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Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program


Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program

THE PROGRAM The University of Michigan Medical School’s Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program is an 18-month leadership development program originally designed to accelerate the development of women for senior leadership positions in academic medicine and healthcare. It is open to all those in leadership roles who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting the advancement of women. The program will provide individuals with insights about their leadership strengths and challenges to facilitate self-awareness and opportunities for growth. This program was developed in partnership with the Office of Faculty Development, Linkage, Inc., and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ansbacher’s gift to develop this program reflects his lifelong commitment to mentoring and advocating for women in leadership roles in the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Center Alumni Society, and in state and national organizations within the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


»» 13 days of immersion workshops over approximately 18 months »» Executive Leadership Coaching

»» Action learning, reading, and related assignments »» Ongoing development planning

»» Exposure to/participation on committees and projects »» Preparation for future challenges and advancement

»» Entrance to the Leadership Summit for Women in Academic Medicine and Healthcare

THE LEADERSHIP IMPERATIVE Women constitute a substantial and increasing constituency of the healthcare and academic medicine workforce as faculty and in administration, yet remain largely underrepresented in positions of senior leadership and authority. The 2013-14 Women in U.S. Academic Medicine Statistics and Benchmarking report shows that despite the fact that women make up approximately half of all medical students and residents and one-third of full time faculty, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions.


The Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program focuses on developing women to skillfully negotiate, adapt, and execute fundamental competencies necessary to achieve leadership positions. The program will provide leaders with insight about their leadership strengths and challenges, allowing for greater self-awareness and growth opportunities. Specifically, participants in this program will:

»» Be introduced to a framework for developing their own leadership capability as well as the capability of others.

The curriculum focuses on developing four fundamental and four differentiating competencies:

»» Learn about organization systems and structures, particularly the medical research center structure, and how that can affect leadership style and skills.

Fundamental — This program will focus on core leadership competencies which include: 1. Understanding and navigating complex systems

»» Have the opportunity to reflect on themselves, their leadership, and their organization.

2. Building and leveraging networks

»» Receive tools and techniques to implement and accelerate their leadership in both personal and organizational settings.

4. Driving change and innovation

»» Develop the self-efficacy to fully utilize themselves in leadership roles through the understanding of oneself via customized feedback and assessment profiles. »» Learn tools and techniques to evoke excellence in organizational performance and culture. »» Learn how to engage greater collaboration in their organizations: 1. Obtain more data from more sources. 2. Facilitate and involve others in understanding and creating meaning in what they are seeing. »» Develop the capacity to spend more time engaging and listening to others’ perspectives and encouraging, understanding, relating to, and making connections with others. »» Practice their visioning and goal setting skills in their work life, home life, and community. They will be better prepared to connect their vision and goals to others’ needs, construct a shared vision, and help others to achieve their vision. »» Understand and drive deep change and innovation. They will receive tools and techniques to experiment and find alternative ways of learning, innovating, and changing.

3. Aligning and driving vision

Differentiators — The program will also focus on leadership competencies specific to women in academic medicine which include: 1. Self-efficacy

2. Political savvy

3. Personal and professional growth 4. Building communities of practice

Each of these competencies is refined through individual phases of preparing for leadership, transitioning into leadership, sustaining success in leadership, and progressing into new leadership positions.

PROGRAM OUTLINE Program Kick-Off »» Setting the Vision

»» Leadership Assessment

»» Engaging Fully - Building Confidence

»» Connecting with Coaches - Relationship Mapping Stage 1: Self Discovery »» Your Leadership Agenda

»» Your Leadership Capabilities


»» Business Acumen

The program is open to all leaders, regardless of gender, who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting the advancement of women.

»» Maximizing Your Impact »» Connecting with Others »» Team Leadership

Stage 2: Navigating Challenges »» Lakeview Hospital: Experience Point Change Simulation

Faculty Nominees »» Applicants must hold the rank of associate or full professor in a medical, dental, nursing, public health, or health sciences school, and have held a significant leadership role.

Stage 3: Leading Others

»» Applicants must be nominated by the dean of their institution, chair, or the chief executive officer of their academic health center. If the nomination comes from the CEO, please provide a secondary nomination from the school of primary academic appointment. We strongly suggest that each applicant discuss their application with their nominator before applying.

»» Building a Vision

Administrative Nominees

»» Becoming an Influence of Change »» Understanding the Stakeholders »» Taking Action

»» Strategy and Leadership

»» Communicating Your Vision and Strategy »» Effective Strategies

Stage 4: Leading the Organization »» 10 Conversations Event

»» Round Table Discussion

»» Completion of Final Action Learning Projects Stage 5: Leading the Future »» Public Speaking

»» Applicants must hold a significant leadership role (such as Senior Administrator, CEO, COO, CIO, CMO, etc.) in a medical, dental, nursing, public health, or health sciences school, or academic hospital/health system, and have had administrative experience in personnel and budget management. »» Special consideration will be given to those nominees designated as Emerging Leaders with demonstrated leadership capacity and currently in a significant leadership role.

»» Applicants must be nominated by the dean of their institution, chair, or the chief executive officer of their academic health center.

»» Executive Presence


»» Looking Back

»» $10,000 for University of Michigan affiliates

»» Individual Presentations of Projects Stage 6: Graduation Applicants will receive final dates of training at the time of application.

»» $12,000 for non-University of Michigan affiliates Tuition includes the cost for materials and meals. For more information or to apply, please contact Whitney Williams at

SPONSORS Margaret R. Gyetko, M.D.

Margaret R. Gyetko is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Faculty Development at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gyetko is the senior advisor to the dean on faculty issues and is responsible for oversight of the appointment, promotion, and tenure processes. Under her leadership, the Medical School has developed a robust faculty development program designed to support the acquisition of skills in teaching and research to further the advancement of faculty careers.

Sonya Jacobs, M.S.

Sonya Jacobs is the Chief Organizational Learning Officer for the University of Michigan and the Director of Faculty and Leadership Development at the University of Michigan Medical School and Michigan Medicine. As the first Chief Organizational Learning Officer at U-M, Ms. Jacobs is responsible for the creation of curricula and strategies aimed at building the capabilities of staff, managers, and leadership across the university, including the development of new diversity-related training and programs to further the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. As the Director of Faculty and Leadership Development, Ms. Jacobs is responsible for the development of objectives, policies, and programs relating to all training and development of faculty, as well as leadership development for both faculty and staff.

FACULTY Catherine Killaly, M.H.S.A. (Faculty Director) Cathy currently serves as Executive Director of the Griffith Leadership Center and lecturer within the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is passionate about developing future healthcare leaders. Her experience includes clinical, policy, administration, and research.

Lynn Perry Wooten, M.B.A., Ph.D. Lynn Perry Wooten began her appointment as the David J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations for Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management on July 1, 2017. Dean Wooten joined Cornell from the University of Michigan, where she served as senior associate dean for academic and student excellence as well as clinical professor of strategy, management and organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Dean Wooten has taught such courses as corporate strategy, knowledge management, organizational behavior, and consulting.

Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Ph.D.

Gretchen M. Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline. Her most recent work is looking at positive deviance and how organizations enable employees to thrive. This work fits within a larger effort at Ross to develop a Scholarship of Positive Organizing.

Paula J. Caproni, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Paula J. Caproni, Ph.D., is on the Management and Organizations ​faculty​ at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching leadership skills, developing power and influence, and creating high performing teams in MBA and Executive Programs globally, Professor Caproni has coached over 500 executives. She consults with organizations in the public, non profit, and private sectors. She has written two books, The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know and Management Skills for Everyday Life: The Practical Coach, now in its third edition. Her course, The Science of Success, is available online through

Mark Hannum, M.A.

Mark Hannum is Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Linkage, Inc. He partners with clients to create better business results that incorporate both organizational justice and effectiveness. An organization development consultant by training, Mark’s focus has been on understanding and improving executive processes and decision making. Through his work with executive teams, leadership teams, and shared services organizations, his clients have credited him with helping them manage through difficult risks, improve business operations, lead and coach through acquisitions and integrations, and take advantage of growth opportunities.

RUDI ANSBACHER, M.D. 1934 - 2018

Rudi Ansbacher, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology, passed away on January 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor. He was a beloved faculty member who touched many lives over the course of his 38-year career at the University of Michigan, including innumerable patients, families, faculty, and staff. Following his retirement to Emeritus status in 2002, Dr. Ansbacher continued his contribution to the University of Michigan by sponsoring the Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Program through the Office of Faculty Development, which has served over 60 women since its inception. During Dr. Ansbacher’s tenure at the University of Michigan, he served as acting and interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He played an active role in the residency-training program and was a mentor to numerous residents and junior faculty members. He wrote over 100 publications in the areas of andrology, infertility, and climacteric endocrinology, and was active in numerous professional organizations at the state and national levels. In recognition of his outstanding teaching, Dr. Ansbacher was selected four times by the graduating resident physicians to receive the Silver Speculum Award in 1988, 1991, 1996, and 2000. Sonya Jacobs, Director of Faculty and Leadership Development for Michigan Medicine, worked closely with Dr. Ansbacher for many years on his efforts to support women in healthcare. “Dr. Ansbacher was a treasured friend and an invaluable asset to Michigan Medicine and the larger University of Michigan community. His dedication to the development and health of women was only matched by his love and commitment to his family. The impact of Dr. Ansbacher’s contribution will be felt for years to come.” We thank Dr. Ansbacher and his family for their generous contribution to the development and advancement of women in medicine.

Executive Officers of Michigan Medicine: Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for medical affairs, dean, University of Michigan Medical School, CEO, Michigan Medicine; David A. Spahlinger, M.D., president, UMHS, and executive vice dean for clinical affairs, University of Michigan Medical School; Patricia D. Hurn, Ph.D., dean, School of Nursing

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Women in Academic Medicine Scholars Program Brochure  
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