Organizational Leadership Series with Dara Richardson-Heron

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Organizational Leadership Series

Thursday, October 14, 2021
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET
Hybrid Event: Zoom or In-Person Uris 326
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As part of the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership, the Organizational Leadership Series will host Dara Richardson-Heron, former chief patient officer of Pfizer, in conversation with Adam Bryant, senior advisor to the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership at Columbia Business School. The discussion will focus on Dara's role at Pfizer during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, her career-long dedication to advocacy through people-first leadership, and her vast experience creating and supporting effective organizational cultures at the YWCA USA, Susan G. Komen, and United Cerebral Palsy Association.

About the Speaker:


Dr. Richardson-Heron is a distinguished, results-oriented, former fortune 100 corporate executive, board director, physician and public speaker with over 25 years of leadership excellence in healthcare, corporate, government and non-profit sectors. A frequent speaker on health equity, clinical trial diversity, vaccine confidence, strategic leadership and women’s empowerment, Dara has a proven track record of successfully driving transformative change. She is well known for her creativity, authenticity, intellectual acumen and unwavering determination to leverage her skills, experience, expertise and passion to make the world a better place.

Dr. Richardson-Heron most recently served as the Chief Patient Officer at Pfizer, Inc., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies where she was responsible for the organization’s global strategy to advance patient-focused programs, health equity and impactful interactions with the organization’s patients in over 180 countries.

Before joining Pfizer, Dr. Richardson-Heron served as the chief engagement officer and scientific executive for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program. There, she served on the NIH executive leadership team and led outreach efforts to enroll and retain over 1 million volunteers in a landmark effort to advance diverse and innovative health research that may lead to more precise treatment and prevention strategies and the elimination of health disparities.

Dr. Richardson-Heron served as CEO of the YWCA USA where she led the 158-year-old organization‘s transformation, mission impact, member services, advocacy, communications, finance, development teams and field directors nationwide. Together with her executive leadership team, she worked to develop and implement innovative, value added solutions and supports for the 25th largest nonprofit in the United States with a network of more than 220 local association members with net assets of nearly $1 Billion offering life-changing community-based services.

Previously, she served as the CEO of the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, national chief medical officer at the United Cerebral Palsy Association, assistant executive director and chief medical officer at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, and special assistant to the CEO and executive medical director at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Dr. Richardson-Heron is a physician by trade and an advocate by choice who is passionate about leveraging her skills, experience and expertise to engage key stakeholders around the world to advance groundbreaking and impactful efforts to make the world a healthier and more equitable place.

Dr. Richardson-Heron holds a doctorate in medicine from New York University School of Medicine and she completed her Internal Medicine Residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in NYC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barnard College and completed Executive Human Resources Leadership and Management training at the University of Michigan.

October 14th, 2021 12:30 PM through  1:15 PM
United States