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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Leaders Forum

The ELAM and ELH Leaders Forum is a unique opportunity for fellows and their institutional leaders to discuss the wide range of organizational change initiatives addressed during the fellowship year. The core of the Leaders Forum is a poster symposium showcasing the outcomes of the fellows' Institutional Action Projects (IAPs) — the capstone of the ELAM fellowship year.

2019 ELAM Leaders Forum

2023 Leaders Forum

The 2023 ELAM and ELH Leaders Forum will be held April 26 and 27.

Forum Agenda

Wednesday, April 26

1:30-1:45 p.m.
Welcome and Overview
Nancy Spector, MD

1:45-3:15 p.m.
Keynote Address
W. Brad Johnson, PhD and David Smith, PhD, authors of Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies For Women in the Workplace and Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Gallery Walk/Poster Presentations
Guided walk with ELUM facilitators featuring formal poster presentations and discussion with a cohort of fellows and their deans/invited guests

5:30-6:15 p.m.
Poster Reception
A cocktail reception with the opportunity for open viewing of all posters

6:15-8 p.m.
Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Thursday, April 27

7:00-8:45 a.m.
Leaders Breakfast
This is a closed session for deans and deans’ designees with Nancy Spector, executive director of the ELAM and ELH programs, to be updated on the program and its research activities and to share approaches to advancing women faculty to leadership in their institutions.

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
ELAM and ELH Institutional Action Project (IAP) Poster Symposium
Fellows and guests meet in one of four concurrent moderated sessions (education, research, clinical, administration) to harvest lessons of leadership from the process and outcomes of the IAPs. Two waves of sessions will allow participants to draw from a range of discussions.

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Lunch and Leader to Leader Dialogues With Your Fellow(s)
This is an important time for you and your fellow(s) to meet to discuss next steps in her leadership pathway. Many of our ELAM-experienced deans and CEOs remark that this is the most important time in the Forum for them because they are able to discuss institutional leadership initiatives outside the distractions of the usual office day. If you have more than one fellow, we hope that you will set aside additional time to meet with each separately for this important discussion.

2:30–5 p.m.
Graduation (2:30-4 p.m.) and Reception (4-5 p.m.) With Your Fellow(s)
We invite you to stay on after the Forum to attend your fellow’s graduation and reception.


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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.