Future of Maternal Care Summit

Future of Maternal Care Summit

January 25 - 26 | Bay Area, CA

Establishing Maternal Care as a Priority within the Healthcare System

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Because populations across the world are changing, public health must change to meet the needs of populations. Thus, we must review, expand, and/or change the approaches that have been previously used in maternal health. As a DEI practitioner in public health, I’m excited to have the opportunity to learn more about how entities across the various systems and industries, both governmental and non-governmental, are strategically and innovatively prepared and/or preparing to address the crisis that is maternal health. 

Kathryn Crosby, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Virginia Department of Health

In order to change the trajectory of outcomes, quality and health equity in maternal care, we not only need to transform care models, but also ensure the economics align with that care transformation. As company bringing to market the payment models needed to sustain care innovation in women’s health, I’m excited to spend time with participants on the possibilities of aligning technology, care and payment models.

Leah Sparks, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Wildflower Health

Maternal Health is an exciting segment of the overall Health and Wellness innovation industry – of which, less than 2% of funding is flowing to solutions that mostly affect women. I’m excited about the industry thought leaders and innovative companies attending the summit!

Jessica Karr, General Partner, Coyote Ventures
The future of maternal care requires more community-centered solutions and prioritizing the lived experience of care alongside improving clinical outcomes. Ultimately, we won’t achieve maternal health equity without transparency, community accountability and robust ways to learn from the living. As the leader of a non-profit dedicated to leveraging the power of technology and community voices, I’m honored to chair this forward-thinking, equity-centered summit to transform the maternal health landscape for all. This year, we leave no mother behind!
Kimberly Seals Allers, Founder, Irth App
MOTHER-CENTRIC

The Future of Maternal Care Summit will place the Mother’s experience at the centre of all discussions. This summit will ensure that Mothers’ experiences across all demographics are integrated into and valued in all key topics, to ensure the Future of Maternal Care is bright for all.

SOLUTION-FOCUSED

Whether you’re looking to secure investment, to understand how to provide more culturally competent care, or how to navigate the complex nature of reimbursement, this summit has got you covered. Learn from experts and leaders in the industry through a variety of solution-focused panels, presentations and more!

EXPERT, CROSS-INDUSTRY SPEAKER FACULTY

This senior-level speaker faculty brings a wealth of experience from across maternal care. Be inspired by and learn amongst industry leaders from a variety of stakeholder groups, including experts from Maternal Healthcare Companies, Payers, Governmental Bodies, Investors & more!

Speaker Faculty

Kimberly Seals Allers
Kimberly Seals Allers
Founder
Irth App
Kimberly Seals Allers
Founder
Irth App

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, five-time author,
international speaker and strategist for maternal and infant health. A
former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine,
Kimberly is a leading voice on birth, breastfeeding, and motherhood
at the intersection of race, class, and policy. She is the executive
director of Narrative Nation, the only Black woman-led non-profit that
creates narrative-centered multi-media platforms and technology
products to address racial disparities in maternal and infant health.
She is the creator and founder of Irth, (as in Birth but without the B for
bias), the first-of-its-kind “Yelp-like” review and rating app for Black
and brown women and birthing people to leave and find reviews of
Ob/GYNs, hospitals, and pediatricians as a digital tool to address
bias and racism in care and to drive transparency and accountability
in the medical system. Irth was a winner in the 2020 MIT Solve
Global Challenge in the Anti-Racist Technology category and a recent
recipient of the Goldman Sachs Impact Grant for Black Women.
With funding from the California Health Care Foundation, Narrative Nation also launched
Birthright— a podcast about joy and healing in Black birth to counter the doom and gloom
mainstream narrative in Black maternal health. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How
Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding was published by St. Martin’s
Press in 2017. Her next book, Birthing in Colour—A Black Woman’s Guide to Birth &
Breastfeeding, will be published in the UK by Pinter & Martin in Spring 2023.
A frequent contributor to The New York Times and Washington Post, HuffPost, Slate and
others, her online commentaries received over 10 million page views last year. Kimberly was
named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews for her media advocacy
work in maternal and infant health. As a consultant, Kimberly creates narrative strategies for
non-profit organizations and for-profit brands that serve mothers and babies, with an expertise
in engaging communities of color.
For nearly a decade, Kimberly has created and directed innovative community-partnered
projects in New Orleans, Birmingham, Detroit and Philadelphia, among other cities, working to
improve birth, breastfeeding, and maternal health outcomes. She is the creator and co-founder
of Black Breastfeeding Week and recently served as editorial director of the Maternal and
Child Health Communication Collective, a national consortium of over 80 organizations,
working to shift the narrative of maternal and infant health, funded by the W.K.Kellogg
Foundation.
Kimberly is also the author of The Mocha Manual series of books, published by HarperCollins
(2006-2009) and founded an award-winning pregnancy and parenting destination for Black
parents in 2007. Her first book, The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy was nominated
for a NAACP Image Award and turned into a DVD sold at Walmart. The Mocha Manual to
Turning Your Passion into Profit and The Mocha Manual to Military Life round out the topselling series.
Kimberly has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Cheddar TV, Anderson Cooper, the
Tom Joyner Morning Show, Fox News and has been featured in various international and
national media outlets, including the British Medical Journal, The Guardian (U.K.), Essence,
Pregnancy and in various online media.
Kimberly is a graduate of NYU and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A
divorced mother of two, she lives in Queens, NY. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram: @iamKSealsAllers. Follow @theIrthApp on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Neel Shah
Neel Shah
Chief Medical Officer
Maven Clinic
Neel Shah
Chief Medical Officer
Maven Clinic

