A new generation of leaders

April 2, 2018

Recently, 21 future leaders gathered in Chicago for the College Leadership Summit – a day and a half intensive course on interpersonal skills, advocacy, communication and so much more. The participants were all College members and Fellows 45 years of age or younger or had been in practice 10 years or less and are primed and ready to get more involved in the College.

“We all know that young allergists are the future of the specialty, and this group of new leaders is uniquely prepared to tackle the challenges ahead,” said Michael Blaiss, MD, FACAAI, executive medical director. Participants did everything from exploring their behavior styles to learning how to effectively lead a team – all during this highly interactive course. Our first day facilitator received rave reviews from attendees. “She was very animated, engaging, succinct and prompt,” said Grace Tamesis, MD, MPH, FACAAI. “She really kept me on my toes!”

“The whole training experience was very informative,” said Douglas Jones, MD, FACAAI. “It was powerful to explore neuroplasticity, behavior styles, communication skills, and conflict resolution techniques. Enhancing the course were many life-changing concepts to apply to leadership.” The course is designed so attendees can easily take these tools and immediately put them into practice. “I’m going to apply these new things to my life first,” he continued. “Then, I’ll take this training to my staff – and even my family!”

Other attendees loved the informal, small course size, and raved about the content and interaction. The College understands that young allergists have needs different from more seasoned members, and we tailored our course to these unique needs. “I feel like the College is interested in my development – which is great,” said one participant.

The second day focused on leadership as an allergist, presented by Maureen Petersen, MD, FACAAI; advocacy essentials, presented by James Sublett, MD, FACAAI, executive director of advocacy and governmental affairs; and the College 101 session, presented by Dr. Blaiss.

Overall, the Summit was a fantastic success. If you are interested in participating, watch College Insider next winter for registration news for the 2019 Summit. There is no fee to attend. Participants pay their own travel and hotel costs. The Summit is well-worth the travel, since the skills learned are invaluable.

 “I can’t wait to use these tools we learned in my personal, professional and administrative roles – and I feel more confident to expand my leadership roles,” said Mansi Kanuga, MD.

Thanks to our future leaders who attended, and to our facilitator. We hope you’ll consider joining us next year!