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"No matter where you are in your career journey, this leadership conference is for you." - Katina Rue, DO, WSMA President

WSMA Leadership Development Conference

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you can join me and your peers for the annual WSMA Leadership Development Conference this May, which will once again be held on the calming shores of Lake Chelan. Our theme this year is leading transformational change—an appropriate theme for a profession still reeling from the disruptions of a pandemic and its social upheavals.

As the pandemic has demonstrated, we are all leaders, regardless of title, hierarchy, or work setting. Let us gather to celebrate the challenges we’ve overcome together, and to train our eyes forward toward recovery. As the saying goes, in crisis lies opportunity, and we now have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a better house of medicine, one informed by physician expertise and values, where community is celebrated, diversity and inclusion fostered, and all voices lifted.

No matter your official role in medicine, or where you are in your growth journey, this leadership conference will have much to offer. I hope to see you there.

Katina Rue MD

WSMA President

About the Conference

Year after year, WSMA members name the Leadership Development Conference as their favorite, can't-miss event. What makes it special? Central to its success are top-notch faculty and engaging course content—that, and the resort's family-friendly, beautiful lakeside setting.

Every year, the Leadership Development Conference features a truly outstanding lineup of speakers, all experts in their respective fields, and interactive sessions designed to enhance your leadership skills. You'll leave Chelan with concrete ideas and skills that you can immediately put to use in your professional life.


Friday, May 19

7:30 a.m.
Check-in and networking breakfast

8 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 a.m.
Turning the Corner: What’s Next for Health Care?
Ian Morrison, PhD

9:30 a.m.
Break with exhibitors

10 a.m.
A Prescription for Transforming Health Care
Imelda Dacones, MD, FACP

11 a.m.
Creating a Culture of Wellness Through Health System Transformation
Kevin Hopkins, MD

12 p.m.
Lunch break (box lunches for registered attendees)

1 p.m.
Physicians Insurance Remarks – Bill Cotter, CEO

1:10 p.m.
Healing the Healer: The Restorative Justice Approach to Transforming Health Care
Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, MA, FAAP, and Pedro Flores, PhD, MAS, RRT, CCRP

2:30 p.m.
Break with exhibitors

Attendees can choose to attend the two-hour workshop from 3–5 p.m. or select two one-hour sessions.

3–5 p.m.
Responding Restoratively to Harm and Conflict - Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, MA, FAAP, and Pedro Flores, PhD, MAS, RRT, CCRP

3–4 p.m.
Leading Skilled Professionals – Amy Compton-Phillips, MD
- OR -
How Organizations Can Help Physicians Save Time – Kevin Hopkins, MD

4–5 p.m.
Fireside Chat – Ian Morrison, PhD
- OR -
Health Equity Roundtable Discussion Edwin Lindo, JD

6 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
Family dinner

7:30 p.m.
Family ice cream social

9 p.m.
Networking reception

Saturday, May 20

7 a.m.
Networking breakfast

8 a.m.
Leading With Justice: Standing Strong Against the “Anti-DEI” Movement
Edwin Lindo, JD

9 a.m.
Managing Change in the Real World, Part I
Louise Keogh Weed, MPH

9:45 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
Managing Change in the Real World, Part II
Louise Keogh Weed, MPH

11:15 a.m.
Simplifying Health and Care
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD

11:55 a.m.
President’s Closing Remarks



Ian Morrison, PhD, is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future. Morrison is the author of “Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow,” “Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership,” and “The Second Curve - Managing the Velocity of Change.” Morrison is a past president of the Institute for the Future and a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives, a joint venture between Harris Interactive and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management.

Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, is an internationally respected health care executive, innovator, speaker, and author. She is the president and chief clinical officer of Press Ganey, which focuses on improving the human experience of care as a strategic differentiating business advantage. Dr. Compton-Phillips has served as the president of clinical care at Providence and the chief quality officer at Kaiser Permanente. Her key interests include developing cutting-edge care through research, advancing access to care through innovation, cultivating highly reliable care processes through physician partnerships and systems design, and building the health care workforce of the future. Dr. Compton-Phillips is a board-certified internist and theme leader for NEJM Catalyst.

Imelda Dacones, MD, FACP, an internist and hospitalist, is the Optum Washington market president and a recognized leader in driving value-based care transformation and innovation. Previously, she served as the president and CEO of Northwest Permanente P.C., co-chair of the Kaiser Permanente Program Group, and chair of The Permanente Federation representing the eight medical groups of Kaiser Permanente with its more than 22,000 physicians. Dr. Dacones helped shape enterprise and market strategy, modernize business functions, and grow the Kaiser footprint, while improving margins, driving innovations such as hospital care at home, and fostering clinician and team member engagement. In 2020, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Leaders.

