Career Development for Women Leaders Program
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:
- an affordable, university-based leadership development program for women who are either currently in or aspire to leadership roles at Wake Forest;
- a local, national level quality experience that allows more women to participate in leadership education; and
- 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.
Women faculty (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) and women senior staff (Vice President level) were invited to apply for the 2016-2017 Program which began September, 2016. Please review the schedule for topics and dates.
Call for Applications
The Call for Applications has now closed.
Women faculty (assistant,
associate or full professor) and
senior staff (Vice President-level or
equivalent) were eligible to apply for this competitive Program. To learn more review the call for applications
flier and the draft schedule.
The CDWL Selection & Review
Committee selects program participants based on the following criteria: (1)
leadership experience and/or aspirations; (2) program fit with leadership
goals; (3) service activities (institutional or outside of the institution);
(4) quality and professionalism of the application; and (5) strength of the
letter of support from the applicant’s Chair.
The necessary elements that each
candidate needs to submit were:
are your current professional responsibilities and academic interests?
are your goals for leadership and how can the CDWL help you achieve these goals?
letter of support from their Department Chair (required), reflecting her
status as a current or emerging leader.
Additionally, the Chair must
include a statement allowing release time to attend the program. (this can be provided separately)
Application submissions begin
February 24, 2017 and must be submitted electronically to Natalie Barrett (email@example.com) no later
than March 24, 2017. Acceptances will be announced by May 26,
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
Class of 2015-2016
- There are 113 CDWL Graduates
(2008-2015): WFSM (72, 64%); WFU (37, 33%); other, i.e. UNCG and Salem College
(4, 3%). There are currently 18 Fellows:
11 WFSM, 4 WFU, 3 UNCG.
- Of 113 graduates, 53 (47%) have accepted a new leadership role
after program completion.
- Of those 53, 19 (36%) have accepted more than one new leadership
role since program completion.
- Only 10 (9%) graduates have left their institution. Of these, 5 (50%) left for leadership
opportunities at their new institution.
feedback from a 2011 Graduate: http://cloud.lib.wfu.edu/blog/pd/2011/03/01/career-development-for-women-leaders-program/
feedback from a 2016 Graduate: "I owe a debt of gratitude for this women’s leadership
experience in helping me find my voice, enabling my voice to be heard, and to
be heard by the unexpected. I thank you
and everyone that helped facilitate this growth in not only me but others in
Contact Natalie Barrett with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.