Managing in Turbulent Times: Emerging Leaders in Public Health

Success Stories


Team Synergy wins the the 2009 Action Learning Team Case Study Competition. More...

Bahby Banks presents at the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Summit and the UNC-Chapel Hill 30th Annual Minority Health Conference. More...



Gerri Cannon-Smith, BS, MPH, MD (2008)
Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

"We were all aware of  the importance of networking, but often tend to use it as a buzzword. During the program, I became cognizant of the inherent value in creating an expansive and diverse network. It seems a little analogous to jumping on a trampoline. The strength and breadth of your network provides support and keeps you landing on your feet.  Your personal agility and authenticity, in addition to the diversity and expanse of the 'trampoline' network, determines the height and trajectory of your rise.  Improving my networking skills will be a major component of my individual marketing plan."

Wayne Don, BA, MBA (2008)
Health System Administrator, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK

"I will continue to build on my network and purposefully add connections and contacts as I travel the country and am afforded an opportunity to expand my network nationally and globally."

Tamra J. Fountaine, BS (2006)
Program Associate
Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

"I must say thank you to Dr. Jim Johnson and the entire Emerging Leaders program staff. I'm not sure I would be where I am today if I hadn't gone through the leadership program and had the pleasure and benefit of working with Barbara Sabol. Through the program, I learned and gained confidence in myself, which allowed me to see my world from a totally different lens. I've stayed true to the teaching and I'm still using my Individual Development Plan. I've just applied for the MPH Leadership program, which was also one of my goals, and I'm just finishing my last course in the Leadership Certificate Program. I can't say that it's been easy, but it sure has been worth it."

Jurek Grabowski, MPH, DrPH
Researcher, Health Services Research Center
University of Miami Humana

"I have learned about how critical it is to seek out and act on opportunities to be a leader. It is a matter of seeing or creating those moments and moving forward to affect change."

Emanuel Finn, DDS , MS
Chief, Oral Health Division
DC Department of Health

"The positive, motivational and up-beat experience propelled me to adopt a plan to hone in on my leadership skills...I found myself constantly improving and consistently performing at peak levels. The result was enhanced overall job performance and professional satisfaction."