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Leadership Development Conference


The EMPOWER Summit is a one-day immersive, interactive leadership development opportunity focused on gender equity in medicine and leadership, and the role leaders play in managing finances and advocacy. Current and aspiring women leaders, and the men and women who mentor or sponsor them are welcome to attend. EMPOWER is a product of Dr. Tiffany Moore Simas's Joy McCann Professorship project.


Women clinicians and scientists bring unique perspectives, strengths, and opportunities to academic health centers. Women have yet to achieve leadership positions proportional to the numbers being trained. Leakages and blockages in the pipeline are numerous and multifactorial. According to the AAMC Faculty Engagement Survey, women might benefit from:

  • Clear role expectations and advancement pathways
  • Equitable and diverse workplaces
  • Opportunities for development and advancement

Building from previous EMPOWER Summits, the 2023 EMPOWER Summit will continue to prepare women faculty leaders (new and aspiring) for executive leadership roles.

Program Goals

  • Develop women leaders through knowledge and skill acquisition necessary to lead confidently and competently.
  • Create peer and leadership and mentorship networks to share perspective, expertise, and support -within and beyond the program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Aspiring and new women leaders who are faculty of UMass Chan Medical School and UMass Chan-Baystate OR
  • Mentors and sponsors of women faculty (men and women welcomed)
  • MD, DO, PhD, DNP or equivalent advanced degree
  • Commitment to attend the full-day program