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is Chief Medical Officer of Maven Clinic, the largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health, and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. He is a globally recognized expert in designing solutions that improve health care, and is listed among the “40 smartest people in health care” by the Becker’s Hospital Review. His work to build equitable, trustworthy systems of care has been profiled by the New York Times, Good Morning America, and other outlets, and is featured in the Oprah-produced documentary Color of Care, and Aftershock, which premiered on Hulu in July 2022.

Dr. Shah has written more than 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and contributed to four books, including as senior author of Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill), which Don Berwick has called “an instant classic” and Atul Gawande called “a masterful primer for all clinicians.” Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Shah founded Costs of Care, an NGO that curates insights from clinicians and patients to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, he co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of more than 20 leading organizations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers. Dr. Shah serves on the advisory board of the National Institutes of Health, Office of Women’s Health Research.

Kathryn Crosby
Kathryn Crosby
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Virginia Department of Health
Kathryn Crosby
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Virginia Department of Health

Kathryn Crosby, the Virginia Department of Health’s inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Officer, joined the agency in October 2021. In this capacity, she is responsible for designing, implementing, and sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and efforts for the agency. Additionally, she oversees public health equity programs and operations within the Office of Health Equity, and partners closely with managerial leadership throughout Central Office and the Local Health Districts as a key resource to enhance and guide DEI and health equity for the agency. As the Chief DEI Officer, Kathryn manages the transformational change necessary to establish and/or improve DEI agency-wide while fostering a vision for advancing the agency’s mission and nurturing an equitable & inclusive workplace infrastructure and environment.

Before joining VDH, she served as the DEI and Health Equity Officer for the VA Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) where she worked to destigmatize Medicaid and promote health equity for 1.9 million Virginia Medicaid beneficiaries. Prior to this, she worked as the Managing Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) at a marketing-technology agency, where she worked to institute and enhance DIB across the organization, as well as help clients strategically implement equity and inclusivity in the technological solutions they created and used.

Kathryn received both her bachelor’s degree and MBA from Averett University in Danville, Virginia, and her Master of Human Relations, concentration in Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice, from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her graduate certificate in Industrial & Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Grand Canyon University and completed Cornell University’s Diversity & Inclusion certificate program.

Crystal Adesanya
Crystal Adesanya
Founder and CEO
Kiira Health
Crystal Adesanya
Founder and CEO
Kiira Health

Crystal Adesanya is the CEO & Founder of Kiira Health Inc. and Kiira Student Health, the first of its kind, technology-enabled healthcare company for Colleges and Universities, including nationwide telemedicine, in-person, and mobile clinics. Crystal is from Nigeria, she came to the United States to study at the University of Houston and quickly became passionate about women’s health following a personal, negative health care experience. She started Kiira Health to address women’s health inequities. Kiira’s investors include 500 Global, Bumble, Backstage Capital, Serena Ventures, and other notable investors. Crystal is a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, was named entrepreneur magazine’s 100 most powerful women in 2020, and has been featured in publications such as Forbes, TechCrunch, Med City News, and more. Crystal is also the Founder of FemHealthTech, a yearly healthcare conference centered around women’s health innovation and technology. The conference highlights the importance of innovation in women’s health and the amazing founders behind these innovations.

Eric Dy
Eric Dy
Founder & CEO
BloomLife
Eric Dy
Founder & CEO
BloomLife

Eric Dy, PhD is co-founder and CEO of Bloomlife, a women’s health company designing remote prenatal care solutions to improve the health of women and babies.  Eric brings a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges in emerging healthcare technologies informed by multidisciplinary technical expertise leading business development for Europe’s leading R&D institute, IMEC. Since its founding, Bloomlife has been recognized for its revolutionary vision and potential to impact lives globally, most recently receiving innovation awards and grants from Johnson & Johnson, Fast Company World Changing Ideas, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, CTIA, National Science Foundation, and the European Commission. Eric earned his BSc in Bioengineering from Cornell and his MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA.

Chris Wasden
Chris Wasden
Chief Strategy Officer
Twill
Chris Wasden
Chief Strategy Officer
Twill
Kari Carlson
Kari Carlson
Medical Director
Permanente Medical Group
Kari Carlson
Medical Director
Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Carlson was named associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) in 2022.  In this role, she is accountable for ambulatory, in-patient, and subspecialties in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn), as well as for TPMG’s Family Violence and Prevention, Early Start, and ACEs/trauma informed care programs.

 Throughout her career with TPMG, Dr. Carlson has held numerous leadership positions at the medical center and regional levels. From 2007 to 2019, she served as department chief for KP Redwood City Ob-Gyn, and was actively involved in the transition to Kaiser Permanente’s electronic medical record in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, the establishment of the first KP Redwood City satellite office in San Mateo, and in the opening of the new Redwood City hospital in 2014.

She was promoted to a regional role as chair of Ob-Gyn in 2017, and under her leadership ob-gyn continued to deliver nation-leading care for cervical cancer screening, minimally invasive surgery, and low-risk cesarean delivery.  In 2019, Dr. Carlson also took on a regional director role overseeing women’s health, which made several advancements in health equity, including the reduction of disparities in maternal anemia and hypertensive disease, which are the greatest drivers of morbidity and mortality in pregnancy.

Along with her work in Northern California, Dr. Carlson has held national leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, serving as co-chair of the inter-regional ob-gyn chiefs’ group and as the clinical lead for both the Digital Experience and the KP Connected Care, a new hybrid virtual prenatal care program. She also continues to practice clinical medicine in Redwood City, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. Carlson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Foundation Hospital Santa Clara and joined TPMG in 2003.

Juan Pablo Segura
Juan Pablo Segura
Co-Founder & President
BabyScripts
Juan Pablo Segura
Co-Founder & President
BabyScripts

Juan Pablo co-founded Babyscripts in 2014 with the vision that internet-enabled medical devices would transform the delivery of pregnancy care. Juan Pablo Segura is an active voice in advocating to improve access to innovative models of care for the underserved. He is a board member of Heathtech4Medicaid and a frequent speaker on the subject of digital health for Medicaid and low-income populations. Since 2014, Juan Pablo has been named a Healthcare Transformer by the Startup Health Academy in New York, a Wireless Lifechanger by CTIA for his work in detecting problems in pregnancy faster, selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Mid-Atlantic Award in 2019 and 2020, and named to the inaugural class of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Hall of Fame, among numerous other accolades. Juan Pablo is the architect of the first “Prenatal Care Moonshot” focused on eliminating maternal mortality by 2030 through mobile/digital technology, and Babyscripts has been named a Champion of Change in Precision Medicine by Barack Obama and the White House.

 

Juan Pablo has raised $31 million in venture/angel financing for furthering his vision of a data centric model in prenatal care. He has orchestrated large partnerships that include investments from Memorial Innovation Fund, Cigna Healthcare, Philips International, General Electric and their Healthymagination initiative, and the March of Dimes, specifically targeting the elimination of premature birth. He has also led the Babyscripts sales team, closing large hospital deals with more than 75 health systems around the country that manage over 250K pregnancies annually, and successfully signing a co-development deal to build an at-risk product with Aurora Healthcare in Wisconsin and a postpartum hypertension product with Cone Health. Juan Pablo is considered an expert in Medicaid Managed Care and has partnered with public health departments in maternal care deserts like Mississippi to rethink the delivery of OB care, and has created groundbreaking provider/payer partnerships with some of the largest managed care organizations like United, AmeriHealth, and others. 

 

Juan Pablo is a frequent speaker on the future of healthcare, speaking at multiple venues including TEDSocial, the mHealth Summit, the national HIMSS conference, the Bio+Tech conference, and the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. He has pitched and won Startup Competitions at SXSW and the 1776 Healthcare Challenge Cup. He has been invited to share his thoughts on podcasts and through interviews, and is an established thought leader in the field of startup fundraising and the future of healthcare

Alyssa Dietz
Alyssa Dietz
Senior Director, Precision Care Strategy
Twill
Alyssa Dietz
Senior Director, Precision Care Strategy
Twill
Leah Sparks
Leah Sparks
CEO and Founder
Wildflower Health
Leah Sparks
CEO and Founder
Wildflower Health

Leah Sparks, CEO & Founder of Wildflower Health, has more than two decades of experience building innovative healthcare businesses in both venture-backed companies and Fortune 50 corporations.  Leah founded Wildflower in 2012 while starting a family of her own and seeing firsthand the gaps in healthcare for consumers.

Prior to Wildflower, Leah led business development for a personalized medicine startup that was acquired by Medco a few years after she joined the company.  She began her career in healthcare at McKesson Corporation in corporate development, where she focused on strategy and M&A.  During her tenure at McKesson, she held a variety of leadership roles including spearheading the company’s entry into the oncology market.

Leah has been featured as a speaker at leading events including the National Quality Forum, Health 2.0, SXSW and the Rock Health Summit.

Neil Ray
Neil Ray
CEO and Founder
Raydiant Oximetry
Neil Ray
CEO and Founder
Raydiant Oximetry
Linda Genen
Linda Genen
Chief Medical Officer
ProgenyHealth
Linda Genen
Chief Medical Officer
ProgenyHealth
Eric Schaefer
Eric Schaefer
Senior Director - Portfolio Strategy & Mission Investment
March of Dimes
Eric Schaefer
Senior Director - Portfolio Strategy & Mission Investment
March of Dimes

Currently, Eric serves as Senior Director – Portfolio Strategy & Mission Investment at the March
of Dimes. In this role he leads a philanthropic venture fund investing in a portfolio of promising
startups focused on addressing key clinical and systemic issues in the areas of maternal and
infant health.
Prior to March of Dimes, Eric served as Vice President, Healthcare Innovation at Coplex, a
startup studio focused on developing new healthcare ventures with corporate partners. In this
role, Eric developed partnerships with corporations and healthcare industry experts to identify
healthcare startup ideas and works with the Coplex team to validate and pilot these concepts.
Prior to joining Coplex, Eric worked at UnitedHealth Group R&D where he collaborated with
subject matter experts and business leaders to develop innovative investment projects for
UHG. He also has deep experience with healthcare providers, having worked in strategy and
business development roles for Allina Health and North Memorial Health, roles in which he led
numerous growth investments, including joint ventures and other collaborative partnerships.
At Allina, he also led the development and launch of the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)
which focused on population health management and supporting research and innovation at
Allina. Eric also guided innovation and strategic planning efforts at Vizient (formerly VHA),
including the establishment of the Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) which developed
strategic research studies on topics such as healthcare financing trends, role of the healthcare
consumer, provider collaboration models, and impact of advances in technology.
Eric has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Eric lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.

Jessica Karr
Jessica Karr
General Partner
Coyote Ventures
Jessica Karr
General Partner
Coyote Ventures

Jessica Karr is a Founding General Partner of Coyote Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund investing in women’s health and wellness. Jessica worked for 6+ years designing and launching the Impossible burger as the 12th employee, has worked with international startups on product strategy and helped launched impact-focused funds.

