Participants in the Leadership Development Course and the Early Career Development Course will come together to hear Keynote Speaker, Sylk Sotto, EdD, kick-off the program with a talk about culturally competent leadership in rehabilitation medicine and research.
Leadership Development Course participants will then breakout into their first workshop led by Carole King, Director of Human Resources at Shepherd Center, about valuing individuals. First, we need to acknowledge that managing is not leading. Managers get the work done through the efforts of their direct reports. Leaders inspire their direct reports to apply their full potential to do more than just get the job done. Attendees will learn how to inspire their teams by understanding members as individuals, finding ways to capitalize on their strengths, and fostering an inclusive environment.
A networking roundtable will follow with attendees of the Early Career Development Course to discuss key topics such as building resilience, team building, becoming a mentor, becoming a leader in a professional organization, research funding, resolving conflict, time management, work-life balance, managing expectations and more.
Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, ABPP-CN and Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, FACRM will lead the second workshop with a focus on resilience in leadership and implementation of techniques to facilitate a culture of wellness. While role models of resilience are present, the gravity of our current context of pervasive life stress that runs the gamut–health, social, economic, and political unrest, threats, and uncertainty–are ubiquitous. Amidst the test of resilience that is deeply interwoven into the fabric of our broader community today, individuals, treatment teams, institutions, and communities remain challenged to navigate individual and collective adaptation needs. Leaders, while managing their own adjustments, are called upon to guide - lead - staff toward resilient attitudes and behaviors, often occurring at the unintended and occasionally intended sacrifice of their own well-being. In this symposium, resilient leadership characteristics will be defined, evidence-based intervention for leadership and staff will be presented, and experiential wellness activities will be included.
Finally, Tolu O. Oyesanya, PhD, RN will lead a panel discussion with the four most recent past presidents of ACRM, Drs. Deborah Backus, Douglas Katz, Sue Ann Sisto and Tamara Bushnik. Panelists will discuss topics related to how their experiences as a mentee and mentor changed over the course of their careers, such as examples of when a mentor facilitated career advancement opportunities, knowing when to move on from a mentee-mentor relationship, and how their experiences as mentee have shaped how they act as a mentor. The panelists will also discuss strategies mentors used with them and/or that they employ with their mentees, to help them “get a seat at the table” as a leader in a professional organization and in the rehabilitation field in general. The current president of ACRM, Dr. Pamela Roberts will present closing remarks.