photo of participants on a zoom call

2021 Celebration of Women in Medicine and Science


Opening Address · September 14, 2021 · Keynote Speaker: Lilly Marks

Lilly Marks

Former AAMC Board Chair Lilly Marks will present "Leadership & Management: Pearls of Wisdom" on Sept. 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. to kick off the annual UC Riverside School of Medicine Celebration of Women in Medicine and Science. 

Watch the recording of Lilly Marks

Her presentation is a compilation of tactical and strategic advice for advancing one’s professional career and leadership success in academic medicine.  It includes observations on the unique challenges women face crossing the gender divide as well as work-life balance challenges. The “pearls of wisdom” reflect 4+ decades of experience and insights from the presenter as well as from other leaders in academic medicine.

Lilly Marks served from 2010-2020 as vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado and Anschutz Medical Campus, which includes the university’s Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, College of Nursing and Graduate School and the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Prior to her health campus leadership role, Marks spent two decades as both senior associate dean for Finance and Administration at the School of Medicine and as executive director of University of Colorado Medicine, the 501(c)(3) faculty practice organization.

Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. From 2015-2020 she served on the board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges including a term as board chair. She also serves on the board of directors of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and the Rose Community Foundation and is on the corporate board of directors of Orthofix Medical, Inc.

Marks has also served as chair of the board of University of Colorado Hospital and as a member of the UCHealth System and Children’s Hospital Colorado board of directors. Additionally, she served on the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the National Institutes of Health and chaired the board of the Association of Academic Health Centers.

Among numerous recognitions, the University of Colorado Board of Regents awarded her with the University Medal for her transformational contributions to the university.  Marks is a past recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Woman in Business Award. She has also been recognized by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Colorado. 5280 Magazine recognized Marks as one of 50 Most Powerful People in Denver. In 2019, the publication Women Inc. named Marks as one of the nation’s most influential corporate board directors.

Marks is a frequent national speaker regarding medical school economics, health care policy and economics, clinical practice management, and leadership issues in academic medicine.

Closing Speaker: Guadalupe Federico, Ph.D.

Guadalupe Federico, PhD

Guadalupe Federico, Ph.D., is associate professor of internal medicine, and assistant dean of Faculty Affairs and Career Development for the College of Medicine-Phoenix (COM-P) at the University of Arizona. She is involved with the implementation and study of faculty development programming and faculty recruitment and retention practices at the clinical, division/department, college, and broader university levels.

Watch the presentation of Dr. Federico

Her topic is the dimensions of medical education we care about most today: Practical strategies to turn our day-to-day work, learning, and interests into non-traditional and traditional high-quality scholarship.

Federico advises early and mid-career physician and non-physician faculty COM-P on dossier preparation, program evaluation, career advancement in medical education, and leadership skills. Her research focuses on the study of organizational culture, physician-faculty mentorship, and physician teaching incentives. Her investigative expertise is in qualitative methods, and integration approaches using mixed-method inquiry.

Federico also holds national leadership roles as an invited contributor to the AAMC’s Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) as an annual conference moderator, lead author of the 2021 Principles of academic life-appointments, promotion, and tenure for the new faculty tool kit. She was recently appointed as the chairwoman for the AAMC GFA’s Research and Scholarship Committee and is the western region communications representative for the GEA’s Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE) committee. 

Student Panel

Moderated by Christina Rangel - Career Services Specialist - UCR School of Medicine

Topic: A Journey through Medical Education

Panel Participants:

  • Manpreet Singh 
  • Olivia Jimenez
  • Prathyusha Dasari 
  • Lavinia Mitroi 
  • Hania Shahin 

Watch the student panel 

Allyship Panel

Moderated by Julie Youm, Ph.D. - Executive Director - UCI Health Affairs Office of Education

Title: Allyship: Promoting the Success of Women in the Workplace

What does it mean to be an ally? How important are allies in the workplace? Join us for a panel presentation with four leaders in medicine and science to discuss the challenges women and underrepresented groups face in the workplace and practical actions that can be taken to serve as allies, mentors, and sponsors.

Panel Participants

  • Dr. Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Associate Vice Chancellor, UCI Health Affairs, and Vice  Dean, Medical Education, UCI School of Medicine 
  • Dr. Nimisha Parekh, Associate Dean, Faculty Development, Non-Senate, UCI School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jennifer Lucero, Associate Dean for Admissions and Vice-Chair for EDI for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Dr. Byron Ford, Associate Dean, Pre-Clerkship Medical Education, UCR School of Medicine

Watch the allyship panel