The 2024 WSMA Leadership Development Conference is scheduled for May 17-18 at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan. Registration is available.
Building strong teams, with a focus on wellness, diversity, and sustainability, is the theme for the 2024 Leadership Development Conference.
The conference features a weekend of engaging course content, including both general presentations and interactive breakout sessions, delivered and facilitated by experts from across the health care spectrum. With the lakeside resort setting backdrop, family-friendly activities, and an agenda structured with plenty of time for social events and recreational activities, the conference provides an opportunity for physicians, PAs, and clinical teams to develop their leadership competencies in a relaxed setting.
For this year's conference, the WSMA is pleased to welcome leading health industry forecaster and strategist Jeff Goldsmith, PhD, for the Thomas J. Curry Leadership Keynote address. In his presentation, Jeff will engage attendees on the subject of navigating turbulence in a changing health care system. Health system executives have focused increasingly on the potential for technology and large corporate enterprises disrupting their traditional care enterprise. But have they neglected the disruptive potential of economic and political forces on how health care is paid for? Following that thread, Jeff will also examine how disrupters can be partners in the strategic development of the health enterprise. Jeff is a leading health industry forecaster and strategist who has lectured on health services management and policy in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, the Wharton School of Finance, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, and the University of California at Berkeley.
Other conference speaker highlights include Alex Ding, MD, who will explore what physicians should know about artificial intelligence, and Joel Bervell, a medical student and popular social media “Medical Mythbuster,” who will speak about health equity for health care leaders. A host of other speakers will be on hand to discuss topics ranging from financial wellness to building strong teams to support better patient care.
Central to the success of WSMA’s Leadership Development Conference is the resort's family-friendly, beautiful lakeside setting. Lake Chelan in the spring is a wonder to behold, with family-friendly activities, wineries, and much more to offer for young and old.
Check-in and networking breakfast
THOMAS J. CURRY LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Disruption: Navigating the Turbulence in a Changing Health
Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D., President of Health Futures Inc.
Wellness Centered Leadership Development
Improving Communication Skills for Physician Leaders
Skye McKennon, PharmD
Building a Culture of Wellness
Andrew Smith, PhD
3 p.m. -
Financial Literacy for Physicians - Anthony Dorsch,
4 p.m. -
Physician Compensation Models, balancing quality, patient
satisfaction, and patient safety
- Anthony Dorsch, MBA, MHA
3 p.m. -
Violence in the Workplace - Andrew Smith, PhD
p.m. - Violence in the Workplace - Andrew Smith, PhD
3 p.m. -
Building a Practice of Self-Compassion
Laura Jordhen, MD
4 p.m. -
Building a Practice of Self-Compassion Laura Jordhen,
Reception, dinner, and ice cream social
What Physicians Should Know About Augmented Reality
Alex Ding, MD
Health Equity in Leadership Joel Bervell, Medical
Student, WA State, University Medical Mythbuster
IHI Breaking the Rules: If you could break one rule in service of
joy in work and professional fulfillment, what rule would you
Nikki Tennerman, LICSW, MBA, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
THOMAS J. CURRY LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Jeff Goldsmith, PhD is the president of Health Futures, Inc and a leading health industry forecaster and strategist. For eleven years, Jeff Goldsmith was a lecturer on health services management and policy in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has lectured on these topics at the Wharton School of Finance, Johns Hopkins, Washington University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Jeff Goldsmith's interests include biotechnology, health policy, international health systems, and the future of health services.
Mary Wierusz, MD is the chief wellness officer and family medicine physician at Washington Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Washington. Dr. Wierusz is part of the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) network of chief wellness officers. She received a certification in tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a certification in Media and Medicine from Harvard Medical School. She has a background in global health, narrative medicine, and has served as WPMG co-chair of the Cultural Transformation Oversight Group and as a prose editor for Literary AMWA, a publication of the American Medical Women’s Association.
Julie Finley is chief experience officer at Community Health of Central Washington. Her background in marketing led to a successful career in investor relations for multi-million-dollar real estate funds. During the 2008 subprime market crash, her organization and its lenders credited the success of the fund to the communication strategies and relationships she built with investors. As the chief experience officer for Community Health of Central Washington, leadership development and employee engagement are now her professional focus. Her workshops with internal and external clients are designed to tease out and maximize individual and team strengths while raising awareness of the blind spots our priorities can create. Whether wealth-related or health-related, success is driven by the individual ability to bring the best out in others: to inspire, influence, and resolve conflict.
Skye McKennon, PharmD, BCPS, CSM-GEI is an educator, pharmacist, and author with a passion to empower others to live healthier, more intentional, and resilient lives. Dr. McKennon is the thread director of pharmacology and interprofessional education at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, where she also serves as a clinical associate professor. She is a licensed pharmacist and board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with over a decade of experience as a faculty member. Dr. McKennon has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, co-authored six pharmacy textbooks, and authored multiple book chapters. She has presented her work at international and national symposiums.
Andrew Smith, PhD is a California-based psychologist who provides training and consultations to medical systems to improve personnel operations and physician well-being. He also works individually with physicians to promote their well-being and career goals. Prior to starting his own business, he taught for 13 years at a county hospital as a clinical faculty in their family medicine residency program. In addition to teaching residents how to diagnose and treat mental illness, he taught patient interviewing skills and how to work with difficult patients. He was also a hospital-wide leader in promoting physician wellness and burnout-prevention strategies. In separate sessions this weekend, he will be presenting on preventing workplace violence and building a culture of wellness in medical settings.
Anthony Dorsch, MBA, MHA is the founder and principal of Congrue Consulting, dedicated to making financial leadership congruent with the organization’s mission, strategy, and operations to achieve excellence in financial planning and analysis. Anthony has over 30 years of experience leading finance teams and advising health care executives and board members. His background includes CFO leadership positions at corporate, regional, and community levels for comprehensive finance operations, financial planning and analysis, payer contracting, strategic planning, and business development. He is also a clinical instructor at the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Executive Master of Health Administration Program.
Laura Jordhen, MD is a family physician with home-based practice HouseCall Providers. She loves the individual attention and comprehensive care that a home-based practice allows her to give to her patients. Her leadership experience includes serving as the chair of family medicine, chair of infection control, and associate faculty member for the Family Medicine Fellowship at United Family Hospital in Shanghai, China where she practiced from 2016 through 2020.
Ryan Washington is a distinguished professional with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness field. With a robust background in meditation, wellness programming, and three years dedicated to breathwork facilitation, Ryan is a transformative guide in the realm of emotional well-being. He showcases a unique blend of traditional and holistic healing techniques, fostering mindfulness and emotional well-being in diverse audiences. His dedication to excellence, coupled with experience working with diverse clients, including athletes, executives, and those navigating major life transitions, positions him as a sought-after authority of emotional coaching and well-being.
Alex Ding, MD, MS, MBA, is a board-certified diagnostic and interventional radiologist and associate vice president for physician strategy and medical affairs at Humana. In his role at Humana, he leads a team focused on physician engagement, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness; advancement of value-based care; and executing on enterprise-level clinical culture. Dr. Ding is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and an AMA Board of Trustee.
Joel Bervell is a Ghanaian-American medical student and science communicator, popularly known on social media as the “Medical Mythbuster.” Through viral social media content, he addresses racial disparities, the hidden history of medicine, and biases in health care. With more than a million followers across social media and more than 200 million video impressions, he enlightens audiences about health care's neglect of marginalized groups through stories and studies. Bervell's influence extends beyond social media, having served on the White House Health Care Leaders in Social Media council among others. He has been honored as a Smithsonian Channel “Cyclebreaker,” Scientific American “Revolutionary,” and a 40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health.
Nikki Tennerman, LICSW, MBA is a health and human services leader with a background in complex care, early childhood development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Nikki is a senior project director with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she leads North American networks and supports projects related to health equity, particularly with payers and health plans. She was previously the administrative director for the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion at Boston Children’s Hospital. Nikki maintains a small telehealth private practice in the greater Boston area that focuses on BIPOC and LGBTQ mental health empowerment.
The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for
The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25
AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should
claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity.
There are dozens of wineries and tasting rooms in and around Chelan.
Here are some local favorites. Please note many of the wineries may
charge for wine tastings and reservations are often preferred, so
please call ahead.
Cairdeas Winery –
Larc Hill – 509.255.3938
Mellisoni Vineyards –
Nefarious Cellars –
Sigillo Cellars –
Tsillan Cellars –
Andante Italian Style – 509.888.4855
The Bistro at Lake Chelan – 509.699.7223
Sorrento’s Ristorante – 509.682.9463
Lake Rider Sports - 509.885.4767
Chelan Electric Bikes - 509.683.2125
Chelan Lanes (open daily at noon) - 509.682.2251
Ruby Theater - 509.682.5016
Lake Chelan Historical Museum - 509.682.5644
Lake Chelan Golf Course - 509.682.8026
Bear Mountain Golf Course - 509.682.8200
The WSMA Leadership Development Conference will be held at Campbell’s
Resort on Lake Chelan at 104 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816. Please
call the resort directly to make your room reservations at
800.553.8225. WSMA’s special room rates are $184 for a traditional
room and $214 for a deluxe room. The deadline for the special WSMA
conference room rate is April 16, 2024. Hurry, rooms go quickly!
To avoid cancellation fees, Campbell’s requires you to cancel seven
days before your confirmed arrival date.
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The conference registration fee includes a continental breakfast,
lunch, and dinner on Friday and a continental breakfast on Saturday.
All pre-registrants’ families are welcome to attend the Friday night
dinner and ice cream social.
Refunds can be issued if the cancellation is received in writing by
May 3. After this date, refunds cannot be issued.