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Women in Medicine and Science - School of Medicine - Wayne State University

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) welcomes all members of our community to join us for their upcoming interactive discussion:

Leveraging the Resources of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to Support One’s Professional Development

Join in this one-hour webinar to learn from AAMC’s long-time Chief of Staff, Jennifer M. Schlener, how to access the broad resources of the AAMC to network with peers (at Wayne State and beyond), identify ways to engage at the national level, and utilize the Crucial Conversations model to structure effective conversations about mentoring and sponsorship. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify relevant resources at
  2. Make connections with AAMC representatives at Wayne State School of Medicine
  3. Apply tools of the Crucial Conversations model to their own situation

When: Monday, December 12, 2022

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

Guest Speaker:

 Jennifer M. Schlener

As chief of staff of the AAMC, Jennifer M. Schlener supports the work of the President and CEO, and champions and supports the implementation of the AAMC’s strategic plan and organization-wide efforts. She recently led the execution of the merger of the Association of Academic Health Centers into the AAMC. Serving as an advisor on governance matters, she is responsible for the work of the Governance, Nominating, and Leadership Development committee of AAMC’s Board of Directors.  She has spoken nationally on governance matters, including executive compensation, the imperative for board assessment, and continuous board improvement. 

In her executive role, she oversees the functioning of the office of the president, which includes the AAMC’s strategy and innovation development function and internal audit function.  Her team supports the President and CEO, the work of the Board of Directors, the effective functioning of the executive Leadership Team, and the association’s presidential awards program. She drives and champions the alignment of culture, strategy, and leadership, and she facilitates, and provides leadership to internal organizational development activities. She is a certified trainer of Crucial Accountability and Crucial Conversations and has served as faculty for the cohort-based program, Leading Organizations to Health.  She is a frequent speaker on adaptive leadership, crucial conversations, engaging in effective meetings, and other topics related to relational leadership practices.

Prior to joining the AAMC in 2007, Ms. Schlener worked at Penn State University for seven years, last serving as the Director of Development & Alumni Relations for Health Affairs at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.  She began her career as a development and alumni relations professional at her alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA.  An avid volunteer, she is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Peace; a member of the Board of Directors of National Medical Fellowships; and a member of Franklin & Marshall College’s Leadership Council.