Women in Surgery Section Visitors

Dr Heather Logghe

Reno, USA

Heather Logghe is a trailblazer in the use of social media at the intersection of patients, practitioners, research, and medicine. She is an internationally sought after speaker, collaborator, and social media correspondent on topics of gender parity, diversity, professionalism and strategic social media use. Heather Logghe completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She then spent a year at the frontlines of public health working with the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program for the rescue and recovery workers of September 11. Following this she bicycled from San Francisco to Washington DC with the inaugural Ride for World Health, raising funds and awareness of global health issues. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Following graduation, she worked with health tech startups in Silicon Valley, including Doximity, Agile MD, and Touch Surgery. She then completed two years of general surgery residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2015 she founded the #ILookLikeASurgeon social media movement, which has united surgeons on issues of diversity, inclusion, and work-life- integration. To date, the hashtag has been tweeted 150,000 times by over 35,000 users, resulting in 1 billion impressions. She is currently a surgical research fellow at Thomas Jefferson University, examining the role of social media surgical education, research dissemination, and patient care. The goal of this research is to increase utilization of existing technologies to improve health care communication, patient experiences, and outcomes.

Ms Suzi McAlpine


Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when  it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in many guises. Her experience has included being a head-hunter and executive coach,  and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and leadership development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand. She has worked with IAG, Weta Workshop, The Department of Conservation, Contact Energy, Merchant (Overland) Footwear, BDO Accounting, and Nelson Airport to name a few. In 2012, Suzi started The Leader’s Digest, now an internationally acclaimed blog, which provides tips and insights to CEOs and executives around the globe. The blog has been named in CMOE’s Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs, Serve To Lead’s
Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs, Charles Specht’s Top 50 Global Leadership Bloggers, Hubworks Global Top 25 Leadership and Management Blogs and MP Star Financials’ global Top 25 Leadership Blogs for Small Business. In 2018, she launched an online leadership programme for emerging leaders, The Leader’s Map. The programme fills a void in the leadership arena, teaching leadership skills and providing support to people who are thrust into roles in which they must lead. The programme gives emerging leaders the necessary tools to succeed in their role. Suzi is also using her expertise in the leadership space to write a book on burnout and how leaders can create environments in which people, as well as profits, thrive. Suzi graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies (First Class Hons) in Management. She spent 10 years as an Associate Director and shareholder at OCG Consulting where she was part of the management team who led the business through double digit growth before selling the business to a multinational. She then spent four years as a Managing Consultant at Futurestep, a division of Korn Ferry, partner to over 93% of Fortune 100 companies, before starting her own business, McAlpine Coaching, in 2011. She lives with her husband and three children in Nelson, New Zealand,
which means she is on a plane most weeks, but she doesn’t mind because Nelson is the sunniest city in New Zealand!