Professor Hong Tan accepted as Fellow in Drexel University's ELATE Program

Professor Hong Tan
Professor Hong Tan
The Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering Program is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Professor Hong Tan has been accepted as a Fellow for 2013-14 in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) Program at Drexel University.

ELATE at Drexel® is a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine. The 2nd incoming class for ELATE at Drexel includes nineteen experienced and diverse women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. They come from a range of universities and colleges across the country, many with global experience. Nearly half have experience with leadership at levels of center directors, department chairs, and associate deans. Each was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional initiatives as she expands her leadership skills.

“We are extremely excited to launch a new year of the ELATE program and very pleased with the response of university leaders who support the time and costs of this very intensive work of leadership, said Diane Magrane, executive director of Drexel’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics and ELATE fellowship director. “Most importantly, the deans and provosts have committed to mentoring the Fellows and opening doors at the highest levels of leadership in their organizations. This response bodes well for the future of academic STEM leadership.” The program focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within their institutions, using strategic finance and resource management to enhance the missions of their organizations, and creating a network of exceptional women who bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve. Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the curriculum includes classroom lessons and activities, online instruction and discussion, and on-the-job application at each Fellow’s home institution.

The Fellowship year concludes with the completion of an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the Fellows’ dean or provost. These action projects are not only designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority, but also help the Fellows understand the challenges institutions face and the skills a leader must possess in order to address these challenges. The work for this incoming class begins in May with online assignments and community building activities, and the program will conclude in March 2014 with a Symposium organized around their projects and graduation ceremonies attended by their deans and other university leaders. Fellows begin the first of three week-long, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, PA, on July 31, 2013.

ELATE at Drexel is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership® at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information on the ELATE curriculum, faculty and participants, visit www.drexel.edu/engineering/ELATE.