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Inspiring Women with Laurie McGraw
28 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
EP. 55 Every conversation is a potential opportunity. Natalie Davis knows how to listen AND bring her own ideas to the table.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Natalie Davis, CEO and Co-Founder of United States of Care. Natalie has been working to improve people’s lives and opportunity for health for nearly two decades. This means bringing together a lot of stakeholders including many of healthcare’s power brokers. You might find that intimidating, but not for Natalie. She looks for the human connections to drive the important issues and make progress. In addition to leading United States of Care, Natalie has a busy life with her young family and awesome husband. Balancing it all also means staying sharp and keeping herself challenged. For Natalie, that means a lot of reading and spending time talking to smart people. Inspiring Women Book Club – Natalie’s Pick: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. By Brené Brown Natalie Davis has worked for nearly two decades shaping and implementing American health care policies to improve the lives of all people. In 2018, she and fellow national health care leader Andy Slavitt launched United States of Care to ensure that everyone in the country has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income. She is relentless in her person-centered approach to building health care solutions and has a history of building partnerships – with organizations, patient advocacy groups and everyday people – that work to create positive change in our country’s health care system. From 2010-2016, Natalie served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with the final two years as Senior Advisor to former CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt. At CMS, she was deeply engaged in the implementation of one of the country’s largest expansions of health care in modern history. Natalie provided strategic and tactical support during the development of the agency’s internal and external priorities, and served as a liaison between CMS and stakeholders across the country. In 2017, Natalie served as the Director of Strategic Engagement at the Bipartisan Policy Center. There she worked to launch the Future of Health Reform initiative which serves as a resource to policymakers by developing effective and politically viable solutions to our nation’s health care challenges. This effort is led by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, as well as by Andy Slavitt, Gail Wilensky, and other leaders. Natalie knows firsthand that it is possible to bring the smartest minds together to innovate and get things done — regardless of political party. A social entrepreneur, Natalie also helped found Town Hall Ventures and The Medicaid Transformation Project, both of which focus on bringing the best of innovation and care delivery to diverse communities. An advocate and a mother, Natalie currently serves on the board of directors of the Preeclampsia Foundation. Natalie believes that it has never been more important to make our health care system work better for everyone. She is dedicated to bringing together leaders and advocates from across the country who can help create meaningful change in our nation’s inequitable health care system. She brings all her personal and professional experiences to the fight for better health care, working to expand access to quality, affordable health care to help people right now, while working towards durable federal policies centered on the needs of people to provide real and lasting solutions for everybody. Natalie holds an M.A. in Social Policy from George Washington University and is an alumna of Salisbury University schools of Sociology and Art History. Natalie lives in Washington, DC with her amazing husband and four children. You can find Natalie on LinkedIn and Twitter
26 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
EP. 54 Risk taking is a whole lot easier with a trusted support system. Just ask Miruna Sasu.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Miruna Sasu, PhD, and Chief Strategy Office of COTA, Inc. Always a risk taker, Miruna thrives on the challenges of pursuing big ideas and changing something drastically. But risk taking comes with having a support system, one that she trusts, not only her husband and family, but also trusted friends and mentors. With that, Miruna believes there is never a wrong time to pursue something next. Miruna has more than 20 years of experience at leading life science organizations such as Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Most recently, Miruna was serving as the head of Johnson & Johnson’s Clinical Trial Feasibility and Advanced Analytics team where she drove global adoption of integrated real-world data and innovation strategies across several therapeutic areas. Miruna is an accomplished executive with a track record of success when it comes to driving broad-based digital innovation. Miruna brings deep experience in the utilization and scaling of emerging innovations to advance drug portfolios. She also has both a Ph.D. in biology and statistics, and a master’s in business administration. With decades of in-house life science experience, Miruna’s guidance and collaboration will prove invaluable to COTA clients that are looking to drive innovation and accelerate availability of much-needed cancer drugs and therapies through the adoption and at-scale use of real-world data. In her new role as Chief Strategy Officer, Life Sciences, Miruna will play a critical role in setting the strategy and executing the solutions delivery to meet critical needs in partnership with life science companies to drive efficient and optimal drug development. You can find Miruna Sasu, PhD on LinkedIn.
26 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
EP. 53 Be willing to say YES.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Fran Ayalasomayajula. She still doesn’t understand why it took a pandemic to embrace telehealth but she urges us to continue to accelerate and to double down on universal design. Fran is clear that digital health holds great promise for global health issues, but personalization, form factors, and honing in on data science are key to sustained change. When she began her focus on public health and global populations, she was not focused on a career destination. She has been enjoying the journey ever since. Inspiring Women Book Club – Fran’s Pick: Finding Yourself in Transition: Using Life’s Changes for Spiritual Awakening By Robert Brumet With over 20 years of dedication, Fran Ayalasomayajula, executive healthcare strategist and technologist, serves the interests of populations around the world to improve the quality of healthcare, increase access to healthcare, and obtain higher rates of health literacy and patient engagement. Currently the Head of Digital Health Strategy, Worldwide at HP, Fran leads the organization in devising strategies and innovations designed to advance and deliver improved clinical outcomes and better population health. Prior to HP, Frances worked for major healthcare institutions, including PAHO – WHO, CDC, BMS, and UHG. Fran is the recipient of national awards for motivational and collaborative leadership including the National Campaign for Tolerance. She is a member of the Wall of Tolerance, the United Nations Association, and multiple global organizations on population health. She is a renown international public speaker and writer. The author of several publications on technology-enabled population health management solutions, including best practices for the successful adoption of virtual reality in the clinical setting. An acclaimed thought leader, Fran engages and inspires audiences through storytelling from the front-lines of public health and “How To” presentations sharing approaches to applied innovation and technology enabled methodologies. You can find Fran on LinkedIn.
26 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
EP. 52 Emotional intelligence, demonstrating inclusivity and being inspirational –leaders today need to up their game to retain top talent.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Sarah Oremland. She is an executive coach and leadership development consultant but considers herself a Business Psychologist. Sarah discusses what today’s high-performance teams need to engage and retain the workforce of today. Sarah has a quintessentially unique mix: the hunger and motivation of a former salesperson, the ability to actively listen as a trained social worker, the results-focus of a former sales manager, and the concurrent creativity and analytical talents of a consultant. With over 14 years of clinical social work, consulting, and executive coaching experience, she recognizes that getting the right mix of strategy, people, skills, tools and measurement is a significant challenge to driving revenue growth. As a skilled executive coach and assessor experienced in the commercial and strategic realities of organizational leadership, Sarah partners closely with individuals and their organization to ensure measurable growth with a sustainable impact that is embedded within the workplace. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys virtually anything having to do with the outdoors- hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling to see the beauty of this world. Recently made the move from Chicago to Colorado with her family to take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle and be closer to nature. B.S. Sociology and Fine Arts (Bates College), Masters of Social Work (University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration), Hogan Certified You can find Sarah on LinkedIn
28 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
EP. 51 When the Mrs. Kellys’ saw something in that girl in the garage. Today, Dr. Natasha Sheybani has her sights on eradicating cancer.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Natasha Sheybani, a scientist focused on irradicating cancer. Natasha Sheybani, PhD, serves as Senior Scientist at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, where her role involves supporting research programs in glioblastoma, gene therapy and cancer immunotherapy. She is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University, where her appointment is shared among the Departments of Oncology, Radiology, and Biomedical Data Science. Her research focuses on applications of liquid biopsy and radiomics/radiogenomics for advancing precision immuno-oncology. Dr. Sheybani received her BS (2015) and PhD (2020) in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Virginia (UVA), respectively. Her graduate research at UVA centered on leveraging image-guided focused ultrasound to potentiate immunotherapy for solid tumors including glioblastoma and metastatic breast cancer. During her training, Dr. Sheybani was supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Robert R. Wagner Fellowship, and she currently holds the prestigious NCI F99/K00 Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award.
24 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
EP. 50 Diversifying the cap table is a hard problem without an easy solution. Chrissy Farr tells women to “find your tribe.”
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Chrissy Farr, a San Francisco-based health-tech investor with a background in journalism. Chrissy is a Principal at OMERS Ventures having joined in 2020 and is focused on healthtech, with special expertise in behavioral health, telemedicine, electronic medical records, and women’s health. Previously, she was a writer and frequent on-air contributor for CNBC, Fast Company and Reuters News, among other publications. She was raised in London, UK, and received graduate degrees from University College London and Stanford University. To follow Chrissy’s writing, check out Second Opinion here. Also follow Chrissy on Twitter or LinkedIn.
