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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Annual Giving & Class Gifts

A primary goal of ELAM is to sustain women, and particularly our alumnae, in their leadership roles. We do this by:

  • Enhancing ELUM community-building activities across numerous platforms and at many levels
  • Distributing the biweekly ELAM Edge e-newsletter with position announcements, program and alumnae updates, and leadership-themed news items
  • Providing support for search committees filling senior-level positions, and preparing customized resource/candidate lists to executive search firms
  • Offering advanced leadership development programs for alumnae
  • Being available for phone consultations with our ELUMs
  • And a lot more

The support we receive from ELUMs is crucial in helping us in these efforts.

Revisit what ELUMs from previous classes have expressed about ELAM and their own reasons for giving.

Annual giving, class gifts and pledges all go to support these important funds.

Founders Fund

The Founders Fund supports the endowment of a director's chair for ELAM, an important step toward the permanency of the program.

Innovations Fund

The Innovations Fund, established at ELAM's 10th anniversary, supports the goals of sustaining women's leadership and changing the culture of academic health centers to value women's contributions by addressing all aspects of the leadership continuum, from changing roles and positions within or beyond one's institution and supporting post-ELAM education opportunities.

Laura Lynch Legacy Fund

The Laura Lynch Legacy Fund, initiated by the ELAM 2009 class gift, with the goal of establishing explicit support for ELAM alumnae programming, provides support for alumnae professional development programs and community-building within and across classes and learning communities.

How to Give

All gifts to the Laura Lynch Legacy Fund, Annual Fund, Class Gift and Founders Fund are tax deductible.

Visit the giving website and select the correct fund.

U.S. Mail
Download and fill out our annual giving reply form [PDF] and send to:
Attn: Shermika Lightfoot
Drexel University College of Medicine
ELAM Program
2900 W. Queen Lane – K Wing
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Additional Ideas for Giving
Looking for a more creative way of giving? Some ELUMs have chosen to donate portions of honoraria, book royalties and even salary increases from promotions that fellows attributed to their participation in ELAM. To discuss your ideas for giving, contact Barbara Overholser at or 215.991.8834.

iGive and iSearchiGive
ELAM now offers the unique and easy way of giving by searching and shopping online! When you download the iSearchiGive toolbar once, ELAM will get a penny or more every time you search for something, and a percentage (from 2% to 26%) of online purchases from hundreds of well-known online vendors from Amazon to Zazzle! Try it today, and let us know if you have any questions about this easy way to give!

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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.

   This is really important. We need ways to keep the connections we have made alive. What we have learned in the program is extremely valuable; what we can learn from each other going forward is even more so.   
Jennifer Havens, Rena D'Souza, Jill Baren, Yolanda Becker and Brenda Bucklin
Class of 2010