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Course helps grow health sciences leaders

Some of the leaders who will share their personal experiences with the 2012 class of the Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA) include Horst Schulze, CEO of the West Paces Hotel Group, and Joe Rogers, CEO of Waffle House. Their presentations are just two of many designed to give Emory's emerging leaders the skills and knowledge to strengthen their leadership potential.

The semester-long WLA course taps employees from across health sciences, such as Sanjay Dhall, chief of neurosurgery at Grady Hospital; Kaiya Valentine, unit director of cardiovascular surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown; and Kathryn Yount, associate professor of global health in the Rollins School of Public Health. WLA presenters also include WHSC and university leaders, and faculty from Goizueta Business School, with topics ranging from finances and leadership styles to conflict negotiation, collaboration and influence, and quality initiatives.

 Sanjay Dhall Kaiya Valentine Kathryn Yount
Sanjay Dhall Kaiya Valentine Kathryn Yount

Participants this year also will hear from Lynda Barrett, director of WHSC strategic planning, on WHSC's goals over the next three years; Penny Castellano, chief medical and quality officer of The Emory Clinic, on leadership in action; Rick Gilkey of the Goizueta Business School on emotional intelligence; and Gary Teal, WHSC chief administrative officer, on lessons learned from Robert W. Woodruff's life and business decisions.

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