The Woman One Award annually honors an outstanding woman for her leadership in the Philadelphia community and raises scholarship funds for talented, underrepresented women in medicine studying at the College of Medicine.
Gloria Twine Chisum, PhD, Honored as Woman One 2018
The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine presented the 16th annual Woman One Award to Gloria Twine Chisum, PhD, at a special ceremony and reception at The Rittenhouse on Monday, April 30, 2018. Over 250 guests attended the event honoring Chisum’s lifetime of achievements and community service and raising tuition support for talented underrepresented women studying medicine at Drexel University.
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Dr. Chisum is a trailblazing scientist and community leader. She graduated from Howard University before earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. During her long and illustrious research career, Dr. Chisum headed the Vision Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Air Development Center and became a world-renowned authority on visual problems associated with the operation of high-performance aircraft.
She has also been an active leader in many civic and professional organizations, serving on the boards of directors for the William Penn Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Arthritis Foundation, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Constitution Center. She is an emerita trustee and former vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Read Dr. Chisum's bio [PDF].
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The Woman One Award and Scholarship Fund annually honors a woman of exceptional leadership and raises tuition funds for underrepresented women studying medicine at Drexel University.
Funds raised from the annual Woman One Award event support medical school scholarships for talented underrepresented women in Drexel’s medical school. Since the program began in 2003, 22 Woman One Scholars have graduated and are working as physicians across the United States and nine Scholars are currently in all four classes at Drexel’s medical school.
For information about Woman One, contact Janine Barber at 215.991.8194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Past Woman One Honorees
Since the Woman One program was initiated by the IWHL in 2003, honorees have been:
- Women's leadership development advocate Molly Shepard (2017) | Learn more
- Community leader and innovator Renee Amoore (2016) | Learn more
- Philanthropist and civic activist Lynne Honickman (2015) | Learn more
- Founder of the Russell Byers Charter School Laurada Byers (2014) | Learn more
- Journalist Lisa Thomas-Laury (2013) | Learn more
- Community leader Dianne Semingson (2012) | Learn more
- Director of the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor Sara Manzano-Díaz (2011) | Learn more
- Former first lady of Drexel University Eliana Papadakis (2010)
- Former president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Jane Pepper (2009)
- City representative and director of commerce Stephanie Naidoff (2008)
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (2007)
- Philanthropist and television personality Suzanne Roberts (2006)
- Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley (2005)
- Attorney and community leader Leslie Anne Miller (2004)
- Pennsylvania secretary of public welfare Estelle Richman (2003)
Woman One continues to connect Drexel University College of Medicine to the greater Philadelphia community by engaging businesses and foundations in supporting Drexel's diversity initiatives.
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Current Woman One Scholars
Christel Francois (2018)
Christel was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but attended high school in New York and graduated from the University of Maryland. While visiting Haiti in 2010, she found herself in the heart of the tragic earthquake, and working with the victims inspired her to become a family physician. Now a fourth-year medical
student at Drexel, Christel plans to specialize in family medicine. She is strongly committed to public service and is working on a research project that focuses
on homeless women and factors that affect the
transition to stable housing. Christel is the Suzanne Roberts Woman One Scholar.
Jaclyn Heilman (2018)
A native of Philadelphia, Jaclyn attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a degree in bioengineering. Now in her fourth year of medical
school, she enjoys interacting with patients and
being part of their medical care. Jaclyn continually
excels in her coursework and was one of only six
medical students to be selected in Year 2 to receive
a commendation for outstanding professionalism.
After graduation she plans to enter a general surgery
residency. Jaclyn is a W.W. Smith Woman One Scholar.
Jillian Thayer (2018)
Originally from Seattle, Washington, and a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in biochemistry, Jillian earned honors designation throughout her
medical school coursework and straight honor evaluations
at the completion of her third-year clinical rotations.
She has been an active volunteer in the community
and served as board chair of the free Health Outreach
Project student-run health clinics in Philadelphia. She
recently co-authored a research paper on neonatal immunology.
Upon graduation in 2018, Jillian plans to specialize
in general surgery. Jillian is the Jean Forest, MD—WMC/MCP Trust Fund Woman One Scholar.
Dareen Elgindi (2019)
Born in the Sudan, Dareen moved to Columbus, Ohio, when she was a child and received a BS from Ohio State University as a triple major in biology, microbiology and biochemistry. She has an interest
in women’s issues and global health, and has shadowed
physicians in both the U.S. and the Sudan. She
recently began work on a research project with
Drexel’s Department of Dermatology and is considering
pursuing a research fellowship. Now in her
third year of medical school, she has volunteered throughout the Philadelphia
community and recently participated in the CAPTIVATE program, a
series of STEM conferences for middle- and high-school girls. Dareen is a Dean's Woman One Scholar.
Ivonne Martinez (2019)
Originally from Bogata, Colombia, Ivonne moved to the United States when she was 12 years old and lived in New Jersey, later graduating from Seton Hall University as a biochemistry major. During her second year in medical
school, Ivonne participated as a volunteer at several
Health Outreach Project (HOP) clinics and participated
on the committee for Drexel’s Pediatric AIDS Benefit
Concert. As she enters her third year, she will be located
in Sacramento, California, for clinical rotations and is
looking forward to continuing her work helping patients in disadvantaged
communities. Ivonne is the Honickman Woman One Scholar.
Rita Akumuo (2020)
Born and raised in Camden, N.J., Rita attended Syracuse University, where she graduated with degrees in three majors in four years: nutrition science, neuroscience and biology. Rita received her
master’s degree in medical science at Drexel University
in May 2016. Rita is an exceptional student
and achieved high grades in all of her first-year
medical school coursework. As she continues her
medical education, Rita will be serving her second
term as co-class president. She volunteers with
Drexel’s free health clinic and is pursuing a Women’s Health Track with a
distinction in health equality. Rita is the Philadelphia Foundation/Dean's Woman One Scholar.
Stephanie Belancourt (2020)
Born in Canada, Stephanie grew up in Haiti in an underserved area of Port-au-Prince and moved to Florida as a teenager. She is a graduate of Florida International University with a degree in psychology and later received an MBA from Nova Southeastern. Stephanie hopes to expand her leadership skills during her time in medical school and engage in volunteer activities in Philadelphia's underserved communities. Stephanie is the Haas Woman One Scholar.
Dominque Jones (2021)
A native of Philadelphia, Dominique earned her undergraduate
degree in biology with a minor in public health
from George Washington University and her master’s
from Hampton University. During her college years,
Dominique worked in Washington, D.C., as a Department
of Health intern and later interned at the Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia as a junior project coordinator.
Dominique also volunteered in Washington, D.C., as a
Health Leads Advocate, where she worked one on one
with patients to help provide low-income families with
resources. Dominique is a Dean’s Woman One Scholar.
Jacqueline Koomson (2021)
Jacqueline is from Worcester, Massachusetts. She is a first-generation college student who
completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at NYU and earned a master’s
degree from Boston University. During her college years, Jacqueline volunteered
in Ghana and worked as an office assistant at NYU. Jacqueline has significant
experience in adolescent and women’s health, including working as a research
assistant in the NYU DNA/Nanotechnology Laboratory and internships at
NARAL in New York City and the UMass Medical Center in the Neuro-Diagnostics Department. Jacqueline is the Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design/Dean’s Woman One Scholar.
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