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Author: Giselle Corbie-Smith

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We capture insights from diverse leaders in health care, public health, and academic settings so that our organizations are in a stronger position to grow, innovate, and meet the challenges of our day.
29 Episodes
In this episode, Dr. Valerie Stone shares her leadership trajectory, from her early years serving in leadership roles in high school to the many roles that she has taken on over the years. She also describes her leadership approach, which involves identifying important gaps and working with others to fill them. While her approach has been consistent over the years, her leadership style has changed slightly, as she focuses on emotional intelligence. Valerie Stone, MD, MPH is the Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Stone is an academic journal internist as well as an HIV/AIDS focused infectious disease specialist, and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:55) | Journey (02:56) | Leadership Approach (06:20) | Using her voice (09:24) | Cultivating Self-Awareness (11:40) | Navigating the current state of change (15:20) | Mentors and Sponsors (20:05) | Sponsorship (24:49) | Current challenges for leaders (29:19) | Self Care (31:35) |  Current Reads (33:40)| Advice to younger self (36:30)Follow Dr. Stone on social media:Twitter: @valstonemd
In this episode, Dr. Joseph Betancourt reflects on how early beginnings with his family upbringing influenced his journey to medicine and his outlook on how he approaches his work and opportunities. He also talks about the work he has done around diversity, equity and inclusion, in particular, how to think about and deliver cross cultural competency and communication to improve patient care. Dr. Betancourt provides advice for future leaders about learning through engagement when exploring a passion and moving forward with humility and confidence.Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH is the Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the founder and senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH. Dr. Betancourt is nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities, diversity, cross cultural medicine, and has served on several institute of medicine and national academy committees, including the one that many of us in the field will see as a landmark report on equal treatment as well as increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce.TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Journey (01:49) | Cross cultural practice and communication (09:06) | Advice for young leaders (13:40) | Proud Accomplishment (19:13)| Critical leadership opportunities (24:38) | Self-Care (29:04) | Leadership book recommendation (32:22)| Advice to younger self (33:14)Follow Dr. Betancourt on social media:Twitter: @jbetancourtpr MGH Disparities Solutions Center: @MGHDisparities 
In this episode, Dr. Kimberly Manning describes how her teachers and mentors pushed her to develop her powerful writing, to integrate narrative medicine and storytelling into her career in medicine, and therefore, standout in her purpose. Often witness to simplistic and misrepresented stories about patients in safety net hospitals, she reflects on the privilege of writing and sharing vulnerable moments with patients to bring forward their voices. Also, she discusses advice she offers leaders in the current challenges of today, particularly in the face of racial battle fatigue.Kimberly Manning, MD is the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Professor of Medicine and serves as residency program director for the transitional year residency program at Emory. She's a prolific writer as both in short and long form; and you can find her on Twitter where she has a robust Twitter following as well as in peer reviewed literature. TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:22) | Journey (02:39) | Narratives (05:16) |  Mentors (08:34) | Advice for Current and Future Leaders (14:58) | When did you become a leader? (19:42) | Self-Care (23:42) | Current Read/Listen (26:13) | Leadership Book (27:57) | Advice for Younger Self (30:32)Follow Dr. Manning on social media and her blog; the article mentioned in the episode is also listed below:Twitter: @gradydoctorReflections of a Grady Doctor:"More than medical mistrust", The Lancet: 
The second episode in our Leadership Toolbox Series, where leadership development experts talk about key skills, tools and resources that leaders need to lead effectively, features content about a "Personal Board of Directors" or a "Supporting Cast". In this episode, Katie Brandert, MPH, discusses what a personal board of directors is and describes the various types of "directors" that comprise a personal board for leaders. Click the following link to access the worksheet mentioned in the episode to help you think about your Personal Board of Directors: Supporting Cast WorksheetTIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | About Katie Brandert and her leadership development work (02:01) | Introduction to Tool (04:12) | Who should be in a personal board of directors? (09:29) | Tool recap (29:46)Katie Brandert  is an adjunct faculty member at Nebraska Methodist college and an instructor in health promotion at UNMC. She has directed the