Leadership Development Conference


A Leadership Development Conference for Mid-Career & Senior Women Faculty

The EMPOWER Summit is a two and a half day, immersive, interactive, leadership development opportunity. Space is limited for this one-time leadership development conference

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications are now being accepted for the EMPOWER Summit.
Deadline to apply:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Women clinicians and scientists bring unique perspectives, strengths, and opportunities to academic health centers. Women have yet to achieve leadership positions proportional to the numbers being trained. Leakages and blockages in the pipeline are numerous and multifactorial. According to the AAMC Faculty Engagement Survey, women might benefit from:

  • Clear role expectations and advancement pathways
  • Equitable and diverse workplaces
  • Opportunities for development and advancement

The EMPOWER Summit will prepare women faculty leadrs (new and aspiring) for exectuive leadership roles.

Program Goals

  • Develop women leaders through knowledge and skill acquisition necessary to lead confidently and competently.
  • Create peer and leadership and mentorship networks  to share perspective, expertise, and support -within and beyond the program.

Key Competencies Addressed

  • Self-assessment of leadership strengths and challenges
  • Vision setting, strategic planning, organizational change
  • Finance and budget management
  • Negotiation skills
  • Conflict management and communication
  • Building a team: managing, and motivating people
  • Balance: caring for self, resilience,and mindfulness

Eligibility Criteria

  • Mid-career and senior women faculty of UMMS, including UMMS-Baystate
  • Aspiring and new leaders
  • MD, DO, PhD, DNP or equivalent advanced degree
  • Completed Application including CV*
  • Chair or Division Chief approval
  • Commitment to attend entire program


Thursday, March 16th, 11:00am-6:30pm
Friday, March 17th, 8:00am-8:30pm
Saturdsay, March 18th, 8:00am-4:30pm

Application Period: September 15, 2016 - November 15, 2016

Notification Date: December 5, 2016

Application: http://www.umassmed.edu/globalassets/office-of-faculty-affairs/documents/gender-equity/empowerapp2.doc 
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Speakers and Topics: http://www.umassmed.edu/ofa/equity-diversity/empower/empower-speakers/

EMPOWER Summit Dates: March 16-18, 2017

*Space is limited

Course Director
Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd;
Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine;
Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics
and Psychiatry

ELAM Graduate Advisory Board
Vivian Budnik, PhD
Joanna M. Cain, MD
Deborah M. DeMarco, MD
Ellen Gravallese, MD
Julia V. Johnson, MD
Jean King, PhD
Mary Lee, MD
Michele P. Pugnaire, MD
Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD
Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD
Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD

University of Massachusetts
Office of Faculty Affairs &
The Joy McCann Foundation
through the UMMS Joy Mcann


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