Annual Spring Workshop

 Our Spring 2023 Workshop will be held in May 2023.

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Date: May 5, 2022

Time: 9:00-12:00pm CDT

Location: Remote


This was an interactive and energizing workshop on the topic of leadership including both a keynote speaker and multiple breakout sessions.

See the inspiring graphic created by live sketch artist Rebecca Moss during the keynote.

Check out the CWIMS Leadership Resource Hub for more.

Keynote Speaker:

Chief Medical Officer, Codman Square Health Center
Vice-Chair of Health Equity,
Boston University Medical School, Dept. of Family Medicine

Renee Crichlow, MD, FAAFP, is the Chief Medical Officer, CMO, of Codman Square Health Center in Boston, the Vice-chair of Health Equity at the Boston University Department of Family Medicine, has practiced full-spectrum Family Medicine with Obstetrics for more than 20 years, and serves as the Medical Editor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the journal, American Family Physician. President-Elect for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 2022.

Before this, Dr. Crichlow was at the University of Minnesota as the director of advocacy and policy in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the inaugural holder of the Mac Baird Endowed Chair for Family Medicine Advocacy and Policy and President of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Crichlow’s Fellowships include a Fellowship in Health Policy through the Dept. of Health and Human Services. She was the National Rural Health Association nominee for the Dept. of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship. She then received a second Faculty Development Fellowship from the University of Minnesota in 2010. She has served in numerous leadership positions at local, state, national, and international levels, including health policy development, academic endeavors, and community outreach.

She has lived and practiced in small-town, suburbs, and big cities. In her position on Faculty for UW FM Montana Family Medicine Residency, she lived in a town of 3000 and had practice areas in Billings, MT, and surrounding smaller sites. Dr. Crichlow joined the University of Minnesota Department of Family and Community Medicine in 2009. Dr. Crichlow is the CEO and co-founder of a youth health career mentorship program called The Ladder, engaging learners and physicians at every level. President of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians 2019-2020. This year she has become the President-Elect of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.



This breakout session panel featured early career women faculty who shared their experiences and insights including challenges and opportunities.

Sade Spencer, PhD


Faculty participated in a discussion on strategies and skills for personal and professional growth in mid-career.


In keeping with this year’s focus on leadership, members of this panel of senior professors and leaders answered questions, offer advice, direction, and unique perspectives as they shared their own experiences carving paths both up the promotion ladder and to leadership in academic medicine.

Ameeta Kelekar, PhD
Anne Joseph, MD, MPH

Deborah Powell, MD
Linda McLoon, PhD
Jean Regal, PhD
Mary Porter, PhD


Increase trust, productivity, and employee engagement using these simple and effective communication tactics.

Sarah Ward, MS

Date: Thursday, May 13th 

Time: 2-4:30pm CST

Location: Remote 

Keynote: Sherlonda Sharp, MS

With 20 years working in higher education, Sherlonda Sharp is "a creative, pragmatic, equity-minded, innovative speaker and facilitator who speaks truth to power and offers creative solutions to organizational and individual challenges".

Presentation Title: Minnesota Not So Nice: Navigating Challenging Personalities

Presentation Description: You've worked hard to get where you are. You've come in early, stayed late, and worked through more lunches than you care to remember. But that's not the hard part; not flipping over the table when that special someone makes yet another snide comment at your expense is the HARDEST of parts.
Here's the bad news: like mosquitoes, bad drivers, and poorly-maintained public bathrooms, difficult people are a reality of life. The badder news: most conventional suggestions DO NOT WORK. During this interactive session, Sherlonda Sharp will share the valuable lessons she learned after a three-year journey through difficult people purgatory and provide attendees with strategies/resources to navigate the challenging personalities in their own lives.


2-2:05pm Welcome Address by Dr. Berge, Director of CWIMS

2:05-2:35pm Recognizing and Responding to Microaggression

Presentation by Dia Yang, M.S., Office of DEI, Medical School

2:35-4:30pm Minnesota Not So Nice: Navigating Challenging Personalities

Keynote Presentation by Sherlonda Sharp, MS

An interactive and energized workshop session which provide attendees with strategies/resources to navigate the challenging personalities in their own lives.

*All times are CST


Canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 


DATE: May 30, 2019

ATTENDANCE: 76 people in-person, 44 people remote

Complete workshop agenda can be located here. 

Summary: The day started out with energetic conversations during the networking lunch where attendees participated in focused discussions surrounding topics such as peer mentoring, promotion and tenure, finding balance, leadership, etc. The day continued with CWIMS Leadership Team updates on initiative progress, open-forum Q&A, and Speaking with Impact seminar by Laura Purcell Verdun, M.A., CCC/SLP.

Workshop slides are available for viewing here