Pedro Flores, PhD, MAS, RRT, CCRP, is a clinician, administrator, and restorative justice practitioner with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of health care. Flores is affiliated with the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego, where he also conducts implementation research evaluating the use of restorative justice to redress workgroup-related harms in health care, academic medicine, and academic nursing settings. Flores teaches comparative health care systems and health care leadership at the University of California at San Diego, which is where he obtained a master’s degree in the leadership of health care organizations. He received a doctorate from the University of San Diego with an emphasis on restorative justice, public health, and leadership.

Kevin Hopkins, MD, is a senior physician advisor with the Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Initiative for the American Medical Association. He serves as a staff physician in the department of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and as the primary care medical director for Cleveland Clinic’s Primary Care Institute. Dr. Hopkins is a nationally recognized leader in addressing burnout and ambulatory practice transformation. He is a clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, teaches at the Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program, and is a faculty instructor for the Cleveland Clinic Global Leadership and Learning Institute.

Edwin G. Lindo, JD, brings the interdisciplinary study of critical race theory to medicine and law so we can better learn how racism detrimentally affects our health, our learning, our teaching, and justice. Lindo is the assistant dean for social and health justice in the Office of Healthcare Equity, an associate teaching professor in the department of family medicine and an adjunct associate teaching professor in the department of bioethics and humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also WSMA’s health equity consultant. He is internationally recognized as a conscious voice for racial and social justice.

Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, is the inaugural chief diversity officer for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and is an associate professor of pediatrics in the university’s department of family medicine. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Ramos-Diaz completed the AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program in 2020 and the University of San Diego Restorative Justice Certificate Program in 2022. She is the co-founder of Roots to Wings, a transformative co-mentoring program for Indigenous and Latinx youth living on Native homelands to become STEM and health care professionals, and the founder of the Science Research Preparatory Yearlong Program for Indigenous and Latinx students in Washington state.

Louise Keogh Weed, MPH, is an instructor in the department of health management at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and is affiliate faculty at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, where she directed the Advancing Teams Program, Leadership Masterclass for Non-Physicians in Primary Care, and the Medical Director Leadership Institute. Keogh Weed is the faculty director of the Advancing Leadership Strategies for Evolving Healthcare Executives program in the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Education Department, and the faculty co-director of Managing Yourself and Leading Others in Healthcare course at the Harvard Extension School Center for Professional Development.

CME Credit

Accreditation with Commendation

The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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.

Lake Chelan Family Fun


Lake Rider Sports - 509.885.4767

Chelan Electric Bikes - 509.683.2125


Chelan Lanes (open daily at noon) - 509.682.2251

Movie Theater

Ruby Theater - 509.682.5016

History Museum

Lake Chelan Historical Museum - 509.682.5644


Tsillan Cellars - 509.682.9463

Wapato Point Cellars - 509.687.4000

Lake Chelan Winery - 509.687.9463

Benson Vineyards - 509.687.0313

C.R. Sandidge Wines - 509.682.3704

Siren Song – 509.888.4657


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 $182 for a traditional room and $212 for a deluxe room. The deadline for the special WSMA conference room rate is April 18, 2023. Hurry, rooms go quickly!

To avoid cancellation fees, Campbell’s requires you to cancel seven days before your confirmed arrival date.

Corporate Partners

The WSMA thanks our corporate partners for their generous support

Exclusive Premier Partner

Founded in 1981 under the auspices of the WSMA, Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company is the Northwest's leading medical professional liability insurance company, physician-owned and exclusively endorsed to this day by the WSMA. For over 30 years, Physicians Insurance has remained the stable, committed and local insurer for physicians, clinics, facilities and hospitals, providing risk-management consulting, continuing medical education and claims administration services to more than 7,000 members in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.


The Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic are part of Optum. Together, we’re building an integrated care model to offer personalized care with both onsite and virtual care options. We remain provider led, committed to our communities with more than 100 years of partnership, and dedicated to helping people live healthier lives.


The UW Psychiatry Consultation Line connects care providers throughout Washington with UW psychiatrists who can provide clinical advice about adult patients with mental health or substance use disorders. The service is fast, free and on-demand. A UW psychiatrist is just a phone call away! Funded by the State of Washington.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

To exhibit at the 2023 WSMA Leadership Development Conference, please complete an online exhibitor request form.

To become a corporate partner, with a host of excellent benefits, please complete an online interest form.

Join or renew your membership today!