Women's Leadership Development Program
The Women's Leadership Development Program 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. The program started in 2016 and hosts 9-12 participants and their mentors (men and women) each year.
Eligible participants include early- to mid-career female scientists who are in a faculty/tenure-track (or equivalent) position for not more than 10 years and who have been ARVO members for at least three years at time of application.
2021 - 2022 program timeline
- Application opens Sept. 1, 2020
- Application closes Oct. 31, 2020
- Applicants notified Dec. 2020
- Program begins Apr. 30, 2021
- Program concludes Apr. 2022
Virtual kick-off program and orientation
Participants will meet their mentors and past participants in the program virtually in May 2021
Monthly discussion topics facilitated by guest speakers
Includes live video chats with well-known leaders in the field and supplemental web-based written discussion.
Topics include themes such as:
- Finding Your Strengths
- Building and Maintaining Your Network
- Time Management & Maximizing Your Productivity
- Positioning Yourself Internally and Externally
- People Management
- ARVO Service Opportunities
One-on-one guidance from a mentor
Participants meet monthly with their assigned mentors for individualized support during the program year.
The Women's Leadership Development Program aims to prepare more women to serve in leadership roles within ARVO and within their academic insititutions.
- After participating in the program, 73% of the 2018-2019 class plans to pursue a leadership role at their institution within the next two years.
- Of current program alumni, 62% are currently serving on an ARVO committee.
Who should apply to be a participant/mentee?
Early- to mid-career female scientists who are:
- In a faculty/tenure-track or equivalent position for not more than 10 years
- Have been ARVO members for at least three (3) years at time of application, and who will maintain active membership throughout the program
- Interested in future leadership positions within ARVO
- Eager and able to commit to active participation in the program, including:
- Attending a virtual kick off and orientation program to be scheduled for May 2021
- 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
- Requesting their institution's support of the $100 program fee
Program fee for particpants:
To help support the operating costs of the program, mentee participants’ home institutions are expected to support their faculty with a $100 participation fee.
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.
Who should apply to be a mentor?
Any ARVO member (men and women) who:
- Have been an active ARVO member for at least five (5) past consecutive years who will maintain active membership throughout the program
- Have served in ARVO volunteer/leadership roles, such as committee, or editorial board service
- Want to help develop future ARVO leaders with the goal of gender parity in ARVO leadership
- Can commit to attending a virtual kick off and orientation program to be scheduled for May 2021
There is no cost to apply to be a volunteer mentor.
The 2020-2021 Women's Leadership Development Program is sponsored by Aerie Pharmaceuticals through the ARVO Foundation with additional support from the Ramesh and Brenda Tripathi Vision Research Fund and funds raised at the annual Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR) Luncheon.
2020-2021 Program Sponsor
With additional support from:
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."