Penny Williamson, ScD.Penny R. Williamson, ScD is an internationally recognized facilitator, educator and coach for leaders and organizations in health care. She is a founding facilitator and mentor for the national Center for Courage and Renewal and Associate Professor of Medicine, Part Time, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Since 1998, Penny has led Courage to Lead, a leadership development and personal renewal program for leaders in health care and other serving professions.

She has developed and led additional multi-retreat “Courage Programs” within health care organizations, as well as freestanding reflective retreats exploring domains such as life transitions, and living and leading authentically.

Aligned with her retreat work, Penny leads large-scale change efforts in relationship-centered culture building, working with individuals, leadership teams and healthcare organizations.

Past roles include founding Faculty, Leading Organizations to Health, a 10-month institute for healthcare leaders focused on creating and sustaining relational cultures in organizations; founding Executive Vice President, American Academy on Communication and Healthcare, a national organization devoted to enhancing the doctor patient relationship through improved teaching and clinical skills and the promotion of research; founding faculty, Longitudinal Faculty Development Program on Teaching Skills for Physicians, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle. Selected Publications

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Penny was one of two external consultants in a five-year Relationship Centered Care Initiative at Indiana University School of Medicine to positively affect the “hidden” curriculum, or social environment of the entire medical school.

She participated in a multi-year staff-development initiative at the American Board of Internal Medicine to build sustainable capacities in relationship-centered work and collaborative learning.

And for six years served as consultant to Clarian West Medical Center, helping to build and sustain a relationship-centered culture in this new hospital with a guiding of vision to be a Sanctuary of Healing.

Her recent book is Leading Change in Healthcare: transforming organizations using complexity, positive psychology and relationship-centered care (Suchman, AL, Sluyter, D, Williamson, PR, Eds). Penny has authored numerous other articles on physician well-being, personal and organizational mindfulness and relationship-centered practices.

Penny and her husband, architecture and railroad historian Jim Dilts, live in Baltimore, Maryland. They have three grown children. Penny’s loves include meditation, yoga, cooking, dancing, reading, art, kayaking, travel and hiking.