RED DOOR AWARDS FOR LEADERSHIP
Laura Shawver, Ph.D.
Former President & CEO, Synthorx, Inc.
Founder, The Clearity Foundation
Dr. Shawver views the C-suite from the perspective of a scientist, surfer and survivor. Her love of cool science guides the selection of companies she joins, her surfing experiences taught that big rides come along with wipe outs, and her ovarian cancer journey increased her urgency to bring new therapies to patients faster.
Currently serving on the Board of Relay Therapeutics and Cleave Therapeutics (Chair), she recently was President and CEO of Synthorx, Inc from late 2017 through its acquisition by Sanofi in January 2020. Prior to Synthorx, Dr. Shawver was CEO of Cleave Biosciences from 2011-2017. Previously, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence for 5AM Ventures from 2010 – 2011, CEO and Director of Phenomix from 2002 – 2010 and President of SUGEN Inc. from 2000 after holding various positions since 1992. Prior to SUGEN, she was employed at Berlex Biosciences, formerly known as Triton Biosciences. Dr. Shawver is the Founder of The Clearity Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping women with ovarian cancer improve their treatment options. Shawver received her PhD in Pharmacology and a BS degree in Microbiology, both from the University of Iowa.
Lt. General (ret) Nadja West
The 44th Army Surgeon General
Former CG, Army Medical Command
Lieutenant General (ret) Nadja West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of US Army Medical Command (USAMEDCOM). In 2015 West became the first African American woman 3-star General in the Army’s history, and is currently the highest-ranking woman to ever graduate from West Point.
A graduate of George Washington School of Medicine, West completed residencies in Family Medicine and Dermatology, and has held various clinical, operational and leadership positions throughout her 30+ year career as a Soldier.
In her last Army assignment, West managed an $11 billion budget and led an organization consisting of more than 130,000 healthcare professionals comprised of Active, Guard and Reserve soldiers, civilians, contractors and volunteers. She was responsible for medical centers, community hospitals and clinics; dental, veterinary and public health facilities; research, education and training platforms; and deployed medical formations around the globe, supporting over 4 million people. In her role as SG, West was the senior medical advisor to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army. During her tenure, she led the AMEDD through the most comprehensive transformation that military medicine has seen in over three decades.
West is currently a Hauser Leader at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, serves on the boards of directors for Nucor Corporation, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. She is also a trustee of the National Recreation Foundation, dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation as a positive force in improving the quality of life of youth.
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D.
Chief Patient Officer
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron is a physician by trade and an advocate by choice, who is passionate about leveraging her skills, experience, and expertise to reduce healthcare disparities.
As Pfizer’s chief patient officer, Dr. Richardson-Heron leads Pfizer’s work to advance patient-focused programs and platforms. Her commitment to seek patients’ voices and input helps Pfizer to better respond to patients’ and communities’ needs, with the goal of helping people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
Before joining Pfizer in 2020, 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 1 million or more volunteers in a landmark effort to advance innovative health research that may lead to more precise treatment and prevention strategies.
Prior to the NIH, she served as chief executive officer at YWCA USA, chief executive officer 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 holds a doctorate in medicine from New York University’s School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barnard College.
Anchor & Correspondent
Fox Business Network
Gerri Willis is currently covering the New York Stock Exchange for Fox Business. She is the author of “Rich is Not a Four-Letter Word,” published by Crown Forum in 2016. She is recovering from a hysterectomy after a Pap smear found pre cancer cells on her cervix caused by HPV 18. Willis was diagnosed with stage three lobular breast cancer in April 2016, and was successfully treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Prior to joining FBN, Willis served as the personal finance editor for CNN and hosted the weekly half-hour program entitled “Your Bottom Line,” which focused on Americans’ wallets in the wake of the Great Recession. Before CNN, she was senior financial correspondent at SmartMoney magazine.
Willis received the 2001 Excellence in Retirement Savings Reporting award, bestowed by the American University School of Communication and the Investment Company Institute’s Education Foundation. She is the author of two other books, “The Smart Money Guide to Real Estate Investing” and “Home Rich.”
Willis was a Columbia Business School Knight-Bagehot Fellow. She was born in Waynesville, NC, and currently resides in Westchester County, with her husband, David Evans. They recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.