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It Takes A Village - Part II


The next Message from the Director is now available on our website. In this edition, Diane Magrane delves into ways that ELUMs can get more involved in helping ELAM to deliver a meaningful program.


From her message:


Our ELAM volunteers are the smartest, most generous community any organization could ever have to guide the next generation of academic women leaders in the health sciences. This year alone, we will engage the talents of nearly 30 alumnae as Learning Community Advisors, as panelists for Career Day and Meet the Leader Conversations, Career Consultants, and facilitators for Institutional Action Project peer consultations. Of course, all this is in addition to the important work you do to mentor the Fellows at home and to identify and develop the emerging leaders in your institutions.


Again, in response to your questions, "How can I help?" and "How do you select speakers and facilitators for these roles?" this column describes the roles of advisors and consultants that enrich the Fellowship experience each year. If one of them fits your experience, talents, and interests, then please let us know! You can do so through submitting this form to inform us of your particular interests. The survey is also linked from the new ELAM Alumnae Get Involved web page, which lists all of the volunteer opportunities, along with a brief description of each one.






Changes Coming to the Edge


With this issue of the ELAM Edge, we are moving to a biweekly publication schedule. Everything else about the Edge will stay the same. We will continue to provide you with relevant ELAM and ELUM news, position postings, and articles in each edition, only now we will be sending them to you every other week instead of every week. So, look for your next Edge on Thursday, March 14!



Quote of the Day

We have to have enough faith in our world-view to work from it, but not that much faith that we think it's the final answer...Ideas must be vulnerable.

       - David Bohm




Chair, Department of Dermatology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Submitted by the institution. An ELUM at the university is Owen Phillips.


Chair, Department of Pharmacology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Submitted by the institution. See above for an ELUM at the university.


Chief Medical Officer, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia University School of Medicine. Submitted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. ELUMs at the university are Anne Cather, Judie Charlton, Ann Chinnis, Barbara Ducatman, Rashida Khakoo, and Maria Kolar (SOM); Shelia Price (SOD).


System Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland Medical System. Submitted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. ELUMs at the university are Mimi Blitzer and Renee Fox (SOM); Sandra Quinn (SOPH).


Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, University of Texas System. Submitted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. There are a number of ELUMs throughout the University of Texas system. Please contact us if you would like a complete list.


Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Submitted by executive search firm Spencer Stuart.



Please send position announcements to elamjobs@Drexelmed.edu.  



ELUM News 


Iowa Now, February 5, 2013:

Music and Medicine

New Carver College of Medicine dean (Debra Schwinn, M.D., ELAM '99) brings diverse talents, energy to Iowa.


AAMC CAS-Chairs, February 21, 2013:

The University of Michigan Health System has named Carmen R. Green, M.D. (ELAM '05), as the Health System's inaugural Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Green, a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is a tenured professor of anesthesiology at U of M, with joint appointments in the Medical School's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. She is co-director for the Community Liaison Core and director of the Healthier Black Elders Center for the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research at the U-M Institute for Social Research.



If you have news about yourself, your ELAM Learning Community, or other ELUMs that you would like to share in the Edge, please send it to ELAM@Drexel.edu.




Articles of Note


Wharton Leadership Digest, February 2013:

Book Excerpt: Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work

Why do so many attempts at organizational change fall short? Certainly not for lack of advice. In fact, there is an entire industry based on exploring this subject, one that touts an array of approaches: tell stories, make change a priority, "walk the talk," and ponder parables about mice and cheese or penguins and icebergs.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 19, 2013:

What Makes a Good Leader?

Rob Jenkins lists 14 attributes that an ideal academic leader should possess.


Inside Higher Ed, February 21, 2013:

'The Rise of Women'

New research explains why women are outpacing men in school, and what institutions can do about it.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 21, 2013:

Are You a Genius Maker or a Vampire?

Some leaders create organizational energy; others suck the lifeblood out of innocent people. Which one are you?


Fast Company, February 22, 2013:

7 Ways New Managers Can Shine

Being tossed into management is like free-falling out of an airplane: The experience can be deadly if you don't know what you are doing, or exhilarating if you do. Read this before jumping.


The New York Times, February 21, 2013:

A Titan's How-To on Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is attempting to start a national discussion for women in the workplace with her new book, and a social movement.


The Washington Post has a special report running on Women, Leadership, and Higher Education, with the following interesting articles:

Are our colleges equipping women to be leaders?

As we near the March release of Sheryl Sandberg's book about women and the workplace, I've been thinking back to the Facebook chief operating officer's 2011 commencement address at Barnard College. It was the speech that really debuted her language and thinking on the need for women to "lean in" to their careers. Two years later, that phrase is the title of her much anticipated hardback.


Why our brightest female graduates are still at a disadvantage

When the American Association of University Women released a study in October finding that young women make only 82 percent of what their male peers do just one year out of college, many were at a loss to explain it.


Can we stop talking about the glass ceiling?

I've often been described as the first female fill-in-the-blank.

In 1969, I entered Princeton University as a member of its first co-educational class. Ten years later, I re-joined my alma mater as Princeton's first female graduate to receive a full-time faculty appointment. In 2003, I became the first female president of Kenyon College. The intervening years included plenty of times as the "first woman" to do X or Y - and many, many experiences of being the only woman in the room.


Time for more women to lead our schools

It was a simple email message - 'Wow!' - but it said so much.

I will never forget the moment in 2001 when Princeton University selected a renowned molecular biologist - a biologist who also happened to be a woman - as its 19th president. My own daughter, Abigail, was in college majoring in chemistry at the time. The announcement of Shirley Tilghman's presidency prompted not only her email to me, but created in all of us a sense of increased opportunities for women.


The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 25, 2013:

Bloopers to Avoid in Job Interviews
Here are 12 things you should never say or do as a job candidate.


Calls for Applications, Nominations, Etc.


AAMC-CAS Chairs, February 24, 2013:

The AAMC's Diversity Policy and Programs unit has collaborated with Cook Ross to develop a 3-day workshop which examines how unconscious biases develop, how they influence perceptions and decision making, and their impact on institutional diversity and inclusion efforts. After a successful launch of this program in January 2013, the program is being extended to additional participants. The Learning Lab will be held at Cook Ross Headquarters just outside Washington, DC in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Women Executives in Science & Healthcare (WESH, formally SELAM) is searching for nominations for the 2013 WESH Board of Directors. WESH currently has the following positions open:

  • President-Elect
  • Central Regional Rep (To see the regions click here
  • Southern Regional Rep
  • Secretary
  • Secretary - Elect
  • Committee Chairs (Program and Membership)

Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 4, 2013.



The Last Word


The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 11, 2013:

Digital Devices Invade Campus, and Networks Feel the Strain

One hundred students in the library with their smartphones and iPads can mean more than 200 bandwidth-guzzling Wi-Fi connections.


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