President Paige Geiger formally handed off the responsibilities of her presidency to Belinda Vail at the Annual WIMS Dinner on August 22, 2013.
With visionary leadership, the WIMS program has developed over the last 4 years into a nationally recognized organization providing support, fellowship, and inspiration to women from all parts of medical center campus. It is my great honor to be asked to carry on the leadership of this group. In many ways it is a daunting task and we are working hard to provide the infrastructure and grassroots level organization to allow us to continue to serve such a wide variety or women at all levels of their careers. My focus this year will be on mentoring and leadership. We need to take this opportunity to find excellent women role models for leadership in the institution and develop our own pipeline of women leaders to ensure diversity in management and continued role models for future generations.
Belinda Vail, MD, Current President
It has been my privilege to serve as the President of WIMS for 2012-2013. The past year has been an immeasurable learning experience for me, and one that will undoubtedly shape my future career aspirations and success. In the past year we took on the somewhat unglamorous task of solidifying and stabilizing the future of WIMS - defining job positions, improving our nomination and election process for new officers, creating a database of institutional and national awards for our faculty, and establishing a leadership training program to ensure the smooth transition of WIMS' officers from year to year. We considerably expanded our reach on the KUMC campus through a variety of programs and scholarships, and earned the reputation as one of the premier WIMS organizations in the country. KUMC is incredibly fortunate to have so many enthusiastic and talented faculty members contributing to the growth and success of our WIMS program. WIMS aims to help women faculty lean in to their individual careers in medicine and science, and also serve as the change agent for our collective goals and leadership ambitions. I know that WIMS will continue to create networks and advance leaders for years to come.
Paige Geiger, PhD, Immediate Past President