Tuesday Oct 16, 2012 by Susan Johnston - Contributor, VentureFizz
As healthcare professionals gather for the Connected Health Symposium 2012 October 25-26 in Boston, digital healthcare seed accelerator Rock Health will host XX in Health, an invite-only event for women across the healthcare industry, on October 24.
According to Ashley Boyd, marketing manager at SBR Health, who is collaborating with Rock Health on the event, attendees will include “women from hospitals and larger healthcare organizations, executives from pharma, VC and investment firms, and several startup companies that are focused on healthcare technology.” Those interested in attending are invited to submit an application describing their involvement in healthcare.
Confirmed facilitators include Jacqueline Thong, cofounder and CEO of Ubiqi Health; Margaret Laws, director of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Innovations for the Underserved program; Xanthi Scrimgeour, principal and cofounder of CommunicateHealth, Lora Kratchounova, principal at Scratch Marketing + Media; Natalie Kagan, cofounder and chief happiness officer at Happier; Alexandra Drane, founder and chief visionary office at Eliza; Alex Pelletier with the Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children's Hospital, and Donna Schmidt, a director at PwC Consulting. Halle Tecco, CEO of Rock Health, will deliver the event’s keynote speech.
|“Women are underrepresented in leadership positions in healthcare, despite the unique value and perspectives they bring to the table,” says Tecco. “In effort to promote more diversity in the boardroom, we've put together a series of events focused on promoting, connecting, and educating female leaders in healthcare.”|
Boyd says she hopes that “in addition to forming new friendships, women will be able to identify similar problems that all women in healthcare today face. Not only are you dealing with challenges in the professional life, but you’re also dealing with balancing the work with the home life. I hope that women can find like-minded women who are passionate and can work together through new partnerships and collaborate to develop new solutions that will help transform healthcare.”
Depending on the success of this initial XX in Health event, Boyd says it may become a launch pad for future discussions and ongoing events.