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Program Leadership

ELATES at Drexel is facilitated by an interdisciplinary Drexel University team led by Sharon L. Walker, PhD, dean of Drexel's College of Engineering. A redesign of the ELATES curriculum was co-led by Kristin Risi, MBA, PhD, associate dean for corporate, executive education and innovation, and her team in the Office of Corporate and Executive Education in the LeBow College of Business.

Guest Panelists and Advisors

ELATES at Drexel benefits from the contributions of experts from the fields of science, engineering, and beyond. We would like to recognize and thank the following program facilitators for their contributions to the program.

  • Paul Jensen, Provost, Drexel University
  • Julie Wollman, President, Widener University
  • JoAnne Epps, Provost, Temple University
  • Linda Abriola, Former Dean of Engineering, Tufts University
  • Gilda Barabino, Dean, Grove School of Engineering, The City College of New York
  • Fran Berman, Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Elizabeth Cannon, President, University of Calgary
  • Pamela Eibeck, President, University of the Pacific
  • Linda Katehi, Chancellor, University of California, Davis 
  • Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
  • Cherry Murray, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
  • Laura Steinberg, Special Assistant for Strategy, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation; Former Dean, LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University
  • Orlando L. Taylor, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research, Fielding Graduate University
  • Susan Ambrose, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Northeastern University
  • Klod Kokini, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs College of Engineering, Purdue University 

“The ELATES program offers an extraordinary opportunity for senior women faculty to hone their leadership skills. Participating as a mentor to the Learning Communities, I have been so impressed by the quality of the fellows and the depth of the leadership training. It is inspiring to see the fellows grow their capabilities during the program and experience more and more professional success over the next years.”

Laura J. Steinberg, PhD
Executive Director, Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society
Professor, Earth and Environmental Science
Boston College