Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company, is partnering with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, and the American Hernia Society to support women plastic surgeons and foster leadership in science, healthcare, and medicine via their ongoing initiative called Limitless. Launched three years ago, Limitless aims to highlight women’s achievements in plastic surgery and provide education, mentorship, and empowerment opportunities.
“Women surgeons are trailblazers and sharing their powerful stories can inspire future generations,” says Carrie Strom, senior vice president, AbbVie, and president of Global Allergan Aesthetics. “When Dr. Shuting Zhong came to us with the concept, Allergan Aesthetics partnered with these important societies to develop it into a platform to amplify these role models. Our hope is that one story shared will empower another one to begin and we will create a more equitable path forward for everyone.”
Limitless is a platform for storytelling and idea-sharing where female surgeons offer perspectives and encouragement to future women leaders in plastic surgery. The Limitless initiative includes a docuseries on a dedicated YouTube channel, a podcast series, and the Limitless Leaders Summit that provides in-person networking and collaboration.
“Limitless provides encouragement to women in medical school, residency, and beyond,” says Limitless Co-chair Anu Bajaj, MD. “We have an increasing number of women entering the surgical specialties, but biases and harassment still exist at every level. By providing a platform for discussion, sharing, and leadership training, we engage a wider audience on these issues and hope to empower generations of women to come.”
Moreover, the Limitless platform offers conversations among women plastic surgeons and features society presidents and female leaders like Lynn Jeffers, MD; Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, FACS, FRCSC; and Camille Cash, MD. The associated Limitless podcast covers real-life topics and stories from women plastic surgeons tackling the demands of surgical careers, being mothers, and maintaining personal lives.
Program officals say the annual Limitless Leaders Summit is dedicated to promoting and breaking down barriers for early-career women plastic and general surgeons working to achieve leadership positions. This year’s summit will be held May 20-21 in Seattle, and it will feature engaging and inspiring speakers, breakout sessions and social activities to provide an unforgettable educational and networking experience, according to Allergan Aesthetics.