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Women in Medical Science Conference – EmpowerHER: Advocating Professional Development

December 1, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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We welcome all individuals who share our commitment to advancing women in the sciences to join us at the Women in Medical Science Conference – EmpowerHER: Advocating Professional Development on December 1st.   This conference is a unique opportunity to engage, learn, and grow together in our shared pursuit of gender equity and excellence in the field.

Faculty, Postdocs, Residents, and Fellows are welcomed!


Sponsored by the Office of Faculty and Leadership Development & the Association of Professional Women in Medical Sciences (APWIMS).


Why Attend?

This year’s keynote speaker is Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, TEDx speaker Sharon Delaney McCloud, CDE®, Director of Corporate Communications at UNC Health. Following the keynote lecture will be a workshop, panel discussion and lunch.  See the program linked below and get ready to:

  • Explore strategies and gain insight to promote career development, leadership, and skill enhancement.
  • Hear from accomplished women in the sciences who have shattered glass ceilings.
  • Connect with like-minded professionals, mentors, and allies.


Register Now!

This event is in-person only.




Sharon Delaney McCloud, CDE®
Emmy Award-winning broadcaster * TEDx speaker * Certified Diversity Executive CDE®

Sharon Delaney McCloud is dedicated to empowering leaders with effective communication techniques, leveraging the power of words to drive business results. With a background in television journalism, including covering significant events from the Persian Gulf War to the Super Bowl, she has impacted people’s lives with her storytelling. Sharon’s career also includes co-founding Greenroom Communications, working with major brands, and later merging with Walk West, a digital marketing agency, where she developed media training and presentation coaching. She now serves as the Director of Corporate Communications at UNC Health, aligning her professional passions with the crucial healthcare industry.

Jennifer Swanson, MD, FACEP, ACC
Executive Coach * Healthcare Management Consultant * Associate Certified Coach * Entrepreneur

Over the course of her physician career, Jennifer Swanson served as an executive leader in 4 different specialty areas of medicine:  Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine and Primary Care. While demonstrating clinical and operational success in those roles, Jennifer became impassioned with the training and development of aspiring leaders.  In addition to reaching top decile national performance in quality of care and customer satisfaction in these organizations, she developed a number of promising candidates into confident competent leaders through orientation programs, workshops and coaching.

In 2021, Jennifer left her position as Associate Chief Medical Officer of Duke Primary Care to launch her own coaching and consulting business, Pocket Your Change.  She now provides workshops, coaching and leadership training to individuals and organizations around the Triangle region.  In 2024, she plans to open her new office and retreat space, HayLoft.

Jennifer balances career commitments with an active outdoor lifestyle that includes cycling and cooking for  family and friends.  She competes ponies in the sport of dressage at the local, regional and national level and especially enjoys relaxing on her own Laughing Stock Farm with her dogs Rosey and Maxine.  You can learn more about Jen and/or send her a through her website:


Jean Cook, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor, Biochemistry & Biophysics



Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH

Colin G. Thomas, Jr., MD Distinguished Professor & Chair, Department of Surgery



Koyal Jain, MD, MPH, FASN

Associate Professor, Medicine

Director, Nephrology and Hypertension Training Program

Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Medicine


Sharon Milgram, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education – NIH



Angie Smith, MD, MS, FACS

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs & Leadership Development

Professor, Urology




More about APWIMS

Please visit the Association for Professional Women In Medical Sciences (APWIMS) website to learn more.


December 1, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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FALD Professional Development Series
Private: APWIMS