Sharon Denise Allison-Ottey, MD Executive Director, COSHAR Healthy Communities Foundation
Sharon Denise Allison-Ottey, MD is an energetic and engaging speaker, author, health educator/physician and health strategist/consultant. Dr. Allison- Ottey is the CEO of CARLDEN Inc. and Beautiful Woman Inside and Out, Inc. She also serves as Executive Director of The COSHAR Healthy Communities Foundation. Dr. Allison-Ottey serves as the Health Strategist for several national companies/organizations and develops and oversees programmatic agendas with long and short term strategies ensuring effectiveness and achievement of goals. Dr. Allison-Ottey’s companies have a national scope that reaches millions with their products, services and events. She is also media personality with a presence in television, radio and print and one of the nation’s most influential physicians and health advocates.
Dr. Allison-Ottey is a nationally recognized lecturer/speaker for healthcare professionals. She addresses various topics which include but are not limited to: health literacy, women’s health, health disparities and cultural competency, the role of faith based organizations in healthcare, direct to consumer advertisements and health in an aging population. She provides invaluable insight and guidance to the numerous commissions, advisory boards and committees on which she serves. She is a consultant for several Fortune 500 companies and is also frequently invited to give expert testimony/advice to government and other organizations. Dr. Allison-Ottey is recognized for her unique and articulate views on public health policy. She is an advocate for improved healthcare for all and for the elimination of health disparities based on gender, race and/or socioeconomic status.
Beth Battaglino, Women's Health Expert, RN CEO, HealthyWomen
Beth Battaglino, RN, brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and, as a practicing registered nurse, medical knowledge to her role as CEO of HealthyWomen, a non-profit organization providing women with in-depth, objective, medically-approved information on a broad range of women's health issues.
Beth has worked in the health care industry for over 20 years, helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women's health issues. These programs have run the gamut from heart health, reproductive, to programs and campaigns that focus on aging well. Her management and marketing expertise is particularly critical as HealthyWomen moves to expand its outreach to millions of women across the country through updated technology, wider program distribution and new public education and awareness efforts. Beth is responsible for setting the strategic direction of HealthyWomen and building alliances with corporations, health care professionals and consumer groups. She also serves as the organization's chief spokesperson, regularly speaking at corporate, non-profit, community and media events. In addition to her nursing degree, Beth holds degrees in political science, business and public administration from Marymount University and the University of Oklahoma.
Linda Goler Blount, MPH President and CEO, Black Women's Health Imperative
Linda Goler Blount (MPH) joined the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) as the president and chief executive officer in February 2014. Linda oversees BWHI’s strategic direction and is responsible for directing the organization toward achieving its mission of leading efforts to solve the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the United States.
With more than 25 years of experience in the public, for‐profit and nonprofit sectors, Linda has a distinguished career that includes successful tenures at The Coca‐Cola Company, leading strategic business initiatives, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as an expert scientist. She also has extensive international health expertise as a consultant to government ministries in Germany, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, where she lived for four years.
A Michigan native, Linda holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering/Operations Research from Eastern Michigan University.
Missy Lavender Founder and Board Member, To Know is To Know
Missy Lavender is the Founder and Board Member of To Know is To Know, formerly known as Women’s Health Foundation. TKTK is focused on developing evidence-based programs and education initiatives in the field of pelvic health, targeted to adolescent girls and women of all ages and life stages. TKTK partners with academic centers to engage in community-based, participatory research studies measuring the impact of educational programs and wellness programs, as well as to understand language and vocabulary barriers and issues for low income women seeking knowledge about bladder and pelvic health. Through her leadership, TKTK has developed a national reputation of quality, approachable education tailored to reach various communities of women, both in person through outreach and training, as well as through multiple digital channels.