Women’s Leadership Program (WLP)

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The WLP is a longitudinal program for women faculty in on the Boston University Medical Campus. The program uses self-assessment and reflection, experiential learning, and peer and senior mentorship to provide faculty with the tools necessary to navigate a successful career in academic medicine, and to foster leadership skills that enable participants to positively affect change from where they stand.

Target Participants:

BUMC women faculty members in leadership roles (e.g. Clinic Director, Associate Program Director, PI of a lab)


  • Self-reflect and enhance awareness of strengths and areas for development
  • Develop skills to effectively impact and lead change
  • Achieve meaningful progress on a personal leadership goal
  • Peer mentor, sharing challenges and experiences with other women faculty leaders

Program Structure:

Sessions are two hours long (3-5pm) on Wednesday afternoons from September to May, approximately every three weeks. Session include experiential seminars, peer coaching, and conversation cafes.


  • Experiential seminars. Senior faculty members and leaders from BUMC and beyond engage with participants around key determinants for effective leadership, with a special focus on topics identified as areas of particular interest to women faculty.
  • Peer coaching. Participants develop peer mentoring and coaching skills to provide support and accountability to one another to successfully negotiate challenges, foster resiliency, and achieve personal goals.
  • Conversation café. Opportunity to engage with inspirational women leaders from BU/BMC and beyond in an informal setting to learn about their career and leadership experiences, challenges, and insights.
  • Leadership goal. Participants commit to making substantial progress on a personal leadership goal throughout the program.
  • Participant commitment. Participants commit to actively participate in at least 12 of the 15 sessions that take place from September to May, to make progress on their projects, and engage in self-reflection and honest conversation with peer and senior mentors.

Curriculum Topics:

  • Self-reflection, awareness, and assessment
  • Understanding your personality & leadership style
  • Art & style of interpersonal communication as a woman leader
  • Leading high performing teams
  • Navigating organizational politics & change
  • Graceful self-promotion (& impostor syndrome)
  • Giving and receiving feedback that results in behavior change
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Mentoring & developmental networks
  • Strategically saying yes and no
  • Unconscious bias
  • Resiliency in academic medicine

AY20 Program Dates: Wednesdays 3:00-5:00pm

September 4
October 2
October 30
November 13
December 4
January 8
January 22
February 5
February 12
March 4
March 25
April 8
April 29
May 20
June 10

Alumni Testimonial:

“So great to be a part of this diverse, thoughtful, and inspiring group of women.  The WLP helped me build relationships with colleagues, develop critical skills for career growth, and, importantly, was such a wonderful thing to look forward to in the midst of a busy academic schedule.  Highly recommended!” – Jenny Siegel, MD, Department of Medicine, WLP 2016-17.

Experiences from Past Program Participants

2018-2019 Women’s Leadership Program Curriculum
2018-2019 Women’s Leadership Program Photo Roster

For more information about the WLP, please contact the Faculty Development & Diversity Office at bumcfdd@bu.edu.