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MI ACE Conference Keynote Speakers

June 5 Keynote Speaker: Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., is President of Oakland University. She came to Oakland University in July of 2017, bringing years of academic, medical and business expertise, along with cutting-edge insights on education, health care and the challenges of serving patients in a fast-changing environment. She is a sought-after speaker on a range of topics, including education, health care and leadership.

Dr. Pescovitz earned her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she earned Distinguished Alumni Awards from both the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern University. 

During her extensive, 21-year career at Indiana University, she served as Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine, President and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children, and interim Vice President for Research Administration at Indiana University.

From 2009-2014, she was the University of Michigan’s first female Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health System CEO. In this role, she led a system that included three hospitals, more than 120 health centers and clinics and the University of Michigan Medical School. 

From 2014-2017, Dr. Pescovitz was Eli Lilly and Company’s Senior Vice President and U.S. Medical Leader for Lilly Biomedicines. Dr. Pescovitz served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research, the nation’s largest pediatric research organization; president of the Lawson Wilkins (North American) Pediatric Endocrine Society, and chair of the March of Dimes Grants Review Committee. She also served on the University of Florida Health System Strategic Cabinet, the AnthemLilly Joint Research Governance Council, the Advancement Council of the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. She also served on the boards of the Hormone Foundation, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Board for Clinical Research and the Board of Life Technology, prior to its sale to Thermo Fisher. At Life Technology, she served on the Compensation and Organizational Development and the Regulatory Oversight Committees.

Dr. Pescovitz currently serves on the Detroit Economic Club Board of Directors, the Board of Medical Main Street in Oakland County, Michigan, the Horizon League Board of Directors, the Board of Directors and Member-at-Large Executive Committee for the Michigan Association of State Universities, Citizens Research Council of Michigan Board of Trustees, the 149 Medical Inc. Board of Advisors and is co-chair of Detroit Drives Degrees Leadership Council. She is a member of the Horizon League Investment Committee, the New Presidents’ Academy Advisory Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, a corporate member of the Rochester Rotary Club, and an Honorary Member of the Oakland University Chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society.

June 5 Closing Speaker: Valerie Young, Ed.D.

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-recognized expert on impostor syndrome. She’s brought her humorous yet highly practical approach to impostor feelings to tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff at over 85 universities in the US, Canada, and Japan including Harvard, MIT, and Stanford – as well as to professionals in such diverse organizations as Boeing, Facebook, BP, Intel, Chrysler, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Merck, Ernst & Young, Proctor & Gamble, McDonald’s, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the UK College of Policing, and Society of Women Engineers.

Valerie’s 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.

Her award-winning book “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It” (Crown Business) is available in five languages and useful for both men and women.