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ELAM Program 25th Anniversary Celebration

Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Transform the Future

ELAM will celebrate its 25th anniversary on May 1, 2020, in Philadelphia. Since its founding in 1995, ELAM has matured from a unique national model into the preeminent leadership training program for women in academic health institutions. By 2020 there will be more than 1,200 ELUMs in senior leadership roles at institutions around the world. We have a lot to celebrate!

Thanks to the incredible support of the ELAM community, the 25th anniversary event sold out! If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email Barbara Overholser at

Interested in sponsoring the event? Learn more.

Schedule of Events

On May 1, 2020, panels, workshops and discussion groups will be held during the day. The evening will feature a celebration at the Kimmel Center, including a keynote conversation with Jill Ellis, historic head coach of the United States Women's National Soccer Team. ELAM faculty member Cathie Siders, PhD, will moderate the conversation about leadership with Ms. Ellis.

Please note that the 25th anniversary event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email Barbara Overholser at

Daytime Program

The Study at University City

7:30 a.m.
8 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast and networking by specialty

CME credits available:

9 – 10:15 a.m.
Women on Boards panel
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Programming TBA
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and networking by specialty
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Concurrent sessions:
  • How to Write a Successful Award Nomination
  • Advanced Politics: Maneuvering the Workplace With Your Values Intact
  • Dentistry program (TBD)


Evening Program

The Kimmel Center

4:30 – 6 p.m.
Cocktail reception
Institutional Action Project poster showcase
6:15 – 9 p.m.
Dinner celebrating the life of Dr. D. Walter Cohen, including keynote speaker and awards



A block of discounted rooms is available at The Study at University City. Use this booking link to reserve a room. The booking code is 7580921.

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ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.

Event Sponsors

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • Spencer Stuart
  • UNC Medical Foundation of North Carolina
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • University of Utah Health
  • Witt Kieffer

A Timeline of Leadership

ELAM Program Timeline through 2020
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