She Opened the Door to Health: Empowering Women to Lead Healthy Lives

Keynote Speakers 

Opening Keynote

Delphine O'Rourke '01LAW
Lead Partner - FemTech Fund III, Portfolia 

Delphine Park O’Rourke, Esq. is on a mission to advance innovation in health, with a particular focus on women, because she believes that we have suffered and died unnecessarily for too long. She is a globally recognized leader in women’s health and wellness who leverages multiple platforms, experience, and expertise to drive meaningful change. Delphine is active as a strategic executive, health law expert, venture capital investor, and board member. She is a sought-after speaker and committed to helping untangle the healthcare system, the complicated laws and regulations that frame healthcare delivery,
as well as the constantly changing policy initiatives.

Delphine advises a broad range of clients whose businesses intersect with laws and regulations that impact healthcare delivery and innovation – Fortune 500 companies, institutional investors, employers, health systems, entrepreneurs. She is considered the leading attorney to the women’s health industry and previously built the first global legal practice dedicated to the women's health industry as a partner with Goodwin. Prior to returning to private practice, Delphine served as Associate General Counsel of the healthcare giant, Ascension, where she gained a deep understanding of the healthcare
industry as well as the most challenging legal and policy issues facing the healthcare sector.

Of recent note, Delphine has consistently been named Best Lawyers in America for Health Law, including recently for 2023, was nominated by The Financial Times for its 2023 award for the most innovative lawyer and the most innovative legal practice, and recognized as among the most influential leaders in women’s health by WoW. 

In addition to her legal practice, Delphine is a lead partner in Portfolia, the leading venture investing platform designed for women where she focuses on investments in femtech. Beyond Portfolia, Delphine works with health sector clients to drive investment in innovative solutions to health issues faced by women and in companies at the intersection of health and work. She serves on a number of advisory boards of women’s health companies such as e-Lovu, MDisrupt, Everviolet, Flourish, and Beyond Basics Innovation.

Delphine teaches at Columbia Law School on topics relating to the business of healthcare and the law and just taught a new ground-breaking course entitled “Health Law & Reproductive Justice After Dobbs”. She serves on the Board of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association.

Delphine earned her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School where she was also a Harlan Stone Fiske Scholar, and her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, cum laude, from Georgetown University, and clerked for the United States District in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Closing Keynote: Women Are Not Small Men

    Kristin Myers, PhD 
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
    Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Kristin is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York. Her current obstetrics research is done in tight collaboration with       the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Kristin is an international leader in Women’s Health Engineering, a rapidly expanding field applying research and biotechnology development to improve women's lives. Her work utilizes experimental, theoretical, and computational biomechanics to calculate and study the physiology of pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Her work aims to uncover the structural antecedents of preterm birth to design and invent new diagnostic and therapeutic clinical tools. She received her Mechanical Engineering doctorate and masters degree from MIT and her bachelors degree from the University of Michigan. In 2019 Kristin was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House for her work in understanding tissue growth and remodeling in pregnancy.


    Christine Yu '99CC
    Author and Freelance Journalist,
    Up to Speed: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes from Riverhead Books

Christine Yu is a New York-based, life-long athlete and award-winning journalist who writes about sports, science, and health. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Outside, Time, and other publications. Her interest in the intersection between sports science and women athletes led her to her first book Up to Speed: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes, which disentangles myth and gender bias from real science in order to address the huge research data gap in supporting women athletes to excel at every stage of life.

    Danielle Friedman '09JRN
    Author and Journalist,
    Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World

Danielle Friedman is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to The New York Times' Well section, where she has written about everything from the joys of being a slow runner, to the importance of pelvic floor conditioning. She is also the author of Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World, which was selected as a New Yorker and Amazon Best Book of 2022. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two young sons. 

Featured Panelists 

Longevity: Planning for a Healthy Lifespan

Linda P. Fried, MD
Dean, Mailman School of Public Health 
Director, Robert N Butler Columbia Aging Center

Dr. Fried has served as Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health since 2008, and since 2021 has also served as the Director of the university-wide Butler Columbia Aging Center.   

A geriatrician and epidemiologist, Dean Fried has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging, particularly the science of prevention of frailty, disability, and cardiovascular disease. She has led the scientific discoveries as to the definition, biology and causes of the syndrome of frailty, and the design, implementation and evaluation of Experience Corps, an innovative senior volunteering program to improve academic success of children in public elementary schools while improving the health of the volunteers. Dr. Fried has proposed that the creation of healthy longevity coupled with new societal institutions and policies to enable engagement in communities by older adults could transform the potential of our longer lives into a Third Demographic Dividend where all ages and societies flourish. 

