Programming for Women Faculty

The Office of Faculty Affairs hosts a variety of programs and speakers that relate to women’s issues and offer insight into specific challenges women face in academia as well as offering advice and tools to navigate the climate.

Women Advancing in Academic Medicine (WAAM)

The goal of WAAM is to build readiness for the promotion of women Assistant Professors in clinical departments (MDs) by engaging in a series of career development exercises, facilitated by senior women faculty leaders.  The curriculum is based on the book, Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever.

The program consists of a series of four required meetings during Autumn Quarter (dates TBA)

For more information about the WAAM program, contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at


Past Programming for Women Faculty

  • Inclusive Leadership: Leave No (Wo)Man Behind
    Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, is the Medical Director of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez examined the impacts of implicit bias on careers, discussed strategies for finding and nourishing mentorship opportunities, as well as how to develop skills to be an effective and inclusive leader in healthcare.
  • The Art and Science of Negotiation
    Laura Maasdam, a founding partner of Sixth Wing, LLC.  Laura is an executive performance coach and noted speaker on negotiation, communication, and persuasion. 
  • Managing Conflict in the Workplace
    Jeanne Brett, PhD, Professor of Dispute Resolution at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
    Co-Sponsored by the Department of Medicine Women’s Committee and The Office of Faculty Affairs
  • Authority, Voice, and Influence
    Rena Seltzer, MSW, President of Leader Academic and author of The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors Who Want a Successful Career and a Well-Balanced Life
  • Combatting Burnout: A Focus on Physician and Scientist Wellness
    Maryam Siddiqui, MD, Assistant Professor-Obstetrics & Gynecology, Peggy Mason, PhD, Professor-Neurobiology, and Helen Te, MD, Associate Professor-Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
  • Creating a Culture Conducive to Women’s Academic Success and Work-Life Balance
    Alyssa Westring, PhD, Associate Professor of Managment at DePaul University