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Moms are one of the most powerful forces in our world.

Follow the converation at #MomPlusSocial

They create the future of our society by forming the health, perspective and opportunities for our families, communities and world. And digital media has given mothers everywhere new opportunities to share, learn, advocate and create change for the health, security and opportunities of their families—and for other mothers worldwide.

What matters to them? We asked and Moms answered. Mom+Social will be an extraordinary one-day Summit that culminates The Global Mom Relay. This 60-day online conversation has brought together today’s leading global and local voices as part of a unique social media relay to discuss the importance of strengthening the health of mothers and children around the world. 

At Mom+Social, we will gather to share the top issues that these women and men shared, and the global conversation that ensued. Six key themes we saw trend during the Global Mom Relay will frame a unique dialogue, in person and online: supporting maternal health, both physical and emotional; empowering and inspiring girls; addressing urgent issues that endanger women globally; ensuring maternal and newborn medical care; building strong communities; and uniting moms for change. Mothers want to address these issues for every family and every child.

Together, the reach of social media and the power of motherhood have the potential to change a generation for good. Moms are on the frontlines of what is possible. That’s why they should be at the forefront of the global agenda. That is why you will be part of Mom+Social on May 8.

Mom+Social is a special, one-day gathering focused on motherhood and the role of social media, technology and philanthropy to improve the health of moms and children everywhere. Hundreds of the brightest and most passionate people working to improve child, maternal and reproductive health will gather on May 8, 2013 at 92YTribeca in New York City to share ideas, raise awareness and inspire action. This unique gathering will focus the world’s attention on ways to address some of the greatest health challenges affecting women and children today. Anyone, from anywhere, will be able to participate in the dialogue by tuning into the speeches, discussion and panels via live stream and social media.

To view the speaker bios, click the Program Notes tab.


This event is presented in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson.


Speaker Bios

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Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker is internationally renowned for his photography and has been a creative force for new ideas as well as change in the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment for the past 20 years. Mr. Barker’s work has included commercials, spokesperson roles, books, photographic exhibitions and international editorial assignments. After 17 seasons as the judge on the hit show, "America’s Next Top Model," Barker is now the host on the Oxygen Network’s "The Face," alongside Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha, which premiered February 2013. Mr. Barker‘s creative work has highlighted some of our world’s most pressing issues with documentaries such as Dreams Are Not Forgotten, which he directed and produced, earning the Film Heals award from the Manhattan Film Festival. Nigel published his first and much anticipated book, Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation, in 2010. As well as being an ambassador for the UN Foundation's Girl Up initiative he is a spokesperson and Ambassador for the Make A Wish Foundation, The Humane Society Of the United States, Do Something Organization, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

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Dr. Richard Besser, M.D.

Dr. Richard Besser, M.D., is ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor. In this role, he provides medical analysis and commentary for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” In 2011, he led ABC’s global health coverage, “Be the Change: Save a Life,” reporting on health issues from seven different countries. Dr. Besser came to ABC News in 2009 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served as Acting Director. While in this position, he led the CDC’s response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak. Previously he was the director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.

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Michelle Byrd

Michelle Byrd is Co-President of Games for Change, an organization that catalyzes social impact through digital games. G4C serves as a convener (10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival June 17-19), executive producer (the games of Half the Sky Movement, based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's best seller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide) and curator (100+ "games for change" showcased on its site). As Co-President Michelle produces the Annual Games for Change Festival and oversees many of its institutional partnerships, including collaborations with cultural and learning institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, Tribeca Film Institute and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Prior to G4C, Michelle served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, the oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers in the US. She is a recipient of Mayor Bloomberg’s “Made in New York” Career Achievement Award for Film and Television.

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Kathy Calvin

Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors. Kathy was named CEO by the UN Foundation Board in 2009 and President in 2013. In those roles, she leads one of the most innovative organizations advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships. Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners. The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. As a public charity with many partners, the UN Foundation's work is focused on decreasing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a clean energy future, using mobile technology for development and improving U.S.-UN relations.

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Asha Curran

Asha Curran is the Director for the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, which scales 92Y’s wide-ranging programming for a global, digital audience. She is also a certified childbirth and parenting educator and labor support professional.

