Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides emerging women leaders within the ARVO membership a highly interactive, year-long learning experience focused on leadership skill development and facilitating leadership opportunities and networking within ARVO. 

Applications are now closed for the 2019 - 2020 program year. 

2020 - 21 program timeline

  • Application opens Oct. 1, 2019funded by the Ramesh and Brenda Tripathi Vision Research Fund
  • Application closes Oct. 31, 2019
  • Applicants notified December 2019

Who should apply to be a participant/mentee?

  • Early-to mid-career female scientists in a faculty/tenure-track or equivalent position for not more than 10 years, who have been ARVO members for at least three (3) consecutive years at time of application (i.e. active membership in 2017, 2018, and 2019) and who will maintain active membership throughout the program and who

  • Are interested in future leadership positions within ARVO and who

  • Are eager and able to commit to active participation in the program as follows

    • Attending a face-to-face kickoff program the Friday before the 2020 Annual Meeting (April 24, 2020 in Baltimore, MD)

    • Monthly or more frequent interactions with her assigned mentor

    • Engaging and collaborating with program class and program alumni via topical discussions in a dedicated ARVOConnect community.

Program fee:

To help support the operating costs of the program, mentee participants’ home institutions are expected to support their faculty with a $500 participation fee and the costs associated with the extended/early stay at the ARVO Annual Meeting that is required for the kick-off program.

A brief letter of support from the mentee’s department chair, or other appropriate institutional representative will be requested within the application form that acknowledges the program fee and mentee’s participation in the program.

Stela Vujosevic, MD, PhD, FEBO, Year 1 Participant

"This program was a great opportunity to meet leaders in ARVO, and to increase my network of colleagues and friends in the ARVO community. You will learn to take risks, celebrate overcoming certain mindsets, and how to approach doubt. You can enhance your short and long term goals using advice from your mentor and the other participants in the program. There is such value in having an open space to share and learn from a range of women’s different experiences."

Who should apply to be a mentor?

  • ARVO members for at least five (5) consecutive years who will maintain active membership throughout the program and who
  • Have served in ARVO volunteer/leadership roles, such as committee, or editorial board service and who
  • Want to help develop future ARVO leaders with the goal of gender parity in ARVO leadership and who
  • Can commit to attending a face-to-face kickoff program the Friday before the 2019 Annual Meeting (April 26, 2019 in Vancouver, BC). (ARVO will reimburse one night’s hotel stay for each mentor).

Questions can be directed to: