Insight and Inspiration: Conversations for Public Health Leaders

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ASTHO is honored to present Insight and Inspiration, the premier webinar series designed to motivate public health leaders as they respond to new and ongoing public health challenges. The nation’s preeminent thought leaders, authors, and strategic thinkers offer attendees strategies to further develop their leadership skills as well as ground themselves and their teams even amid crisis.

This series is open to governmental public health professionals at all stages of their careers. Check out upcoming opportunities and previous session recordings below to take your leadership to the next level.

Kemia Sarraf for Insight & Inspiration


Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023 at 3 p.m. ET

Speaker: Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH, RCC, TIPC, TMC
Lodestar Founder and CEO

Joining us for an engaging conversation is Kemia M. Sarraf, founder and CEO of Lodestar. The toll of the past three years on public health employees has been profound. Sarraf will impart a readily accessible paradigm for understanding the impacts of toxic stress exposure and multivariate sources of trauma. Sarraf will also be providing insight into immediately actionable, restorative steps for individuals and organizations to heal and grow from toxic stress and multiplied workloads.

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Start With Why–Experience the Simon Sinek Golden Circle

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 at 3 p.m. ET

Speaker: Stephen Shedletzky

The Diverse Executives Leading in Public Health, a combined ASTHO and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine leadership development program, invite public health professionals to tune into this keynote speech focused on starting with “WHY." In an engaging discussion, Stephen Shedletzky, executive coach and one of Simon Sinek's master trainers, will discuss Sinek's message of discovering the WHY. From 3-4 p.m. ET, walk through Sinek's Golden Circle framework and understand how organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired, all beginning with WHY.

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Lessons in Leadership

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022 at 4 p.m. ET

Speaker: Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
Best-selling author, teacher, researcher, and clinician

In an energizing conversation, Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD will discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated experiences of moral injury in many professions, including public health and healthcare. From 4-5 p.m. ET, Perry will provide some thoughtful discussion on how leaders can support their teams and organizations, create positive emotional contagion, and revitalize the public health workforce. This engaging Insight and Inspiration Series session will kick off the Public Health – Hope, Equity, Resilience, Opportunity (PH-HERO) Program. At the end of the session, there will be a 30-minute Q&A.

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Leading with Gratitude

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET

Speaker: Mylynn Tufte
ASTHO Alumni - North Dakota

During this uplifting session, Mylynn Tufte (alumni-ND) will explore what it means to lead with gratitude and the powerful impact approaching life with genuine gratitude can have on our effectiveness as leaders. Drawing on lessons learned throughout her leadership journey, Tufte will share the importance of remaining engaged and appreciative in difficult times.

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Leading in Public Health: COVID-19 and PTSD in the Workforce

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Speaker: Sebastian Junger
Award-Winning Journalist, Director, and Best-Selling Author

In this powerful conversation, Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist, director, and best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and TRIBE will engage the audience in an emotionally compelling and vivid portrait of the impact of post-traumatic stress. He will examine the parallels of our military veterans to that of our front-line service providers and health department staff in the response to COVID-19.

Recording unavailable for this session.


Leading Through Uncertainty

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET

Speaker: Nadja West
First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command

In an inspiring conversation, Lt. Gen. Nadja West (retired) will share her story of grit, perseverance, strength, and breaking boundaries in the face of adversity. West will draw on her 20 years of leadership experience in crisis management and disaster response—including leading more than 130,000 Army healthcare professionals and crafting the Department of Defense’s medical response to the Ebola crisis—to share effective tactics for leading in difficult times.

Recording unavailable for this session.

Previous Insight and Inspiration Sessions
Title Date Speaker Description Recording Available
Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen March 4, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET Dan Heath, MBA
Innovative business thought leader and New York Times best-selling author
So often in our organizations and communities, we fall into a cycle of reaction. A problem happens, and we respond. We constantly fight fires. We contend with emergencies. Researchers call this "tunneling." We don't see the big picture, and we don't think about the future. We just keep pushing forward from one crisis to the next. What if instead, we could shift our energies upstream, uncovering and addressing the source of the problems? Heath will share the three forces that push us downstream, as well as the powerful levers we can use to start preventing problems before they happen. No
Leading through Crisis—The Importance of Mindset, Self-Care, and Leader Resilience Nov. 18, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH
Professor and Director, Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice, University of South Florida College of Public Health
During this uplifting session, Dr. Marissa Levine will draw on her 16 years of state government service and expertise in leadership to share the important role of mindset, self-care, and resilience with public health professionals leading during the COVID-19 Pandemic. No
Building Healthy and Resilient Communities During COVID-19 Oct 14, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH
Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health
In this insightful session, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott will share from her experiences as director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and as a specialist in infectious diseases for children and adults. She will provide practical tips for public health professionals seeking to build stronger and more resilient communities in the midst of COVID-19. View the recording
Changing the Odds for Health in the Midst of a Global Pandemic Sept. 16, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH
Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment
In this engaging session, Dr. Anthony Iton will speak to the intersection of public health and social justice and the importance of equity-driven policy solutions in our response to COVID-19. View the recording
The Death of Expertise and What it Means for Public Health Today Aug. 19, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET Tom Nichols, PhD
Sovietologist, Author, and Professor at the U.S. Naval War College
In this lively conversation, author Tom Nichols will address the rejection of expertise in the Information Age where people are exposed to more information than ever before and the implications for public health institutions and professionals responding to COVID-19. No
The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times July 29, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Author of The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times
In this interactive and engaging session, Dr. Sharfstein will share insights on what our "next normal" in public health may look like, as well as provide tips and tools for public health professionals seeking to lead through crisis and address issues of health disparities in responding to COVID-19. View the recording