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Spring 2019 - All times are 8:00 p.m. EST

October 22, 2019

Women Leaders in the 21st Century

  Dr. Jane Aiken and Dr. Elizabeth Renza-Stingone

For most of recorded history, men have held nearly all of the most powerful leadership positions. Today, although women occupy an increasing percentage of leadership positions, in America they hold less than a fifth of positions in both the public and private sectors. The United States ranks 78th in the world for women's representation in political office. In politics, although women constitute a majority of the electorate, they account for only 18 percent of Congress, 10 percent of governors, and 12 percent of mayors of the nation's 100 largest cities. In academia, women account for a majority of college graduates, but only about a quarter of full professors and university presidents. In law, women are almost half of law school graduates, but only 17 percent of the equity partners of major firms, and 22 percent of Fortune 500 general counsels. In business, women constitute a third of MBA graduates, but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.

Presenters for this webinar are two women who have successfully navigated careers and have achieved leadership positions; Professor Jane Aiken in the field of law and Dr. Elizabeth Renza-Stingone in the field of medicine. 

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SHRM/HRCI Recertification Credits: 1.75


  • Introduce participants successful women from diverse professions
  • Expose participants to powerful, personal stories connecting theory to practice
  • Learn how to recognize meaningful career assets & moments for professional development
  • Identify potential gender traps and review escape routes


Wednesday, October 22, 2019 from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Eastern time

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Presenters’ Biographies

Dr. Jane Aiken

Dean Jane Aiken came to Wake Forest Law from Georgetown where she was the Blume Professor of Law. At Georgetown she served in many administrative roles including Vice Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Public Service. Dean Aiken taught both doctrinally and clinically. In 2010 she founded the Community Justice Project to enable students to represent both organizations and individuals in cases involving questions of justice where remedies are often transactional, policy-based or require extraordinary measures for adjudication. Her doctrinal courses were primarily Evidence and Torts. Other courses included Motherhood and the Law and the Law of International Extradition for the Week One program. She was a fellow in the Ignatian Colleagues Program and chaired the University Task Force on Gender Equity.

Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, Dean Aiken was the William Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach law at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has also taught in law schools at the University of South Carolina and Arizona State University. While a student at NYU, she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.

Dean Aiken has directed a wide array of clinics involving prisoner's rights, domestic violence against women and children, HIV, homelessness, police brutality and international human rights. She has been a Carnegie Scholar for Teaching and Learning and was a member of the ABA Council on Legal Education from 2011 to 2017. She is a member of ALI and the American Bar Foundation. She received the Frank Flegal Award for Excellent Teaching at Georgetown in 2010 and the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2013.

Dean Aiken's scholarship focuses on three primary areas: legal education, women's rights, and evidence. In 2014, she co-authored The Clinic Seminar and Teaching the Clinical Seminar. Dean Aiken is currently in the process of finishing her book, Motherhood and the Law: Enforcing Selflessness. Dean Aiken's articles on teaching justice have been translated into seven languages and have been a basis for much of her work on legal education in international settings, including Georgia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Viet Nam. Her writing on women and the law concentrates on domestic violence, contested ideas about consent, and specialized evidence rules on sexual character evidence.

Dr. Elizabeth Renza-Stingone

Elizabeth Renza-Stingone, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Renza is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, and presently serves as the medical director of Hahnemann University Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss.  

Dr. Renza graduated from New York Medical College in 2000.  After completing a residency program in general surgery at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College in 2006, she served four years in the United States Army as a general surgeon.  During this time, she completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2007 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Following her military service, Dr. Renza completed a one-year fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at New York Medical College.  During this advanced training, she cultivated her passion for weight loss surgery.  

Dr. Renza’s surgical and professional expertise includes laparoscopic bariatric operations (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy), foregut surgeries (anti-reflux procedures, hiatal hernia, and paraesophageal hernia), laparoscopic herniorrhaphy, and minimally invasive surgeries performed with the DaVinci Robotic system. 

Dr. Renza is the mother of three school-aged children and has been married for 13 years.