Career Development for Women Leaders Program


2015-2016 CDWL Class Photo

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.

2016-2017 Program Call for Applications Is Now Closed

Women faculty (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) and women senior staff (Vice President level) were invited to apply for the 2016-2017 Program which begins in September, 2016.  More information can be found on the flier.  Please review the draft schedule for topics and dates.


Current Program 

The 2015-2016 Program began in September.  There are 18 Fellows in the Program.  2015-2016 schedule.  

 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

Class of 2014-2015

  •  Of 91 CDWL graduates in all years (2008-2014), 43 (47%) have accepted a new leadership role after program completion. 
  •  Of those 43 (47%), 13 (30%) have accepted more than one new leadership role since program completion.
  •  Only 8 (9%) graduates have left their institution. Of these, 4 (50%) left for  leadership opportunities at their new institution.

Program Feedback and feedback from a 2011 Graduate:


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