Christy Turlington Burns to Keynote at WELL Summit 2018
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Christy Turlington Burns was announced late last week as the newest addition to the WELL Summit 2018 lineup. A passionate advocate for global maternal health and the founder and CEO of Every Mother Counts, Christy will bring her inspiring vision to WELL Summit as a Keynote Speaker on Friday, Oct. 5. She’ll be in conversation on the main stage with author and WELL Summit advisor Elisa Camahort Page.
Having endured a childbirth complication herself, Christy was compelled to direct and produce the documentary, No Woman, No Cry, which highlighted maternal health challenges that impact the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Every Mother Counts was launched in 2010 to heighten awareness about our global maternal health crisis. While advocacy remains a key focus, Every Mother Counts has evolved into a 501(c)(3) investing in programs around the world to ensure all women have access to quality maternal healthcare.
In 2015, Every Mother Counts created the documentary film series Giving Birth in America to educate the public and raise awareness of the need to improve maternal health care in our country. The series examines the issues that have contributed to the maternal health crisis in the United States, a country where the number of women dying from complications in pregnancy and childbirth has nearly doubled in the last 25 years, and continues to increase.
To date, four films have been created: Montana, New York, Florida, Louisiana and California will premiere in partnership with CNN this fall—each focusing on women and their healthcare providers in the days leading up to and following childbirth. Together, they navigate challenges that women face as a result of discrimination, poverty, chronic illness, overuse of medical interventions and other issues that affect maternal health outcomes in the US.
Alongside her advocacy, Christy has been recognized as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People (2014) and one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year (2013). In March 2016, Every Mother Counts was named one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Not-For-Profit (2016). But you may also know her from her successful career as a model, which she pursued while continuing her education and pursuing other interests. Christy has also held positions on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors and on the advisory Board of New York University’s Nursing School. She holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and has studied Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Christy’s work across the globe has made her an inspiring role model, demonstrating the impact a passionate individual can have on a worldwide crisis. Join us at WELL Summit 2018 to hear her in person.