Lets Talk About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About

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Join us for a conversation with the team from Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) as vehicles of social and economic change. The United Nations has reported that only 43% of girls in developing nations attend secondary school, largely because of poor access to feminine hygiene products during their so-called “week of shame”. Availability of affordable feminine care products could make it easier for them to attend school and work.

SHE partnered with MIT, North Carolina State University, the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and former Kimberly Clark leaders to address this taboo subject with serious yet largely unspoken implications.


Brinda Wiita, 
Chief Operating Officer, Cognifem 
SHE Board of Directors

Brinda is a Neuroendocrinologist with extensive experience in healthcare R&D, technology licensing, and alliance management. Her research is focused on women’s health and behavior, with many publications on hormone therapy, mood, quality of life, osteoporosis, depression, vaginal infections, and libido. She has been a champion of improved diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting women, working with the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Kaiser Foundation, Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research, and the Mayo Clinic.In the pharmaceutical industry, Brinda held management positions in Clinical Research, Medical Affairs, Business Development and Global Strategic Planning at Glaxo SmithKilne, Solvay/ Abbvie, and Johnson and Johnson. She is currently is managing a technical and strategic consulting company, working with biotech startups, and volunteering with global women’s health nonprofit organizations. She still enjoys travel (3.5 million lifetime airline miles), sightseeing, hiking, and cooking.

Melissa Driver Beard Melisa Driver Beard
Executive Director, SHE
As Executive Director, Melissa leads business development, partnerships and strategic planning.  Before SHE, Melissa was the CEO of Engineering World Health and expanded the organization’s biomedical training programming by into East Africa, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America over a period of two years.
Melissa developed her passion for work in the emerging markets as an economics and international studies double major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She then completed her graduate degree in public administration, concentrating in public health.  Melissa is an avid traveler, and has visited 43 countries to date.  Her son has been a constant travel companion and shares her love of the undiscovered.

AWIS_CJC & Sustainable Health Enterprise (SHE) Event Snapshots


The Politics of Promotion

AWIS CJC and Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering are pleased to host a book launch
“Politics of Promotion” by Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., an award winning entrepreneur and Forbes and business insider contributing writer.

The winners of 20th annual AWIS-CJC High School STEM Scholarships will be announced.

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