NCCL Session Descriptions

Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Physician Leadership

Lisa Herbert, MD, FAAFP


There is a critical need to increase the number of physician leaders, as well as a need to create a sustainable model to fill the pipeline of physician leaders who can navigate the complex and rapidly changing health care industry. That pipeline must include diverse leaders that will show up with the intent to make a change for the better.

For underrepresented groups, the opportunities for leadership roles are lacking—physicians are expected to become leaders, but there is a lack of training. In order to have strong health care organizations and build healthy communities, there must be leadership that is reflective of the population served. Diversity in leadership adds innovative ideas and different solutions to problems that are challenging. It is also crucial for delivering culturally competent care.

In this session physicians will learn how to take responsibility for their own development with tools that will help them to rise above the obstacles standing in their path of leadership.

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.”-Sundar Pichai

Creating an Effective Social Media Presence

Natasha Bhuyan, MD, FAAFP
Michael Sevilla, MD, FAAFP
Kirk Ackerson (Moderator)


Attendees will learn best practices and techniques to take their social media presence to the next level of advocacy. Joined by a group of panelists who offer rich experience on the topic, this session is designed to accommodate digital communication and social media users of every comfort level—from novice to expert and everything in between. Bring your questions and challenges for this talented panel discussion.

Improve Your Capacity to Provide Quality Care and Services to All: An Introduction to the Culturally Effective Organizations Framework

Trinidad Tellez, MD


We want to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. We know that organizations strive to ensure this opportunity by providing high quality services that are accessible to all–yet achieving this can be challenging. Many of us have simply not had access to training about an effective approach that would turn our goals into broader success. 

The good news is that a roadmap exists; there is a framework to provide high quality services for all—the Culturally Effective Organizations Framework. Participants will explore enhancements to their organization's practices and policies and consider how to operationalize the various evidence-informed elements of a culturally effective organization for systems improvement resulting in enhanced care and services for all.

Making Your Indelible Mark – Your Legacy

Peggy Williams


Indelible Mark™ is designed for those in health care who are interested in clarifying their lasting impact—their legacy. This is a unique opportunity for you to reflect upon what is most important to you at this point in your career. When you have heightened clarity regarding your lasting impact, the more successful, effective, and fulfilled you are in your career. You will begin to clarify and articulate your Indelible Mark™ that reflects your aspiration to make an enduring impact in your organization, the health care industry or, perhaps, the world.

Thriving Beyond the Persistent Assaults of Microaggressions and Implicit Bias

Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD

The term "Microaggressions" was coined by Harvard Psychiatrist, Dr. Chester Pierce. He characterized microaggressions as "subtle blows, delivered incessantly." Microaggressions are intentional or unintentional slights targeted towards marginalized groups. Often rooted in Implicit Bias, black women have described the experience of microaggressions as "death by a thousand cuts." These subtle assaults, in addition to the daily stressors of medicine, can lead to toxic stress and trauma. We will focus on ways in which underrepresented groups can maneuver through these assaults and prevent the development of toxic stress, and how allies can support their colleagues.