Under her leadership as dean, Columbia Mailman has developed significant new dimensions of public health science and education, from healthy longevity to the health impacts of climate change, with the School being a leader in innovation in public health education in the United States.   

Prior to becoming Dean in 2008, Dr. Fried was the Director of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and of the Center on Aging and Health at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  She is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine, served two terms on NAM Executive Council, and is past President of the Association of American Physicians and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her numerous honors and awards include the French INSERM International Prize in Medical Research in 2017 and the 2022 Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians. In 2022, Dr. Fried was named one of Crains New York Business’s Notable Health Care Leaders and a PoliticsNY Power Player in Health Care.  In 2023 she was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France and received the NAM Rall Medal for her leadership of the report: Global Roadmap for Health Longevity.
Nour Makarem, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Nour Makarem, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. As a cardiovascular epidemiologist, Dr. Makarem’s NIH-funded research program has focused on cardiovascular disease prevention through lifestyle change and promotion of cardiovascular health. Her work has demonstrated the key role of sleep and circadian rhythms in health preservation and has informed the inclusion of sleep as the eighth metric of heart health in the American Heart Association’s Life’s Essential 8 guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention. She currently leads several clinical trials that evaluate pragmatic culturally responsive approaches for improving health behaviors, focusing on sleep, to promote heart health and healthy longevity. She is also funded by Columbia World Projects and the American Heart Association to study the expansion of “Food is Medicine” initiatives for advancing cardiovascular health equity. Dr. Makarem is the recipient of several awards from the American Heart Association for her research on lifestyle and healthy longevity and cardiovascular disease in women.

Risa Starr ’20PH, ’92BUS
Executive Director of the Longevity Biotechnology Association and The Academy for Health and Lifespan Research

Risa Starr is the Executive Director of the Longevity Biotechnology Association and The Academy for Health and Lifespan Research. She has a background in technology marketing and sales at Apple Computer and IBM. She also worked to help launch a cytokine development unit at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals and to grow and develop the Migraine Research Foundation. She was a member of the NYC Test and Trace Team, developing policy, resources, and strategic plans to combat COVID-19 in NYC. Risa holds a BS from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and MPH from Columbia University and is based in New York City. 


Optimizing reproductive health, preserving fertility, and planning for a family

Chetna Arora, MD

Co- Founder & Director, That Desi Psychologist| M.Sc Clinical Psychology

Chetna received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then completed her Ob/Gyn residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She then completed a three-year minimally invasive gynecologic surgery fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Arora is a specialist in complex benign gynecologic surgery for the treatment of uterine fibroids, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian pathology, and fertility surgery. Her AAGL-accredited fellowship provided Dr. Arora with the specialized training and expertise in the fields of advanced robotics, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Dr. Arora's primary goals are minimally-invasive approaches with a thoughtful focus on patient-centered care thus allowing the patient a quicker recovery, improved cosmesis, and greater patient satisfaction.

Paula Brady, MD, '11VPS
MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist, Director of Oncofertility, Columbia University Fertility Center

Paula Brady, MD, '11VP&S, earned her medical degree from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital. Is an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN, Director of the Oncofertility Program at Columbia University Fertility Center - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).

Dr. Brady has published extensively on assisted reproduction and early pregnancy, presenting her findings at national and international conferences. While still a fellow, she authored a textbook, "Handbook of Consult and Inpatient Gynecology" (Springer, 2016). Dr. Brady is deeply committed to personalized fertility assessment and treatment for her patients, and has special interest in fertility preservation, ovarian reserve testing, diminished ovarian reserve, ovulatory disorders, and IVF. Dr. Brady is also Director of the Oncofertility Program at Columbia University Fertility Center, with expertise in fertility preservation and oocyte and embryo cryopreservation for patients with cancer diagnoses, as well as fertility evaluation and treatment for men and women after cancer.


Catherine Monk, PhD, ’86BC
Diana Vagelos Professor of Women’s Mental Health in OB/GYN, and of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at CUIMC

Catherine Monk, PhD, is the inaugural Diana Vagelos Professor of Women’s Mental Health and Chief, the Division of Women’s Mental Health, in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) and Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Monk directs Women’s Mental Health @Ob/Gyn (, a 11-person embedded service within Ob/Gyn. Dr. Monk’s research, at the PerinatalPathways lab (, brings together the fields of developmental psychopathology, developmental psychobiology, developmental neuroscience, and perinatal mental health to focus on the earliest influences on children’s developmental trajectories—those that happen in utero—and how to intervene early to help pregnant women and prevent mental health problems in the next generation. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) since her NIH Career Development award in 2000 as well as by numerous foundations including the Bezos Family Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, March of Dimes, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.


Hope Yates, JD, MPH, ’14PH
Founding member of MAVEN and Chief Strategy Officer Department of OB/GYN

Hope Yates, JD, MPH, '14MSPH serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Women's Health in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this role, she oversees communications, access, patient experience, and quality initiatives, along with many of the department's fundraising, health equity, and innovation projects. She has worked across the medical center, with NewYork-Presbyterian, and with stakeholders across the city and country on efforts to improve women's health. Beginning her career as an intellectual property lawyer at Skadden, Hope pivoted to the field of women's health through her pursuit of a master's degree at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and launching Maven Clinic where she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships on the founding team. Hope is passionate about the intersection of public health and medicine and the opportunity to drive societal change by improving the health and lives of women.


Reproductive Health Justice and Health Equity 

Katherine Brewster '71BC, '78BUS
President, BC Voices

Katherine Brewster, a member of the Barnard Class of 1971 and 1978 MBA graduate of Columbia Business School, is an entrepreneur and founder of a somatic healing and wellness practice. As President of the non-profit BC Voices, Inc. for the past 12 years, she has been the executive producer of short documentaries illuminating the unprecedented lives lived by women who came of age during the tumultuous late 1960s/early 1970s and rode the wave of 2nd Wave Feminism to break barriers and forge new paths for themselves and future generations of women. The latest is an online documentary series, Stand UP, Speak OUT: The Personal Politics of Women’s Rights, telling the story of the dramatic change in women's lives over the past 50 years, empowered by the mid-20th century expansion in women’s legal rights, and, what’s at risk, today. In late 2023, BC Voices released its award-winning third episode of the Stand UP, Speak OUT Docuseries about Reproductive Rights. Through a historical narrative and conversations among racially diverse women spanning multiple generations, Stand UP, Speak OUT: Reproductive Rights reveals, in women’s personal lives during the past 200+ years and today, the benefits of having and the negative consequences of not having reproductive rights.


Julia Iyasere, MD, ’08BUS, ’08VPS
Senior Vice President for Health Justice and Equity & Executive Director of the NYP DalioCenter for Health Justice.

Julia Iyasere, M.D., is Senior Vice President for Health Justice and Equity at NYP, & Executive Director ofthe NewYork-Presbyterian Dalio Center for Health Justice. In this role, she helps shape NYP’scommitment to health justice within all aspects of patient care. Dr. Iyasere also works in closecollaboration with NYP’s Chief Academic Officer to consider the advancement of health justice at everystep in the design and implementation of NYP’s care model.

Dr. Iyasere provides leadership, strategic vision and day-to-day management of the NYP Dalio Center’smultifaceted efforts to address longstanding health disparities due to race, socio-economic differences,limited access to care, and other complex factors that disproportionately impact many communities thatNYP serves. Established in 2020, the Dalio Center works collaboratively with representatives from NYP,Weill Cornell Medicine, and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons to be a leader in theunderstanding and improving of health equity, and to drive action that results in measurableimprovements in health outcomes for all.

Dr. Iyasere brings more than a decade of experience in medicine to her role. She was previously theAssociate Chief Medical Officer for Service Lines and the Co-Director of the Care Team Office. She wasalso Director of the Leadership Education and Development for Physicians (LEAD) Academy, AssociateDesignated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education at NYPH, and the Associate ProgramDirector of the Columbia Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. An Assistant Professor ofMedicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Dr. Iyasere continues to see patients as aninternist in the Section for Hospital Medicine.

Jae Sevelius, PhD
Professor of Medical Psychology, CUIMC

Dr. Sevelius (they/them) is a clinical psychologist, behavioral health researcher, and intervention scientist leading an extensive portfolio of NIH-funded studies engaging transgender and gender-expansive individuals and communities. Dr. Sevelius developed the Model of Gender Affirmation, the first trans-specific conceptual model that aims to elucidate the role of gender affirmation on health-related behaviors and outcomes.

To date, Dr. Sevelius' research has focused on developing, testing, and disseminating peer-led interventions to promote sexual health and resilience among transgender people. These community-based HIV prevention and treatment programs focus primarily on serving transgender women of color in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and in São Paulo, Brazil.  Most recently, Dr. Sevelius’ research and clinical work has expanded to include psychedelic-assisted therapies for identity-based trauma.

Dr. Sevelius is also a dedicated mentor of early-stage investigators, with a focus on those with backgrounds and identities that are under-represented in academic medicine. They are a passionate advocate for transforming academic institutions to create environments where diversity is truly celebrated, equity is non-negotiable, and inclusion follows naturally from a culture of belonging.


Exploring Well-being at Every Stage

Tia Dole, PhD, '02TC
Chief 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Officer, Vibrant Emotional Health

Tia Dole, Ph.D., is the Chief 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Officer at Vibrant Emotional Health. Dr. Dole is a licensed clinical psychologist and a long-time advocate for the rights of those with intersectional identity. Prior to stepping into the role of Chief 988 Officer, Dr. Dole was the Executive Director of The Steve Fund, the nation’s only organization focused on the mental health and emotional well-being for young people of color. Additionally, Dr. Dole was the Chief Clinical Operations Officer at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. Dr. Dole oversaw all of The Trevor Project’s crisis services programs as well as their volunteer community and increased their impact by a factor of four.

After completing her bachelor’s degree at Carleton College, Dr. Dole received her Master’s degree in Developmental Psychopathology from Columbia University (Teacher’s College), and she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Forensic Psychology in Switzerland. She then completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Fordham University. Dr. Dole is a published author and sits on several committees. One of her passions is normalizing mental health conditions within communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and helping people get access to services. She is based in New York/New Jersey.

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing

Mary O’Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing

Senior Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Lorraine Quinn Frazier is dean of Columbia University School of Nursing and Mary O. Mundinger Professor of Nursing since 2018.  An academic leader whose career has spanned appointments at both public and private universities, she has focused on developing nursing faculties whose research, teaching and practice combine academic excellence with a keen sense of social responsibility. A critical emphasis has been advancing multi-disciplinary approaches that yield the best possible healthcare for all individuals, while addressing the specific needs of underserved communities in urban areas of different size and composition. Since assuming the deanship in New York, she has committed Columbia Nursing to further integrating social justice and health equity principles into all aspects of the school’s curricular, clinical and research programs as well as expanding community engagement.

An accomplished cardiovascular and genetics researcher, Dr. Frazier is regarded as a pioneer in developing and promoting state-of-the-art translational research programs. She also is a national expert in biobanking, the emerging science of collecting, storing, and sharing blood and tissue samples for the purpose of advancing medical research and providing access to genetic information.  She serves on the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board of Directors and the Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Advisory Board. 

Dr. Frazier is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She completed her PhD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in 2000. Dr. Frazier has served as dean of both the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and UTHealth's Cizik School of Nursing. 


Judith Joseph, M.D. '07BUS, '07VPS
Chair, Women in Medicine at Columbia University VPS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Langone, and, Principal Investigator, Manhattan Behavioral Medicine

Judith Joseph, M.D., M.B.A., is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Dr. Judith is Chair of The Women in Medicine Initiative for Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Judith is a clinical assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. She has conducted several clinical research studies in pediatric, adult, geriatric, and women’s mental health as the Principal Investigator of her research lab, Manhattan Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Judith developed the T.I.E.S. method to address mental health symptoms in menopause. She is on the medical advisory board of Let’s Talk Menopause, a national non-profit organization which recently advocated in December 2023 for the Menopause Research and Equity Act in the US Congress alongside Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. Dr. Judith is conducting the first of its kind research study in High Functioning Depression in her laboratories and will publish a book on High Functioning Depression with Little Brown Spark in 2025.

Dr. Judith recently received a Congressional Proclamation from the US House of Representatives for her social media advocacy and research in mental health. Dr. Judith is an expert on various media platforms and has made national television appearances on Oprah Daily’s The Life YouWant Series, Good Morning America, The Wendy Williams Show, Investigation Discovery, Today Show, and CBS News. She is a medical consultant for Apple TV where she was in the writer’s room for The Crowded Room series. She recently received a 2020 Share Care Award for her MedCircle series on PTSD and won a second Share Care Award in 2023 for a Good Morning America piece on ADHD. Dr. Judith teaches medical media courses to physicians and medical students at Columbia University and New York University.

Dr. Judith received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, cum laude, from Duke University, her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and her business degree from Columbia Business School. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Columbia University, and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center. She lives in New York City with her family.

Networking Lunch Participants 

  • Delphine O'Rourke ’01LAW
  • Risa Starr ’20PH, ’92BUS
  • Nour Makarem, PhD
  • Chetna Arora, MD
  • Paula Brady, MD, ’11VPS
  • Catherine Monk, PhD, ’86BC
  • Hope Yates, JD, MPH, ’14PH
  • Jae Sevelius, PhD
  • Katherine Brewster ’71BC, ’78BUS
  • Tia Dole, PhD, '02TC
  • Judith Joseph, MD,  ’07BUS, ’07VPS
  • Christine Yu ’99CC
  • Kristin Myers, PhD
  • Michelle Mirsky, DDS, ’77DM, P: ’17DM
  • Stephanie Dumanian, DDS, ’11DM



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