Great Plains Leadership Institute, a year long leadership training program, and served as a manager of workforce development and leadership programs at the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is also team coach in Clinical Scholars, a national leadership development program for teams of clinicians. Katie is a certified in a number of the personal assessments and tools including 360 assessments, change conflict, organizational culture, intercultural development, and her areas of focus include training on leadership identity, building teams public speaking, and the journey towards equity, diversity and inclusion. She is a sought after facilitator for difficult conversations, culture work, and organizational strategy.Follow Katie Brandert on social media:Twitter: @katiebrandertFacebook: @kbrandertLinkedIn:
Dr. John Lowe shares insight through stories about his career and how his Native American heritage and grounded knowledge of self has influence sharing and leaving knowledge with others throughout his career. He also describes the power of hearing one's internal voice and connecting to one's purpose to find space for reflection and personal growth amidst the challenges of today. Dr. John Lowe is Professor and the Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professorship Chair at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. He is the founding director of Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE) at Florida State University. Dr. Lowe is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is one of roughly two dozen Native American nursing scholars in the United States. He is a Cherokee Native American Tribal member and also has Creek and Lenape Native American Tribal Heritage. TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:23) | Approach to Career (06:54) | Creating space to hear that "intuition" or "voice" (11:52) | Journey to Nursing (15:02) | Challenges Facing Today's Leaders (18:06) | Advice for Rising Leaders (20:09) | Self-Care (23:52) | Leadership Book (29:06) | Advice to Younger Self (30:12)Follow Dr. Lowe on social media:Twitter: @nativeJLowe
In this episode, Dr. Susana Morales talks about how her deep roots in activism and her family played a pivotal role in her journey. Like our other leaders this season, she provides her perspective in this time, discussing opportunities around diversity and health equity for leaders. Along the way, she also reflects on her early mentors and the mentoring models she developed for her current work and initiatives.Dr. Susana Morales is the Vice Chair for Diversity for in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and directs a newly formed diversity center of excellence at Cornell Center for Health Equity, and she also serves as Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Training Program at Cornell. TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:34) | Leadership Journey (02:12) | Diversity, Health Equity & Opportunities (09.41) | Mentorship (13:22) | Accomplishments (22:27) | Self-Care (25:53) | Advice for Younger Self (30:14)| Current Read and Favorite Leadership Book (34:40)Follow Dr. Morales on social media:Twitter: @SusanaMoralesM8
Dr. Wizdom Powell discusses her path to health equity work, starting from a very young age growing up in a housing project. Recognizing early on the power and the impacts of losing men from families, she talks how that has propelled her work to examine health among men of color. She shares her appreciation of integrating creative modalities with data and advice for rising leaders in these times.Dr. Powell is the Director of the University of Connecticut Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health. She serves as the President-Elect of the American Psychological Association, Division 51 Men and Masculinities, and is an honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa. Her global health research investigates the interplay between stress (e.g., race-related), social constructions of masculinity, and Black male health disparities. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. In addition to being a White House Fellow, she is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Burch Leadership, Institute of African American Research, and Ford Foundation Fellow. Dr. Powell was awarded a 2017 academic writing residency at the Bellagio Center from the Rockefeller Foundation. TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (02:03) | Leadership Journey (03:37) | Vulnerability (14:56) | Presidential Initiative (13:41) |  Perspective of the Present (19:47) | Advice for Leaders and Authenticity (28:15) | Self-Care (32:37) | Book Recommendations (36:34) | Reading/Listening to Now (38:36) | Good vs. Great Leaders (40:05)More on Dr. Powell and her work:APA - Four questions for Wizdom Powell: Presidential Initiative Announcement: Dr. Powell on social media: Twitter: @WizdomismsIG: @Wizdomisms
