Women’s Leadership Program (WLP)

For current information about the BUMC Women’s Leadership Program, please visit http://www.bumc.bu.edu/fpf/professional-development/womens-leadership-program-wlp/

Overview of 2016-17 WLP Pilot Program:

The WLP is a longitudinal program for women faculty in the Department of Medicine. 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Target Participants:

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

Time Commitment:

Sessions are 1.5 hours long and take place from September to May approximately every three weeks, alternating between experiential seminars, peer learning community meetings, and conversation cafes

Program Components:

  • 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.
  • Learning community. 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 11 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

 

For current participants in the 2016-17 Department of Medicine WLP, please click here.

 

Applications accepted each spring for the following academic year

For more information about the WLP, please contact Robina M. Bhasin, EdM, Director of Faculty Development and Diversity at rbhasin@bu.edu or at 617-638-8099.

For current information about the BUMC Women’s Leadership Program, please visit http://www.bumc.bu.edu/fpf/professional-development/womens-leadership-program-wlp/

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