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Women Leading in Neurology

An elite 10-month program for mid-career female neurologists who are seeking to improve leadership and management skills, strengthen communication and interpersonal skills, address topics of gender bias in medicine, and mentor other neurology professionals.

Applications will be accepted from April 1 - June 4 of 2018. Interested in receiving a reminder about application availability? 

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This program is right for you if: 

  • You are a female US AAN member neurologist 10 or more years out of training
  • You have demonstrated effective leadership skills and are interested in future roles of responsibility within the AAN and the field of neurology
  • You are able to propose a personal leadership goal to develop for the duration of the 10-month course
  • You are able to attend all in-person meetings for Women Leading in Neurology

Program Overview

This is a prestigious and interactive 10-month program in which up to 12 female neurology providers will be engaged with AAN leadership, a mentor, and a group of educators with significant experience in leadership development for women. Through the program you will:

  • Intensively develop your organizational leadership skills
  • Address sensitive topics of gender bias and discrimination in medicine and learn/develop skills to respond to bias and mentor other women
  • Set and achieve a personal leadership goal
  • Receive customized individual leadership development training and one-on-one coaching
  • Expand your network and accelerate your professional growth
  • Gain exposure to AAN leadership and executive staff who will provide high-level access to the roles, mission, and vision of the AAN

The AAN believes this program will develop and engage more female leaders who are committed to professional, community, and society leadership; and demonstrate to participants the long-term benefits of AAN involvement.


Key Program Dates

Mandatory Leadership Retreats:

  • October of 2018, in conjunction with AAN's Fall Conference in Las Vegas
  • January of 2019, in conjunction with the AAN's Breakthroughs in Neurology Conference
  • May of 2019, in conjunction with AAN's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

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.



The program includes a 360° management evaluation, customized mentoring opportunities, one-on-one coaching sessions, the development and execution of a personal leadership project, two phone calls per month, and three face-to-face retreats.

Pre-work and Projects

Upon acceptance starting in July 2017, 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.



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.