In this episode, Dr. Kira Banks describes the impactful mentorship experiences that shaped her career trajectory as a psychologist and community researcher. She emphasizes the importance of using academic tools to engage communities and is passionate about helping people navigate systems of oppression.  In her consulting work, she works with organizations to establish equitable environments and works to support individuals and groups to help them understand themselves, others, and oppression. Dr. Banks has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed outlets and has contributed to Harvard Business Review and popular media outlets such as Huffington Post and The Atlantic. TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:53) | Leadership Journey (07:22) | Organization (13:41) | Institutional Response (21:26) | Advice for Leaders in Turbulent Times (24:22) | Sources of Inspiration (29:19) | Self-Care (31:18) | Book Recommendations (34:26) | Advice for Younger Self (36:00)Learn more about Dr. Kira BanksDr. Kira Bank's Website: Equity Podcast:"Is your company actually fighting racism, or just talking about it?" Follow Dr. Kira BanksTwitter: @KiraBanksFacebook: @DrKiraBanksLinkedIn:
In Part II, Dr. Jones shares what she sees as the key challenges that leaders are facing now, which serve as barriers to achieving health equity. She identifies three major challenges: providing resources according to need, recognizing and rectifying historical injustices, and valuing all individuals and populations equally. Additionally, she discusses her recent work "Seven Values Targets for Anti-Racism Action." Learn more about Dr. Jones WorkAllegories on race and racism (TEDxEmory):  Seeing the Water: Seven Values Targets for Anti-Racism Action: Camara Jones Explains the Cliff of Good Health: Disease Discriminates. Our Health Care Doesn't Have To (Opinion): Dr. Camara JonesTwitter: @CamaraJonesInstagram: @CamaraJones99TIMESTAMPS: Key Challenges Leaders Are Facing (00:33) | Self-Care (07:43) | Book Recommendations (12:41) | Good vs. Great Leaders (14:56) | Advice for Younger Self (15:32)
In Part I of our Season 2 Opener, Dr. Camara Jones offers four pieces of advice: 1) be courageous, 2) be curious, 3) be a citizen, and 4) build community and tells us how she formed these ideologies throughout the course of her career and how to apply them. She also describes her career journey in medicine and public health, from her academic training at Wellesley, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins, to her faculty position at Harvard and her time at the CDC and shares lessons learned navigating challenges and purpose. Learn more about Dr. Jones WorkAllegories on race and racism (TEDxEmory): the Water: Seven Values Targets for Anti-Racism Action: Camara Jones Explains the Cliff of Good Health: Disease Discriminates. Our Health Care Doesn't Have To (Opinion): Dr. Camara JonesTwitter: @CamaraJonesInstagram: @CamaraJones99TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:43) | Path and Journey (02:52) | Storytelling and the Four Elements (Be courageous, be curious, be a citizen, and build community) (17:52)
In the final episode of the season, Host Giselle Corbie-Smith, Executive Producer Sable Watson, and Producer Rachel Quinto reflect on the the first season of A Different Kind of Leader. The team talks about what they learned from guests and the process of putting together a podcast, and what to look forward to in Season 2.@gcsmd@quintossence@sablewatson
Nirav Shah, MD, MPH is a national leader in patient safety, quality, innovation, and digital health and the strategies required to lower costs for patient centered health care. In this last episode of Season 1, tune in as Dr. Shah shares his journey working toward impacting change on a statewide and national scale. He also discusses the importance of committment and perseverence, in the face of failures, as reflected in the quote that embodies his leadership style.Follow Dr. Shah on Twitter: @niravrshahTIMESTAMPS - Intro (00:00) | Quote (00:29) | Early Beginnings (01:57) | Leadership Roles (03:59) | Learning Curves (10:38) | Proud Accomplishments (13:58) | Failure and Mistakes (16:13) | Current Excitements (20:04) | Self-Care (24:30) | Book Recommendations (25:34) | Good vs. Great Leaders (27:08) | Advice for Younger Self (28:28)
Tracie Collins, MD, MPH is the Dean of the University of New Mexico College of Population Health, one of three in the nation, and is a clinician and researcher who studies the racial disparities in the impact of serious vascular disorders. In this episode, Dr. Collins reflects how she made the transitions in her career through regular evaluation and a personal experience that influenced how she thinks about her work in population health. Follow Dr. Collins' Institution on Twitter @UNMHSCTIMESTAMPS - Intro (00:00) | Quote (00:56) | Early Career (01:29) | Evaluating for Change (05:31) | Being a Diverse Leader (09:24) | Success and Failure (12:49) | Crisis of Faith (15:56) | Self-Care/Hobbies (18:46) | Sources of Inspiration (19:57) | Favorite Leadership Book (22:03) | Good vs. Great Leaders (22:59) | Advice for Younger Self (23:16)
