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Leadership Program

AUGS formal leadership program seeks to identify future leaders of the organization with a special emphasis on junior members. The curriculum was designed by Dr. Deborah Myers, Past President and Dr. Adam Steinberg, Board Director at Large and features both didactic learning and engagement with AUGS committees, special interest groups, task forces, abstract review, and/or sub-committee work. 

Goals and Objectives of the Program

  • Identify future leaders of the organization with special emphasis on junior members.
  • Mentor junior members to become AUGS leaders.
  • Educate participants on AUGS history, governance structure and what it means to be a volunteer leader.

Program Content

The program consists of didactic learning, assigned reading, group projects, and engagement within AUGS through committees, special interest groups, task forces, abstract reviews, and/or sub-committee work.

Course topics include:

  • AUGS governance and assigned reading introduction
  • Overview of AUGS organizational structure
  • The meaning of a 501c3 organization
  • Association leadership and responsibilities of the board of directors
  • Fiduciary stewardship, legal obligations, roles and expectations
  • How to be an effective volunteer leader at any level
  • Overview of AUGS Financials

Past Participants


Vivian Aguilar
Susan Barr
Catrina Crisp
Tola Fashokun
Bela Kudish
Jaime Long
Shazia Malik
Tyler Muffly
Gina Northington
Blair Washington
Amanda White


Marianna Alperin
Sylvia Botros-Brey
Gena Dunivan
Tanaz Ferzandi
Betsy Greenleaf
Andrew Hundley
Lisa Johnson
Steven Minaglia
Beri Ridgeway
Megan Schimpf
Renee Ward
Tajnoos Yazdany



Chi Chung Grace Chen
Cara Grimes
Heidi Harvie
Christine Heisler
Sangeeta Mahajan
Samantha Pulliam
Lieschen Quiroz
Gary Sutkin
Emanuel Trabuco
Jennifer Wu