Our vice chair for clinical affairs, Allison Ogden, MD, FACS, was selected to participate in the the third cohort of the Women Faculty Leadership Institute, a program that provides access to local and national experts who address skill development in critical areas of leadership. She began her coursework in September with a focus on negotiation.
“I am valuing the chance to converse in and out of the classroom with other women faculty from across the university,” said Dr. Ogden, after her first day of classes. “Already, we discussed how to value the humanities in pre–med education to help make better doctors!”
The Institute, inspired by the talent that exists among Washington University’s tenured women faculty and a commitment to diversifying the leadership structure of universities, brings together a small cohort of senior women faculty –Danforth Campus tenured professors, teaching professors, senior lecturers and professors of practice, and faculty on the tenure, clinical or research track on the Medical Campus –who are in or aspire to leadership roles.
Institute training topics include: negotiation, strategic communication, managing conflict, managing and building teams, university finances and mentoring. Participants build their capacity for leadership and expand their professional network by developing connections with women leaders across disciplines from both the Danforth and Medical campuses.
The Institute involves five full–day training sessions from September through December. When you see Dr. Ogden, be sure to ask her what she’s learned!