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Workshops + Keynotes for Professors, Academic Leaders, & Physicians

Leader Academic Workshops

Rena Seltzer delivering a writing workshopLeader Academic offers dynamic interactive workshops for faculty members, physicians, and higher education leaders on topics including:

Writing and Research Productivity

  • How to Create a Productive & Engaging Writing Practice
  • How to Have More Time for Research & Writing
  • Getting Your Writing in Gear: One or Two Day Summer Writing Retreats
  • Life After Tenure: Maintaining Momentum from Associate to Full


  • Leading Energized & Effective Work Teams
  • Authority, Voice, & Influence for Women
  • Negotiation for Women in Academia
  • Mentor & Coach: Utilizing Coaching Tools to Support a Dynamic Mentoring Relationship
  • Workplace Conflict: Tools for Conducting Tough Conversations

Career Success & Well-Being

  • Building Networks of Support for a Successful Academic Career
  • Networking . . . Without the Awkward!
  • Work/Life Well-Being
  • Mid-Career Design & Development: What’s Next?
  • What the Best Medical Teachers and Supervisors Do to Promote Learning & Quality Performance

Workshops combine well-researched information with dynamic, hands-on activities to create a sense of camaraderie among group participants while promoting lasting learning and change. Programs are designed to be maximally interactive with opportunities for participants to work with the material in both small and large groups. The presenter offers rich research-based strategies and invites attendees to co-create the learning experience.

Years after attending the workshops, participants remark that they continue to practice the techniques they learned to better manage their time, write productively, and lead effectively.

Leader Academic Presents Two Workshop Tracks:

1. Professors & University Leaders

Although faculty members have excellent training in their disciplinary methods and may know more about their own research area than anyone on the planet, they are often not prepared for the multiple demands of the academic workplace. Rena offers workshops that help professors to successfully manage challenges such as supervising staff, fitting writing into busy teaching semesters, working with difficult colleagues, negotiating effectively, coping with biases toward members of historically underrepresented groups, and building networks of support. As faculty members move into academic leadership roles ranging from department chair to dean, they are deeply appreciative of professional development opportunities that provide the tools to realize their personal and organizational goals. Leader Academic offers workshops for all academics and specializes in programs that address the specific challenges of women professors and administrative leaders.

2. Women Physicians

Although there have been positive changes in medical culture as the number of women entering medicine has increased, there are still vast differences by speciality. Even in primary care, where numbers are more on par, women physicians still must contend with the effects of conscious and unconscious biases. In the university environment, physicians face greater demands on their time than their non-clinical counterparts. When on-service, every minute of the day (and much of the night) is spoken for, and the clinical work often spills over into time officially devoted to research. Women physicians often struggle to combine demanding careers with the kind of personal and family lives that they long for. Leader Academic workshops provide resources, support, and training to help women physicians deal with these difficult issues.

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What They’re Saying:

“Rena Seltzer’s workshops are perennial favorites with Yale faculty. Workshop alumni get more writing done, have more control over their schedules, and feel increased confidence in their leadership skills. Rena has also served as a coach for a number of Yale faculty leaders. Here as well, her work has been transformative.”
– Tamar Szabó Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Yale University

Rena Seltzer

Rena is a regular presenter for Yale University’s faculty development program, the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Michigan, and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She has presented to numerous other groups including the Cornell University Women of Color Roundtable, The University of Virginia Professors As Writers Program, University of Wisconsin faculty members, and the Women in Medicine annual conference.

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