speakers & facilitators

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cassandra bradby, md

Dr. Bradby is an Emergency Medicine physician with a passion for teaching and mentorship. She recognizes that without the guidance of other amazing women that she would not be the professional that she is today. The impact of her past mentors has encouraged and inspired her to coach others on their journey to and through medicine.

She serves as an Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Director of Emergency Medicine for Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Her academic interests lie in education and mentorship, as well as expanding and celebrating diversity in medicine. In her spare time, she volunteers in the community as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and mentors pre-medical and medical students as the Faculty Advisor for SNMA at ECU.


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jada bussey-jones, MD, FACP

Dr. Bussey-Jones is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine of Emory University’s School of Medicine. She received her BS in Sociology and later her MD from Emory University. She currently serves as the Chief of Grady General Medicine and Geriatrics, the Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine, and the Director of Education for Emory’s Urban Health Initiative – leading community-based participatory programing and training of health professionals to improve the health and decrease disparities among diverse populations in Atlanta. Dr. Bussey-Jones has nationally recognized educational expertise in the areas of minority health, health equity, as well as patient and provider education. She has developed several program initiatives addressing health promotion and disease prevention for vulnerable populations. She developed and directed curricula on cultural competence, disparities, and social determinants of health for students, residents and faculty and was recognized with an Educational Innovation Award for this work. She has also chaired the National Disparities Education Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine organization and served as editor for a special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine dedicated to disparities education. In this role, her leadership resulted in an award winning national disparities course, web based educational modules, and two national symposia on disparities at both the Society of General Internal Medicine and at the American Association of Medical Colleges.


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carolina camacho-ruiz, md

Dr Carolina Camacho is an emergency medicine resident at Kings County Hospital and Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology with honors at the University of Puerto Rico. She remained at University of Puerto Rico to complete her Doctor in Medicine degree. After spending all her life in Puerto Rico, she pursed an emergency medicine residency in NYC. Dr Camacho is proud of working with culturally diverse and underserved population surrounded by co-workers from different backgrounds. She is especially interested in cultural biased medicine, accent racism and women in medicine. When she is not working, you will find Dr Camacho reading in the park, playing with her dog, having dinner with friends and listening to good music.


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monique carkum-edwards, jd

Whether working as a career coach, executive strategist, or pastor, Monique is passionate about serving others into greatness. Prior to founding Gravitas Executive Coaching, Monique spent over 18 years working as a corporate attorney. After graduating from the NYU School of Law, she practiced at New York-based law firm Debevoise & Plimpton before joining the legal team at Honeywell International, where she quickly advanced from Assistant General Counsel of Corporate Finance to divisional General Counsel, providing legal oversight for one of the company’s global business segments.

In 2009, she founded her own ministry, later serving as a church pastor for five years. Her background in advising and service led Monique to her current role as an executive coach and career strategist. In addition to serving private clients, Monique is a Coach with Own The Room, an international learning and development company, and she works as a Leader at Venwise, helping C-Suite executives at high-growth companies solve their most pressing business problems. Whether as a corporate attorney, coach or pastor, Monique can confidently capture the attention of almost any audience, making her a highly sought-after speaker. Always striving for her own personal and professional growth, Monique holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and has studied organizational leadership and change management at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her love of educating and developing others is evident in her service to Felician University as a Board Trustee, overseeing its Strategic Planning Committee.

When not serving others, Monique’s greatest joy is spending time with her husband Lennon C. Edwards, Esq. and their two children Brooklynn and Judah. If she could trade coaching for any other career path, Monique would be a fashion designer. But for now, she’ll stick with sneaking into her daughter’s classes at New York’s Fashion Institute instead.

Learn more about Mrs Carkum-Edwards, Esq at www.speakmonique.com


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maiysha clairborne, md

Dr Maiysha Clairborne is an internationally known integrative medicine physician & one of the top 6 leaders nationally making a difference in physician burnout and career transition for doctors. Founder of Stress Free Mom MD and Next Level Physician Entrepreneur’s Institute, Dr. Clairborne provides coaching & training for women in medicine helping them to find their career & life’s sweet spot.

