May's Women's Health + Entrepreneurship Event. Speakers Announced

Digital Health, Design Health + Connections to Resources for Women Owned Businesses. This month’s Women’s Heath + Entrepreneurship Event pulls two speakers from two drastically different backgrounds in the healthcare field. One, a Doctor focusing on digital health and connecting women to funding for their healthcare startups and companies, and two, a designer focusing on global women’s health education though textile design will join us in sharing their stories of how they began working in their field, what needs they saw in their respective industries, and what they are doing now to fill those needs. Join us for an exciting event focused on women’s health and learn about these two women positively changing the healthcare space for women from drastically different angles.

This monthly speaker series is aimed at creating a space for storytelling, conversing, learning, and celebrating women’s health initiatives in Southern New England. Join us for this monthly event, on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, as we showcase two local speakers who are either working on women's health initiatives or are women entrepreneurs. Stick around for networking, a cash bar, and delicious tater tots from our friends at the Askew Bistro & Entertainment Venue.

Meet our May Speakers

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Meghana Karande, MD is a strategic advisor focused on clinician buy-in and clinical validation for emerging tech. Dr. Karande is experienced in biotech digital initiatives and has provided subject matter expertise to life science companies, payers, government, and attorneys. Dr. Karande is a systems thinker with a broad understanding of challenges of the current healthcare landscape, physician perspectives on technology, and barriers to adoption. Her interests include enhancing the physician/patient experience, women’s health, physician wellness, social determinants of health, health outcomes, and cost of care. This has led her to her latest venture of a consulting firm focused on defining and articulating clinical value for digital health start-ups to make adoption seamless. Join Dr. Karande as she shares her story of what influenced her to become an advisor and critical need to amplify women’s voices for better health outcomes. She is passionate about supporting, growing, and connecting women owned and led start-ups to resources such as funding. Dr. Karande is a Partner in Life Science and Healthcare at AMPlify Resources Group and Mentor/Venture Analyst at MedStartr.


On the opposite side of the healthcare spectrum working in global health, meet Designer, Eliza Squibb. Eliza bridges the worlds of art and science using textile design. Her research in traditional art practices has taken her to Tunisia and the Peruvian Amazon, where she organized design workshops for women artisans in indigenous communities. With the Rhode Island nonprofit GAIA Vaccine Foundation, Eliza created textile prints, produced in West Africa, to raise awareness for women’s reproductive health campaigns. Inspired by her belief that art and design can answer some of the world’s most pressing problems, Eliza founded the social enterprise ZTwist Design with Boston-based writer and health literacy advocate Julia Shivers. The mission of ZTwist Design is to improve information equity worldwide by partnering with local artists to create site-specific works. Join us for Eliza’s presentation on decoding the cultural communication system of textile design and launching ZTwist’s innovation of international collaborative art for social impact.

Not able to make it to the event? This event will be live streamed! RSVP through Eventbrite and a link to view the live stream will be sent to you the day of the event.

A special thank you goes out to the Rhode Island Foundation and Ximedica for exclusively sponsoring the entire series. Thank you to Pinch for sponsoring this series. Thank you!

Want to nominate a speaker? Interested in our sponsorship opportunities? Download our sponsorship guide to learn more about supporting local women’s health initiatives and local women entrepreneurs. Sponsorship comes with the opportunity to nominate a speakers. Sponsor the series or an individual event. Learn more and download here.

Let’s ignite a fire of women’s health entrepreneurship and innovation right here in Southern New England!