Jennifer Brand, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is a 2013-14 ELATE Fellow. Brand joins 18 women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields for ELATE at Drexel, a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine.
Brand is part of the second incoming class for ELATE at Drexel, with participants from a range of universities and colleges across the country.
The ELATE at Drexel program focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within 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.
Brand’s ELATE work began in May with online assignments and community building activities. ELATE fellows also spend three week-long, in-residence sessions near Drexel in Philadelphia. Her ELATE experience will conclude in March 2014 with a symposium organized around participants’ projects and with graduation ceremonies attended by their deans and other university leaders.
Each ELATE Fellow is expected to complete an institutional action project, developed in collaboration with the fellow’s dean or provost. Action projects are designed to not only 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.
For more information see www.drexel.edu/engineering/ELATE.