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Above the Clouds

About the Program

Experience a leadership growth spurt while connecting with 24 up-and-coming leaders in your field! We will orchestrate a symphony of learning and stretching exercises that will expand your possibilities, clarify your values, ignite your dreams, and hone your leadership strengths. You invest seven months of learning and growing.

The WIA Leadership Program immerses you in a multi-modality program:

  • Learning Sessions: 1.5 days onsite, interactive workshops; Periodic webinars

  • Self-Study: Readings and homework assignments to be completed at your pace

  • MasterMind Group Study: Scholars are assigned to small MasterMind groups who meet monthly to discuss reading assignments, case studies and personal development progress (self-directed)

  • Executive Coaching: Monthly coaching sessions with an executive coach to amplify, apply and accelerate the learning

Our History

Seven members of the Women in AMIA (WIA) committee spent two days in a San Francisco hotel suite dreaming of a leadership program that would accelerate the careers of aspiring female leaders, and shape the future of biomedical informatics field. They defined the need, crafted their vision and launched a highly successful WIA Leadership Program in the eight months following that March 2019 planning session.

Led by Wendy Chapman, the WIA Leadership Program secured the University of Utah and 3M as corporate champions for the program. With their financial support, twenty-four scholars from thirteen institutions/businesses applied and earned entrance into the inaugural WIA Leadership program.

These outstanding scholars accomplished real-world benefits for themselves and their institutions. They designed and implemented an equity dashboard that tracks diversity statistics for one of the participating institutions. They created content for the WIA podcast on the AMIA website. They are conducting educational and research analysis of social media and career development for women in informatics.

Most importantly, just five months after the completion of the program, six scholars have accepted new positions that are either promotions or stepping stones for their career goals.

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