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Programs & EventsWomen Faculty Programs offers a wide range of programming to support the advancement and leadership of women in cancer research and cancer medicine. Targeted to specific subgroups of women faculty, programs on career development and mentoring are designed to:

  • Build competencies for leadership
  • Develop skills in negotiation and navigating institutional relationships
  • Prepare for promotion and tenure
  • Facilitate opportunities for networking and mentoring


Increasing the visibility of all women physicians and scientists is one of the key strategic goals of the Department of Women Faculty Programs:

  • Women Leading the Way Lecture Series – brings high profile women scientists and physicians to present institution-wide scientific and women-in-science lectures
  • Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award (established by WFP) –recognizes an individual, woman or man, who has made significant contributions to the advancement of women in cancer medicine and science

Women Leading the Way Lecture Series


  • Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.

    April 18, 2014: 
    Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director, National Bioethics and Health Disparities Research Center
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

    "Opportunities to Address Cancer Disparities: Ensuring Access to and Quality of Oncology Care In the Affordable Care Act Landscape"

  • Deborah Dunsire, M.D.

    October 24, 2012: Deborah Dunsire, M.D.
    President and CEO
    Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company

    "Aspiring to Cure Cancer: Building the Foundation through Partnership"

  • Robin Yabroff, Ph.D., M.B.A.

    September 26, 2011: 
    Robin Yabroff, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Epidemiologist, Health Services and Economics Branch, Applied Research Program, National Cancer Institute

    "Economic Burden of Cancer in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities"

  • Nancy Chang, Ph.D.

    April 11, 2011: Nancy Chang, Ph.D.
    Chairman and Senior Managing Director for Asia, OrbiMed Healthcare Fund Management

    "My Story, The Tanox Story"

  • Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade, M.D., FACP

    September 8, 2010: Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade, M.D., FACP
    Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics
    Associate Dean for Global Health
    Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health
    The University of Chicago Medical Center

    "Epigenetics and Breast Cancer"

  • September 22, 2009:
    Karen Antman, M.D
    Dean of Boston University
    School of Medicine

    “You've Come a Long Way Baby - What's Next?”

  • Virginia Valian, Ph.D.

    September 9, 2008: Virginia Valian, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Linguistics
    Co-director of the Gender Equity Project at Hunter College, NY

    “Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women in Medicine”

Upcoming Event

Women Leading the Way Lecture Series

Julie A. Freischlag, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences
Dean of the School of Medicine
UC Davis

"Risky Business - Advance Your Career and Enhance Your Life"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Pickens Academic Tower
FCT3, Rooms 3, 4, 5 & 6
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lecture open to all

Upcoming Event

Presentation by Lilly Marks

May 15, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30
R11.1100 (MD Anderson Main Building,
Anderson Conference Hall, 11th Floor, Elevators A or B, Rooms 1-3) 
Lilly Marks
Vice President for Health Affairs University of Colorado
Executive Vice Chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus
"Funding the Academic Mission, including Trouble Traps for Leaders"
Lilly Marks
Sponsored by Women Faculty Programs & Faculty and Academic Development

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