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Bio


Hi! I'm Vanessa.

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Bio


Hi! I'm Vanessa.

Present day

I coach professionals with a focus on non-technical and public health professionals on kicking off careers in health care innovation. I also coach aspiring, transitioning, and current entrepreneurs on building healthy lives and healthy businesses.

I speak and write about the intersection of public health and tech, innovative approaches to self-care and wellness as well as diversity in tech.

I invest in seed-stage public health tech startups at P2Health Ventures

I advise startups, corporations and government agencies on strategies for leveraging tech to improve health outcomes among vulnerable populations at Riveted Partners.

recent past

Prior, I led product development for ZeroDivide's portfolio of digital health products focused on reducing health disparities. I fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities through XX in Health, a community of female digital health entrepreneurs and healthcare executives at Rock Health, a digital health incubator. I also led global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in west and east Africa. I earned my BA in psychology from Yale University and MPH in global health from Columbia University. I serve on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. I have been recognized as 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley, 2016 New Leaders Council San Francisco Fellow, 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter and as a 2016 TEDMED Research Scholar.

Outside of work, I love traveling (30 countries and counting) speak Spanish and Portuguese. In my free time, you will find me working out, taking photos, writing, enjoying music and dance from the African diaspora, practicing yoga, drinking whiskey and enjoying all things nerdy.

Advising


Advising


BUSINESS STRATEGY

Identify unmet demand and position your company for success.

Strategic Planning

Employ an analytical approach to assessing the ecosystem to identify early adopters and influencers for your product and position your company to best address unsatisfied demand.

Go-to-Market Strategy

Conduct competitive analysis, identify strategic partnerships and develop pricing strategy to drive product adoption and customer engagement. 

 

PRODUCT STRATEGY

Understand your customers and build products they love.

Customer Insights

Integrate insights from user research with market analysis to develop user stories and define the customer value proposition for product development. 

Product Roadmap

Define product vision and build the roadmap for user acquisition, engagement and growth. 

I unite design thinking and public health approaches to uncover user stories, develop strategies, and build solutions that drive engagement and improve health outcomes.

I provide more inclusive digital health product development and marketing for startups, the public sector and community-based organizations.

In my experience, close collaboration with end users is essential for effective behavior change to make innovation more approachable, desirable and relevant.

 
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Speaking


Speaking

I speak about the intersection of public health and tech, innovative approaches to self-care and wellness as well as diversity in tech.

Invite Me to Speak

Speaking


Speaking

I speak about the intersection of public health and tech, innovative approaches to self-care and wellness as well as diversity in tech.

Invite Me to Speak

Upcoming speaking engagements

East Meets West Festival

Self Care for Skeptics and Workaholics

October 14-15

San Francisco, CA

Design Sprint: Sexual Health

October 14 at 9 am at General Assembly SF

San Francisco, CA

Social Impact Investing: A Model for Sustained Healthcare Financing?

October 26 at 3:40-4:30 pm

Boston, MA

Past speaking engagements

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Writing


Writing

I write about the intersection of public health and tech in addition to diversity in tech.

Writing


Writing

I write about the intersection of public health and tech in addition to diversity in tech.

Recent Articles

Break(through) Burnout: How Stopping the Busyness Forced Me to Be Honest With My Whole Self

Dear Silicon Valley, It Pays to Care About Public Health

Past Articles

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Press


Press

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Press


Press

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Press Mentions and Interviews