Nancy Spector, MD

Moving the Needle: Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Allyship

During times of crisis, your personal and professional networks become even more vital. Successful leaders learn to build a network of mentors, sponsors, and allies who will provide support, feedback, stability, and opportunities. This is particularly important for women and underrepresented minorities in medicine. Allyship, in particular, is critically important to changing culture and to support a diverse team. During this session you will learn how to effect change and form lasting bonds with the women who will partner with you on that journey.

Leadership Luncheon and Workshop

Each table discusses the topic of leading in a prolonged crisis and the challenges for women who stay in the workforce.  What is the anchor that keeps us tied to our mission as physicians? You will:

  • Articulate the importance of personal and professional development planning
  • Describe the process of professional development planning
  • Identify your network of mentors and professional colleagues
  • List strategies for career advancement

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Nancy Spector, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and serves in dual roles at the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM): as Executive Director of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program, a part-time year long, national leadership fellowship program for women in academic medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy, and as Vice Dean for Faculty. Known for her leadership abilities and her facilitation skills, Dr. Spector is sought after as a speaker and a visiting professor. Her contributions to academic medicine are in leadership skills development, professional development, gender equity, mentoring and sponsorship, and curriculum development and implementation. She is a member of PROWD (Promoting and Respecting Our Women Doctors).  In addition to her roles at DUCOM, she has been the educational leader of the I-PASS Handoff Study Group and serves as the Chair of the I-PASS Executive Council and is a co-founder of the I-PASS Safety Institute. 

Dr. Spector is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She completed her residency, Chief Residency, and General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Dr. Spector was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and is member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society.  She has received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring and innovation, including the Robert S. Holm Award for her extraordinary contribution in pediatric program director leadership and mentorship from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the Elias Abrutyn Mentoring Award from Drexel University College of Medicine, the Miller Sarkin Mentoring Award from the Academic Pediatric Association, the Elizabeth Bingham Award from the Association for Women in Science, Philadelphia chapter, the Women in Medicine Summit She for She Award, the American Medical Association Inspiration Award, and the Association of American Medical Colleges GWIMS Leadership Award for an Individual. The I-PASS Study group that she leads was a HBS/HMS health acceleration challenge finalist and received the Cox Award, and the I-PASS Handoff Program received the John M. Eisenberg National Patient Safety and Quality Award, Joint Commission and National Quality Forum.

In the past several years, she has been invited to join a number of leadership efforts at organizations including the American Women’s Medical Association (AMWA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Gender Equity in academic Medicine and Science (GEMS) Alliance, the Center for Women in Academic Medicine and Science (CWAMS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership (WEL) project (partner organizations are American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Physicians (ACP), American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), American Psychiatric Association (APA), National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), National Medical Association (NMA)), the Society of Hospital Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the MAVEN Leadership Training Initiative. Dr. Spector’s scholarly focus includes a broad range of educational topics, such as mentoring and sponsorship, gender equity, professional development planning, the I-PASS Handoff Program, and electronic professionalism. She is the co-editor of two books and has more than 115 publications to her credit.