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Leadership Skills Programs

FIU Educational Leadership Enhancement Program (ELEP)

ELEP was established here at FIU in the early 1990's as part of a larger statewide program to advance women and minorities in administrative positions in higher education. Several FIU HWCOM faculty and staff have successfully participated in FIU ELEP: Heidi von Harsher, Ph.D., Iveris Martinez, Ph.D., Suzanne Minor, M.D., Laura Boudon, Ph.D., Marin Gillis, Ph.D., Kalai Mathee, Ph.D, Scarlett Aldana-Bosch, Rowena Ramnath, Diana Barratt, M.D., Winnyanne Kunkle. This year-long program has various components, including monthly meetings, executive briefings by FIU senior administrators, leadership book discussions, three conferences held with Florida partner colleges, individual projects and mentoring by senior FIU leaders.

The application for the ELEP opens in June and is due in July. The support of your chair/supervisor is required. More information on this program is available at:

Empower to Lead (E2L)

Empower to Lead (E2L) group offers periodic discussion sessions to share thought and ideas related to leadership practice and theory. For more information, contact Winne Chang ( or Melissa Ward-Peterson (

Other Programs

The AAMC offers a variety of leadership courses, including the AAMC Resilient Leader Conference, the AAMC Early and Mid-Career Women’s Faculty Development Conferences and  the AAMC Minority Faculty Development Conference. Interested faculty should discuss possibilities with their Department Chair, the Associate Dean for Faculty, or the Associate Dean for Women in Medicine and Science.