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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 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.