With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Maiysha is a thought leader in the areas of integrative medicine, physician burnout, business, & entrepreneurship. She has delivered trainings all over the world including the International Conference on Physician Health, CPR in Progress: Physician Women's Conference, WELLMED in Greece, & The annual “Women in Medicine” Conference. She’s also provided trainings on burnout & career building for several academic institutions including Emory University & Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Maiysha’s began her training at Emory University completing her BA in Psychology, followed by her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine, and her Family Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital.

Learn more about Dr Clairborne at www.drmaiysha.com


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charmaine gregory, md

Dr Charmaine Gregory is a Clinical Emergency Medicine Faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Michigan and a Peer Coach providing feedback on communication techniques for Emergency providers and facilitates talks with healthcare providers about burnout, wellness, and work-life balance/integration. Most recently, Dr. Gregory has been a contributing author of the books, The Chronicles of Women in White Coats and Thinking About Quitting Medicine Volume 2 and Doctoring Better. Dr. Gregory faces her fear of public speaking by speaking publicly on topics of burnout, wellness, fitness, work-life integration, and night shift life.

Outside of medicine, her passion to pursue wellness and work-life balance led to the establishment of the virtual greatness and wellness coaching company Fervently Fit with Charmaine, LLC. Wellness coaching and health content sharing serve as an extension of clinical service by focusing on preventative methods for health and wellness maintenance. She is also a trained Physician Coach, helping colleagues find meaning and direction when most needed. She is the host of the Women in White Coats and Fearless Freedom with Dr. G podcasts.

In addition, she is certified to teach live group fitness classes in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and offers group fitness instruction to colleagues at national meetings.

Learn more about Dr Gregory at www.ferventlyfitwithcharmaine.com


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Adeola kosoko, md

Dr. Kosoko is an emergency physician, practicing in Houston, Texas. She currently practices and has board certifications in both emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine. Before switching her sights to medicine, she was a collegiate volleyball player at North Carolina State University. Following, she graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with a Medical Doctorate and the University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency program. She then completed pediatric emergency medicine and global health fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital.
Dr. Kosoko is currently the assistant residency program director for the McGovern Emergency Medicine Residency at UTHealth. Her academic and clinical interests include curriculum development, global health education, academic remediation, and diversity in medical education. In her free time, she enjoys keeping her home garden, interior decorating, and exploring new cities around the world.

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lakesha legree, md

Dr. Legree hails from the Midwest where she is proud to be an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame; “Fighting Irish ‘til death do us part,” is what she always proclaims! Prior to medical school, Dr. Legree held various positions with the prestigious pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN. It was there that her passion for patient centered clinical medicine was fostered and she went on to attend medical school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She subsequently followed her husband to the east coast and completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Legree loves being able to focus on one patient at a time, providing them with her undivided attention and 150% effort. This not only yields a safe outcome but also an outstanding patient experience and ultimately an enhanced quality of life for that patient. Because of tons of hospital red tape and corporate red tape, this became increasingly difficult and led to many frustrations. This same red tape became exhausting and binding, preventing Dr. Legree from doing what she absolutely loves the most: being a mom.Through prayer and meditation, Dr. Legree began brainstorming on how she could offer patients a personalized experience as an anesthesiologist while simultaneously being able to be present and available to her family. Having witnessed first-hand, almost daily, the positive impact Ketamine had on patients, Dr. Legree knew that this would be the nucleus towards changing the lives of so many people who suffer from mental illness and chronic pain disorders. Since this realization, she has poured her heart and soul into creating, developing and nurturing Elev8 MD Wellness Center with hopes of reaching the masses within North and South Carolina and beyond.

In addition to being the owner and Medical Director of Elev8 MD Wellness Center, Dr. Legree is also a locums Anesthesiologist, a member of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC and a proud member of the South Charlotte Jack and Jill Incorporated Organization.

