Women Facuty Programs

Women Facuty Programs

These programs offer women faculty, across all four schools, the opportunity to network and build on leadership skills. Offered three times per year, the topics range from personal development to professional advancement. The series is co-sponsored with the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.


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The UCSF Center for Gender Equity invites you to join us for a rare opportunity to join Kathleen Connell, former California State Controller, discuss how to progress down the path to a secure financial future.

 Move up to Millions! with Kathleen Connell

Date: Wednesday January 13, 2010
Time: 9 to 10:30 am
Location: Lange Room, UCSF Campus Library
Cost: $25 registration fee includes breakfast (pre-registration required). Date: Wednesday

This workshop will help empower you to successfully plan your life's journey and to take charge when important life changing events happen that risk your financial security. Transitions define our lives. Many are the glorious moments we share with family and friends - marriage, birth of a child, college graduation, a new business, a career promotion, a new home, a special vacation.

Other transitions are unsought - and fraught with sadness, anxiety and financial losses. Divorce, unemployment, uninsured healthcare expenses, investment losses, care-giving of aging relatives, pay cuts - these adverse events cannot always be avoided. Yet, you can master your life and mitigate the fiscal consequences of life's negative financial speed bumps.

The decision to become proactive in seeking your financial security - to set financial goals - to build wealth - to Move Up To Millions - is a journey. Let's begin now!

Kathleen's book will be available for purchase at the event! To secure your copy, be sure to indicate your interest where asked on the registration website.

Kathleen Connell was California State Controller from 1995-2003. She is currently President of the Connell Group, an investment advisory firm located in Washington, D.C. Dr. Connell, Ph.D, is the Director of the Corporate Directors Enterprise Program at the U.C Berkeley Haas Graduate School of Business and also teaches International Finance. Her weekly column MoneyWise, on personal finance and investments, appeared in the Christian Science Monitor in 2008-2009. Among the topics she has addressed are: women's investments, college financing, credit card debt, devaluation of the housing market, retirement shortfalls, and working beyond 70.

Dr. Connell has been an investment banker in New York and Los Angeles and served as a Trustee of CalPERS and CalSTRS for eight years, which together comprise the largest pool of retirement assets in the world. She was honored by Smart Money magazine as one of the 30 smartest people in investing and is also the author of Moving Up to Millions: The Life Calculator Guide to Wealth.

In co-sponsorship with UCSF Department of Family & Community Medicine, Department of Physiology, Center for Health and Community, The Center for Gender Equity Presents:

Information session:
Monday November 2, 2009
2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Medical Sciences Bldg, Room S-157

Course schedule:

Series One

Series Two

November 9 - December 7, 2009 and
January 11 - February 8, 2010
2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Clinical Sciences Building, Room C-343-A

February 15 - April 26
(No session on April 12)
2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Clinical Sciences Building, Room C-343-A

We are living in very stressful times, particularly for those in the healing professions of the health sciences: faculty, researchers and managers. This method is based on emerging neuroscience and positive emotional plasticity. How we process daily stress is encoded in the wiring of the emotional brain, and this method is designed to enable people to rewire circuits that amplify stress, and strengthen the wiring that favors positive emotional states.

EBT helps people to identify their brain state throughout the day on a scale of 1 to 5, from well-being to being stressed out. Then they can use the skill that mirrors natural brain processing for that state to switch the brain from stress toward joy and experience immediate relief. It can be used over time to rewire the brain from stress - overeating, depression, anxiety, overspending, overworking and more - to well-being. Named "One of the 10 Top Medical Advances of the Year" by Health magazine, research conducted at UCSF and a the University of Illinois, Chicago has shown that participation in EBT is associated with significant sustained post-treatment improvements in a range of stress-related indices.

A basic course in EBT has been supported by the Center for Gender Equity and the Chancellor's Council on Faculty Life over the last four years. A special course in the method will be available this fall for those who are healers at UCSF including those who are clinicians wanting to explore becoming certified in the method and involved in research at UCSF, and researchers and managers who are interested in stress and stress symptoms. The course can be taken two ways. The first five weeks of the course involves basic tools, and the last five weeks involves additional tools that enhance one's capacity to stay in homeostasis and well-being even during very challenging situations. Take only the first five weeks or participate in both parts of the faculty and staff development program.

EBT focuses on one thing: rewiring the brain for optimal self-regulation, to support improvement in the range of stress symptoms and increase spontaneous access to positive emotional states and reward. The method is based on cutting-edge neuroscience, and it is practical, effective and fun to use. EBT faculty groups are ongoing at UCSF, and with the Department of Physiology (Igor Mitrovic, MD), the Department of Family and Community Medicine offers an elective in EBT. We welcome you to enjoy this introductory experience.


Emotional Brain Training (EBT) was developed at UCSF in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics (Division of Adolescent Medicine). Later, faculty in the Department of Physiology became involved in the progression of the method. Currently, a national center for EBT research is housed in the Center for Health and Community, in affiliation with the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST). Funding through the Center for Gender Equity supported initial delivery of the method to students and faculty. Participation in educational programs based on EBT has been associated with improvements in mood, blood pressure, exercise and weight.


Participants will be able to:

  • Analyze their brain state and use mental practices to change their brain state.
  • Use EBT tools to experience the chemical effects of sustainable eudonic rewards.
  • Analyze the brain state of patients.
  • Use EBT tools to enhance patient satisfaction and provider-patient communication.

Course facilitator:

Laurel Mellin, M.A., R.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics and director of the EBT Center of Excellence, Center for Health and Community.

Course materials:

EBT Wired for Connection Kit. Additional materials provided at each weekly session to participants in the workshop.

Workshop enrollment is limited to 12 individuals. For more information, please contact Amy Levine at [email protected].



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