Special Session

AAWR/ASTRO Luncheon - Leadership

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Room W190

Session Type: Special Session
0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The Annual AAWR Luncheon at the ASTRO Annual Meeting is an opportunity for women in radiation oncology to network and engage on a topic relevant to practicing radiation oncologists, with a focus on issues important to all but historically labeled women's issues. This year's luncheon will highlight the topic of leadership with a presentation from Dr. Gae Walters, president of Millennium Consulting.

Dr. Walter's talk, Solving for X in the Y Domain, will address leadership challenges for woman in the workplace. Even though women contribute significantly to organizational, project, and team success, their upward progress is frequently blocked. Many women possess the skill, knowledge, and expertise to be successful leaders, but they continue to encounter gender-biased behaviors and gender backlash, especially in traditionally male dominated professions.

However, recent studies have shown that there are certain "buffering behaviors" and strategies that attenuate backlash reactions against women who enter male dominated professions and when they encounter men who do not want them there. The buffering behaviors that have been found to successfully counter biased behavior include self-monitoring, impression management, political skill, and performance.

This lecture provides understanding of, and practice with the strategies, behaviors, and skills that have been shown to be successful in overcoming gender bias and backlash. These strategies have enabled women in male dominated professions to achieve leadership positions and to succeed.

A specific focus of the lecture will be on the buffering behaviors of:
1. Self- Monitoring: Being self-aware and alert
2. Impression Management: Perceive, analyze, modify, evaluate, and adjust
3. Political Skill: Networking, Negotiating, Communicating, Interpersonal Savvy
4. Performance: Intellect is not enough -you must over prepare, over achieve, over deliver
5. Projecting Confidence and Credibility


Candice Johnstone, MD, MPH

Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical College of WI: Associate Professor: Employee;
Family: Medical College of WI: Professor: Employee

Candice Johnstone, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She treats breast and thoracic malignacies primarily and is passionate about hypofractionated palliative radiation therapy. She has edited a textbook "Handbook of Palliative Radiation Therapy" and serves as an expert on Chartrounds. She serves on the executive committee of the Society for Palliative Radiation Oncology (www.spro.org) and is a member of the Board of Directors of both the American Association of Women in Radiology (AAWR) and the Wisconsin Radiological Society (WRS). She serves as an alternate councilor for the ACR and is an elected member of the ACR's College Nominating Committee. She also is actively involved in ASCO's Palliative and Supprotive Care Symposium and RSNA. She serves on the RadiologyInfo.org committee.


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Maria Kelly, MD, FASTRO

VA New Jersey Health Care System

Veterans Administration, NJ Healthcare System: Chief, Radiation Oncology: Employee

AAWR: immediate past president: member of executive committee;
VA rad onc field advisory committee (ROFAC): immediate past chairman: ad hoc member of committee for next 3 years after over 6 years as comm chair


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