Annual Lecture

​The Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society for Women Faculty

The Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society for Women Faculty offers a variety of faculty-driven programs and opportunities that target the specific needs of women faculty. Among these programs, the VKFS annual lecture provides the entire CUIMC community with the opportunity to hear directly from women leaders from a variety of professional fields on their perspectives and experiences with success and leadership.

Past Lectures:

“Promoting Equity for Women in Academic Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach”

Tuesday, May 25, 2021


  • Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, Deputy Chair of Radiation Oncology, Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology, Residency Program Director, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences, Michigan Medicine 

"Women and Leadership in the 21st Century University"

A Colloquium of Women Deans at Columbia University

Monday, March 7, 2016


  • Lee Goldman, MD, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicin; Chief Executive of the Columbia University Medical Center


  • Amale Andraos, MArch, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  • Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing
  • Mary C. Boyce, PhD, Dean of Engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health
  • Merit E. Janow, JD, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs
  • Alondra Nelson, PhD, Dean of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Jeanette Takamura, PhD, MSW, Dean of the School of Social Work

Program Materials:

"The Science and Art of Confidence: What Women Need to Know"

A Special Lecture with Claire Shipman

Thursday, December 3, 2015


  • Claire Shipman, Senior National Correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America and Co-author of the New York Times Bestsellers: "The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance- What Women Should Know" and "Womenomics"

The CUIMC Leadership Forum: "The Intersection of Gender and Leadership: Perspectives and Strategies for Success"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


  • Margaret Wood, MD, FRCA, EM Papper Professor of Anesthesiology; Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Richard Mayeux, MD, Gertrude H Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Epidemiology (in the Sergievsky Center and Taub Institute); Chair, Department of Neurology; Director, Sergievsky Center; Co-Director, Taub Institute
  • Michael Shelanski, MD, PhD, Delafield Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology (in Neuroscience and in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain); Chair, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology

“Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


  • Debora Spar, PhD, President of Barnard College

"Women and the Leadership Identity"

A Special Lecture and Panel Discussion focused on Women and Leadership in the Health Sciences

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Keynote Speaker:

  • Robin J. Ely, Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Harvard Business School


  • Katherine Phillips, PhD, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Faculty of Business, Columbia University
  • Janice Clements, PhD, Vice Dean for Faculty and Professor and the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor of Faculty Affairs; Professor of Comparative Medicine, Neurology, Pathology and joint appointment Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University
  • Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC, Associate Dean for Research; Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research
  • Mary D’Alton, MD, Willard C Rappleye Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University
  • Margaret Wood, MD, EM Papper Professor of Anesthesiology, Department Chair of Anesthesiology, Columbia University


“Are We Ready for a Woman in Charge? Maintaining Leadership in Surgery”

A Special Lecture on Women Leadership in Academic Medicine

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


  • Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, The William Stewart Halsted Professor; Chair, Department of Surgery; Surgeon-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Please visit the Calendar of Events for upcoming program dates. 

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