Leadership Development

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program is designed for female gastroenterologists to develop leadership skills through education, coaching, and networking. The purpose of the LEAD program is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to enhance the path to leadership within academic or private practice medicine and within ASGE.

Topics covered will range from strategic communication skills and negotiation practices, to management issues, public speaking, and conflict resolution/mediation skills. The program also emphasizes personal leadership development, strategic goal setting, and career advancement within gastroenterology.

Program Participants and Commitment

The LEAD program, for female ASGE members in early gastroenterology careers (1-5 years post-Fellowship), aims to develop diverse junior talents for leadership roles in academia or private practice and within ASGE. Limited to 20 participants, it demands time and energy, involving mandatory webinars, networking, and educational sessions for membership.


May 17

2024 LEAD Class Reception and Dinner at DDW – Washington, DC

May 18

LEAD & Women’s SIG Reception (2024 Class Introduced) - Washington, DC

June 21-22*

1.5-day Leadership Retreat at ASGE’s IT&T Center - Downers Grove, IL


LEAD Mentorship Pairings Announced


Virtual Education (7-8:00pm CT)


Virtual Education (7–8:00pm CT)


LEAD Class Reunion at DDW/Women’s Reception

*ASGE will cover travel costs to attend the Leadership Retreat in Downers Grove, IL in June 2024, but participants will be expected to attend and fund their own travel and participation at the DDW Annual Meeting in May 2024. This leadership program represents a major investment in talent development for ASGE.

LEAD Program Participants

ASGE celebrates the 2024 LEAD Program participants and recognizes graduates from previous years for their continued commitment to advancing gastroenterology through intensive leadership training.

ASGE Diversity Statement

ASGE values and recognizes the importance of embracing diversity and its impact on strengthening our members’ ability to provide excellent care to all patient populations, regardless of their background. The Society is committed to enhancing diversity by educating and training culturally competent gastroenterologists, as well as providing leadership opportunities to all members regardless of gender, age, religion, racial/ethnic group, sexual orientation, and disability status.

Additional Opportunities

Contact Christine Pondelicek at cpondelicek@asge.org with questions about ASGE's Leadership Education and Development Program.