25 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
EP. 49 Developing personal mastery – the key to making change or improving any system.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Insha Haque, a family medicine doctor in New Hampshire who has led a life of service in addition to serving her patients today. Dr. Insha Haque’s focuses include Quality Improvement, Clinical Innovation, Population Health and Leadership via a Systems Change Philosophy. My clinical work is centered primarily in outpatient Primary Care Medicine. Family and Preventive Medicine + Population Health are my passions in healthcare. Dr. Haque is a graduate of Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, she received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Louisville in 2011. She has a vivid interest in language which she uses to connect to an international patient population. She has served five years as a medical student and translator for Children’s Aid Mission International. Dual residency program in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
27 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
EP. 48 Pay it forward and give back, Sound advice from Marie Lamont.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Marie E. Lamont, President and Chief Operating Officer of Inteliquet, a clinical trials technology company. Marie E. Lamont is responsible for the overall vision and operations of Inteliquet. With the goal of providing patients and physicians access to the latest and best treatment options and care available, she helps commercialize Inteliquet’s offerings of intelligent technology, insights, and services to improve the clinical trial process, research, and translational medicine. With more than 25 years as a global biotech leader, Marie has significant commercial and operational expertise. She has held senior leadership positions in many areas focusing on corporate strategic planning and analytics, commercial operations, finance and accounting, patient services, and payer contracting and reimbursement. Prior to Inteliquet, Marie headed up an executive consulting and advisory firm for the life science and technology industries that advised companies on commercialization and integration planning, M&A support, and global market expansion. Before her consultancy, Marie was President of the Patient Services Business at Dohmen Life Science Services (DLSS), which was subsequently sold and is now part of EVERSANA (a provider of global services to the life science industry). She directed all aspects of the unit and was responsible for improving the client and patient focus by shoring up the underlying infrastructure, as well as improving patient support and employee engagement. She also was heavily involved in the success of DLSS’s brand positioning, strategic road mapping, sales business development, and patient journey adoption, along with targeting analytics for key initiatives. Prior to DLSS, Marie was Global Head of Business Strategy and Commercial Operations for Rare Disease at Sanofi Genzyme. She had stewardship for the $2.9B business where annual operating profit improved at a rate greater than revenue. As a member of the senior leadership team, she was tasked with decision analytics and support as well as bringing together disparate groups and functions into a cohesive, comprehensive global unit. While reestablishing a Rare Disease global strategy, she worked to align efforts with a range of functions, including R&D, Biologics Manufacturing, and Medical/Regulatory Affairs. She also helped to lead humanitarian programs that provided free therapy for more than 1,100 patients suffering from rare diseases in emerging markets. Prior to this position, she held several senior operational and finance roles. She took on the assignment of Vice President of Integration for Finance and Accounting following the Sanofi acquisition. Before this assignment, she was Vice President of Operations & Finance for the International Group where the business grew from $100M in 2002 to $2B at time of the Sanofi acquisition. She guided the operational strategy for the international infrastructure on a regional and country basis for the Oncology, Transplant, Renal, Biosurgery, and Rare Disease Business Units. Before this role, she directed Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis and Strategic Planning. Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Saint Michael’s College, and attended Harvard Business School and Kellogg Executive Education programs. She lives in the St. Louis area. “Early on, I was fortunate to work for a CEO who believed that when you treat patients and employees right, business success follows — and you can change the world. I believe this applies to every employee in any role whether patient facing or not. “My grandfather passed due to lung cancer, so I saw how the cycle of disease progression and therapy can be a horrid emotional journey for everyone involved. When considering a new role, I evaluate whether I can make a difference to patients now or in the future. Since Inteliquet can harness the best data to rapidly identify and qualify patients for trials, we have a significant opportunity to benefit patients, improve health outcomes, and advance the standard of care in oncology and beyond.” You can follow Marie on LinkedIn.
