2013 - 2014 Innovative Leaders Series

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health,
Center for Health Leadership presents:

2013 - 2014 Innovative Leaders Speaker Series


The Innovative Leaders Speaker Series is sponsored by the Center for Health Leadership (CHL) and the California Pacific Public Health Training Center (CALPACT). The CHL mission is to inspire and empower current and emerging health leaders to realize their leadership potential and to solve the health challenges facing California and the world, and to increase the depth and quality of diverse health leaders and professionals in all health sectors. The CHL aspires to accomplish this by serving as an innovative, lifelong resource for students, alumni, and other professionals to enhance their capacity to lead from where they are, and to enhance their ability to create transformational impacts on public health and health care. Each speaker in the Series provides our students and professionals with essential resources that promote leadership through innovation. Be sure to check out the resources and presentations from the Series here!


Our goal for the new Innovative Leaders Speaker Series is to provide public health professionals with an opportunity to learn about innovative ideas and new ways of thinking while creating a forum to share these ideas with others. Each session will provide you with an opportunity to hear directly from leaders and to network with your peers.


This Series provides lectures with key leaders in the following core competencies for public health professionals:



In this session on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Dr. Chip Heath, best selling author of Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work,” discussed specific, practical tools that can help us to think more clearly about our options and to make wiser, bolder decisions at work and at home. Learn more here.



Performance Improvement

In this performance improvement workshop on Thursday, June 6, 2013, Dr. Tom Jackson, author of the award winning book, "Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise" presented “A Public Health Application of ‘A3’ Lean Management Principles.” Learn more here.





Funding Management

As funding has increasingly tightened in recent years, grant writing has become an essential skill for many staff members in the public health field. This three-part Grant Writing for Public Health Professionals Series with Melanie Wise, expert consultant and Principal at WiseExposition, prepared attendees for the challenges of writing grant proposals. The series began with Part 1 - "Basic Grant Writing for Public Health Professionals," a two-hour presentation - on September 27th. It followed with the "Two Day Grant Writing Workshop" on Friday, October 18th, and Friday, October 25th, 2013.



Work-Life Balance

Achieving a healthy work/life balance takes skill and commitment! We are very excited to have been able to provide this special workshop on how to develop skills that ensure a healthy work/life balance. Participants joined Dana Whitaker, Principal, Opening Eyes, LLC, and Trainer, International Dialogue Education Associates, on November 7th, 2013 for an intimate evening of professional life coaching on the subject of work/life balance along with wine, hors d'oeuvres and networking! Learn more here.




Leadership and Management

SchaefferL- 11 29 10In this event on March 17th, 2014, Leonard Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor, University of Southern California, and Founding Chairman & CEO of WellPoint, on discussed his perspective on the roles of leadership and management in large organizations, based on his experience in the public and private sectors. He presented a "Typology of Leadership" that uniquely describes the way in which these different roles contribute to and influence organizations in achieving their vision, mission and goals. Finally, Mr. Schaeffer applied his observations on leadership to the implementation challenges of the Affordable Care Act. Learn more about this exciting event here.


Innovations in Problem Solving 

clarkkelloggwebIn this workshop on Thursday, May 29, 2014, Clark Kellogg, Faculty at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Founding Director of the Cal Design Lab, showed us how to think innovatively about how to problem solve: our perceptions, our judgments and how we go about understanding and solving increasingly complex problems in public health (and life). We experimented with alternative methods of observing, discovering insights, creating solutions, and testing our ideas. This was a session built around learning-by-doing. We got outside our comfort zone and discovered what it is to be an innovation leader-as-learner! Learn more here.