Leadership Diversity and
Development Workshop

Registration Open

2024 AACI Leadership Diversity and Development Workshop
March 12-13, 2024
Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel
Rosemont, IL

AACI Leadership Diversity and Development WorkshopThe AACI Leadership Diversity and Development Workshop is a component of the Leadership Diversity and Development Initiative (LDDI), the presidential initiative of AACI Immediate Past President Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The first workshop was hosted by AACI in November 2022. Nearly 100 participants from 78 AACI cancer centers attended the inaugural event. The attendees represented a diverse group of cancer center leaders as well as emerging leaders nominated by their centers.

The program featured sessions on leading with authenticity; navigating the path to cancer center leadership; identifying and mentoring emerging cancer center leaders; becoming a more influential communicator; and aligning cancer center goals with department chairs, deans, and health system CEOs.

In a report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) in July 2022 and shared with LDDI workshop participants, Dr. Lerman and other cancer center leaders outlined best practices for building a diverse leadership pipeline. Read "Leadership Diversity and Development in the Nation's Cancer Centers"

The 2022 LDDI workshop received support from Integra Connect, Merck, Florence, and Janssen Oncology.

Candidate Eligibility

Emerging leaders will be selected by cancer center directors to attend the 2024 workshop. Directors are encouraged to nominate participants from underrepresented groups based on ethnicity, race, and gender/gender identity.


  • Currently holds the role of cancer center deputy director, associate director, program leader, associate or full professor or cancer center director (within two years of appointment)

  • Demonstrates a track record of leadership and evidence of a desire for career evolution within the cancer center leadership structure

  • Expresses commitment to attending the entire workshop

Candidate eligibility criteria are subject to change. More details about the 2024 workshop will be available soon.