25 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
EP. 47 Changing Course. When Dr. Alexis DiGasso saw the impact of trauma on young children, something clicked. And she changed her mind about previous career plans.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Alexis DiGasso, a psychologist/postdoctoral fellow practicing in Rhode Island. Dr. Alexis DiGasso is a Postdoctoral Fellow in clinical psychology at Providence Behavioral Health Associates. Dr. DiGasso earned her bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from William James College in Newton, MA with specializations in Children and Families and Global Mental Health. She has worked in a range of clinical settings and has expertise in diagnosing and treating children, adolescents, young adults, and families experiencing a broad range of presenting behavioral concerns. Dr. DiGasso has training in crisis de-escalation, family therapy, play therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. DiGasso has worked both internationally and within the United States to deliver research-based, culturally sensitive interventions. If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting themself, help is available at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/youth/ or https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/
24 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
EP. 46 From Denmark to the US. Dr. Monica Bolbjerg is confident in her vision to change how patients engage with their physicians.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Monica Bolbjerg, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Qure4u. Dr. Bolbjerg is a doctor, an entrepreneur, and a digital health pioneer. As a young physician, Dr. Bolbjerg noticed the lack of tools available to engage with and help patients beyond episodic, in-person encounters. That experience ignited her passion to create patient engagement and virtual care solutions that improve patient outcomes and experience while also helping providers drive efficiency. Dr. Bolbjerg launched one of the world’s first patient portals in 2001 in Denmark. Focused on building ever-better tools to enhance the doctor-patient relationship, she developed the Qure4u platform and has since traveled the world advocating new innovations aimed at benefiting both the practice of medicine and the patient journey with tools that, to date, have been used internationally by more than 15 million patients. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Qure4u, Dr. Bolbjerg is committed to continuing to revolutionize the delivery of patient-centric care. Qure4u’s MyCarePlan is a holistic patient journey and virtual care platform that arms patients with a Digital Health Key designed to give them simple and convenient access to care, from patient self-scheduling to remote patient monitoring and everything in between. The platform is trusted by providers and loved by patients. One of the few female physician tech founders, Dr. Bolbjerg has won multiple innovation prizes and been featured as a speaker at the Health Innovation Think Tank and other leading health innovation forums. Qure4u was recently recognized as a Strong Performer in “The Forrester Wave: Virtual Care Platforms For Digital Health, Q1 2021” report by Forrester Research. The company was also recognized as one of the MedikaLife Top 50 Most Impactful Tech Innovators for Digital Healthcare in 2021 and won the 2020 athenahealth Client Feedback Award. You can follow Dr. Bolbjerg on LinkedIn.
21 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
EP. 45 It took shadowing 1000 physicians to get from the ground floor to being the expert. Alerie Stiles is on a mission to improve healthcare for physicians.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Alerie Stiles, a Vice President at TSI Healthcare. Alerie self describes as being ON A MISSION TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE FOR PHYSICIANS AND PATIENTS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY Driven by value and outcomes Physician designed workflows (from personally shadowing over 1,000 physicians) Clinical product strategy & analytics Always striving to reduce physician burnout WORKING EVERYDAY TO: IMPROVE THE VALUE OF CARE GIVEN IN THE NATION IMPROVE THE LIVES OF INDEPENDENT/COMMUNITY SPECIALTY PROVIDERS IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THEIR PATIENTS ACROSS THE NATION. Helping providers: Get back valuable face time with patients Make their data work for them to manage and predict patient OUTCOMES With an advocate for their individual practice, and entire specialty (Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Neurology, Cardiology, ENT, etc) You can follow Alerie on LinkedIn.
26 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
EP. 44 Need a sounding board in a safe space? Create one.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Hena Waseem, a Resident Physician and Neurologist who recently completed her Masters of Public Health from Dartmouth. Dr. Waseem currently in the Leadership and Preventive Medicine Residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. There she has had several unique training opportunities due to the COVID19 pandemic including being Co-author of New Hampshire Crisis Standards of Care Plan; a Collaborator with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on the statewide vaccine clinic rollout initiative; and a Project team member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Population Health Collaborative: Nutrition in the Upper Valley. Dr. Waseem completed her undergraduate work at the University of Florida and went to medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Prior to her schooling in the United States, Dr. Waseem lived and grew up in Pakistan. Among her many volunteer activities, at Dartmouth, she founded and leads the Women and Negotiation group, focused on discussing and developing skillsets for women in leadership and negotiation roles. She is also a Group member of Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Women in Leadership program, which utilizes a 10-month curriculum focused on skills pertinent for women in the healthcare environment derived from Yale New Haven Hospital Health System Institute of Excellence Lean In Circles Course. Dr. Waseem’s research interests include: Neurocritical care patient outcomes and quality improvement, shared decision making in critical care settings, adapting innovative neurocritical care models for middle- and low-income countries, public health outcomes in the critically ill, medical education and humanities, healthcare burnout and its relation to healthcare systems.
