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About ELATES at Drexel


ELATES at Drexel is a national leadership development program designed to promote senior women faculty, and faculty allies of all genders, in leadership for academic engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the representation of women in STEM.

ELATES is an intensive full-year, part-time fellowship program that provides training and development for faculty and administrators. Three in-residence sessions of 4-6 days each are used to enhance knowledge and skills in business practices of higher education, project management with diverse stakeholders, and effective communication in a variety of leadership platforms. Sessions are supported by:

  • Online readings and assignments.
  • Monthly conference calls with learning communities and senior advisors.
  • Interviews with key officials at the home institution.
  • Institutional Action Project development.
  • Mentoring to apply new skills to work at the home institution.

ELATES Fellows will:

  • Improve their personal and professional leadership through professional and peer coaching, personality and leadership style inventories, and 360evaluations.
  • Learn, through activities, classroom presentations, and interviews of their own institutional leaders, how to understand and navigate organizational dynamics.
  • Expand their knowledge of strategic finance and resource management at the institutional level through didactic presentations, case studies, and work at their home institutions.


The ELATES program was modeled off of the highly successful The Hedwing van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program, an affiliated leadership program in Drexel's College of Medicine. ELATES (formerly ELATE at Drexel) launched in 2012 and has since graduated over 150 alumnae from over 64 sponsoring institutions.

ELATES has been recognized with awards from:

The National Science Foundation
The Alfred P Sloan Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation
Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)