Learn more about Dr Legree at www.charlotte-ketamine.com


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roseanne raphael, md

Dr Roseanne Raphael completed her internal medicine residency this year at Loyola University Medical Center. Prior to that she completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Southern California and is a proud Trojan! After graduating from college, Roseanne started her own company, My Kind Of College, which sought to help prepare students from all walks of life for college and beyond. During her time as a resident, she helped to co-found theWomen in Medicine Interdisciplinary Network (WIMIN) where she sought to create an environment where female medical students, residents, and attendings could discuss issues that affect women in medicine in a safe and welcoming environment.


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claritza rios-gurley, md

Dr Claritza L. Ríos is a healthcare innovator who has spent her career working with marginalized populations. She is triple boarded in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is currently focusing her efforts on using telemedicine to bring high quality care to these populations and ensuring a high touch experience. As a Latina physician, mother and wife she enjoys creating community where women of color can mentor and grow together.


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teresa smith, md

Dr. Teresa Y. Smith is an emergency physician who has dedicated her training to working in the urban communities of New York City. After completing her undergraduate degree at Spelman College, she attended NYU School of Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency training at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. In 2011, she joined SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, completing a fellowship in emergency ultrasound, and eventually staying on as Assistant Program Director. Dr. Smith went on to complete her Masters in Medical Education at University of Pennsylvania. She currently is an Associate Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital and the Residency Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program. She is also a Clinical Assistant Dean for the College of Medicine.

Dr. Smith has assisted in several initiatives which have been focused on diversity and inclusion in recruitment into medicine (both in medical school and residency training). She is a proud contributing author to the FEMinEM Blog, and a recipient of the Dr. Dale Blackstock Award in Teaching and Excellence, the GME Program Director of the Year Award, and one of this year’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. She has spoken regionally at NJ ACEP and FIX18, nationally at SAEM and CORD, and internationally at WACEM in Qatar and WPW19 in Cayman Islands.


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Elsie theodore

A Regional Vice President at Primerica, Elsie Theodore runs her own financial services company located in Chantilly, Virginia. For the past 19 years, Elsie has committed herself to working with families and small businesses in her local area and across the country to help communities with asset protection and asset management. Her main focus is to educate Main Street America on how to protect their assets through proper insurance products, help them get on a path to debt freedom and to build a legacy of wealth by growing a strong net worth which could be passed down through generations.

Elsie, a native New Yorker who’s of Haitian and Cuban decent, is a proud graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in News Editorial. Degree in hand, Elsie entered the world of financial journalism and elevated her career as a news editor for Dow Jones, the publishers of The Wall Street Journal for nearly 15 years.

Elsie is all about Legacy Wealth Building saying that the legacy one leaves is the wealth you leave behind.


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yashika dooley, md

Dr. Yashika Dooley is an fellowship trained board certified Urogynecologist who is passionate about women's health care and training the next generation of female pelvic surgeons. After completing her undergraduate degree at Howard University, she earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dooley then went on to complete her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson/ Miami Valley Combined Residency Program. She then did fellowship training at Loyola in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and earned a Masters in Clinical Research. She is an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University and has presented national and internationally. She has received numerous awards including APGO Excellence in Teaching, USUHS Clinical Educators Award, Berlex Foundation Junior Faculty Development Award and Bristol Meyer Squibb National Medical Fellow. Her current initiatives include increasing diversity in clinical research and surgery, helping women of color overcome barriers and decrease the gender and racial gap in medicine.


Learn more about Dr Dooley at www.fiercefreedomawaits.com


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marsha caton, phd

Dr. Caton has built her career in drug development having worked for some of the largest and most well-known Pharmaceutical Companies in the industry. She currently works as a Principal Scientist in Immuno-oncology, where she leads drug-approval submission regulatory writing teams. Her work involves evaluation of the efficacy, safety and tolerability of new drug entities for the treatment of various cancers.

Her professional interests include highlighting the importance of clinical research in discovering cures for debilitating diseases, particularly for patients with cancer. She is also very passionate about exposing girls to the biomedical sciences at an early age.