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About the Lynn Yeakel Institute for Women's Health & Leadership

Founded in 1993, the Lynn Yeakel Institute for Women's Health and Leadership was designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a vanguard National Center of Excellence in Women's Health in 1996. The Institute continues the medical school's over 160-year commitment to pioneering programs for women in medicine and beyond. The Institute functions as a department within the College of Medicine and is the only institute recognized in the medical school's faculty bylaws. Nancy Spector, MD, is the Betty A. Cohen Chair and executive director of the Institute and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program.

With the overall theme "Making a World of Difference," the Institute pursues its mission to "honor the past, enrich the present and shape the future." It does this by building local, state, national and international relationships that help women lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Lynn H. Yeakel, the visionary director of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership and Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women's Health, passed away January 13, 2022. We mourn her passing along with the nationwide coalition of leaders and organizations that answered her calls to work together for gender equity in decision-making positions across business and government. It was announced during the 2022 Woman One ceremony that the Institute would be renamed the Lynn Yeakel Institute for Women's Health and Leadership to honor Lynn's legacy. If you’d like to make a gift in support of the Institute and in Lynn's memory, please go to


The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® program, or ELAM®, works to increase the number and impact of women in academic leadership positions.

Participants in this one-year, part-time fellowship enhance their capacity for leadership and innovation through training in four essential dimensions of leadership:

  • Personal and professional leadership effectiveness to address strategic, operational, and relational challenges.
  • Strategic finance and resource management to enhance the missions of academic organizations.
  • Organizational dynamics to provide strategies for leading, executing, and managing change initiatives.
  • Communities of leadership practice to sustain leadership development beyond the fellowship year.

Special Programs

  • Conversations About Women's Health are fast-paced and interactive expert-led discussions. The panel of doctors — moderated by Lynn Yeakel — answer a wide variety of questions from the audience. These informative and lively programs have resulted in numerous life changing testimonials and have improved the health of women (and the men who love them).
  • The Marion Spencer Fay Award is presented in honor of Marion Spencer Fay, PhD, dean and president of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1946 to 1963. The National Board for Women in Medicine established an award in her name in 1963 to recognize her pioneering leadership. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium.
  • The Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD, Sex and Gender Research Forum is an interactive program that highlights Drexel's multidisciplinary research focused on sex and gender in a local, national and global context.
  • The Woman One Award and Scholarship Fund annually honors a person of exceptional leadership and raises tuition funds for talented underrepresented students at Drexel University who are committed to practicing medicine in underserved communities and promoting women, and all underrepresented communities, in medicine.
  • The Woman One program has created the D. Walter Cohen Shared Leadership Scholarship to honor Dr. Cohen's role in founding Woman One and his commitment to shared leadership among women and men, while also addressing the problem of declining applications from underrepresented men in medicine.

The Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections

The Legacy Center is the repository for the records and heritage of Drexel University College of Medicine and its predecessor institutions, including Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (W/MCP) and Hahnemann University.

In the Media

To stop 'she-cession,' employers need to better meet women's work needs, advocates say
KYW Newsradio, June 20, 2021

Vision 2020 National Congress coverage
NBC10, June 15, 2021


BIGGER PICTURE: Man smart, woman smarter
Finger Lakes Times, October 20, 2020

Women 100 honors the voting rights fight 100 years since the 19th amendment
Al Día, October 19, 2020

Women's coalition hits the road to get out the vote
KYW Newsradio 1060, October 18, 2020

Vision 2020 Women’s SHE Leads Road Rally Returns to Philly From Trip to Birthplace of Women’s Rights Movement
CBS-3, October 17, 2020

Suffrage road rally stopping in Scranton
The Times-Tribune, October 14, 2020

Women Gather in Center City to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Ratification of 19th Amendment
CBS-3, August 27, 2020

Equal Rights Amendment With Lynn Yeakel
KYW Newsradio, August 27, 2020

Toast to Tenacity
6-abc, August 26, 2020

Grape Juice Toast Among Women’s Equality Day Celebration at Independence Hall
CBS-3, August 26, 2020

Toast to Tenacity Coverage
KYW Newsradio, August 26, 2020

The Justice Bell to Commemorate Women's Suffrage Centennial
Patch, August 21, 2020

A Toast to Women Getting the Vote
NBC-10, August 20, 2020

Celebrating Women’s History Month in Philadelphia 2020
Philadelphia Sunday Sun, March 6, 2020

Drexel University's Vision 2020's 'Women 100' Seat at the Table Interactive Exhibition [PDF]
City Surburban News, March 6, 2020

Taking the Kids – to Philadelphia and celebrating women during women's history month
Tribune, March 5, 2020

Celebrating 10 women medical pioneers
AAMC, March 3, 2020

Things to do in Philadelphia this week
The Philadelphia Citizen, March 2, 2020

'Flashpoint': Interview With Vision 2020 Program Director Joyce Lewandowski
KYW-Newsradio (1060-AM), March 1, 2020

Drexel University’s ‘Seat At The Table’ Exhibit Celebrates 19th Amendment
KYW-TV (CBS-3), March 1, 2020

Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote
WCAU-TV (NBC-10), March 1, 2020