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Sharon Kathryn D'Agostino

Sharon Kathryn D'Agostino was appointed Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson in April, 2012. In this role, she drives the company’s Citizenship & Sustainability strategy. Since 2006 Sharon has also led the Worldwide Corporate Contributions Group in guiding the Johnson & Johnson strategic giving priorities. With a mission of making life-changing, long-term differences in human health, their initiatives are focused on: saving and improving the lives of women and children; preventing disease in vulnerable populations; and strengthening the healthcare workforce. The team was instrumental in developing the Johnson & Johnson five-year commitment to the United Nations Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Campaign. Since joining Johnson & Johnson in 1989, Sharon held leadership positions of increasing responsibility for several U.S. consumer businesses before becoming a Global President in 2002. Sharon is one of two Private Sector representatives on the Board of The World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Her personal passion is to help ensure that the voices of girls, women and children everywhere are heard and their stories are told. As a global health advocate, Sharon is a prolific blogger about issues that impact the survival, health and empowerment of girls and women.

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Elizabeth Gore

Elizabeth Gore is the first ever Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation, bringing innovation into the United Nations and chairing the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Ms. Gore previously served as Vice President of Global Partnerships at the UN Foundation, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up and the Shot@Life global vaccines campaign.

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Rebeca Grynspan

Rebeca Grynspan was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator effective 1 February, 2010. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Grynspan was elected Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. She also served as Housing Minister, Coordinating Minister of Economy, Coordinating Minister of Social Affairs and Vice-Minister of Finance. Ms. Grynspan is a strong and consistent advocate for human development. She has helped focus global attention on the need to reduce inequality, build social cohesion, empower women and achieve the world’s Millennium Development Goals. Her many contributions include spearheading the design and implementation of Costa Rica‘s National Plan Against Poverty and initiating Human Development Reports for Latin America and Caribbean which broke new ground in highlighting the inter-generational transmission of inequality.

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Gene Gurkoff

Gene Gurkoff is the founder of Charity Miles, a free iPhone/Android app that enables people to earn money for charity while walking, running or biking. Gene is a former attorney and also the founder of Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has raised over $20 million for Parkinson's research since 2005. Gene has personally run 38 marathons and 6 Ironman triathlons to raise money for Parkinson's research in honor of his grandfather who has the disease.

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Dr. Harvey Karp

Dr. Harvey Karp is the best-selling author of the Happiest Baby on the Block series of books, which have been translated into over 20 languages. Happiest Baby classes are taught by thousands of specially trained educators. Dr. Karp is a nationally renowned pediatrician, child development specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine.

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Maz Kessler

Maz Kessler is Catapult's Founder and Creative Director. Maz started her creative journey at 17 as a songwriter and musician in New York's downtown music scene, writing and producing for a range of artists including Madonna, Sheena Easton, Hall & Oates, Malcolm McClaren and many others. In the '90s, Maz joined Microsoft's emerging Social Interface Group. She went on to found FunArts Software which helped pioneer socially intelligent and voice interfaces for such brands as Microsoft, BMW, Schwab, Bandai Entertainment and General Magic. In 2002 Maz co-founded Keep a Child Alive, an HIV/AIDS foundation delivering care and treatment for children and families. She then joined Advocacy International as Senior Creative Director, working with the economist and campaigner Ann Pettifor. Maz then joined Women Deliver, and together with Women Deliver's President Jill Sheffield she designed and built Catapult to help address the need for increased funding, citizen engagement and coalition-building across a strong, multi-generational girls and women¹s movement.

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Cindi Leive

Cindi Leive is the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine and, which together reach more than 17 million readers each month.

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Jennifer Lopez

Actress, Music Artist & Co-Founder of the Lopez Family Foundation.

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Lynda Lopez

Journalist & Co-Founder of the Lopez Family Foundation.

