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Institute for Women's Health and Leadership Woman One

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.

The 2019 Woman One Award Ceremony will take place on Monday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

For information about Woman One, contact Janine Barber at 215.991.8194 or

Gloria Twine Chisum, PhD, Honored as Woman One 2018

2018 Woman One Gloria Twine Chisum with Lynn Yeakel

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.

View photos of the event

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.

Group photo of attendees at the 2018 Woman One Award Ceremony

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.

Gloria Twine Chisum with current Woman One Scholars

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

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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


Dareen Elgindi

Dareen Elgindi (2019)
Born in the Sudan, Dareen moved to Columbus, Ohio, when she was a child and earned a BS from Ohio State University as a triple major in biology, microbiology and biochemistry. Now entering her final year of medical school, Dareen spent the past year doing clinical rotations and conducting research, including assessing HPV infection among transplant recipients. She traveled to the Sudan for several weeks to assist doctors at the Khartoum Dermatology Hospital, providing support to patients undergoing procedures. Because of her growing awareness of the shortage of primary care physicians and the needs of underserved communities in the U.S., Dareen plans to specialize in internal medicine. Dareen is a Dean’s Woman One Scholar.

Ivonne Martinez

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. Ivonne spent her third year of medical school at Drexel in Sacramento, California, doing clinical rotations, and had the opportunity to advocate for Spanish-speaking patients.  Now in her last year at Drexel, she is excited to continue working with patients in clinical rotations. She plans to specialize in internal medicine due to her strong desire to work with people in disadvantaged communities. Ivonne is the Honickman Woman One Scholar.


Rita Akumuo

Rita Akumuo (2020)
Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, Rita attended Syracuse University and graduated with degrees in nutrition science, neuroscience and biology. She received a master’s degree in medical science at Drexel University in May 2016. Now entering her third year of medical school, she continues to earn high grades in her coursework, serves as co-president of her medical school class, and is chapter vice president for the Student National Medical Association. Rita also volunteers with Drexel’s free student-run health clinic, tutors medical students and was selected to be a coordinator of the Gross Anatomy Medical Scholars program. Rita is The Philadelphia Foundation/Dean’s Woman One Scholar.

Stephanie Coriolan

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 excelled in her second-year coursework and volunteered with the Latin Medical School Association at community health fairs in the Philadelphia area. Now entering her third year of medical school, Stephanie is committed to becoming a compassionate physician who treats her patients with dignity and respect.  Stephanie is the Haas Woman One Scholar.


Dominique Jones

Dominique Jones (2021)
A Philadelphia native, 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 first year of medical school, she volunteered with several community organizations, tutoring young adults and teaching basic reading to kindergarteners in underserved areas of Philadelphia. She was elected co-president of the Drexel chapter of the Student National Medical Association and was chosen as one of the executive planning coordinators for the student-run 2018 Racism in Medicine Conference. Now in her second year at Drexel, she co-founded DUCOM StAR: Students Against Racism, to continue this important work. Dominique is a Dean’s Woman One Scholar.

Jacqueline Koomson

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 the summer between her first and second years of medical school, she interned at 37 Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana, helping underserved patients suffering from trauma. Last year she conducted research at the Rothman Institute for Orthopedic Research in Philadelphia and volunteered as a tutor for elementary school students through Northern Children Services. Jacqueline also served on the executive board of Drexel’s Mentoring and Pipeline Program and the Drexel student chapter of the American Medical Association. She is a work-study intern at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership. Jacqueline is The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design/Dean’s Woman One Scholar.


Elizabeth Centurion

Elizabeth Centurion (2022)
Elizabeth was born in Philadelphia and raised by parents originally from Paraguay. She received her undergraduate degree from Drexel University, becoming the first college graduate in her family, and later earned a master’s degree from Temple University. Because of her love of science and desire to work with underserved populations, Elizabeth plans to be a physician advocate who will treat and educate patients, and offer resources to improve their quality of life and reduce existing health disparities. Elizabeth is a W.W. Smith WOMAN ONE Scholar.

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