Piraye Yurttas Beim, PhD
Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim founded Celmatix in 2009 to empower women to be more proactive and informed about their fertility through better data, including genomics. She was on the front lines of the personalized medicine revolution during her doctoral work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell (NYC) and was inspired to create the company after completing her postdoctoral embryology research training at the University of Cambridge (UK). Realizing how many of the successful, career-minded women in her network were making major, life-defining decisions around fertility based on age alone, she set out to bring personalized medicine to reproductive health. In addition to her scientific credentials, Dr. Beim has also been widely recognized as an emerging business leader. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship program, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and was named a New York City Venture Fellow by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She has also been named to Crain’s 40 Under 40, Fortune’s 15 Entrepreneurs Disrupting Your Industry, and TechCrunch’s Top Female Founders. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
Gamze Ayberk Ates
Kim Bendheim, born and raised a New Yorker, graduated with honors from Spence, then Harvard. A journalist and a teaching artist, she has written for The LA Times, The New York Times, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune and The LA Times, among other publications. She is Vice-Chair of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, a private family foundation.
Michael S. Brodherson, MD
Michael Brodherson, M.D., has been practicing general Urology for over 35 years in New York City. He is highly committed to offering the most personalized service to his patients. This includes 24/7 availability in the office as well as by mobile phone. House calls can be arranged by special request. Dr. Brodherson is the former chairman of the Department of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital and continues his affiliation with the hospital to this day. He is an expert in the treatment of frequent urination, prostate cancer, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, and vasectomies.
Kristy Curry is the founder and CEO of Flutter Health, the free app and community to serve the 176 million women globally with endometriosis. A disease she has had herself for 15 years. Kristy is also the co-founder of Faction Studio, a NYC-based mobile app development firm. She lives in Dumbo, Brooklyn with her husband Jason and identical twins sons Jack and Finn. Kristy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Journalism.
Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and has won two Golden Globes, including Best Actress for her work on Girls. In 2010, she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for her feature “Tiny Furniture,” which she also starred in and directed. In 2013, Dunham made history as the first female to win a DGA award in the Best TV Comedy Director category. In September 2015, Lena and her producing partner Jenni Konner launched LENNY LETTER, a feminist newsletter which features original editorial content focusing on politics, art and culture, style, health and wellness, sex and relationships (LennyLetter.com). An accomplished author, Dunham’s book of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl, was published by Random House in September 2014 and was a #1 NY Times best seller. She is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008.
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Sandra Gelbard, MD
Yaniv Larish, MD
Yaniv Larish , M.D., is a urologist and surgeon treating women and men with a variety of urological conditions. His expertise is in treating complex kidney stones, enlarged prostates (BPH), incontinence, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and urological oncology (prostate, bladder, kidney, and adrenal cancers). He is an expert in general urology and is often consulted for second opinions.
Elif Seckin holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bogazici University and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Business School. Before obtaining her MBA, she worked as industrial metal ore trader at Hemaeks International in Istanbul. She later founded Laserex International, an export company that traded electronic chips and components globally to companies such as Motorola, Intel, Nokia, Zenith, and Aselsan. She has worked as Director of Finance and Operations at Park East Gynecology & Surgery since 2000. She is in charge of contracts and negotiations with insurance companies and hospitals; business development, strategic marketing, and project management. In addition to her duties at Park East Gynecology, Elif is the treasurer of Endometriosis Foundation of America. She has been assisting with every aspect of the foundation’s operations including finances and human resources since its inception.
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