Women's Leadership Initiative

Women leaders sharing best practices

Creating a Community of Support for the Empowerment of Women Leaders

The University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office, in partnership with the Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education (IOWAWHE) recognize the need for more women leaders at all levels in higher education across the state. The Women’s Leadership Initiative series was developed by women for women. Through ongoing dialogue, women working in or with colleges or universities will have the opportunity to learn from each other in a supportive community about topics of impact for our leadership.

Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch and attend these intimate and informal sessions. Light refreshments will be provided. Highlight sessions will be videotaped and hosted afterward on our website along with a discussion guide. Watch it from your office or host a dialogue on your own campus!

Women's Leadership Initiative Welcomes
Denise Martinez, MD

March 8th, 2019
12:00pm to 1:00pm
UI Levitt Center for University Advancement 

Registration required at: https://tinyurl.com/WLI-2019  

The Women's Leadership Initiative Spring 2019 session will feature Dr. Denise Martinez, clinical associate professor of Family Medicine and assistant dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the UI Caver College of Medicine. 

Dr. Martinez has held the role of Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives for the past six years after serving as Interim Associate Dean for one year. She earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her professional interests include cultural competence education, chronic disease management, and women’s health/obstetrics.

As a faculty member and clinician in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Iowa Health Care selected Dr. Martinez to lead the implementation and incorporation of CultureVision, a cultural competency software to help create a more inclusive healthcare network for patients.  As Co-director of the University of Iowa Mobile Clinics, she, along with a cohort of students are able to provide free medical clinics to the community. Dr. Martinez is also the faculty advisor for the Student National Medical Association, and led the charge to create the Latino Medical Student Association, and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students. In fact, it is by her work with students that she earned the University of Iowa’s prestigious “Hawkeye Award for Faculty Adviser of the Year” in 2014.

Awarded in 2016 as the Primary Investigator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), Dr. Martinez leads the SHPEP program at Iowa which aids in the advancement of underrepresented students from disadvantaged backgrounds into health professional careers through a collaboration between Iowa’s College of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health.

Dr. Martinez has had an incredible impact at the University of Iowa and beyond for her leadership on campus, in her profession, and in the community and we are very fortunate to bring her as a guest speaker for our next WLI event

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions or concerns? Reach us at  (319) 353-2388 or diversity-resources@uiowa.edu

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Chief Diversity Office at 319-353-2388, diversity@uiowa.edu.

Previous Presentations and Discussion Guides

Sally Mason "Unexpected Paths: Women and Leadership"

Our inaugural Women’s Leadership event was led by the University of Iowa’s 20th President, Sally Mason, “Unexpected Paths: Women and Leadership.” You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - President Sally Mason.

Christine Grant "The Need for Women in Decision Making Positions"

Christine Grant, University of Iowa Women's Athletic Director Emeritus presented "The Need for Women in Decision Making Positions" at the 2015 Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education (IOWAWHE) Leadership Conference as part of the Women's Leadership Initiative. You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Christine Grant.

Lynette Marshall "Practicing Leadership"

Lynette Marshall, University of Iowa Foundation President and CEO presented "Practicing Leadership" for our Fall 2015 kick-off. You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Lynette Marshall.

Adrien Wing "Intersectional Feminism"

Adrien Wing, Associate Dean, International and Comparative Law Programs, a Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law presented on "Intersectional Feminism." You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Adrien Wing.

Sarah Fisher Gardial "Plans and Passions: How to Navigate Your Career"

Sarah Fisher Gardial, Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa presented on "Plans and Passions: How to Navigate Your Career." You may access a recording of her inspiring talk at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Sarah Fisher Gardial.