23 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
EP. 43 Find and pursue what excites YOU. Dr. Renee Bovelle has done just that.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Renee Bovelle, an ophthalmologist, business owner, educator, cyber security expert, organized medicine leader, and more. How does she do it all? She finds time for the things that excite her and gains her energy from giving back and continuing to learn. Renee Bovelle, MD is owner and Medical Director of Advanced Eyecare Medical Center “dba” Envision Eye and Laser. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist who graduated from Wellesley College and UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Bovelle completed an ophthalmic residency at Yale University and a Cornea / Refractive Fellowship at LSU Eye Center. Additionally, she earned a Master’s in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management from GWU and focused on policies and practices that protect critical information with particular attention to the healthcare field. Furthermore, Dr. Bovelle holds academic appointments at Howard University Hospital, Ross University School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. She educates medical students, residents, and physicians locally and during national conferences on ophthalmic issues. Dr. Bovelle authored the first MedChi approved continuing medical education course on Cybersecurity for Physicians. She is continuing this work with both national and regional medical organizations. Dr. Bovelle and has authored papers on healthcare and cyber-security issues, including Blockchain, Supply Chain Risk, and the Medical Internet of Things. Dr. Bovelle lectures on various cybersecurity and HIPAA topics at both local and national medical and cybersecurity conferences. Topics include Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Ransomware, HIPAA Policy and Strategy, and Healthcare Cybersecurity Issues. She holds leadership positions both locally and nationally in ophthalmic and other medical associations. Currently, she represents the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MSEPS) as a councilor to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Besides serving on the MedChi legislative council, Dr. Bovelle serves as president of MSEPS effective January 2020. You can follow Dr. Renee Bovelle on LinkedIn.
22 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
EP. 42 “I haven’t stopped learning.” And neither should you. Sheila Talton worked her way from the admin desk to the board room by stretching herself and always being prepared.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Sheila Talton. Corporate executive Sheila G. Talton was born on October 12, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a teenager, she became involved in the civil rights movement in Rockford, Illinois. Talton went on to graduate from Northern Illinois University with her B.S. degree in business administration and speech communications in 1980. Upon graduation, Talton was hired as a sales trainee at NCR Corporation. She became head of Midwest sales for Data Group Systems in Chicago in 1982, moving on to a position as team leader in the sales department of Applied Data Research (ADR) in 1984. Taking advantage of a void left by the breakup of AT&T, Talton founded Unisource Network Services, a provider of voice, data and video networking consultation and support services, in 1987. In 1996, while still leading Unisource, she helped establish the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, a mentoring group that cultivates executive talent among African American IT professionals. Talton sold her stake in Unisource in 2000, and was hired as the vice president of Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young’s Midwest technology consulting practice. In 2002, she was named president of global business innovation services for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Talton was hired by the computer networking company Cisco Systems Inc. in 2004 where she became vice president of advisory services in the Customer Advocacy Group. She was promoted to a role as vice president of Cisco’s Office of Globalization in 2008 and helped the company identify growth opportunities in emerging markets around the world. She left Cisco in 2012 to found the consulting firm SGT, Ltd. In 2013, Talton established Gray Matter Analytics, Inc., a business providing consulting services and cloud hosting service for analytics. Talton has served as a member of the board of directors of the ACCO Brands Corporation, the Wintrust Financial Corporation, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her honors include selection as a Congressional appointee on the US White House Women’s Business Council, as one of the “Top 10 Women in Technology” by Enterprising Women, and as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners. She is also a recipient of the “Entrepreneurial Excellence Award” from Working Woman magazine and a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. She was named a 2007 “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, received a 2008 Egretha Award from the African American Women’s Business and Career Conference, and was named a 2009 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. In 2010 she was honored as a Woman of Achievement by the Anti-Defamation League, and as the Outstanding College Alumni of the Year by the Business School of Northern Illinois University. In 2011 she was named one of “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal and received the “Diamond Leadership Award” from the Information Technology Senior Management Forum. You can follow Sheila on LinkedIn.
