Breaking the Glass Ceiling


Apply Today for the "Breaking the Glass Ceiling”
Leadership Education

AWS is seeking women surgeons in practice who are eager to build their leadership skills in order to prepare for an anticipated or recently appointed leadership position. The "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Leadership Education program will provide up to $10,000 for 2-4 AWS member awardees to attend a leadership conference or course of her choosing (either virtual or in-person).

Applications Due June 15, 2023

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be an active AWS member
  • Should be a minimum of five years in practice
  • Can be in any practice setting or region


  • Written online application
  • 5-page biosketch or curriculum vitae
  • 500-word cover letter that describes why the selected course will build meaningful leadership skills to impact her career, and how this aligns with the AWS mission
  • One letter of support from the applicant’s chair, division chief, or direct supervisor, discussing their support and explicitly stating that the applicant has time allotted for the course
  • A link to the course website
  • Detailed budget of no more than $10,000 including all proposed costs associated with the course

Award winners will be notified in July 2023 and are expected to support a course between August 2023 and January 2024. The applicants will be required to submit photos and a one-page summary of their experience to the AWS Council.

The Breaking the Glass Ceiling Leadership Education program is generously sponsored by a grant from Intuitive.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


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