Impact Programs


Sunday, October 17: 9:30am - 1:30pm ET

Recovery & Redesign: The Women at HLTH Program


The Women at HLTH program will focus on recovery--regaining ground in areas where the pandemic exacerbated gender-based disparities, such as mental health and labor force participation--and redesign, the aspects of healthcare that require fundamental re-engineering to drive gender parity in leadership, research, treatment and outcomes. This year, the Women at HLTH program is expanding to address disparities and inequities faced by people identified with minority genders. 

Title Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

Sunday | October 17

9:30 AM10:20 AM EST

Women at HLTH

Women & COVID: The Decline of Wellbeing and Implications for Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic took an unequal toll on many dimensions of women’s wellbeing, especially women of color and those experiencing poverty. But, let’s face it: many of these effects were predictable given the challenges women faced before the pandemic. This panel will review the impacts of the pandemic on gender lines and, in light of a likely domino effect of worsening outcomes for women, discuss the ways healthcare organizations can aim higher to help achieve gender equity in health and wellbeing.


Jenny Carrillo, PhD, Senior Vice President, Health Solutions, Vitality USA


Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD, Professor; Director, Program on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans, Kent State

Marisa Rogers, MD, MPH, Executive Medical Director, Oak Street Health

Deb Bubb, Chief Human Resource Officer, Optum

10:20 AM11:10 AM EST

Women at HLTH

Pathways to Birth Equity

This panel will review demonstrated successes in improving maternal and child outcomes for Black birthing people and share perspectives on what it will take to achieve birth equity and remove systemic racism from maternal care in the US. Looking to the future, the panel will discuss the potential impact of the ‘Momnibus’ Act introduced by the US House of Representatives Black Maternal Health Caucus.



Geralyn Ritter, JD, Head of External Affairs & ESG, Organon 


Neel Shah, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Maven Clinic

Raegan McDonald-Mosley, MD, MPH, CEO, Power to Decide

Ebony Marcelle, CNM, MS, Director of Midwifery, Community of Hope

11:10 AM11:50 AM EST

Women at HLTH

Progress Report: Closing Sex & Gender Gaps in Medical Research & Treatment

This panel will cover sex differences in medicine, including new areas of research, progress on closing knowledge and treatment gaps, and approaches for bringing new evidence into practice. The panel will also address practical matters of healthcare related to gender bias.


Jessica Zeaske, Partner, Echo Health Ventures


Marjorie Jenkins, MD, MEdHP, FACP, Dean, University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD, FACS, FACMI, FAMIA, Vice President and Chief Science Officer, IBM Watson

11:50 AM12:20 PM EST

Women at HLTH

Being Seen: Connecting in Mental Health

These innovators have found a way to create safe spaces for historically marginalized populations to access mental health services. The panel will address bias, stigma, representation, provider training and more.



Nina Vasan, MD, Founder and Executive Director, Brainstorm: The Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation; Chief Medical Officer, Real


Norman Kim, PhD, Deputy Director, Ayana Therapy; Co-Founder, Institute for Antiracism and Equity in Mental Health

Varun Choudhary, MD, MA, DFAFA, Chief Medical Officer, Talkspace

12:20 PM1:00 PM EST

Women at HLTH

Care Homes for LGBTQ+-Identified People

Effective healthcare relies on patients trusting and feeling understood by their providers. Learn about aspects of care design, coverage and communications that lead to effective care for LGBTQ+-identified people, and gain an understanding of how healthcare can be reformed to avoid inflicting emotional harm through denial of identity. 



Kay Nikiforova, Head of Clinical, Violet


Colin Quinn, President, Included Health Communities, Included Health

Jerrica Kirkley, MD, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Plume

Tuesday | October 19

12:00 PM2:00 PM EST

Women at HLTH Luncheon: Self-Advocacy & Activism

The Women at HLTH Luncheon agenda will focus on advancement of women and gender minorities in healthcare through advocacy and leadership, as well as the national context and importance of activism for gender equity.

12:15 PM12:30 PM EST

Writing Your Own Story

Lessons in self-advocacy, activism and risk-taking learned on my journey from academic medicine, to a startup-up, to big tech.


Ivor Horn, MD, MPH, Director Product Inclusion, Google Health; Investing Member, Rising America Fund

12:30 PM12:55 PM EST

Innovating in Women's & Family Health

The best insurance for gender equity in healthcare may be frontloading it into innovation that’s by and for the people it serves. Hear from Kate Ryder, founder and CEO of Maven Clinic, on her plans to grow Maven’s women’s and family health services, the role of digital health in addressing disparities in care, and what still needs to change to ensure women and families are getting the care they need. As a woman founder of a rare women’s health ‘unicorn’ company, Kate will share her advice to underrepresented startup founders in conversation with Anu Duggal, the pioneering founder of Female Founders Fund who believes women will build the companies of tomorrow.


Anu Duggal, Female Founders Fund



Kate Ryder, Founder and CEO, Maven Clinic

12:55 PM1:25 PM EST

Gender Health Policy Update: Critical Areas for Action

The close links between social, economic and health status are clear, and systemic change is needed. Much is at stake for women and people identified with a minority gender, and most especially for intersectional people. As a healthcare professional, your advocacy is more important than ever. Join national gender equity leaders for a status update on critical needs, policy action and steps you should take NOW.


Nicole F. Roberts, DpH, MPP, Executive Director, Feed A Billion; Founder, Health & Human Rights Strategies; Host, The Global Good Podcast


Kerith J. Conron, ScD, MPH, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar & Research Director, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

1:25 PM2:00 PM EST

Strategies for Career Advancement

These friends and femmes of pharma met early in their careers at Pfizer. Now in the c-suite or second in line at three major pharmaceutical companies, the group has branched across the globe but maintained their professional and personal support. They will explore pivotal moments and hurdles faced during their careers, and provide strategic advice for women seeking advancement in the life sciences. Key points of discussion will include: the power of the collective, networking as a key to career advancement, why it’s imperative for women to advocate for themselves (and how to do it), and how to mobilize your support network during a crisis.



Maria Whitman, Principal, Life Sciences, ZS



Anne Heatherington, SVP, Head of Data Sciences Institute, Takeda

Sally John, VP of Translational Science, Biogen

Melanie (Mel) Ivarsson, SVP, Chief Development Officer, Moderna