Women in IBD Leadership Program

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The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s initiatives for women in IBD has propelled the annual Women in IBD Breakfast and the Women in IBD Task Force. Taking this initiative one step further, the Foundation has now launched a special opportunity for a select group of women gastroenterologists to participate in our comprehensive Women in IBD Leadership Program.


The Women in IBD Leadership Program seeks to provide mid-career women gastroenterologists (10-20 years post-training) with leadership training in order to help them successfully navigate their careers to the top levels of leadership. High-performing leaders are critical to the performance of clinical care and academic institutions. Moreover, successful leaders need a myriad of strengths and competencies; they must create work climates that motivate high-quality, patient-centered care, and retain high-demand talent in a very competitive marketplace. Strong leadership adds significant value to clinical care and faculty, ultimately improving healthcare for patients.

Program overview

The program consists of two all-day live courses, a personal assessment of leadership abilities and an hour of coaching, participation in an 10-month online program, bi-monthly online check-ins/discussions related to the online course, and matching with a high-level mentor who can assist in finding a sponsor. Schedule as follows:

January 2022

Mentor assignment

February 2022-November 2022

Fundamentals of Physician leadership Series: Communication, Finance, Negotiation, Quality & Influence

Check-ins: March, May, July, September, November (online)

April 2022

Participate in Leadership CPI 260 Assessment and Assessment/Debrief

May 2022 - Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)

Leadership Development within a Culture of Trust (live, full-day with reception)

San Diego, CA

January 2023

You’re Not Just a Doctor Anymore (live, full-day at Crohn’s & Colitis Congress®)

Location TBD

Applications and due dates

Click here to apply as a participant!

  • Participant Applications will be accepted September 1-November 30, 2021

Click here to apply as a mentor!

  • Mentor Applications will be accepted September 1-November 30, 2021


Special thank you to our sponsor!

The Foundation’s Women in IBD Leadership Program was made possible in part by, AbbVie

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