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27th Annual SWHR Gala: The State of Women’s Health
March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Women’s Health Visionary Award:
The Women’s Health Visionary Awards are extended to leaders who are visionaries in their fields, impacting lives every day. Presented by the Society for Women’s Health Research, our Visionary Awards celebrate those individuals who strive to improve the health of all women through science, advocacy, and education. We celebrate leaders within the women’s health community, and we honor those who challenge the social myths about physiological and hormonal differences between the sexes.
Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of AARP Media, overseeing AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, AARP Studios, AARP Book Division, and the AARP Website. Previously she was Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of Ladies’ Home Journal for more than twenty years, and founding Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of More Magazine.
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Collins currently serves as the senior senator from Maine and ranks nineteenth in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. She chairs the Senate Select Committee on Aging and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves on the Intelligence Committee as well as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH, Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Polan specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and hormonal issues related to gynecology patients and menopause. She received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and M.D. from Yale University and completed her residency and Reproductive Endocrine Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Polan received her M.P.H. (Maternal and Child Health Program) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Master of Ceremonies:
Leon Harris, Journalist
Award-winning journalist Leon Harris anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV from 2003-2016. He came to Washington after 20 years at CNN’s Atlanta Headquarters, where he co-anchored CNN Live Today and Prime News, and hosted CNN Presents and American Stories. Harris’ work has earned him a number of honors, among them multiple CableAce awards for Best Newscaster, and National Emmy Awards for coverage of the September 11th terror strikes, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 2000 presidential election. He was honored, too, with a National Headliner Award and more recently with a National Capital Area Emmy Award for Best Anchor. He is a Cum Laude and honorary doctorate recipient from Ohio University.
- Dr. Susan Alpert
- Dr. Shontelle Dodson
- Dr. Roberta L. Gartside
- Dr. Nieca Goldberg
- Ms. Carol Kelly
- Dr. Stephanie Pincus
- Mr. John J. Seng
- Dr. Florence P. Haseltine
2017 Dinner Committee:
- Dr. Barbara A. Boyan
- Dr. Rita Colwell
- Mr. Kevin Conroy
- Dr. Alan and Mrs. DeeDee DeCherney
- Dr. Richard Frank
- Ms. Kim Harb
- Dr. Sharon H. Hrynkow
- Drs. Ron and Cary Poropatich
- Dr. Eleni Tousimis
We will offer special meals to meet specific dietary, medical and religious needs. To ensure your choice is available, request your special meal at least 72 hours in advance to Dina Beaumont at email@example.com
Guests can take advantage of special room pricing at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC, by calling the hotel at 1-800-241-3333, and requesting a reservation under the Society for Women’s Health Research Gala Room Block. Guests can also visit this website and input the group code SWHSWHA.
Media are invited to attend. To request a complimentary seat, email your name and news organization to Heena Patel, Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Champion Sponsor – $100,000
Benefits package includes cocktails and front row dinner seating at a reserved table for eight, a role in the dinner program, name prominently displayed on all event material, Champion page in our gala program, logo with link on event website, and inclusion in event press release
Award Benefactor Sponsor – $50,000
Benefits package includes cocktails and preferred dinner seating at a reserved table for eight, special recognition from the stage, two tickets to the second-annual Symposium, name prominently displayed on all event material, Award Benefactor page in gala program, logo on event website, and inclusion in event press release as the award benefactor
Leadership Sponsor – $25,000
Benefits package includes cocktails and preferred dinner seating at a reserved table for eight, two tickets to the second-annual Symposium, name prominently displayed on all gala signage, full page in gala program, and logo on event website
Patron Sponsor – $15,000
Benefits package includes cocktails and preferred dinner seating at a reserved table for eight, two tickets to the second-annual Symposium, name prominently displayed on all gala signage, logo listing in gala program, and on event website
Innovative Sponsor – $10,000
Benefits package includes cocktails and preferred dinner seating at a reserved table for eight, one ticket to the second-annual Symposium, name prominently displayed on gala signage, listing in gala program and on event website
Individual Tickets – $1,000
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SWHR will also host its second Annual Gala Symposium on March 22, which will convene some of the best minds in health policy. The symposium will feature a series of presentations on the existing challenges and important advances needed to improve the health of all women and girls. Based on this discussion, SWHR will identify strategic next steps to addressing some of the most important policy issues pertaining to women’s health.