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Women We’re Watching: Meet the Women Being Honored at WELL Summit

Our inside the WELL Summit series brings you exclusive content from our Summit sponsors. This series also includes content from WELL Summit speakers and what you can look forward to if you attend the event.

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WELL Insiders routinely recognizes women who are changing the industries they work in, with the goal of impacting the world in our Women We’re Watching series. But at WELL Summit on October 18, we’re honoring a few changemakers in the ever-expanding wellness industry in a new way: By introducing them to you in person. Unique vision, tireless passion and true grit make these women worth watching… and celebrating. Meet our honorees and then join us to learn from them in Brooklyn.

Molly Hayward, Founder of Cora

Molly Hayward is the visionary founder of Cora, the modern women’s wellness brand whose mission is to revolutionize the female experience by acknowledging the power of female bodies and providing healthy, thoughtful ways to care for them. Cora creates fearless content and innovative products through an elevated brand to shift the way women perceive and manage their periods, bladder leaks, and other natural experiences. Molly was the first entrepreneur in the menstrual care and women’s wellness space to establish a modern, pro-social brand, presenting the issues of healthier products and women’s global social justice to the mainstream female consumer.

Naa-Sakle Akuete, Founder of Eu’Genia Shea

After attending Wellesley College ‘08 (with a stint at the London School of Economics), Naa-Sakle worked in finance where her position entailed communicating strategic opinions into succinct investment decisions. The majority of the companies in her purview produced consumer products. In 2012, Naa-Sakle matriculated to Harvard Business School where she continued her focus on consumer goods, as well as manufacturing, social enterprises and family-run businesses. After graduation in 2014, she returned to finance where she served at J.P. Morgan as a U.S. Equity Analyst in the airline space before deciding to leave and jump into the agri space full-time with the founding of Naasakle International, and delve into skincare with the launch of Eu’Genia Shea.

Joanne Schneider, Co-Founder of Kindbody

Joanne Schneider is the co-founder and head of Product at Kindbody, a women’s health and fertility company reinventing the women’s healthcare experience through technology, clinical excellence, and accessibility. Joanne is a proven leader of new product development, growing product and engineering teams, and designing new health tech experiences. Prior to Kindbody, Joanne led product teams at Flatiron Health, recently acquired by Roche for $2B. Previously, she worked at Google and Bridgewater, and she was also the founder of a medical tourism company, Nightingale. Joanne received a BA from Dartmouth College.

Kathryn Dickinson, Founder of AILLEA

Kathryn Dickinson has worked with some of the most successful beauty and fashion brands in the world. Driven to clean beauty out of necessity when she developed severe allergies herself later in life, she was shocked to find the amount of green washing and poor performing products in the beauty industry. Realizing she needed to become the industry expert in safe ingredients with effective and high performing products, Dickinson has now spent years doing extensive research on ingredients, regulations and brands. After thorough vetting, Dickinson finally found products that met her lofty standards on all fronts and started AILLEA, now considered the gold standard of curated clean beauty.

Want to learn from these women (and other wellness luminaries) in person? Join us at WELL Summit 2019 in Brooklyn on October 18 and 19.

About The Author

Nicolle Mackinnon

Nicolle Mackinnon

Stemming from her personal journey to treat her celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Nicolle serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands' blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. Follow her journey on Instagram and connect with her via nicollemackinnon.com.

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