This year’s awards luncheon was held at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. We honored Jodie Bernstein and Karen Mulhauser as Foremothers and Dr. Hooman Noorchashm and Dr. Amy Reed as Health Policy Heroes. It was a huge success and a wonderful honor to be able to hear from such inspirational leaders!
Jodie Bernstein is one of our nation’s foremost consumer advocates. As director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), she was the country’s top Cybercop, making the Bureau a model for consumer protection agencies around the world. Her new initiatives involved protecting children and adults who shop online, subprime lending, privacy protection, and fraud prevention. Described in a Washington Post magazine cover story in March as an audacious woman “before audacious was in,” she mentored, nurtured and inspired generations of consumer protection advocates.
Karen Mulhauser has dedicated her life to key progressive causes, and was one of the early leaders of the modern women’s movement. She is Chair of the UN Association of the USA and has been a founding force behind many progressive nonprofit advocacy organizations, including the Women’s Information Network and Public Allies. She served as Executive Director of nonprofit groups dedicated to women’s reproductive rights and against nuclear war, and has been a leader in improving race relations and increasing voter registration. She has provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to scores of women in Washington, DC.
Our 2015 Health Policy Heroes are two physicians who have become the most visible and effective patient advocates in the country: Dr. Amy Reed and Dr. Hooman Noorchashm. Both were Harvard Medical School faculty when Amy was treated for what was assumed to be a benign uterine fibroid. The medical device used to treat her, a power morcellator, pulverized her fibroid, and with it, a hidden cancer. They subsequently learned that Amy’s metastatic uterine cancer was not a “rare complication” of the device, and are working actively to warn patients and doctors, get morcellators off the market, and find a cure for uterine cancer.
We gratefully acknowledge our 2015 sponsors:
The Cooper-Rothenberg Group
at Morgan Stanley
at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Negin Noorchashm Griffith, MD, FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery