The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), the leading nonprofit organization devoted to advancing all women leaders, has announced the awardees of the 2nd annual Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare in Massachusetts Award. This Award is the first of its kind in the nation to reach across diverse sectors of healthcare – from life sciences, healthcare education and systems, to healthcare foundations, professions and public health. It recognizes and celebrates their remarkable healthcare leaders who work in Massachusetts for their outstanding career achievements and impact.
The 2021 Awardees (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Juliana Chen, Child Psychiatrist, Instructor, MGH, Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Brandi Davis-Dusenbery, Chief Scientific Officer, Seven Bridges; Parastoo Khoshakhlagh, CEO, GC Therapeutics; Laura Kleiman, CEO & Founder, Reboot Rx; Myechia Minter-Jordan, CEO & President, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health; Maria Palasis, President & CEO, Lyra Therapeutics; Claire-Cecile Pierre, Executive Director, Kerry Murphy Healy Center for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship, Babson College; Claire Wagner, Chief of Staff, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute; Sally Wang Liang, VP, Business Development, Zonsen PepLib Biotech; and Simone Wildes, Infectious Disease Physician, South Shore Hospital.
Barri Blauvelt, founder and co-Chair of the EWAH Awards and CEO of Innovara, Inc., proposed the awards in late 2018. “I was researching women in executive leadership across diverse sectors of healthcare. I noticed that few from Massachusetts were being acknowledged for their contributions. That was when I realized that for our amazing emerging leaders to be recognized, we need to help them. That was the true beginning.”
Over 100 nominations were received for the 2021 Awards. Ten finalists were selected for their impact and innovating ways ofadvancing healthcare, for their inspiring and leading others, and fostering diversity.
“The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a global leader in the healthcare industry so it is fitting that The Commonwealth Institute – an organization founded over 24 years ago to help women leaders in Massachusetts achieve greater success – would celebrate and honor emerging women leaders in the industry,” said Elizabeth L. Hailer, CEO of The Commonwealth Institute and EWAH co-Chair. “This award is a testament to the dedication, innovation and influence of each of these extraordinary women leaders.”
The Awardees will be honored at the virtual EWAH celebration on September 30, 2021. A link to tickets to the celebration event, as well as more information on the awards and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at http://commonwealthinstitute.org/programs-events/extraordinary-women-in-healthcare/.