Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS)

As the virus continues to spread and this dynamic situation brings new developments each day, the External Advisory Board recommends the Leadership Alliance National Symposium [LANS] scheduled for July 22-26, 2020, be postponed.  This is the first time in 25 years that LANS has been canceled. We will host a Virtual LANS, July 30 – August 1. Our top priority is the health, safety and the well-being of our community. We look forward to greeting and seeing everyone in person next year where we look forward to celebrating LANS25!

LANS is a national networking conference which offers skill building, networking and professional development opportunities tailored to the training needs undergraduates at our annual Research Conference to include a Career Development Workshop tailored for graduate students, and doctoral scholars (SR-EIP alumni who have completed a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. degree).  We also offer faculty the opportunity to participate in a Grant Writing Coaching Group, which provides investigators with tailored support that aligns with their current state of professional development.

Save the Date for VLANS: July 30 – August 1, 2020

More information on VLANS 2020

Virtual Career Development Workshop

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Leadership Alliance Executive Office, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, is pleased to invite you to participate in a one-day Virtual Career Development Workshop [VCDW].

We are proud to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett! Dr. Corbett is the scientific lead of the NIH’s Vaccine Research Center’s Coronavirus Response Team.

The LANS Career Development Workshop is an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs [BioMed discipline only] to learn more about potential career paths, build their professional network,  and apply practical advice to the next phase of their careers. Participants can expect to leave this workshop with:

  • Improved virtual interviewing skills
  • An expanded professional network of peers and mentors
  • Tools to market themselves to potential employers
  • Better online professional branding

What to Expect

The workshop will feature talks by Leadership Alliance Alumni, focusing on a variety of career pathways. In addition to the speakers, Professional Career Mentors will be invited to share their experiences and provide career advice for participants. Speakers and Professional Career mentors will represent a variety of professions including:

  • Academia
  • Consulting
  • Government and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Industry
  • Non-profit

Additional Resources

Visit our resources page, you might just find the information you were searching for.

Scenes from 2019

“Attending the career workshop allowed me to meet a diverse group of people with very different stories to tell. I felt understood and welcome, the development workshop provided me a space in which I felt I belonged to a community that is supportive of me and my goals.”

2019 CDW Attendee


The Leadership Alliance Faculty Grant Writing Coaching Groups

Due to travel complications imposed by COVID-19, there will be no coaching groups initiated in 2020. The next round of coaching groups will begin in July 29-30, 2021.

About the groups: the grant writing coaching groups will connect you with faculty across the Leadership Alliance network. It will include a kickoff of intensive grant writing groups led by assigned faculty coaches with whom you will continue to meet after the conference through virtual meetings. The faculty grant writing coaching groups are a collaborative effort of the Leadership Alliance with Dr. Rick McGee and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Network.  The Leadership Alliance will cover your travel and hotel expenses.

To learn more about how you can participate, visit the Who Can Attend page. If you have any questions, visit our FAQs page.

Research Conference

Becoming Agents of Change…One Voice, No Boundaries

V-LANS July 30- August 1, 2020
Held virtually on Zoom

Welcome to the Virtual Leadership Alliance National Symposium. This is the culminating event of the Virtual Summer Research Early Identification Program. This year we have the honor of virtually hosting over 200 students at our member institutions located across the country. Beginning July 31 through August 1, these same students will be presenting their research.

We look forward to greeting and seeing everyone in person next year where we look forward to celebrating LANS25!

Program Book Flip Book Style


Preliminary Agenda
ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME

Thursday, July 30

3:00 PM
Welcome by:
Dr. Medeva Ghee, Executive Director of The Leadership Alliance
Dr. Don Brunson, Chair, Symposium Planning Committee, Vanderbilt University
Roll Call

3:30 PM
Storytellers (Doctoral Scholars) (Click here to view speakers and read brief biography)

4:00 PM
Storytellers Q&A


Friday, July 31

2:55 PM
Welcome Video

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Session I Poster Presentations

4:05 PM – 5:05 PM
Session II Oral Presentations


Saturday, August 1

2:55 PM
Welcome Video

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Session III Oral Presentations Continue


Funding of this event is made possible by the National Institute of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences.