Virtual Connection Workshops & Speakers

COVID Voices

Throughout the event, you will hear about the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from individuals who are passionate about treating chronic disease patients, addressing health disparities, and supporting patient advocacy groups. We'll also get an update from Shelby who was the long-hauler covid-19 patient featured in our last virtual event.


Jen Branstetter
Vice President of Field Operations, Cullari Communications Global

Jennifer Branstetter brings more than 20 years of experience to driving national and state public affairs campaigns and major policy initiatives, primarily within the healthcare space. Prior to joining Cullari Communications, Jennifer has worked with nonprofits, political campaigns, and state government, including serving as Director of Policy to a former Pennsylvania Governor and Director of Education and Outreach for a former Pennsylvania Attorney General. Cullari Communications Global currently is partnering with both AZ and Pfizer to expose the public opinions surrounding perceptions and concerns with the COVID vaccine, specifically in multicultural communities.


Shelby Hedgecock
Founder & CEO, Blooming Magnolia

Shelby Hedgecock is the founder of her lifestyle brand and reality show called "Not So Rich Not So Famous." She is also an Account Manager for Zentap, an innovative business consulting and software agency, as well as an ambassador for “Iconic Beauty," a women's empowerment brand.

April 20, 2020, Shelby was diagnosed with COVID-19. She was hospitalized in May and almost 5 months later, even as a former personal trainer without any preexisting conditions, she is still dealing with severe complications. She is what you call a “Long Hauler” and throughout her journey of uncertainty, seeking answers, and healing she has locked arms with other survivors, making it a mission to spread awareness on the long term implications of this virus. She has made headlines and appeared on NBC, CNN, Inside Edition, Cuomo Prime Time, Salon, and multiple other media outlets amplifying her voice in this cause. Through her advocacy, she was brought on as Special Advisor to COVIDxNOW, a global network of thought leaders cultivating solutions for COVID-19, which is also an initiative of the Empowering A Billion Women Foundation.

She’s a breath of fresh air sharing her own authentic personal struggles and successes with the world making it a mission to cultivate change and empower others while doing so. Through her transparency and bravery, she’s shaping the hearts of millions.


Kiri Roeseler
Executive Director, Blue Caboose Children's Fund

Kiri is a mother to two boys living with cystic fibrosis which fuels her passion for Blue Caboose Children’s Fund. The mission of Blue Caboose is to ease the financial burden of having a child living with cystic fibrosis while providing emotional support to the family and spreading awareness of the disease. Kiri has been the Executive Director since Nov 2017 and has grown the organization exponentially. Kiri loves getting to be a part of the families lives, speaking to classrooms about CF and creating a sense of community among the caregivers. Before taking over as Executive Director, Kiri was a volunteer with Blue Caboose and helped in planning monthly dinners and events and before that, she was a caregiver who benefitted from the services offered by Blue Caboose. She knows firsthand what this organization means to a caregiver who needs support. Kiri was a CF Mom for 5 years before Blue Caboose came into existence and it is remarkable the change it made in her life to have friends who were dealing with similar circumstances. In her spare ,me, Kiri is a teacher in SPED, a foster mom (to humans and animals), an avid book reader and a baseball mom! Kiri has been with her husband for 17 years this year and is really enjoying the rollercoaster that is life!


Jeffrey M. Rosch, MD

A native of central Pennsylvania, has been in practice since June 1976, providing care to adults and children with asthma, allergy and/or immunological problems. A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, 1968, and Jefferson Medical College, 1972, Dr. Rosch did his internship, residency and allergy/immunology fellowship at Children’s and Presbyterian Hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh, 1976. He is board certified by the Board of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology and the Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Rosch is on the medical staffs of UPMC Altoona, Conemaugh Medical Center and the Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


Dr. Jasmine Ward
Founding Executive Director, Black Ladies in Public Health

Dr. Jasmine Ward currently resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Darryl Ward, four children, Kennedy, Karrington, Kinley, and Darryl Julian III, and host daughter Ruby (from Cucuta, Colombia).

Her educational pursuits include a BA from Tuskegee University (Psychology), an MPH from The University of Alabama at Birmingham – UAB (Health Behavior), and a PhD from UAB and The University of Alabama (Health Education and Promotion). Dr. Ward has also completed certification as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) and public health training through national internships, fellowships, teaching, community practice, and research at leading public health institutions and community organizations across the United States.

Dr. Ward is a public health consultant, educator, social entrepreneur, and speaker, devoted to health equity and social justice. She serves public health in various capacities including as a board member of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), the Black Caucus of Health Workers (the oldest caucus of the American Public Health Association), and the William M. McDonald Ft.Worth YMCA. Dr. Ward also has the honor of serving as a charter member of the Ethics Advisory Commieee for Denton County Public Health department, and a charter member of the External Advisory Committee for the Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP) College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University. Dr. Ward is the founding Executive Director of Black Ladies in Public Health, a resource to all communities and a network of over 15,000 Black Ladies interested in, training, and working in Public Health.

Much of her research is centered in addressing stigma, understanding, and amplifying the voices of marginalized populations across health professions and outcomes. She's also developed and led several innovative health communication and education initiatives that priori@zed cultural competency and humility; community engagement; diversity, inclusion, and belonging; public health entrepreneurship; and efforts to build the pipeline of the public health workforce.

The Path Forward to Leveraging Black Businesses

Get ready to hear from a passionate group of individuals with unique perspectives on an extremely relevant topic: Elevating Black-Owned Businesses. This session includes personal stories from incredible black business owners who are solving important issues and breaking down barriers. We will also hear how supplier diversity leaders outside of healthcare are making big commitments to elevate black businesses through innovative programs. Together, we will discuss how to take action and drive change.

Caretha Coleman

Caretha Coleman
Director, C-Suite Executive, Advisor, Executive Coach, Community Advocate, Volunteer

Getting her start at HewleA Packard, Caretha has spent 40 years in the technology industry working with start-ups and early stage ventures in the areas of organiza0onal strategy development; and executive coaching and effectiveness. She served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Software Publishing Corporation, where her leadership was instrumental in pioneering one of the first successful desktop computer software businesses. At Interval Research, Caretha served as CAO with responsibilities for Finance, HR and Facilities.

Ms. Coleman is Chairman of the board for Dignity Community Care; and is a member of the board of The RealReal. She is an advisor to Illuminate, an early stage VC firm focused on enterprise, cloud and mobile computing, Launch with GS, and Culture Shift; and was a founding member of The Angels Forum.

Her non-profit interests centers on work focused with under represented populations. She chairs the board of The Leverage Network (TLN), is a board member of Accion Opportunity Fund, KIPP Schools in the Bay Area, and a national Board Member of Facing History and Ourselves; and on the advisory board of the Black Economic Alliance. Caretha is co founder of the Black Directors Health Equity Agenda.

An advocate for women and minorities in business, Caretha demonstrates her commitment to mentoring young professionals and entrepreneurs across the country. She has been recognized as one of the Bay Area’s most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times; and Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and was named a Visionary Leader by
the SF Chronicle for her work in diversity. An American Leadership Forum Fellow, Caretha is a recipient of the YMCA’s Red Triangle award, which recognizes the highest level of volunteer. She has been recognized with the Black Enterprise Trailblazer award; and nominated as a Visionary Leader in the Bay Area for her work towards creating a more diverse community inside and outside of the workplace.


Madison Gunter
Director Supplier Diversity/Supplier Sustainability Programs, Salesforce

Madison Gunter III has 20 plus years of experience leading global teams in the areas of supplier diversity, workforce diversity, offsets & countertrade, technical marketing engineering and channel business development.

This year Madison was asked to lead Salesforce’s Supplier Diversity and Supplier Sustainability programs after spending a year consulting. Madison was also a small business owner, Gunter Group Inc., which has had a huge amount of success working with small and medium size businesses.

Madison received his Masters of Business Administration from University of Santa Clara (Leavey School of Business), a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Chico, and is certified as a Telecommunications Engineer from University California, Berkeley.


Kathey Porter
Porter Brown Associates and Author of 50 Billion Dollar Boss and Implementing Supplier Diversity

Kathey is a nationally recognized small business strategist and award winning supplier diversity expert. With a career spanning nearly two decades in marketing, small business development, supplier diversity and entrepreneurship. A sought after subject matter expert, Kathey is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and workshop facilitator at conferences and events focusing on supplier diversity, small business development/entrepreneurship, women's entrepreneurship and empowerment and diversity and inclusion.

An adjunct business instructor, Kathey is an Executive Coach for the Black Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, a national accelerator for black women entrepreneurs at Babson College. As one of the few African American women business authors in the country, she is the author of 50 Billion Dollar Boss, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and Implementing Supplier Diversity. She is working on a third book to be released in 2021.

Kathey is the founder and principal of Porter Brown Associates, a certified veteran-owned, woman-owned, DBE training and professional services consultancy that advises and works with corporations and public entities on how to build inclusive community business ecosystems through supplier diversity programs, inclusive diversity strategies and targeted business accelerators.


Kareem Cook
Founder & Managing Director, Towerview Capital Management

Kareem Cook is a founder and Managing Director at Towerview Capital Management (TCM), a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts of middle-market companies focused on preventative medicine, healthier products, and healthier lifestyles. Having acquired Naturade in 2012, a leading nutraceutical company that sells vitamins and supplements, he has assumed the position of Chief Marketing Officer within the company. Influenced by obesity, diabetes and heart disease in their own families, Kareem and co-owner Claude Tellis have repositioned Naturade to address the diet related illnesses epidemic in underserved communities by providing “Whole Foods quality products to a Walmart consumer.” They have been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Ebony, Black Enterprise and many other publications for the work they are doing to address the health crisis.

Prior to founding TCM, Kareem co-founded Healthy Body Products (HBP), a healthy beverage and snack distribution company based in Los Angeles. HBP was the first company to place vending machines exclusively serving healthy snacks and beverages in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). HBP was instrumental in the banning of junk food in LAUSD and later in banning the sale of junk food in the state of California. Within two years of the company's founding, HBP was awarded the contract to supply all of the high schools and middle schools in Los Angeles, totaling over 130 schools. Kareem and his partner were invited by President Bill Clinton and Governor Mike Huckabee to present to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in Arkansas on HBP's story and best practices.

Kareem earned his BA from Duke University in 1994 and his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2000. He currently serves on the Duke Alumni Association Board of Directors

Procurement in a Post Pandemic Environment

This session will feature a panel of leaders who will discuss the major impacts COVID-19 has had on the healthcare supply chain. More specifically, we will learn about the challenges that come with interruptions, slowdowns and shortage of product. Hear how procurement is assessing supplier risk in this new world. You won’t want to miss it!


Lisa Dolan
Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy, ALOM Technologies Corporation

2019 Supply Chain Pro of the year by Supply Chain & Demand Executive, Lisa Dolan is the Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy at ALOM Technologies Corporation. Ms. Dolan combines extensive manufacturing and supply chain expertise with a deep understanding of technology application — both current and emerging — along with the ability to connect and build trusted relationships with prospective and established customers. Ms. Dolan designs and implements strategic supply chain optimization plans that appreciably reduces risk, costs and improves service and quality levels for the world’s most respected Fortune 100 clients in, medical device and pharmaceutical, automotive, high tech companies, and government agencies.

Ms. Dolan is active in the supply chain professional community. Currently, she serves as the vice president of Marketing with Women in Automotive Technology – Silicon Valley and held past board positions with and chaired the CSCMP San Francisco Roundtable. She represents ALOM as a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Ms. Dolan is an advocate for supplier diversity with an inspired record of activity in women’s diversity organizations such as DA4S, WBENC, WBEC-Pacific, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, AWESOME and WiM (Women in Manufacturing) where she is an inspirational speaker and mentor to many women entrepreneurs. Ms. Dolan is a sought-after speaker and panelist at industry events where she is an advocate and supporter of STEM educational opportunities and programs for girls and women.


Preeti Kaur
Director of Supplier Risk & Sustainability, AbbVie

Preeti Kaur is a Director of Supplier Risk & Sustainability at AbbVie pharmaceuticals. In this role, she oversees AbbVie’s global supplier risk resiliency and sustainability programs. She is responsible for creating supplier risk strategies, including assessments and mitigation plans. Additionally, she will be leading activities in environmental awareness, and the development of purchasing professionals’ and suppliers’ sustainability knowledge.

Before joining AbbVie, Preeti held positions in strategic sourcing in direct and indirect categories, supply chain functions, forecasting, demand planning and inventory management at Allergan, Novartis, Sandoz and CVS.

Preeti is completing her dual degree EMBA program from BROWN University (USA) and IE University (Spain), specializing in Humanities and Entrepreneurship, she is graduating May 2021. In addition, she holds an Executive Certificate in Global Management from INSEAD (France) and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Rutgers University. Preeti currently serves on the Board of Directors as the President of the Institute for Supply Management New Jersey, a non-profit organization.


Tony Pittman
Head of Indirect Procurement, Takeda

Tony joined Takeda in July,2020 as Head of Indirect Procurement. In this role Tony and his team are responsible for developing procurement strategies that help Takeda secure value and efficiency as we strive to deliver for patients. Indirect procurement at Takeda includes five clusters – Digital & Information Technology, HR, Professional Services, Marketing & Travel, and Real Estate. All of these critical clusters allow the company to function efficiently and effectively. Prior to joining Takeda, Tony spent earlier parts of his career in consulting (PWC, KPMG), technology (IBM, HP) and retail (Under Armour). Outside of work he enjoys sports, working on cars, and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.

Tony holds two degrees from Penn State University: a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. While a student-athlete at Penn State, Tony was a starting defensive back for the 1994 National Championship football team, and also a First-Team Academic All-America selection, recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame. Also of note, along with his father, Charlie Pittman, the pair holds the best known record for a father/son combination in major college football (45 wins – 0 losses -1 tie) as starting players. Based on their experiences and this unique record, the pair co-authored a book on leadership in 2007. (“Playing For Paterno” - Published by Triumph Books) Outside of work he enjoys sports, working on cars, and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.


Adrien Villard
Sr. Director R&D Procurement, GSK

Adrien Villard, Sr. Director R&D Procurement for GSK, leads Lab & Regions globally for GSK Vaccines, GSK Pharma and GSK Consumer divisions. Adrien has been at GSK for 9 years in various global and regional Procurement positions overseeing direct and indirect spend categories. Adrien was for 2 years the Procurement Vaccines Diversity champion exploring opportunities for increased collaboration and mutual value generation with a broad range of Diverse vendors. In his current role, Adrien supports several initiatives at GSK on driving innovation and simplifications. Adrien and his team play a key role with GSK Diversity program advocating for GSK Diverse partners to play a more strategic role in the supply base. Adrien earned a master’s degree in International Business.

Barry Krull

Barry Krull
Sr. Director of the Americas, AstraZeneca

Barry is the Senior Director of the Americas at AstraZeneca and a procurement and technology fanatic focused on enabling organizations with timely, relevant and material information to make the best decisions related to their third party spend. He has over two decades experience advising and working within global healthcare organizations optimitizing costs, technology, processes and organization transformations allowing for increased investment in net new revenue generating opportunities. Outside of the office, he focuses on his family, not taking life too seriously and staying as relevant to his communities as possible.

Supplier Case Studies

Learn how BlueCross BlueShield, Amgen have other members have pivoted with a supplier case study in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Latonya Fourte-Lyles
Senior Manager, Corporate Supplier Diversity, Health Care Service Corporation

LaTonya Fourte’-Lyles is a strong proponent of the inclusion and promotion of diversity within the supply chain process. As the Senior Manager of Corporate Supplier Diversity for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), LaTonya champions this effort by maximizing procurement opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and other diverse-owned businesses. The mission of this program entails proactively seeking qualified and competitive suppliers, to partner in creating cost effective and efficient business solutions for HCSC.

Prior to joining HCSC LaTonya worked for a short stint as a public servant for the City of Chicago managing the M/WBE and EEO program commitments for city contracts. Although, LaTonya was afforded a great learning experience working in the public sector most of her experience was obtained in the private sector with AT&T.

LaTonya sits on several boards, many of which are dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in diverse populations. LaTonya also spent more than a decade in the telecommunications industry and it is there were she honed her skills in Project/Program Management, Training and Development, Methods and Procedures Documentation, System Administration and Change Management. During the course of LaTonya’s career she has been presented with many challenging opportunities including relocating to Fort Worth, TX to work on merger and acquisition initiatives directly related to centralizing credit and collections operations across four regions.

LaTonya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Professional Psychology. She also enjoys community service and her passion is training and developing individuals in under privileged populations.


Joe McKnight
Senior Marketing Manager, Amgen


As a senior brand manager with 15 years of experience in the healthcare sales and marketing arena, Joe has worked alongside some of the best leaders in the commercial healthcare industry with the singular goal of bringing medical breakthroughs to patients that will change their lives. Joe is currently overseeing Amgen’s peer-to-peer marketing for the PCSK9 inhibitor, REPATHA®. Prior to today, Joe has spearheaded large and sometimes complex projects for recognizable blockbuster molecules and devices in the congress, digital, CRM, and OnDemand learning marketplaces.


Lauren Reitzel
SVP, Client Services, 2nd Spark

As the client service leader at 2nd Spark, Lauren is recognized for building excepConal client, inter-agency, and partner relaConships that drive brands to exceed their business goals. She has deep experience in designing and execuCng unique customer engagement iniCaCves for pre- launch and launch brands across a spectrum of therapeuCc categories.


Pierre Shuttlesworth
Founder & CEO, Trek World USA

Pierre Shuttlesworth , Founder and CEO of Trek World USA , who is a Chicago Native and Graduate of Chicago State University , started his Trek in life after retirement from professional basketball with an exemplary drive and focus.

Through his result driven leadership with a distinguished career building organizations, developing management teams and significantly improving operational and software integration performance for transportation technology, Mr. Shuttlesworth has pioneered application-based, point-of-sale systems for the taxi industry since 2011 while serving over 100,000+ professional drivers across the country .

After years of a more “Behind the Scenes” approach to software development and integration for transportation, Pierre has taken a more active approach with the utilization of his expertise to develop Trek World USA , an NEMT dispatching and Logistics platform which utilizes the TrekIT Driver & Passenger Mobile App , the first application-based Point- of- Service system to create a unified transportation ecosystem to provide real-time transportation and delivery for all .