26 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
EP. 41 If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Denise Brosseau. Denise understands what it takes to be a thought leader, an influencer and how to build your career through experience and expertise. Denise has spent her career as an entrepreneur and thought leader herself and she has been adamant and active in supporting women advance their own careers. Denise shares her experience, advice including views on how to best use social media to help other women in their career journeys. As the CEO of Thought Leadership Lab, I work with leaders and their teams to accelerate their journey from leader to thought leader. I believe that thought leadership is not marketing nor sales but instead is building a following for your ideas, thus building trust and credibility, amplifying influence and catalyzing strategic connections that lead to a seat at the table for the conversations that matter. I love to work with social entrepreneurs, start-up CEOs, heads of foundations and executives at Fortune 1000 companies. What they have in common is that they are all change agents in their field and are interested in building a platform so they can affect social, industry, community or organizational change. In 2014, I wrote Ready to Be a Thought Leader?, (Wiley) to begin to share my ideas about why thought leadership matters and what it really takes to be a thought leader. I also lecture at Stanford Business School on topics of credibility, influence and thought leadership. I am a frequent guest author for Salesforce.com, Inc.com and the UK Daily Telegraph Business Reporter and my ideas have also appeared in Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Over the last twenty years, I have had the privilege of speaking before tens of thousands of people worldwide, at companies like Roche, Microsoft and Google; leadership conferences, including the California, Indiana and Arizona Governor’s Conferences and the Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing; and organizations like Coro and the Association of California Nurse Leaders. I have also guest lectured at Wellesley, Berkeley, Princeton, University of Winchester and MIT. I have a commitment to developing women leaders and I have created and led women’s leadership programs for Liberty Global, Nimble Storage, Gracenote and KPMG. As part of my work, I also enjoy facilitating strategy sessions, retreats, and thought leadership development sessions. My recent clients include the Packard Foundation, Vermillion, AICCU, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Barstow College, Planned Parenthood, PG&E and the Women’s Startup Lab. Over the last few years, my work has been recognized in a variety of forums. The Silicon Valley Business Journal honored me among their Top 100 Women of Influence and I was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and I received a Forever Green Award by the Girl Scouts. I was also recognized as one of six Women Who Have Made Their Mark by Watermark. In 2013, I received the Stanford STARS Award for my volunteer work encouraging entrepreneurship among women students at Stanford Business School. A Wellesley graduate with a Stanford MBA, I began my career in the technology industry at companies like Motorola and Broderbund Software. In 1993, I co-founded and was CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE). I grew FWE (now Watermark) into the country’s leading organization for women-led start-ups. In 1999, I co-founded Springboard, the prestigious women’s startup launchpad that has led to over $7 billion in funding for women entrepreneurs. I also co-founded and served as President of Invent Your Future Enterprises and co-created the Invent Your Future Conference that is now in its 9th year. community and board service I am a member and past board member of the Northern California Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and member and past Chair of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council. I am a long-time advocate for choice. I serve as Chair of the Leadership Council of NARAL Pro-Choice America and previously served as Chair of the Advocates Board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and as a Board Member of 416 Holdings, a for profit company formed to increase the financial self-sufficiency of Planned Parenthood affiliates. I also serve on the advisory board of several start-ups including Kokko, Inc., The GUILD and Aspira Women’s Health and as an advisor to Watermark, Invent Your Future Enterprises and Springboard. You can follow Denise on LinkedIn.
