Skip Navigation

Career Development for Women Leaders Program


2015-2016 CDWL Class Photo

The Office of Women in Medicine and Science's (OWIMS) 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.

2018-2019 Program 

Women faculty (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) and women senior staff (Vice President level) were invited to apply for the 2018-2019 Program which will begin in September.  Please review the draft schedule for topics and dates. 

Call for Applications 

Mid-career and senior-career women faculty and women senior career staff (vice president level) are eligible to apply for the program, which begins each September. The call for applications opens annually in February.

 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

Class of 2015-2016

Class of 2016-2017

  • There are 131 CDWL Graduates (2008-2016): WFSM (63%); WFU (31%); other, i.e. UNCG and Salem College (5%).
  • Of 131 graduates, 68 (52%) have accepted a new leadership role after program completion.
  • Of those 68, 26 (38%) have accepted more than one new leadership role since program completion.
  • Only 11 (8%) graduates have left their institution. Of these, 8 (73%) left for leadership opportunities at their new institution. Two others retired.

Program Feedback

Program Feedback

feedback from a 2011 Graduate:

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 our group"



Contact Natalie Barrett with questions at

Quick Reference



9 am-4:30 pm
"Like" us on Facebook.
Find A Doctor Ways to Give
Last Updated: 05-18-2018
Wake Forest Baptist Ranked among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’  25 Years in a Row by U.S. News & World ReportComprehensive Cancer Centers National Designation is Renewed2017-2018 Best DoctorsNursing Magnet StatusJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.

© Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157. All Rights Reserved.