Group brings together women leaders in aesthetic plastic surgery from around the world to forge new pathways in the specialty

The Global Alliance for Women Leaders in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery was founded in May 2022 to bring together women leaders in aesthetic plastic surgery around the world—founded by The Aesthetic Society under the direction of its first female president, Jennifer Walden, MD, FACS. The Global Alliance is devoted to providing a forum for leaders of aesthetic plastic surgery organizations to network and collaborate with the goal of expanding the community, break through barriers and forge new pathways to enhance the coveted specialty. 

The Global Alliance for Women Leaders in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is dedicated to the strategic organization of women leaders within the field of aesthetic plastic surgery to create and maintain an environment that recognizes, cultivates, and utilizes the talent of its community.

The initial focus of the Global Alliance is to hold roundtable discussions with moderation so the entire global plastic surgery audience, including those in training, can access and benefit from the education and leadership of this group. 

The goal is to empower all plastic surgeons who aspire to develop their natural abilities to their fullest potential and equip them to excel as leaders within the profession and in their own communities. The Global Alliance held their first panel discussion via webinar on June 25, 2022 discussing their keys to success and pathways to leadership.

“I have been looking forward to serving The Aesthetic Society as its first female president—and at a recent educational meeting, met many women plastic surgeons that were either the president of their national society or in senior leadership,” says Walden. “We knew we needed to develop a networking group of collaboration so we could recognize not only the achievements of these women plastic surgeons but help all plastic surgeons with pathways to leadership.”

The Global Alliance for Women Leaders in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery hosted its first in-person panel on September 24 at the 26th ISAPS World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. The panel “Leadership in a Multicultural Environment and Why It Is Important Now” put a spotlight on multicultural leadership and how successful plastic surgery practices are born every day, all around the world.