2019 Keynote Speakers

The 2019 Michigan ACE Women’s Network Conference will be held June 3-4 in Lansing.

Two keynote speakers have been announced for the second day of the conference: Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., president of Oakland University; and Valerie Young, an internationally-recognized expert on impostor syndrome.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz

Pescovitz was named president of Oakland University in 2017. She is a renowned academic leader, health care executive, pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who has published more than 190 papers and books.

Pescovitz earned her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Much of her work has focused on the physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty, and the development of novel therapies for these conditions.

She had an extensive career at Indiana University, then served as University of Michigan’s first female executive vice president for medical affairs and health system CEO, and was Eli Lilly and Company’s senior vice president and U.S. medical leader for Lilly Biomedicines.

Valerie Young

Valerie Young

Valerie Young

Young has brought her humorous yet highly practical approach to impostor feelings to tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at more than 85 universities and diverse companies like Boeing, Facebook, BP, Intel, Chrysler, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Merck, Ernst & Young, Proctor & Gamble, McDonalds, and more.

She is the author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business).

Her advice has been cited in popular and business outlets around the world including Yahoo Financial News, CNN Money, BBC Radio, Time, The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science, and The Chicago Tribune.