I got my start in TV in my home state of South Carolina working for CBS affiliate WBTW News 13 in the Florence/Myrtle Beach market. While there, I solo anchored three hours of morning weekday news and produced and anchored News 13 at Noon. I have volunteered my time to numerous charitable and civic organizations over the years including the Junior League of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I've served on a lot of boards too -- just too many to list here. I've been fortunate enough to be recognized in newspapers and magazines for my work in front of the camera and in the community. The Ohio Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame named me its Personality of the Year for 2009. I'm also a two time Emmy award winner. I have a Journalism degree from The University of South Carolina. I also hold a Master’s degree in Business from Ashland University, Ashland, OH I paid my way through college by driving 18-wheelers for FedEx. On the weekends I fueled airplanes for Eagle Aviation. One day, I'd like to learn to fly. In case you're wondering, I ALWAYS keep my Class A commercial truck driver's license current - just in case this TV gig doesn't work out.
Dr. Kiran Gupta is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she practices hospital medicine and serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Patient Safety. Kiran was previously an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she completed her residency in internal medicine as well as the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality. Prior to that, Kiran served as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, DC. Kiran enjoys writing about a variety of medical and healthcare issues. She has been a correspondent for The Boston Globe and a columnist for the Financial Times Weekend Magazine. Check out her reflections on medicine at kirangupta.com
"The Fierce Women Project, for me, is a motivating and gracious reminder to always pay it forward; to keep the fire burning that was once ignited within me by an extraordinary woman that identified my ability, invested in me and brought visibility to what I could not see, so that I too, could pass the light along."
Latasha Wilson Batch, M.S., serves as the Executive Director of Best of the Batch Foundation. The role and the Foundation’s mission is her passion. The passion empowers Latasha to fulfill the vision of making the impossible, possible for countless area kids. The result is a community committed to becoming the “best of the batch” in life. Latasha’s leadership has helped spearhead the growth of the Best of the Batch Foundation that reaches more than 3,300 boys and girls from financially challenged communities annually. Latasha’s direction has resulted in new and innovative educational and extracurricular activities which collectively encourage children to become engaged and active participants in their education and in after-school activities. She is a constant presence at “The Clubhouse” and the participants know that they can talk with her about anything. She has developed special programs for young girls and women with emphasis on education, sports and growing up. The most important component of these relationships is being present. Wilson Batch has been honored by the Get Involved! Woman of the Year, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Woman of Distinction, National Association of Women Business Owners “Make the Connection Award,” Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence and is a recipient of the UPMC Center for Inclusion “Champion Award.” She serves on several boards, including Strong Women Strong Girls, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Women and Girls Foundation, Hill House Association, Off the Field Players’ Wives Association, and more.
I am a hematologist/oncologist and conduct research in leukemia, lymphoma, and bone marrow transplantation. I see patients in my clinical practice and also teach medical students, residents, and fellows. I’ve had an inquisitive nature since elementary school and currently research a rare blood cancer caused by a virus. I love conducting this research because I am constantly asking questions, tackling problems, and solving puzzles. This satisfies my inquisitive side. Second, I get to work and collaborate with experts in a variety of fields which raises my knowledge base and forces me to think creatively. Lastly, for a blood cancer where people generally survive less than one year, research allows me to remain hopeful and advance medical science to help my patients live longer. As an academic physician, I also get to travel, present my research to new audiences, and learn from those around me. No day is ever the same and I like the frenzy of it all.
Lucy Morillo has a background steeped in fundraising and philanthropy with more than 20 years of expertise in non-for-profit management, transformational fundraising, and board governance. She served as President & CEO for Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the fundraising arm for Miami Children’s Health System and its flagship hospital Nicklaus Children’s. She was responsible for developing and mobilizing resources that advance Miami Children’s Health System and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as a world leader in pediatric healthcare.
Dedicated to her memory
Professor Fiona Murray is the Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. She is the Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative for Innovation. She is also an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Murray holds an MA in chemistry from Merton College, University of Oxford, and an MS and PhD in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University.
