ELAM on the Road: Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine at WashU Medicine

October 10, 2024
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Featuring Keynote Address by Nancy Spector, MD & Workshops with Kheyandra Lewis, MD, MEd

Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Promotions & Career Development

This day-long visit by the team from the nationally recognized Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program features a full day of programs designed to support career growth and professional development for rising and experienced faculty leaders across the School of Medicine through highly interactive, engaging workshops, multiple networking opportunities, and a keynote address introduced by senior leaders.

Sign-up per event is required.

Thursday, October 10, 2024 | Eric P. Newman Education Center

Day’s Events and Opportunities

Workshop 1: Empowering Excellence: The Art of Being an Effective Sponsor and Sponsee | 9:30 – 11 a.m. CT

Led by Nancy Spector, MD, and Kheyandra Lewis, MD, MEd.

Participants will:

  • Speak with self-assurance and confidence that will inspire others ​
  • Share information about an accomplishment that impresses others with your capabilities and impact ​
  • Identify and overcome potential barriers related to diversity, equity and inclusion​
  • Demonstrate your leadership “presence” in planned and spontaneous interactions with others ​
  • Hone your professional communication skills
Workshop 2: Graceful Self Promotion​: How to Support Your Own Career Success | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. CT

Led by Nancy Spector, MD, and Kheyandra Lewis, MD, MEd.

Participants will:

  • Define the role of sponsorship in career success
  • Learn to distinguish between sponsorship, mentorship and allyship
  • Explore best practices of an effective sponsor
Keynote Address: Moving the Needle: ​Strategies to Support Success, Inclusion and Belonging by Nancy Spector, MD | 4-5 p.m. CT

Address highlights:

  • Ways to empower individuals and key leaders to advance inclusion ​
  • How to create strategies to drive institutional equity priorities ​
  • Utilizing allyship to fight injustice

Networking Events:

Networking Breakfast | 8:30-9:30 a.m. CT |*By Registration Only

Networking Coffee | 3:30 – 4 p.m. CT |*By Registration Only

Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.


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About the Presenters

Nancy Spector, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and serves at the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) as Executive Director of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program, a part-time year-long, national leadership fellowship program for women in academic medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy and as Executive Director of the Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELH) program for women leaders in hospital and health care systems. In addition to these roles, she serves as Senior Vice Dean for Faculty, the Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women’s Health, and Executive Director of the Lynn Yeakel Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership (IWHL).

Dr. Spector is known for her leadership abilities and facilitation skills. Her contributions to graduate medical education and academic medicine are in leadership skills development, professional development, gender equity, mentoring and sponsorship, and curriculum development and implementation. She is the recipient of numerous national awards including the 2023 Elizabeth Blackwell Medal, granted by the American Medical Women’s Association to a woman physician who has made the most outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine. Dr. Spector is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and member of the Women In Medicine Legacy Foundation Advisory Leadership Council.

Dr. Kheyandra D. Lewis, MD, MEd is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BS in biology at Philadelphia University, her MD from Temple University School of Medicine and Master’s in Medical Education at the University of Cincinnati. After completing pediatric residency training and a chief residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, she joined the Section of Hospital Medicine. As an Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency, she directs the professional development curriculum and additionally co-facilitates a leadership academy for medical students at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). In 2019, Dr. Lewis was selected to participate in DUCOM’s inaugural Faculty Launch Leadership Program, a 9-month program designed to foster interdisciplinary mentoring and leadership training, and now serves as a faculty advisor for the program as was recently appointed the Vice Chair of Faculty and Professional Development for the Department of Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s.

Her research interests focus on feedback, professional development, communication, and patient safety. Dr. Lewis has been a key faculty member for I-PASS education at St. Christopher’s since the creation of a standardized handoff program. She served as a site Co-Investigator for the PCORI-funded Patient and Family Centered I-PASS study and served on the Campaign Committee and Simulation and Educational Strategies Support Team. She was also a member of the Implementation and Simulation Committees in addition to her role as a physician mentor for SHM’s I-PASS Safer Communication on Rounds Everytime (SCORE) Mentored Implementation Program.

About ELAM

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program is a year-long part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. More than 1,300 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world.