Career Development for Women Leaders Program


2013-2014 CDWL

The Office of Women in Medicine and Science's (OWIMS) Leadership & Mentoring Program sponsors the Career Development for Women Leaders (CDWL)** Program, a professional development fellowship, which began in January 2008. ** Formerly Career Development Seminar for Emerging Women Leaders

The CDWL fellowship, modeled after national programs for women in academic medicine, covers 9 one-day sessions and spans 9 months.  Because national leadership programs for women (AAMC, ELAM, CCL, BRIDGES) are becoming increasingly competitive and expensive and only a few faculty members can benefit each year, the purposes of the cross-campus CDWL program are to provide:

  1. an affordable, university-based leadership development program for women who are either currently in or aspire to leadership roles at Wake Forest;
  2. a local, national level quality experience that allows more women to participate in leadership education; and
  3. an opportunity to bring women together from diverse professional backgrounds (theater, math, anesthesiology) to exchange ideas and foster cross-campus collaboration.

Presenters are nationally and internationally known experts, executive coaches and senior WFU faculty and administrators. All presenters are highly respected in their content areas.

2015-2016 Call for Applications 

The 2015-2016 Call for Applications are now open.  Women faculty (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) and women senior staff (Vice President level) are eligible to apply.  To learn more, review the call for applications flier and draft 2015-2016 schedule.  The call opens on February 23rd.  Applications should be submitted electronically to Natalie Barrett ( and must be received no later than March 30, 2015.


Current Program 

Schedule for 2014-2015 Program

 Program Graduates

Class of 2008
Class of 2009-2010
Class of 2010-2011 
Class of 2011-2012 
Class of 2012-2013 
Class of 2013-2014

Of 74 CDWL graduates in all years (2008-2013), 25 (34%) have accepted a new leadership role after program completion.  Of those 25 (34%), 5 (20%) have accepted more than one new leadership role and/or were promoted since program completion.  All 5 were in the class that graduated in 2008.  This means that 42% of the class of 2008 have accepted more than one leadership role since program completion.

Program Feedback and feedback from a 2011 Graduate:


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