I love building great brands! I'm the founder and CEO of Mavens & Moguls, a global marketing strategy consulting firm. I was the first VP marketing/CMO Zipcar (now Avis), VP of marketing Inc.com (before the company was sold to Bertelsmann) and the first SVP of marketing at Launch Media (went public & later sold to Yahoo now Yahoo Music).
Stephanie Morimoto has 16 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and nonprofit organization management. Currently, Stephanie oversees New Leaders' expansion, development, and marketing; working to fulfill the organization's mission of high academic achievement for all children through transformative school leaders.
"Kimra Luna may be the most successful person you’ve never heard of – yet. The 29-year-old mom of three burst onto the digital media scene, building a 20,000-person Facebook community of Freedom Hackers, aspiring online entrepreneurs who build lifestyle businesses that free them from j.o.b.s, all the while sharing her own irresistible rags-to-riches story. Raised on public assistance, she found herself a married mom of two, living with her husband’s parents in Southern California. Neither spouse had a college degree, and Luna’s early and brief career was as a promoter of punk concerts — a career that ended with the 2008 crash. Fast forward to 2014, and Luna launches an online digital marketing business that skyrockets from zero to $1M in sales." - Forbes Magazine
Dr. Frates is a physician as well as a certified health and wellness coach. She graduated from Harvard University, as a double major in psychology and biology. Then, she attended Stanford University Medical School where she chose the specialty of Physiatry. She came back to Boston for her internship in internal medicine at MGH and her residency at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Harvard Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There, she served as chief resident.
Anita Levels is a self-taught vocal artist, songwriter and aspiring producer who began singing in church at the age of 3 years old in Frankfurt, West Germany. Being a preacher’s kid and a member of a musical family from New Orleans, she HAD to sing and she’s glad she did! She has sung in front of national and international audiences ranging from churches, jazz clubs, youth functions, community events and conferences. Her most recent endeavor was being cast in the Super Bowl 50 commercial.
Lynn M. Banaszak is executive director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) at Carnegie Mellon University, and recipient of the 2015 Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award. DHTI was created to invest in innovation that will increase the affordability, simplicity and accessibility of health care. Lynn’s career includes extensive experience in the commercialization of university innovation, start-up company formation, seed and venture capital development, technology-based economic development initiatives, investor and community relations and the facilitation of many public/private collaborations. Lynn was appointed to Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto's Transition Team and is a founding Board member of Pittsburgh Chapter of Women in Bio, a founding member of the ACG Women's Leadership Forum and is an advisor for the Pitt Coulter Program. She is on the Board of Directors of Coro Pittsburgh and in 2013; she was the inaugural instructor for the $5M Pitt Coulter Program Bench to Bedside course to educate scientists and clinicians about commercialization of innovation. She is a commercialization mentor for AlphaLab Gear and a 2014 SXSW V2V entrepreneurs coach, Advisory Board member for the 2015 SXSW Impact Pediatric Health Startup Pitch Competition.
Terri Alpert is a serial entrepreneur and consumer marketer. Currently the CEO of Stony Creek Brands, LLC which operates two direct-to-consumer companies, Uno Alla Volta, LLC and Cooking Enthusiast, LLC from a common infrastructure. Alpert’s first entrepreneurial venture was Professional Cutlery Direct(PCD) founded in 1993 with $8000.
Dr. Jennifer S. Gass is Chief of Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital, Director of the Breast Fellowship at the Breast Health Center, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown Medical School from 1993-present. She is Board Certified in both general surgery and critical care.
Dr. Preetha Basaviah is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University where she serves as Assistant Dean of Pre-clerkship Education, Director of the Practice of Medicine Course (two-year doctoring course) for Stanford medical students, an Educator for CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Advocacy), and as inpatient and outpatient attending. She received a BA and MD from Brown University. She completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, and she then served as a Primary Care Chief Resident for the Beth Israel Hospital residency training program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, located in West Roxbury, MA. After completing residency, Dr. Basaviah pursued a fellowship in medical education at the Harvard Institute for Education and Research as well as a faculty position as Associate Firm Chief and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University. While at Harvard, she received the Lowell B. McGee Teaching Award and the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine.