By Harriet Hopf, professor of anesthesiology, senior special assistant in the Office of Faculty and Edie Kochenour Lecture planning committee member
The Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture and Symposium, an annual professional development event at the University of Utah, will be held on Friday, March 2, at noon at the David Eccles School of Business. This year’s theme is “Expanding Leadership Horizons,” and the event will feature a panel of perioperative medicine physicians and nurses.
Panelists are women leaders from a historically hierarchical and male-dominated discipline, perioperative medicine, which is defined as the care of patients before, during and after surgery. The panelists will reflect on their paths to leadership and how they expanded their own leadership horizons, obstacles they faced and overcame on their paths to leadership and pearls of wisdom for aspiring leaders. There will be time for the audience to ask questions and engage in dialogue with these accomplished and inspirational leaders.
On the panel are Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, a long-time professor of Surgery and Trauma and burn surgeon at the University of Utah, and now chair of surgery and interim senior vice president at the University of Arizona; Kathy Adamson, MBA, RN, administrative director of Perioperative and Trauma Service at the University of Utah; Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD, professor of anesthesia and perioperative care and vice chancellor of diversity and outreach at the University of California, San Francisco; and Keneeshia Williams, MD, assistant professor of surgery at Emory University, who recently completed her surgical critical care/acute care surgery fellowship at the University of Arizona.
Lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m. and the panel is from 12-1:30 pm. The panel will be followed by a symposium from 1:45-3 p.m. that includes break-out sessions led by panelists and members of the university community designed to put lessons from the panel into action. Topics include dealing with disruptive behavior, influence without authority, negotiation and career advancement.
Edie Kochenour was well known on campus and nationally for her wide-ranging passions, energy and enthusiasm. She served the university for over 25 years, including as the director of Learning Enhancement Programs at the Counseling Center and also the coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Services and on the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Edie passed away suddenly in 2007. The Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture and Symposium is funded through an endowment established in her memory by her husband, Dr. Neil Kochenour, a long-time faculty member in maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. The annual networking event commemorates the achievements of Edie Kochenour and highlights topics of interest related to professional development for women. Previous themes have included “Bringing Out Each Other’s Greatness,” “Girls are Bad at Math and Science… or Are They?” and “Crossing the Half-Court: Women Breaking Boundaries.”