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Women’s Breakfast: Innovative FemTech

Date: 12/12/2019

Time: 8:30am
Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York NY

Watch Women's Breakfast: Innovative FemTech
Is there really an app for everything? While technology has touched so many parts of our lives, some areas, like women’s health, have been left behind — but that’s about to change. At LMHQ’s December Women’s Breakfast, we heard from some of the women at the helm of “femtech,” estimated to become a $50 billion dollar industry by 2025. Femtech is working to close the gap between technological advances and women’s health, helping to increase accessibility to products and services that help women lead long and healthy lives.
 
Key takeaways included:
  • A primary goal of all femtech companies is to provide access, whether it is through price, platform or product.
  • There is still a lot of stigma and shame around discussing women's health: companies can help by starting the conversation early and continuting it often.
  • Many of the challenges faced involve negotiation around benefits, insurance and funding; many of the decision-makers in these areas are men who do not understand the importance of women's health issues.
  • One important step companies can take is to partner with the "big voices" in the space: companies, funders, etc. who can help the conversation scale up.
 
Speakers:
Carolyn Witte, Co-Founder & CEO of Tia
Jessica Prager, VP of Product at Ro
Scarlett Leung, Chief Operations Officer at Trellis Health
Emily Sauer, Founder & CEO of Ohnut
Ambreen Molitor, Senior Director, Digital Products Lab, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
 
Carolyn Witte, CEO and Co-founder of Tia
Carolyn Witte is the CEO and Co-founder of Tia — the next-gen women's healthcare platform building the relationship-based care model of the future, online & offline. As a design-thinker and storyteller, she's applied the brand-building and user-centric design playbook from her time at Google's Creative Lab to make women's care more personalized, preventive, data-driven, and soulful. A big believer in interdisciplinary teams, Carolyn has orchestrated a symphony of top tier women's health providers, software engineers, designers and data enthusiasts to build a new model of women's care that can sustain the pressures of the modern healthcare system for patients and providers alike.
 
Jess Prager, VP of Product, Ro
Jess Prager is the VP of Product at Ro, the patient-driven healthcare technology company that powers three digital clinics: Roman (men’s health), Rory (women’s health) and Zero (addiction treatment). One of Ro’s earliest hires, Jess leads Ro’s ten-person Product team building products for Ro’s members, physicians and pharmacy team. She has spent her career building and leading teams in product, health and wellness. Before Ro, she led member engagement at ClassPass, where her team launched and scaled the social network and new membership tiers. Previously, she also held roles at Warby Parker, PepsiCo, and Bain & Company, focused on corporate strategy and business development. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
 
Scarlett Leung, COO, Trellis
Scarlett has spent her entire career creating inspirational, empowering experiences for women – whether it was digital-first at FreshDirect or stores like AllSaints. She believes that every customer touchpoint is an opportunity to delight and it was fate that brought her to Trellis, so she could apply her expertise to such a meaningful cause. Scarlett was most recently the Chief Customer Experience Officer at FreshDirect, the largest online grocery retailer in North America, where she translated digital first business to an enjoyable in-person experience. At AllSaints, a British fashion retailer, Scarlett was responsible for leading the expansion of the business in North America, Europe, Middle East and Latin America, through reinventing the brand and the instore experience. AllSaints operates over 230 stores in over 27 countries. Scarlett started her career in finance prior to following her passion into consumer retail. She graduated from MIT Sloan with her M.B.A. with a focus on branding and operations strategy and University of Waterloo with her Master of Accounting. When Scarlett is not busy working at the studio, you can find her perusing Architectural Digest for design inspiration for future studios or satisfying her foodie wanderlust at a new destination. 
 
Emily Sauer, Founder & CEO, Ohnut
Emily is a spritely entrepreneur who has always been passionate about creating catalysts that spark human connection. While developing Ohnut (an intimate wearable designed to help women and couples who experience deep dyspareunia) she co-founded the Lady Bits League and co-launched the Sexual Wellness Summit, to connect people and professionals from all over the sexual health world, through education and story. Emily has redefined her life as a proud entrepreneur, maker, community leader, and sexual health advocate.
 
 
Ambreen Molitor, Senior Director, Digital Products Lab, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Ambreen oversees Planned Parenthood's period and birth control tracking app, Spot On, as well as their sex ed chatbot, Roo. She also has over twelve years of front-end development chops + product experience, as well as ten years of volunteer experience working in the five NYC boroughs empowering women and children to take control of their health, finances and job search. Ambreen holds a degree from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Parsons School of Design.
 
This event is sponsored by Verizon.

 

 

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