Sandra J. Lewis Mid-Career Women's Leadership Institute

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The Sandra J. Lewis Mid-Career Women's Leadership Institute is a transformative two-year leadership development program designed specifically for mid-career (12- 21 years post fellowship) cardiovascular physician women to empower them during the next phase of their professional lives.

Cohort participants connect with mentors, learn more about themselves as professionals and leaders, take the opportunity to re-assess their career paths and so much more.

Cohort II launched in January 2024. Click here for a complete list of participants.

Course Overview/Statement of Need

For many mid-career women, this professional stage serves as an opportunity to re-assess, re-imagine and re-invent their professional lives. While the mid-career leadership journey may serve as a professional renaissance for many, it is also a stage that requires unique guidance and targeted leadership development to successfully transition forward. Thus, The Sandra J. Lewis Mid-Career Women's Leadership Institute is designed to provide mid-career women cardiovascular physicians with the essential skills, tools and dedicated support to flourish during this distinct and exciting phase of the career journey.

The programmatic framework addresses:

  • Who am I now? Are my personal mission, vision and values in concert with my professional life? Personal life?
  • Where am I going? Is my future path clear? What might a pivot look like, and how do I lead through this effort?
  • Do I have support? Is my current network reflective of my ideal future? Do I have active sponsorship aligned with my vision and values?
  • How does ACC support my goals? Am I setup to lead within the College? Am I channeling my energy to meaningful roles and/or needs? Do I have the influence and self-awareness to grow in area(s) of interest at this stage of my professional life?

Program Format

Each appointee is expected to participate in a mix of virtual learning sessions and in-person learning sessions (approximately 3 in-person per year) over a two-year period.

Appointees will participate in individual assessments, group activities, mentoring and individual coaching.

Registration Fees

The cost for participation is $1,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Interested individuals must meet the below criteria to apply for the program. Applicants must be:

  • A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)
  • Defined as mid-career, between 12-21 years post cardiovascular fellowship
  • Able to meet the time commitment for in-person and virtual learning sessions
    • 2024 In-person session dates:
      • April 5, 2024 in Atlanta, GA
      • June 22-23, 2024 in Washington, DC
      • Sept. 28, 2024 in Washington, DC
  • Submission of ACC's online application with emphasis on your leadership journey and career goals, your personal "story".
  • Submit a completed application, curriculum vitae and statement(s) of support as outlined in the application instructions.

Application Process

Applications for the Sandra J. Lewis Mid-Career Women's Leadership Institute are currently closed. A call for applications for Cohort III will be announced mid-2025. Please check back for updates.

For questions and inquires, please email