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In Memoriam of Ann Wright: Panel Discussion: Promoting Diversity Through Active Mentoring

C Orton

L Cervino

N Ranger

E Krupinski

M McNitt-Gray

S Avery

J Moran

J Pollard

C Orton1*, L Cervino2*, N Ranger3*, E Krupinski4*, M McNitt-Gray5*, S Avery6*, J Moran7*, J Pollard8*, (1) Wayne State University, Grosse Pointe, MI, (2) UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, (3) Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI, (4) Emory Univ, Atlanta, GA, (5) UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, (6) University of Pennsylvania, Sicklerville, NJ, (7) University Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, (8) MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


8:30 AM : Memorial Lecturer - C Orton, Presenting Author
Panel Member - L Cervino, Presenting Author
Panel Member - N Ranger, Presenting Author
Panel Member - E Krupinski, Presenting Author
Panel Member - M McNitt-Gray, Presenting Author
Panel Member - S Avery, Presenting Author
Panel Member - J Moran, Presenting Author
Panel Member - J Pollard, Presenting Author

WE-B-108-0 (Wednesday, August 2, 2017) 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Room: 108

Ann Wright will be remembered, not only as a great leader of the medical physics profession, but also as a great role model for young men and women entering our profession. Through her dedication and perseverance, she overcame many obstacles as she ascended to become the first woman president of the AAPM, highlighting the difficulties that members of under-represented groups can face throughout their career, and demonstrating that success is nevertheless possible.

Studies have recently demonstrated that diversity is a key driver of innovation since companies with a diverse and representative work force and leadership out-innovate and out-perform others. This recognition has led to a widely-held view that promoting diversity should be a priority for any institution, and, as a result, many academic institutions have formed committees focused on promoting diversity and established formal mentoring programs. Unfortunately while mentorship is a very important factor in career success, it alone is not sufficient. In this session we will discuss “active mentorship”, also known as sponsorship. Active mentorship consists of actively helping to advance a mentee’s career, rather than passively providing advice and guidance.

In this session, we will first give an overview of active mentoring and its potential to facilitate diversity, followed by a diverse panel of medical physics leaders who will discuss experiences with active mentoring and their approach to promoting diversity.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the institutional benefits of having diversity in the workforce and in the leadership ranks
2. Understand the difference between conventional mentoring and active mentoring
3. Identify ways to promote diversity through active mentoring

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: Laura Cervino receives research funding from Varian Medical Systems


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