Leadership Forum

Thursday, July 7, 2022
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Westin Indianapolis

SPD is pleased to offer its third Leadership Forum prior to this year's Annual Meeting. If you would like to attend, please sign up at time of Annual Meeting registration. There is no cost to attend, and space is limited. There will be no virtual attendance option, and the sessions will not be recorded.

Cultivate your leadership skills whether you are in the Early, Mid or Late Stage of your career.

Pediatric Dermatology remains a unique and close-knit specialty. Caring for patients and producing academic work has always been a strong focus of the organization. Our members have an increasing responsibility in leading divisions or departments in healthcare organizations, playing a role in private practice or private equity, serving on boards or committees of medical societies and journals, supervising fellowships and mentoring the next generation to care for skin diseases in children. We hope to provide our members with tools to become successful leaders at every stage of their career.


  • Inspire and encourage members to engage in leadership activities
  • Provide tips when one choses to or needs to change course in their career
  • Mentor on how to navigate the later stages of one’s career

Who should attend?

The 2022 edition of the Leadership Forum is open to all attendees and will feature separate tracks with targeted content based on participants' career experience:

  • Early Career: Current fellows - 10 years of practice
  • Mid Career: 11 - 20 years of practice
  • Later Career: 21 years or more of practice

Schedule - Thursday, July 7

12:30 - 12:45 pm
Welcome & Introduction

12:45 - 1:30 pm
Opening Keynote: Inspiring and Leading Others - Leadership Lessons for Engaging All Ages and People
Rick Weaver, Leadership Strategist & Consultant

1:30 - 2:40 pm
Breakout Sessions

Early Career
How to Find Your Leadership Niche
Esteban Fernandez Faith, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Imposter Syndrome: Being in Charge
Raegan Hunt, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital

Being a Good Mentor
Anthony Mancini, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago / Northwestern University

Mid Career
The Mid-Career “Sandwich:" Not Senior Yet Not Junior, Being a Mentor Yet Needing a Mentor, Needing Career Development Yet Being in Charge of Things
Erin Mathes, MD, UCSF

Avoiding Midcareer Malaise: What’s Next and Knowing If/When/How to Pivot Your Career if Desired or Necessary
Kristen Hook, MD, Dermatology Specialists, PA & University of Minnesota

Career Sculpting and Risk Taking: Venturing Beyond What Is Known and Comfortable for Continued Growth and Career Enjoyment
Mercedes Gonzalez, MD, Pediatric Dermatology of Miami

Later Career
Career Reflections - Where I Have Been and Where I Am Going?
Richard Antaya, MD, Yale University School of Medicine

Succession Planning and Smooth Transitions
Patricia Treadwell, MD, Indiana University

12 Steps to Effectively Accepting Delegation
Rick Weaver, Leadership Strategist & Consultant

2:50 - 3:15 pm
How to Get Involved in the Academy, Societies, Leadership Opportunities, Available Leadership Courses
Jennifer Lucas, MD, Cleveland Clinic, AAD Board

3:15 - 3:30 pm

3:30 - 5:15 pm
Roundtable Discussions

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback - Teresa Wright, MD
  • Crucial Conversations - Mercedes Gonzalez, MD
  • Advice for My Younger Self: 30s - Raegan Hunt, MD, PhD
  • Advice for My Younger Self: 40s - Richard Antaya, MD
  • Advice for My Younger Self: 50s - Patricia Treadwell, MD
  • What I Wish Senior Faculty Knew - Sonal Shah, MD
  • Time Management - Anthony Mancini, MD
  • Work Life Balance/Avoiding Burnout - Jennifer Lucas, MD

5:15 - 5:30 pm
Wrap Up