2021 Virtual Emerging Leaders Forum

Walking the Walk: Developing Tools to Effectively Lead Teams

Lutul D. Farrow, MD, FAOA, 2021 Chair

The Emerging Leaders Forum is the key meeting of the Emerging Leaders Program, providing in-depth and meaningful leadership-focused sessions. The 2021 Emerging Leaders Forum will be conducted over three, 90 minute virtual sessions. 

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As rising leaders within the orthopaedic community, Emerging Leaders know that leadership tools are essential to successfully navigate the ever-shifting landscape of the orthopaedic profession. The Emerging Leaders Forum gives participants the opportunity to network with established AOA leaders and their peers from across the US and Canada.

Emerging Leaders Forum Overview

2021 Virtual Emerging Leaders Forum
Walking the Walk: Developing Tools to Effectively Lead Teams

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT
Session One: Build and Empower Diverse Teams
Lead Faculty: Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, CPTD


  • Reflect and evaluate the significance of empowering others
  • Examine the importance of diverse teams and develop strategies to build them
  • Action Plan

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT
Session Two: Communicating Your Vision and Influencing Others
Lead Faculty: Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, CPTD


  • Examine the practice of communicating your vision and influencing others
  • Reflect on cross generational leadership and how it can impact our communication
  • Action Plan

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT
Session Three: Becoming a Servant Leader and Change Agent
Lead Faculty: Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, CPTD


  • Examine servant leadership and the importance of begin a change agent
  • Examine your role as a leader and change agent
  • Develop strategies to build your leadership bench strength
  • Action Plan
About Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, Lead Faculty, Facilitator, and Course Designer

Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA is the Director of Learning Strategy and Design at Cleveland Clinic, where she leads a cross functional team at the Cleveland Clinic Mandel Global Leadership & Learning Institute (MGLLI) to implement learning strategy, design, delivery, and business impact for physician leaders and executives. She has 15 years of expertise in management, design, creation and implementation of learning solutions for in-person and online courses. Specific interests include leadership development programs, instructional design, eLearning, and learner needs analysis. Ms. Carroll has designed leadership development courses around the topics of communication skills, dealing with conflict, emotional intelligence, influence, time management, and team building.

She received her Master of Science in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay in 2015, and a Master of Business of Administration from the American Military University in 2013. She is also a veteran of US Marine Corps.

Previous Emerging Leaders Forum Themes

2020 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Annunziato Amendola, MD, MPH, FAOA

Theme: Leading Your Organization in the Transition to Value-Based Care and Payment

Facilitated by: 
Richard C. Mather, III, MD, MBA

  • Session One: Care Redesign—Design a Better Way to Take Care of Your Patients
  • Session Two: Payment Reform—Building the Business Model
  • Session Three: Go Do It!—Building the Infrastructure

2019 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Lisa A. Taitsman, MD, MPH, FAOA

Theme: Effective Negotiations for the Orthopaedic Surgeon

Facilitated by: Peter Kim, PhD

2018 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Charles L. Saltzman, MD, FAOA

Theme: Difficult Conversations

Facilitated by: Debbie Goldstein, JD

2017 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Gregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD, FACS, FAOA

Theme: Leadership Outside the Box

Bob Fox, EdD
Benjamin A. Alman, MD, FAOA, Moderator
Mary I. O’Connor, MD, FAOA
Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA, FAOA
Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS, FAOA
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD, FAOA
David E. Attarian, MD, FACS, FAOA
Richard H. Gelberman, MD, FAOA
Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAOA
George V. Russell, Jr. MD, MBA, FAOA
Eric Henry
Jayne Nucete

2016 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Keith Kenter, MD, FAOA

Theme: Understanding Leadership through Effective Communication Skills

David S. Jevsevar, MD, MBA, FAOA
Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, FAOA
Evan L. Flatow, MD, FAOA
Steven L. Frick, MD, FAOA
Thomas P. Vail, MD, FAOA
Rick W. Wright, MD, FAOA
Edward N. Hanley, Jr., MD, FAOA
Robert A. Hart, MD, FAOA
Micah Sinclair, MD
Emily Hoffman, MD
Jennifer L. Moore, JD