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LaShaun Martin

LaShaun Martin is National Director of Social Media and Community Service for Mocha Moms, Inc. a national 501(c)(3) support group for stay-at-home mothers of color. LaShaun currently works to manage and promote community service programs for the organization to include teen mentoring, Boys Booked on Barbershops literacy program, America’s Promise, MomsRising, Moms Clean Air Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Education. She is a frequent guest of the White House for events focused on women and girls including tea with First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Dr. Patricia Mechael

Dr. Patricia Mechael is the Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, which is hosted by the United Nations Foundation. Patty has been actively involved in global health for 15 years with field experience in over 30 countries, primarily in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She has worked with a broad range of institutions on research, program design and implementation, strategic planning and policy development for mHealth and eHealth initiatives, as well as reproductive health and women’s health and rights. Patty has a Masters in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene and a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she specifically examined the role of mobile phones in relation to health in Egypt. Prior to joining the mHealth Alliance, she was Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health and Development at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute. She is also faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute, Columbia University.

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Carolyn S. Miles

Carolyn S. Miles is President & Chief Executive Officer for Save the Children. Save the Children is the leading independent organization inspiring breakthroughs in how the world treats children, achieving immediate and lasting change in their lives. Annually, it serves more than 85 million children in the United States and 120 countries around the world.

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Radha Muthiah

Radha Muthiah is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which was launched in 2010 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and is housed at the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean cookstoves and fuels.

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Joy Phumaphi

Joy Phumaphi is the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA). During her tenure, ALMA has grown to include 39 heads of state, pioneered innovative financing for malaria drugs and commodities and led the development and implementation of an accountability mechanism that regularly updates the heads of state on progress towards the malaria goals. Joy is a distinguished African American Institute Fellow and has been Commissioner in the UN Secretary-General’s Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. She held the position of Vice President & Head of the Human Development Network at the World Bank until the end of 2009.

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Ines Renique

Ines Renique attends Notre Dame School, in New York, N.Y., where she is a senior. She is a 2012-2013 Girl Up Teen Advisor, has a Club at her school and is a key member of Girl Up’s New York Regional Coalition, which connects Clubs from all five burroughs of New York City. She is Peruvian and has had the change to travel back to Peru and see the challenge poverty presents to adolescent girls just like her. Through such experiences and her work with Girl Up, she believes in the potential of all girls around the world and is driven to do what’s in her own capacity to help girls reach their full potential.

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Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Our Andromeda, which is a finalist for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and elsewhere. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and  Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers University at Newark.

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Harry Smith

Harry Smith was named Correspondent, "Rock Center with Brian Williams" in July 2011. One of television’s most distinguished journalists, Smith has been a news anchor for more than 30 years. Before joining NBC News, he hosted the CBS News morning shows "The Early Show" and its predecessor "CBS This Morning" for 17 years. Smith served as a senior correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchors for the "CBS Evening News," "Face the Nation" and "CBS News Sunday Morning." He also hosted the A&E series "Biography." Smith began his broadcasting career at Denver radio stations KHOW and KIMN and Cincinnati radio station WLW (1973–81). From 1981-82, he worked for Denver's public television station, KRMA-TV. From 1982-85, he served as a reporter and anchor for KMGH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver. In 1986, Smith joined CBS News as a reporter and was named a correspondent in 1987. He received his B.A. degree in Communications and Theater from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Smith lives in New York City with his wife, sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and their two sons.

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Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek

Wife of the United Nations Secretary-General.

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Christy Turlington Burns

Christy Turlington Burns is a global maternal health advocate and founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. In 2010, Christy directed and produced No Woman, No Cry, a documentary film about the global state of maternal health. She has been a long time health and well-being activist focusing on smoking prevention and cessation and yoga. Christy authored Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice (Hyperion 2002). She is also the founder of two wellness lifestyle brands; Sundãri, an Ayurvedic skincare line and nuala, a yoga inspired apparel and accessories line.

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Julie Zeilinger

Julie Zeilinger is the founder and editor of, a feminist blog and community for young adults. The FBomb is based on submissions and posts articles written by teenage and college-aged feminists from all over the world about anything from pop-culture and self-image to politics and social justice. Julie and the FBomb have been featured in media outlets such as Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Forbes, More Magazine and Women's Day amongst others. She is a member of the Barnard College class of 2015 and her book about the next generation of feminism, entitled A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word was published in May of 2012 by Seal Press.

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