Alice Zheng
Alice Zheng
Principal
RH Capital
Alice Zheng
Principal
RH Capital

Alice has been a women’s health enthusiast throughout her career spanning global health, clinical medicine, and the private sector. She is currently a Principal at RH Capital, a women’s health-focused venture capital and impact fund, leading investments in innovative women’s health companies across the life sciences, digital health and consumer health. Alice was previously a women’s health practice leader and management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she served biopharma, diagnostics, global public health and private equity clients across R&D and commercial strategy topics.

Earlier in her career, Alice’s passion to improve lives for the underserved led her to work in East Africa and Asia in reproductive health and family planning. As a clinician, she focused on women’s health globally and published articles examining healthcare in low-income countries.

Alice holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and MD and MPH from the University of Michigan, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar. Alice is a frequent speaker on FemTech and women’s health innovation and holds advising and mentoring roles with multiple women’s health accelerators and forums including Springboard Enterprises, Tech4Eva, FemTech Lab and the Women’s Health Innovation Summit series.

Becca Shmukler
Becca Shmukler
Principal
Laerdal Million Lives Fund
Becca Shmukler
Principal
Laerdal Million Lives Fund
Layo George
Layo George
Founder & CEO
Wolomi
Layo George
Founder & CEO
Wolomi

Layo George is a nurse, healthcare administrator and an entrepreneur focusing on maternal
health, equity and social determinants of health. Layo is the founder and CEO of Wolomi, a
maternal health startup that supports a companion app that provides resources and guidance to
improve the experiences and outcomes for women of color during their perinatal periods. She
leads a team of culturally competent multidisciplinary subject matter experts to address the
maternal health crisis. She has led the creation of groundbreaking products for Health IT,
Marketing and Health Information Exchange companies. Before founding Wolomi, as a quality
improvement specialist at the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, Layo led 15
healthcare centers through value-based practice transformation and oral health primary care
integration. She also served on the District of Columbia Board of Nursing for over 3 years.
She currently serves on the Board of Unity Healthcare, the largest federally qualified health
center in the District of Columbia. Layo can be found supporting mothers on social media
@wolomiapp.

Emily Zhen
Emily Zhen
Venture Capital Investor
New Enterprise Associates
Emily Zhen
Venture Capital Investor
New Enterprise Associates

Emily Zhen is a senior associate on the healthcare investing team at NEA. She invests in digital health and life sciences companies across the venture and growth stages. She’s particularly passionate about women’s health and health equity and spends a lot of time meeting with companies in both spaces. Emily is a Board Observer for Slope, Spiras Health, and Senti Bio, and works closely with Vori Health, Curana Health, Strive Health, Waymark, and ChromaCode. Prior to joining NEA, Emily worked in healthcare investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York City. She has also previously worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury, PwC, and early-stage digital health startups Healthie and NeuroFlow. Emily graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management, where she earned a B.S. in Finance from Wharton, a B.A. in Biology, and a certificate in healthcare policy as a Public Policy Research Scholar

Andrea Winter
Andrea Winter
Senior Director Women & Children's Strategy
HealthPartners
Andrea Winter
Senior Director Women & Children's Strategy
HealthPartners
Crystal Tyler
Crystal Tyler
Chief Health Officer
Rhia Ventures
Crystal Tyler
Chief Health Officer
Rhia Ventures

Crystal Pirtle Tyler PhD, MPH brings over 15 years of experience advancing reproductive and maternal health equity.  As the Chief Health Officer at Rhia Ventures, she translates the needs of the women and birthing people most affected by systemic inequity into programming that fosters equitable reproductive health products and services.  Most recently, Crystal served as the Executive Director of Ci3 at the University of Chicago, a research center addressing the social and structural determinants of adolescent reproductive health and well-being through design, storytelling, play, and policy change. 

Crystal began her career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta first as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer then as an Epidemiologist within the Division of Reproductive Health. There, she served as a subject matter expert on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and translating research to public health and clinical practice. From CDC, Crystal became the Director of the Michigan Public Health Institute’s Center for Child and Family Health, where she implemented systems level improvements to promote equity in the quality and availability of public health programs.  She also served as a Senior Research Leader at IBM Watson Health, where she supported state implementation of Medicaid policy changes to advance maternal and child health outcomes.

Crystal is a trained facilitator and strategic planner who serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Family Planning. She has published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Adolescent Health, Contraception, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. Crystal completed both her Ph.D. and MPH in Epidemiology at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, respectively, and her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies at Spelman College. 

Lilly Alexander
Lilly Alexander
Partnerships and Business Development, Corporate Development
Anthem
Lilly Alexander
Partnerships and Business Development, Corporate Development
Anthem
Liz Miracle
Liz Miracle
Head of Clinical Quality & Talent
Origin
Liz Miracle
Head of Clinical Quality & Talent
Origin

Liz Miracle, PT, MPT, WCS is the Head of Clinical Quality and Education at Origin, the leading provider of physical therapy for maternity, menopause and sexual health, with deep expertise in the pelvic floor and full body. Origin’s unique model of care is clinically proven to have life changing results and has helped thousands build strength and avoid countless unnecessary surgeries.

 

Liz is a Texas native and graduate of Texas Woman’s University School of Physical Therapy.  She began practicing pelvic floor physical therapy in 2006 and has since received her Clinical Specialization in Women’s Health from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Liz was honored to both teach nationally for and chair the Academy of Pelvic Health’s Pelvic Certification committee. She has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of California San Francisco’s Graduate Program in Physical Therapy since 2010 and collaborated on the creation of the first smart pelvic floor exerciser, kGoal.

 

After running her own practice for a decade, she was excited to join Origin Physical Therapy where she works to implement the highest standards of evidence based care and help train the next generation of pelvic floor therapists.

Melanie Silverman
Melanie Silverman
President & Chief Clinical Officer
Pacify
Melanie Silverman
President & Chief Clinical Officer
Pacify

Melanie Silverman is the Chief Clinical Officer at health technology company Pacify, which provides new parents 24/7 access to healthcare experts from their smartphones. Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian and a board-certified lactation consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the hospital and private practice setting. She has committed her career to helping new parents access on-demand healthcare services to improve health outcomes and has built Pacify’s clinical networks from the ground up since its start in 2014.

Kay Matthews
Kay Matthews
Founder
Shades of Blue Project
Kay Matthews
Founder
Shades of Blue Project

Kay Matthews is a Licensed Community Health Worker, Motivator, Advocate and Mental
Health & Wellness Advisor. Kay Matthews lives in Houston Texas and is the Founder of The
Shades of Blue Project which addresses cultural barriers in maternal mental health and servicing
minority women experiencing maternal mental health complications. She has also received
numerous awards from both her community and her peers, and sits on the Board and is Partners
with several National organizations. Kay is now actively teaching and speaking to women of all
ages to help them better understand how important it is to advocate for themselves before during
and after childbirth.

Lauren Elliott
Lauren Elliott
Founder & CEO
Candlelit Therapy, Inc
Lauren Elliott
Founder & CEO
Candlelit Therapy, Inc

Lauren Elliott draws both from her personal and professional experience as a Black woman, who while working in public health for the government experienced a traumatic birth of her now 5-year-old son. As she helped colleagues spend millions on public mental health campaigns, but noticed Black parents lacked access to mental health services during one of the most challenging times in their lives — starting a family. Her time as a journalist covering NY and IL politics has also informed her intentional approach to  providing access to depression screening, counseling and follow up care for Black pregnant and postpartum women. As CEO, she leads research, operations and sales efforts all while driving overall vision for the company. Lauren is certified in Mental Health First Aid, has spoken at 2020 Mom’s Forum, the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ, 21 Ninety’s Summit 21 and holds an M.A. in Public Affairs & Journalism from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Danika Fry
Danika Fry
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley
Danika Fry
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

Danika Fry joined Morgan Stanley’s Healthcare Investment Banking practice in 2017. She has over 15 years of strategic advisory experience across management consulting and investment banking. Danika is responsible for the healthcare group’s Tech-Enabled Care Delivery practice, leading mergers and acquisitions and capital raises for companies across the digital health space, with a focus on primary care, value-based care and women’s health. Danika has a MA and BA in Sociology from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Zainab Sulaiman
Zainab Sulaiman
Vice President of Impact & Advocacy
HealthConnect One
Zainab Sulaiman
Vice President of Impact & Advocacy
HealthConnect One
Carli Sapir
Carli Sapir
Founding Partner
Amboy Street Ventures
Carli Sapir
Founding Partner
Amboy Street Ventures
Pooja Mittal
Pooja Mittal
Chief Health Equity Officer
Health Net
Pooja Mittal
Chief Health Equity Officer
Health Net

Dr. Pooja Mittal is the Chief Health Equity Officer (CHEO) for Health Net. She leads the company in developing, implementing, facilitating, and embedding health equity strategic initiatives into Health Net’s programs, services, actions, and outcomes. Dr. Mittal joined the company in June 2016.

In addition to her role as CHEO, Dr. Mittal practices primary care at a Federally Qualified Health Center in San Mateo County and works at the National Clinicians Consultation Center at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). As a family physician and recognized national expert on Perinatal HIV care, she has a unique perspective to design strategic initiatives that improve health outcomes for California’s most vulnerable populations.

Dr. Mittal has an expertise in Digital Health and is part of Health Net’s Digital Health Transformation Committee which ensures that the technology used by the company for Medicaid members is equitable. She is also part of the UCSF S.O.L.V.E. Health Tech advisory board which focuses on bridging health equity and innovation to create and adapt products that reach marginalized populations.

Dr. Mittal also dedicates her time to increase health equity through teaching the next generation of workers (Stanford Internal Medicine Residents). She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at UCSF and Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, she has been published in the areas of well-childcare, group visits, preconception care, health equity and perinatal HIV.

Dr. Mittal earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston University and her Doctor of Medicine from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. She completed her Faculty Development Fellowship at UCSF and is a graduate of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Leadership Fellowship program.

Linda Greub
Linda Greub
General Partner
Avestria Ventures
Linda Greub
General Partner
Avestria Ventures

Over 30+ years, Linda has invested in public and private life science companies as an institutional investor, a corporate M&A executive, a hedge fund analyst, and a private venture investor; she’s held roles at companies including Essex Investment Management, Banc of America Securities, Novartis Diagnostics, Applied Biosystems (sold to Life Technologies Corp.) as well as at venture-backed life science companies such as VitaPath Genetics, Singulex, Raindance Technologies (sold to Bio-Rad), and Linkage Biosciences (sold to Thermo Fisher). Her areas of expertise includes finance, operations, and mergers and acquisitions and, within the life sciences specifically, diagnostics, genomics, healthcare services, and life science tools. In 2019, she co-founded Avestria Ventures, which invests in early-stage women’s health and female-led life science ventures.

Jin Lee
Jin Lee
Director of Digital Health, Rx+ (Global)
Astellas Pharma Inc.
Jin Lee
Director of Digital Health, Rx+ (Global)
Astellas Pharma Inc.
Olga Kokshagina
Olga Kokshagina
Co-Founder
Ninti
Olga Kokshagina
Co-Founder
Ninti

Olga Kokshagina is a co-founder of Ninti – employee and fertility benefits platform that provides services related to fertility and hormonal health, menopause and mental health. Olga is a women’s health advocate, she is passionate in bringing technology and design to improve care practices of women and their families. On top of managing Ninti, Olga is an Associate Professor in innovation and entrepreneurship at EDHEC Business School and Monash University. She is also a member of the French Digital Council (CNNUM). She co-authored several books, her work was published in the leading academic and practitioner outlets

Ericka Gibson
Physician Program Director, Perinatal Safety and Quality
Permanente Medicine
Ericka Gibson
Physician Program Director, Perinatal Safety and Quality
Permanente Medicine

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Bringing together senior-level executives from across the industry, the inaugural Future of Maternal Care Summit promises an unrivalled networking and learning opportunity for everyone working in this space.

Future of Maternal Care provides a rare opportunity to showcase your offering to a dedicated, world-class audience. Spaces are limited this year!

Please contact our Commercial Manager Mariana (mariana@greygreenmedia.com), to discuss opportunities for involvement.

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