"Success or winning the game is defined by three things. One is doing something you truly care about, that you are deeply passionate about. The second is finding something that you are uniquely suited to do, that you can do particularly well. And the third is that what you do should contribute something good to the world. And if you find the thing where you hit all three of those buttons, you have won the game."Somnath Saha, MD, MPH is a general internist at the Portland VA Healthcare System, professor at Oregon Health and Science University, and former chair for the Oregon Health Services Commission. In this episode, he discusses why his career has been focused on research and influencing health policy on race / ethnicity in doctor / patient relationships and how it relates to racial disparities and the quality of patient care.  TIMESTAMPS - Intro (00:00) | Quote (03:32) | Early Beginnings (03:32) | Connecting Journey and Quote (07:56) | Channeling Anger into Productivity (12:19) | Journey to Health Policy Work (17:07) | Sources of Inspiration (26:06) | Self-Care / Hobbies (30:48) | Favorite Leadership Book (32:50) | Good vs. Great Leaders (36:16) | Advice for Younger Self (39:07)Follow Dr. Saha: @somsaha FB (Som Saha) IG (ahasmos)@ohsunews@ohaoregon@societygim
Spero M. Manson, PhD, is a Medical Anthropologist and Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry. Dr. Manson is widely acknowledged as one the nations leading authorities regarding Indian and Native Health. Tune as as Dr. Manson reflects on how is backgound and roots drove and transformed his leadership journey and experiences. He discusses his work and impact addressing health inequalities as it relates to American Indian and Alaska Native people. TIMESTAMPS  Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:14) | Early Beginnings (02:44) | Transformative Influences (10:04) | Leadership Lessons (16:05) | Proud Success (19:50) | Failure / Mistake (22:31) | Current Excitement (28:28) | Hobbies/Self-Care (33:04) | Favorite Leadership Book (36:56) | Good vs. Great Leaders (38:24) | Advice to Younger Self (39:27)
Howard Liu, MD, MBA, is a nationally recognized psychiatrist, educator, workforce expert, social media innovator, and health care leader at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). In this episode, Dr. Liu discusses his work advocating for equity and allyship. He also dives into the professional impact of social media and how it has become a critical aspect for his professional life.Follow Dr. Liu on Twitter: @DrHowardLiuTIMESTAMPS  Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:13) | Journey to Medicine (06:41) | Allyship (10:36) | Diverse Leadership (14:07) | Social Media (16:11) | Current Excitement (23:18) | Self-Care/Hobbies (26:14) | Current Books (28:06) | Good vs. Great Leaders (33:24) | Advice for Younger Self (36:42)Social Media Skills for Professional Development in Psychiatry and Medicine 
Monica L. Lypson MD, MHPE is the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences where she provides visionary leadership for a diverse group of faculty involved in educational and patient care innovation, research, and community outreach. In this episode, Dr. Lypson discusses systems and its impact on leadership development and diversity. She also talks about using skills in crisis communication, especially in current events.  TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:04) | Early Career (02:42) | Crisis Communication (07:39) | Leadership Diversity (10:36) | Faculty Development (14:28) | Leadership Red Flags (19:38) | Networking (22:35) | Sources of Inspiration (25:09) | Leadership Book (27:27) | Reading/Listening to (28:24) | Good vs. Great Leader (30:18) | Advice to Younger Self (32:03)
Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, is an academic hospitalist, researcher, and medical educator at University of Chicago Medicine. Her work specializes in improving the learning environment for medical trainees and the quality safety and experience of care to hospitalized patients. Listen in as Dr. Arora discusses her practice in "Bridging Leadership" to improve her work in quality and safety in clinical medicine and medical education. She also briefly talks about what can be learned and implemented in response to emerging pandemics, like COVID-19. Follow Dr. Arora on Twitter @futuredocs.  Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:16) | Early Beginnings (03:16) | Bridging Leadership (07:54) | Juggling Commitments (20:06) | Current Excitement (25:50) | Hobbies/Self Care (29:54) | Leadership Book (30:40) | Current Listen (32:26) | Good vs. Great Leaders (33:31) | Advice to Younger Self (34:23)
Janet Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD is Vice President of Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness, and Health Education Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. In this episode, Dr. Southerland explores how integral the power of community was in her trajectory toward leadership, and discusses her current work in interprofessional education as a dentist and a public health researcher.
Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH is the President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute in New York City, where the mission is to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally. Join us as she discusses how her mother's quote grounded her to prepare and influence the pivotal moments and challenges in her life including her experience in crisis management as Medical Branch Director in Houston, TX during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.Follow Dr. Palacio on Twitter: @HerminiaPalacioIntro (00:00) | Quote (01:46) | Early Beginnings (02:53) | Proud Success (10:48) | Leadership Position (14:56) | Current Initiative (18:25) | Sources of Inspiration (20:28) | Hobbies, Books, and Music (26:33) | Good vs. Great Leaders (29:29) | Advice to Younger Self (30:01)
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