July 15, 2020

StrategyShare 2020 to proceed in virtual sessions

New dates and a revised, virtual format have been announced for StrategyShare2020, with the first session on Sept. 29.


by Jill Clendening

New dates and a revised, virtual format have been announced for StrategyShare2020, with the first session on Sept. 29.

StrategyShare is an annual event showcasing innovative work being done to advance Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Strategic Directions: Design for Patients and Families; Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional; Discover, Learn and Share; and Amplify Innovation.

Originally scheduled for June, StrategyShare2020 will now be presented through a series of three 90-minute, virtual sessions. Content will build from one session to the next, and each session will include presentations on topics related to all of the Strategic Directions.

  • Session1: Tuesday, Sept. 29 – 7:30 am-9 a.m.
  • Session 2: Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: Thursday, Oct. 1 – 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

“Our presenters have exciting new information ready to share this year, and in light of current events the agenda has been expanded to include topics related to COVID-19 and issues of social injustice our country is facing,” said event co-chair Erin Tickle, MMHC, RN, senior director of VUMC Shared Governance. “Despite challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, teams have continued to creatively collaborate, innovate and even launch new initiatives that illustrate why VUMC and Vanderbilt University are thought leaders and agents of change.”

Canceling the event was never a consideration, and there have been countless positive transformations and successful collaborations that have resulted from the annual gathering, said co-chair Dave Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director for Research at Vanderbilt Eye Institute.

In the summer of 2016, people representing broad areas of Vanderbilt and the community were engaged to develop a unifying strategy framework with four Strategic Directions. In 2017, the first StrategyShare event was held with the elements of the Strategic Directions providing the focus, and an event has been held annually ever since.

“We’ve got great momentum behind this effort, and individuals from throughout the Medical Center and the community look forward to coming together each year and learning what great minds have been up to,” Calkins said. “We’re committed to keeping the momentum going. This year will look a bit different as we present ideas through virtual sessions, but I guarantee it will be well worth your time. We will take advantage of the virtual format to make the event much more diverse and inclusive. Mark your calendars for these sessions now.”

StrategyShare is an initiative of the VUMC Strategic Directions team, which is led by Reed Omary, MD, chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, and Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Executive Vice President for Research and director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, with the support of William Stead, MD, Chief Strategy Officer for VUMC.

For more information, visit www.vumc.org/strategy/vumc-strategic-directions.