The Faculty Leadership Institute program was recently redesigned in partnership with the Fisher College of Business utilizing their evidence-based BUILD Leadership Model and was developed with significant input from faculty, FAME staff and past-FLI participants in the College of Medicine. Fisher faculty will facilitate the monthly sessions which run from September 2019 through May 2020.

The purpose of this program is to develop faculty with the necessary skills to become a principled leader. As a result of this program participants can be expected to use emotional intelligence to make prudent and ethical decisions; develop the ability to initiate and lead change; articulate a vision and influence others; build consensus and resolve conflict; manage and develop others. The program is open to all faculty in the college of medicine. Endorsement and financial support from a department chair or division director is required, and up to 30 faculty will be selected.


The FAME Faculty Leadership Institute (FLI) is a foundational program designed to develop and strengthen leadership skills of faculty to drive and manage change and execute organizational strategy.

FLI Program requirements

The Faculty Leadership Institute will meet once a month for educational seminars and exercises, scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. generally on the third Thursday of each month at the Eye & Ear Institute, room 3000 (modifications for holidays or important conflicting events may be needed). The program will extend for a total of 9 sessions, plus a kickoff meeting and a graduation program.

Participants are required to attend at least 8 of the 9 regular sessions. The 2019-2020 program dates are: Sept 10 (kickoff), Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19, Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 4 (Graduation). On average, it is estimated that up to 10 hours a month will be required for optimum participation.

Participants are expected to fully engage in the program, including the completion of assigned preparation for sessions and execution of all required exercises, activities and projects.

How to Apply
Applications for the next FLI cohort (beginning September 2020) will open in April 2020.

Cohort Participants
View 2017-2018 Cohort or view the Past FLI Cohort Participants.

FLI Committee members

  • Michael Guertin, MD, MBA, FAME Director for Leadership
  • Elizabeth English, MBA, Associate Director, Education, Development & Resources
  • Brandon Biesiadecki, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology & Cell Biology
  • Michael Essandoh, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Karen Heiser, PhD, Vice President, Education, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Stephen Koesters, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Bryan Martin, DO, Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine
  • Ehud Mendel, MD, Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Peter Mohler, PhD, Vice Dean for Research
  • Enver Ozer, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology
  • Ritu Salani, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Natalie Wittman, Administrative Director, Education, Development and Resources

Ex-officio Members

  • Philip Binkley, MD, MPH, Director, Center for FAME, Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Heather Brod, Executive Director, Center for FAME
  • Debbie Pond, Program Manager, Center for FAME
  • Emma Tippett, Program Coordinator, Center for FAME

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