23 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
EP. 40 Dr. Bridget Duffy took that good advice, faced her fear of public speaking and began to use her voice.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Bridget Duffy. Bridget Duffy, M.D.,is the Chief Medical Officer for Vocera. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Duffy plays a key role in new product innovations, acquisitions, and accelerating adoption of technology that protects and connects frontline workers. Prior to her appointment at Vocera, Dr. Duffy co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of ExperiaHealth, a company that assisted healthcare leaders in accelerating improvement in the patient, family and staff experience through solutions that improve communication and restore human connections. ExperiaHealth was acquired by Vocera in 2010. Dr. Duffy was an early pioneer in the creation of hospitalist medicine and launched programs to accelerate clinical discovery in the field of Integrative and Heart-Brain medicine, helping establish the Earl and Doris Bakken Heart Brain Institute. She was also the country’s first chief experience officer (CXO) in healthcare, establishing that role at the Cleveland Clinic in 2006 and making experience improvement a top strategic priority there and across the nation. Dr. Duffy is considered the founder of the experience improvement movement and is a frequent speaker on redefining safety to include protecting the physical and emotional well-being of frontline healthcare workers. She has received many accolades for her work, and each year she is named to several prominent industry lists featuring women in healthcare and technology. In 2015, she was named “Woman of the Year” by Women Health Care Executives and selected as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by San Francisco Business Times. In 2014, Dr. Duffy was recognized as a “Health IT Change Agent” by Health IT Outcomes and named among the “Top 50 in Digital Healthcare” by Rock Health. She also earned the Quantum Leap Award for taking the risk to spur internal change in the field of medicine, and was featured in HealthLeaders magazine as one of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” Dr. Duffy attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a co-founder of the National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare and serves on the board of directors for Evolent Health, Inc., Kids Care Dental & Orthodontics, and on the advisory boards of Velano Vascular and Maven Clinic. Dr. Duffy can be followed on LinkedIn.
21 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
EP. 39 This Swiss Shark uses a winning formula to build companies and evaluate them when they come to the Tank.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Bettina Hein. Bettina Hein is a serial software entrepreneur that has built technology companies in both Europe and the United States. She is most recently the founder of digital health startup juli, her third software company. She is also the founder of Pixability, a video advertising company in Boston. Prior to Pixability, Bettina co-founded SVOX, the Swiss-based speech technology company which was acquired by Nuance Communications (NUAN) for $125 million. Bettina has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, L’Oreal NEXT Generation Award, and The Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award.” Bettina holds an MS degree from MIT, a law degree from the University of Constance, and a business degree from the University of St. Gallen. Bettina holds two software patents and is the co-author of Video Marketing for Dummies. She is also a “shark” on the Swiss version of Shark Tank called “Höhle der Löwen Schweiz.” Learn more about juli Learn more about Pixability Follow Bettina on Twitter Connect with Bettina on LinkedIn
20 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
EP. 38 Motivated by mission. Meghan Krueger vaccinates the homeless. It is stressful, rewarding and an honor.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Meghan Krueger. Meghan Krueger, RN. Registered Nurse at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program You can follow Meghan on LinkedIn.
23 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
EP. 37 It started at the lemonade stand. Brook West found her passion for driving business at an early age.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Brook West. Brook West, Chief Commercial Officer LinkedIn As a successful P&L leader, Brook leads the enterprise sales function for Carrum Health. She has a proven track record of scaling sales multiple times in the digital health space. In her most recent role, Brook was responsible for building the go to market commercial plan at 98point6 resulting in the acquisition of over 3M members in just over two years. With her natural sales and leadership talent, and passion for building high-performance teams, Brook has consistently exceeded goals while commercializing healthtech and SaaS products at 98point6, Valant, Fuze, Microsoft, and others for the past 20 years. Brook holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and russian from the University of Pittsburgh.
22 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
EP. 36 Environment. Women. Leadership. Dr. Sabina Shaikh understands that these important areas are all related.
Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Dr. Sabina Shaikh. Dr. Sabina Shaikh is the Director of the Program on Global Environment and an Associate Senior Instructional Professor in Environmental and Urban Studies at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis and a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Sabina’s courses at the University of Chicago include Urban Design with Nature; Water: Economics, Policy and Society; Environmental Economics: and Unnatural Disasters: Human-Nature Connections in Cities. Her collaborative research on environment and migration in Cambodia has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Center for International Social Science Research, Social Science Research Center and the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago. She has published articles in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation, Ambio: A Journal of Human Environment, Handbook of Metropolitan Sustainability, Applied Geography, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Economic Inquiry, Ecological Economics, Land Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Sabina serves as the faculty director of the Chicago Studies program, faculty co-lead of the Environmental Frontiers Initiative at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, and as an advisor on urban sustainability issues for numerous non-governmental organizations. You can follow Dr. Sabina Shaikh on LinkedIn.
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