The Fellowship


The Fellowship offers a 14-month self-guided program for women professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential in the health field and wish to increase leadership competencies, hands-on experience, and work with exceptional mentors.


The Fellowship awards a select number of fellow positions each year. Candidates are nominated by their sponsoring organization; qualified nominees are invited to apply. 

By sponsoring a fellow, an organization can provide one of their leading members the opportunity to expand her leadership capacity in a unique and impactful way. Benefits of being a sponsoring organization include:

  • Public recognition in Fellowship materials

  • The opportunity to be on the leading edge of addressing gender inequities in health

  • A chance to provide a remarkable experience to a rising woman leader that will help shape her into an exceptional and dynamic leader within the health field

  • The ability to help establish a meaningful and powerful network of women leaders in health

If you are interested in sponsoring a fellow in your organization or elsewhere in your health community, contact us for more information. 

To be considered for a Fellowship position, talk to your organization about this remarkable opportunity. We want to work with you to make this a reality!

To find out how to submit your nomination, click on the Nominate A Candidate For The Fellowship button. Nominations are due on May 15, 2018; applications are due on June 15, 2018. The class of 2019 fellows will begin on October 1, 2018. 

About the program

The purpose of the fellow experience is to develop a cohort of women leaders who are networked and ready to move into senior leadership positions in all sectors of health. The Fellowship program facilitates this move by concentrating on four program goals:

  • To expand knowledge and experience by putting skills into practice

  • To generate constructive change in the community where the fellow works and beyond

  • To increase opportunities to positively impact health system issues in future leadership roles

  • To build a lifelong network of extraordinary health leader peers

Each fellow is paired with two hand-selected mentors who are nationally recognized senior health leaders. Fellows plan, direct, and complete an impact project, an initiative the fellow cares about that aims to create worthy change in the field.

Each fellow receives an honorarium to help cover desired professional development enrichment experiences. Additionally, fellows attend four sponsored onsite events that provide a framework for the program.

For more information, review the 2018/19 program calendar below.

Nominations by the sponsoring organization are due May 15, 2018. Applications from qualified candidates are due on June 15, 2018. The class of 2019 fellows will begin the program on October 1, 2018.

Nomination Criteria

Qualified candidates are innovative, community-focused, and guided by integrity. Nominations from all health industries are welcome. Each Fellowship candidate is a “health game changer” who meets the following criteria:


  • She is a woman leader in health who has a bold vision.

  • She is a trailblazer who is ready to lead large-scale system reform.

  • She is a talented innovator with a track record of remarkable professional leadership who would be considered for a senior executive position within the next 5-7 years and who could be on the “CEO track” if supported to do so.


  • She is accessible, yet an independent thinker, who embraces and synthesizes disparate pieces of information and views.

  • She actively pursues gaining a broader knowledge and future-oriented perspective of health.

  • She is very comfortable with “what if” scenarios and manages ambiguity well.


  • She embodies a high performance culture and reinforces the organization’s vision, values, and expected leadership behaviors.

  • She aims to be an inspirational leader with people skills who has the ability to manage, motivate, and engage employees at all levels of the organization.

  • She seeks to work across teams to create important collaboration.


  • She strives to prioritize and focus on right ideas, opportunities, issues, and projects based on business strategy, financial acumen, and a solid understanding of organizational and human nature.

  • She makes timely, sound judgments in uncertain and changing situations.


  • She aspires to develop and maintain quality, long-term relationships and partnerships based on transparency, trust, communication, confidentiality, and credibility to accomplish strategic objectives.

  • She has the ability to influence others by clearly and concisely presenting and discussing opinions, ideas, information, and positions.

  • She manages disagreements and conflicts using empathy and diplomacy.


  • She reflects a diverse workforce and background and has demonstrated dedication to improving the lives of members of diverse communities.

  • She recognizes the value of diversity and equity, and intentionally creates a safe, inclusive environment in her work setting.

  • US citizenship or permanent resident status

  • Availability to attend four onsite retreats during the 14-month program

  • There are no formal age restrictions. However, the Fellowship program was designed to provide a platform for candidates who have a record of leadership success and plan to establish themselves as premier figures in health to maximize the program benefits to the fellows and their sponsoring organizations.

  • Candidates cannot be related by blood or marriage to any governing or national advisory board member

  • Participants do not need to relocate and can continue their work fulltime




Inclusive dates for the 2018/19 program year: October 1, 2018-November 30, 2019. Onsite meeting dates may be subject to change.

  • MAY 15, 2018 — Nomination deadline for the class of 2019 

  • JUNE 15, 2018 – Nominee application deadline for the 2018/19 program year

  • OCTOBER 1 — Fellow selection announced and program year begins

  • NOVEMBER — Welcome retreat (onsite meeting)

  • NOVEMBER / DECEMBER — Introductions to selected mentors

  • FEBRUARY 2019 — Winter retreat (onsite meeting)

  • MAY — Washington DC retreat (onsite meeting)

  • NOVEMBER — Impact project presentations and Welcome retreat for class of 2020 fellows (onsite meeting)

  • NOVEMBER 30 — Final report and project submission