Lynn Yeakel and Elowyn Corby on 'Politics in Focus'
WPHL-TV (PHL-17), February 27, 2020

Lynn Yeakel on 'You Oughta Know'
WHYY-TV, February 27, 2020

Drexel’s Vision 2020 Presents Women 100: A National Celebration of American Women
Drexel Now, February 24, 2020

Happy to Be Here: Beyond a hundred years ago
Bucks County Herald, February 20, 2020

Vision 2020, Celebrating 100 Years of Equality for Women
Patch, February 18, 2020

Interesting People: Interview with Joanne Murray, historian and director of Legacy Center at Drexel
WWDB-AM TALK 860, February 18, 2020

Celebrate Women's History Month on the Kimmel Cultural Campus
Broadway World, February 13, 2020

In museums: Suffrage, scandal, sloths, and rebellion
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 8, 2020

Honoring and Remembering the Women's Suffrage Movement as it Celebrates 100 Years
Main Line Today, January 2020


A league of their own: Panelists and public celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage
Pike County Courier, October 31, 2019

Vision 2020's Panel About Leaders in Women's Equality and Suffrage on CSPAN
CSPAN, September 2, 2019

A toast to women's equality
Main Line Media News, August 27, 2019

Toast to Tenacity Coverage on ABC
WPVI-TV (6-abc), August 26, 2019

100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the road ahead for women in politics
WITF (NPR Central Pennsylvania), June 24, 2019

100th anniversary of 19th Amendment marked at Capitol
ABC 27, June 24, 2019

Pennsylvania marks 100th anniversary of vote in favor of women’s suffrage
Pennsylvania Capital-Star, June 24, 2019

Two 19th Amendment Anniversary Events Held in PA
WESB, June 24, 2019

100th Anniversary of Pennsylvania Vote for Women’s Suffrage
WBRE, June 24, 2019

‘100 years of women’s suffrage’: Pa. will mark anniversary of allowing women to vote
Penn Live
, June 22, 2019

Drexel Launches Vision 2020 to Celebrate Groundbreaking Women
NBC10, May 8, 2019

VILLAGE VIEW: Is the year of the woman in sight?
Main Line Times, February 12, 2019


The Kavanaugh case: Trouble for GOP in midterms?
WHYY, September 20, 2018

Allegations against Brett Kavanaugh feel like Anita Hill 2.0. But there are key differences.
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 17, 2018

Vision 2020 press conference on NBC-10
WCAU-TV (NBC-10), September 17, 2018

From 1992 to 2018: The Year of the Woman, Redux
Philadelphia magazine, July 14, 2018

Philly Girls' Chess Match on WPVI-TV
WPVI-TV (6-abc), May 10, 2018

Drexel Honors Trailblazing Scientist at 16th Annual Woman One Ceremony
KYW Newsradio, April 30, 2018

Sex and Gender Research Forum Coverage
March 8, 2018
WPVI-TV (6-abc)  |  WCAU-TV (NBC-10)  |  WHYY Radio

How Vision 2020 is working toward gender equality in government and business
Generocity, February 14, 2018


Marion Spencer Fay Award Ceremony Highlighted
KYW-TV (CBS-3), November 14, 2017

Men's Voices for Women
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 21, 2017

Celebrating a Woman's Right to Vote
NBC10, August 26, 2017

National Women's Equality Day
CBS3, August 26, 2017

National Women's Equality Day Celebrations in Old City
FOX29, August 26, 2017

National Women's Equality Day Today Celebrates Woman's Right to Vote
CW, August 26, 2017

Pa. leader in promoting gender equality reflects on progress, challenges
WHYY/Newsworks, May 10, 2017

Woman One Award Ceremony Coverage on 6ABC
April 24, 2017

Woman One Award Ceremony Coverage on PHL 17
April 24, 2017

Woman One: Scholarships to Women on the Rise
NBC 10 (April 19, 2017)

Drexel's Sex and Gender Research Forum
Philadelphia Gay News (March 9, 2017)

Drexel's Sex and Gender Research Forum
WPVI-TV (6-abc) (March 8, 2017)

Getting the (Female) Vote Out Via Vision 2020
Gulf Coast Live, WGCU-FM Radio (March 3, 2017)


Anne Crowley featured in "People on the Move"
The Philadelphia Inquirer (October 31, 2016)

Lynn Yeakel interviewed about Main Line Today's "Women on the Move"
WCAU-TV (NBC-10) (October 14, 2016)

Lynn Yeakel discusses the DNC in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) (July 22, 2016)

"Toast to Tenacity" Event at the Constitution Center
WPVI-TV (6-abc) (August 26, 2016)

Lynn Yeakel Discusses Vision 2020
WCAU-TV (NBC-10) June 16, 2016

Trump Backlash Could Sweep More Women Into Office
The Takeaway (May 6, 2016)

IWHL and Woman One Awardee on KYW-TV (CBS-3) News
CBS-3 News (April 25, 2016)

Village View: Vision 2020 Plans Centennial of Women's Vote
Main Line Times (April 7, 2016)

Letter: Women Deserve Equal Treatment Throughout History
Philadelphia Inquirer (March 30, 2016)

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Faculty and staff members of the Institute for Women's Health & Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.