What a year it has been. An incredible journey through an unprecedented time in our history. We conclude the year with mixed feelings; those of sadness and disappointment, but also of hope and optimism for what is to come. We continue to be inspired by the fortitude of women in medicine around the world, and commit to doing our best in support of them through our mission and programs.
Women as One is incredibly proud of what we were able to accomplish during this most difficult year. The 2020 Escalator Award winners were announced in March, and we’ve watched these five incredibly talented women flourish. Two global educational programs were launched this summer; the first-in-kind educational slide presentation, “Radiation Safety: What Women Need to Know,” endorsed by seven major global cardiovascular societies; and CLIMB, a unique procedural skills training and networking platform. The fall brought a call for the second cycle of the Escalator Award applications, and we look forward to showcasing the winners throughout 2021. We also launched the Women as One Leadership Academy, a creative take on topical lessons in leadership development. All of these programs are intended to catalyze the speed at which cardiology is able to recruit, retain and promote talented women among its ranks.
Perhaps most importantly, this year brought tremendous growth in our global partnerships. Women as One hosted 12 joint programs with society collaborators, worked with 17 independent professional organizations and global initiatives, and partnered with 12 industry sponsors. The impact of these collaborations has been an incredible aid in our ability to share professional opportunities to women around the world, and has led to an overall increase in discussions and proactive steps to improve diversity and inclusion efforts among many stakeholders.
No doubt 2021 will be an even more impactful and exciting year for Women as One. We hope to see you along the way as we develop a wider, more ambitious range of programs, partners and success stories. Thank you for your commitment to our cause, and thank you for helping to promote talent in medicine.
With our highest hopes for the future,