an innovation out of the lab to patient/social impact. In addition, we’ll discuss commercialization and entrepreneurship resources available at the University of Minnesota, in the region, and from federal grants. Participants will have the opportunity to apply this information to your own work by developing a high-level impact plan for transitioning your innovations out of the lab to the market, as one component of a multifaceted career.
    Session C: Building Resilience for Your Academic Career
    Presented by: Michelle M. Lamere, MPA, ACC, CDWF
    Summary: In this introspective and interactive workshop, we will discuss struggles common in academic careers such as imposter syndrome, burnout, scarcity culture, and balancing the demands of career, family and leadership. We will explore the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of resilience and examine the role of grit, growth mindset, and self-compassion in building resilience. Participants will create individual resilience plans that will include exercises where they will be called upon to dig deep and share with others.
    Session DThe “Future History” of Your Career: Strategic Career Development
    Presented by:
    Amanda M. Termuhlen MD, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs,
    Sima I. Patel MD, Department of Neurology
    Summary: Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” This implores us to break free of our comfort zones and take risks as a pathway to ultimate growth and personal empowerment. Success in academic medicine often involves making personal and professional decisions that are uncomfortable, particularly for women. Part One of the workshop (30 minutes) will be a facilitated panel discussion with leaders who took risks. Part Two of the workshop (60 minutes) will use an interactive format to have each workshop participant develop a "Future History of My Career" with specific interval strategic goals. Participants will work individually to develop their envisioned “future” followed by a brief didactic on appreciative-inquiry and coaching style questions. Participants will practice those skills by queries of one another using an appreciative inquiry or coaching-style interview in groups of two. Participants will be engaged to discuss the risks involved in achieving their envisioned future and how they strategically plan to mitigate those risks. Participants will then report out on the process for a group reflection and discussion (15 minutes). At the workshop's conclusion, each participant will have developed a concrete vision of their future career, a "take-home" plan of strategic approaches to achieving their vision. Participants will agree to be accountable for that short-term (one year) goal via a brief follow-up.
    Closing Address
    Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT


  • 2018 Fall Retreat

    DATE: Thursday, September 27, 2018
    TIME: 8:30am - 4:00pm
    INVITED TO ATTEND: Medical School and AHC faculty, medical students, graduate students, and residents

    Agenda at a Glance

    Welcome and Introduction to CWIMS and Activities for the Day
    Dr. Jerica Berge, CWIMS Director, University of Minnesota Presentation Slides
    UMN Faculty Survey and Salary and Leadership Equity Report
    Dr. Anne Joseph, Women in Leadership Committee Member, University of Minnesota Presentation Slides
    Dr. Jill Siegfried, Women in Leadership Committee Member, University of Minnesota Presentation Slides
    Mary Heymans and Aaron Starr, Arthur Gallagher & Co. Presentation Slides
    Ask For It: How and When to Negotiate Effectively
    Dr. Deborah Streeter is the Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, which is part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Dr. Streeter’s teaching and research activities are focused on entrepreneurial marketing and strategy, digital innovation and women in leadership. In partnership with eCornell, she has created a five-course on-line certificate program in Women in Leadership, launched in early 2017 and completed by more than 1,000 participants in its first year. In this program, Dr. Streeter provides women who are in leadership positions guidance on how recognize the way gender dynamics may be impacting their personal and professional growth and development as leaders. Dr. Streeter holds an M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
    Impostor Phenomenon
    Dr. Suzann Lawry is a clinical psychologist, and brings her passion for addressing the Impostor Phenomenon from her current roles as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, educator, and consultant. She trained with Dr. Pauline Clance who developed the Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale that has now been translated across the globe and has spurred research and application in a large range of professions. Dr. Lawry is particularly interested in the intersection of Impostor Phenomenon, Burnout, and Social Justice. She has served as Chair of the Women’s Division of the Georgia Psychological Association where she is a Lifetime Fellow and received the President’s Award for her work on Marriage Equality. She teaches courses on Diversity, Theories of Psychotherapy, and Clinical Skills in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Georgia State University. She has also maintained a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia for 22 years where she provides therapy for individuals and couples, professional supervision for Post-Docs and other mental health professionals, and consultation to a wide range of organizations and institutions.
    Promoting Gender Equity in Academic Medicine
    Dr. Vidhya Prakash is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases faculty at the SIU School of Medicine. Her other roles include Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency training program. She co-founded the Department of Medicine’s Women in Medicine Group in 2015. She is also the Director of the SIU Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS). The mission of SIU AWIMS is to provide a supportive forum to promote honest discussion and positive change in the realms of gender equity, career advancement, work-life balance, and community service, and to champion professional development and promotion of women in medicine and science. Dr. Prakash graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000 and from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2004. She joined the United States Air Force through the HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship Program) and completed Internal Medicine residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in 2007 followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship training at SAUSHEC in 2009. She served as Infectious Diseases faculty, Chief of the Infectious Diseases Clinic, and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency training program at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio before joining the SIU School of Medicine in 2014.
    Closing Address
    Dr. Jerica Berge, CWIMS Director, University of Minnesota