leadership programs

Women Leading in Neurology

This prestigious and interactive program is designed to identify, engage, and mentor up to 12 mid-career female member neurologists who are committed to professional, community, and society leadership. The AAN recognizes the importance of having leaders who reflect the demographics of its members and the patients they serve, and has made it part of its diversification strategy to identify and support women who are driven to improve the neurology profession. 

The application period is currently open and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT on June 4, 2018.



Talented and highly motivated mid-career (at least 10 years out of residency or training) female neurologists who are committed to the profession of neurology and to providing high-quality patient-centered care. Applicants must be AAN members based in the United States.


Program Overview

Through this program you will:

  • Develop organizational leadership skills
  • Evaluate and improve supervisory and team management skills
  • Address sensitive topics of gender bias and disparity in medicine, provide sklls to address bias, and mentor other women
  • Connect with a mentor, a coach, and a leadership circle to support learning and growth
  • Develop a personal leadership project or goal, with feedback and coaching from a mentor and small group
  • Engage in pre-work (personal evaluation and some reading) starting in August, and attend three 1.5 day retreats (all expenses paid). 
  • Take part in monthly coaching conference calls with a mentor or leadership consultant

Time Commitment

Participants are required to attend the leadership retreats, coaching calls, and small group calls. The AAN covers all program-related expenses for the selected participants.

Pre-work and Projects

Upon acceptance starting in July 2018, participants will engage in a 360° management evaluation, and may complete an assessment designed to help them understand different professional and communication styles, and the strength of each. In addition, there may be reading required in advance of each retreat. At the first retreat, each participant will work with her mentor to develop a plan to achieve a personal leadership goal over the course of the 10-month program.


Key Program Dates

Mandatory Leadership Retreats:

  • September of 2018 (time and location TBD)
  • January of 2019 (time and location TBD)
  • May of 2019, in conjunction with AAN's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia



Participants will be matched with a mentor who is a current or past member of the AAN Board of Directors or an AAN committee. Participants will engage in peer mentoring in small groups selected from the larger group.


Application Requirements

AAN members interested in participating in the program should submit the following documents in PDF format as part of the application process:

  • Statement of Interest that answers the following questions:
    • Why are YOU the candidate for this program?
    • What do you hope to gain from the program?
    • What leadership experiences have you had? Were these successful experiences? Why or why not?
    • How do you see yourself in a leadership role within the AAN? Within your institution? Within your subspecialty society (if applicable)?
    • What do you view as your leadership strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why are you choosing to engage in this program? How do you see yourself in a leadership role in neurology? Why are YOU the candidate for this program?
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation discussing your qualifications for a women's leadership program.
  • Personal Leadership Project: This proposal should describe your personal leadership goal you would like to develop during your time in the Women Leading in Neurology program. Use the following prompts to develop your statement:
    • Describe an area of growth you want to pursue in a leadership role, program, or position, for example:
      • Change or improve a professional/personal behavior that will have an impact on your career success. A community or professional action that will improve a process
      • Get involved with committee, board, or task force work within the AAN or other professional association
      • Acquire or improve a community or subspecialty neurology leadership position.
  • Curriculum Vitae

Preference will be given to applicants who have not completed any of the following AAN Leadership Programs: Emerging Leaders Program, Transforming Leaders Program,  and Practice Leadership Program.

The Women Leading in Neurology program is supported in part by Allergan, Inc. and Sanofi Genzyme.


For additional information please contact Amy Nostdahl, Senior Manager, Leadership Programs, at (612) 928-6033.