Empower U Symposium


March 05, 2019

Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB)
Free Admission and Refreshments

In celebration of Women's Week, the Women in Health, Medicine and Science (WiHMS) program and the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion is pleased to host the Empower U Symposium. President Ruth Watkins will give a Keynote Address, followed by a series of negotiation workshops aimed at faculty, staff and trainees. All are welcome to attend. 






Carolynn Clark teaches the Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate Program in the University of Utah Communication Institute. Ms. Clark also conducts a mediation practice and has conducted thousands of hours of mediation. Her practice areas include Employment, Health Law and Elder Care, Probate and Estates, Child Custody and Parent Plans, and Divorce.

This presentation will be tailored towards staff.


Stacy Parsons is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Utah College of Law. She teaches the Advanced Negotiation and Mediation course with Professor James Holbrook. The class counts for the students basic mediation training requirements, and includes a two day review of domestic mediation.

Conversations about gendered differences have been around for decades, however, recent research is expanding our understanding of these differences as it relates to negotiations. Gendered differences have roots in our biology and acculturation which have lead to implicit bias, stereotypes and expectations. With a greater awareness and understanding of gendered differences we can create better collaborative outcomes in negotiations. This presentation will provide the audience with tools that may be used in navigating gendered differences in any negotiation.

This presentation will be tailored towards faculty.

 pearlsandick.pngThis workshop will focus on professional skills that women need to thrive in a professional environment, including how to:
  • Negotiate effectively
  • Interact positively on teams and with a mentor or advisor
  • Think tactically
  • Enhance personal presence
  • Develop alliances
  • Achieve professional goals
Pearl Sandick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Theory Group at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Utah in 2011. Professor Sandick is a theoretical particle physicist studying physics beyond the Standard Model, including possible explanations for the dark matter in the Universe. In addition to her research, she’s passionate about teaching, mentoring students, and making science accessible and interesting to non-scientists. She has given a TEDx talk, been interviewed on KCPW’s Cool Science Radio and NPR’s Science Friday, and received a 2016 University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award. Professor Sandick has recently served on the American Physical Society (APS) Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and as the Chair of the National Organizing Committee for the APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiPs).

This presentation will be tailored towards trainees and students.

Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH

Amanda V. Bakian, PhD

Women in Health, Medicine, & Science Co-Directors

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