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More Than Pink Women
Susan G. Komen Charlotte is excited to introduce the inaugural class of More than Pink Women in 2018.
These eight women are leaders in the fields of medicine, business, media, science and education. Eight have been selected to represent the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
These women are more than just the color pink. They are the ACTION behind our signature color. They are taking a stand in a bold way to help us and the community we serve chance the conversation about breast cancer.
Introducing our More than Pink Women!
Dianne Chipps Bailey
Dianne Chipps Bailey is a passionate advocate for civic engagement and women’s leadership. Dianne leads the Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations practice group at Robinson Bradshaw where she has dedicated her legal career to the representation of tax-exempt organizations, their senior management and volunteer leaders. Dianne has advised schools and universities, churches and other religious organizations, endowments, corporate and family foundations, museums, business leagues, social clubs and a complement of charitable groups.
Dianne’s professional commitment to nonprofit organizations is also deeply personal. Dianne is a faithful community leader, previously chairing the boards of the Women’s Impact Fund, Discovery Place, Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, Women Executives and First Presbyterian Church Diaconate, where she also served as an Elder. Currently, she is a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute national council and was a founding director of Women’s Impact Fund and Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network. Dianne writes and speaks nationally on topics related to nonprofit management and leadership. Dianne graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley and received her law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. She is rated Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™, the highest possible peer review rating for lawyers. Her professional recognition includes a Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award in 2011 and a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice Award in 2012. Dianne was named the Leadership Charlotte 2018 Circle of Excellence honoree and The Mecklenburg Times 2015 Woman of the Year. Dianne joins the inaugural class of More than Pink Women to celebrate the memory of her beloved sister-in-law Susan Law and with great hope that soon we will cure breast cancer.
Anchor. Author. Mom. Molly Grantham is a two-time Emmy-award winning journalist who has been named TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas, one of Charlotte’s top “40 under 40” and one of Mecklenburg County’s “50 Most Influential Women”. She anchors WBTV News at 5:30p and 11p and published her first book last November. (It sold out on Amazon the first week!) Besides her public and often nutty job, she balances motherhood with two young kids, social media madness and the swirling circle of life. She’s a glass half-full perspective, with self-deprecating humor and an authentic voice that shows not all you see is always real.
Cancer has hit Molly’s family hard. Her grandfather died of pancreatic cancer. Her mom died last year of breast cancer. Her grandmother fought it, her great-grandmother also died from the disease and her father, who she says is her forever hero, died of colon cancer in 2006. Every year Molly emcees Komen Charlotte’s “Race for the Cure” and leads one of the largest teams.Molly and her husband, Wes, have a 6-year-old daughter (Parker) and a 3-year-old son (Hutch).
Kathryn Heath, Ph.D., is a founding partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership (FHHL) whose goal is to move women leaders forward faster. She serves as a coach, developer of leadership programs, and training designer. One of the hallmarks of Kathryn’s work is addressing organizations’ specific business targets through customized programs that move women leaders forward faster. Her various clients include executives and high-potential leaders at Fortune 500 companies including Deloitte, AIG, Booz Allen Hamilton, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.
Before she co-founded FHHL, Kathryn was Senior Vice President and Director of First University at the nation’s fourth-largest bank, First Union (now Wells Fargo), where her inventive and results-focused approach won her numerous awards in the field of learning and development. There, during a period of explosive growth, Kathryn led not only the training organization but she also worked to grow high-potential leadership talent as the head of Leadership Development.
Kathryn is the co-author of two books: The Influence Effect: A New Path to Power for Women Leaders (Berrett-Koehler, 2017), and Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking That Block Women’s Path to Power (Jossey-Bass, 2011), which landed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Washington Post. Kathryn also co-authored the article “Women, Find Your Voice!” for the Harvard Business Review (June 2014).
Kathryn received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kathryn is based in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Misra is a partner at Oncology Specialists of Charlotte (OSC) which she joined in 2010. Her clinical and research focus involves a concentration in breast cancers, amongst treating for other cancers. Dr. Misra currently serves as the division chair of oncology at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, and actively participates on the breast and survivorship advisory board and tumor boards. She recently spearheaded efforts to bring DigniCap®, a device used to prevent hair loss while undergoing chemotherapy, to the Charlotte community and offered only at OSC in this region.
Dr. Misra completed her medical degree at Emory University in Atlanta. She completed her fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at the NYU School of Medicine. She is board certified in Hematology and Oncology.
Dr. Misra was elected TOP DOCTORS in Oncology specialty care in the 2017 survey conducted through Charlotte Magazine. When she is not fighting the good fight for her patients, Dr. Misra enjoys living in Charlotte with her husband and two kids, carpooling to their various activities and the occasional spinning class.
Dr. Pinku Mukherjee is the Irwin Belk Endowed Professor for Cancer Research, and Chair of Biological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before coming to Charlotte in August of 2008, she held faculty appointments at The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Indiana University Medical Center, and Pennsylvania State University. She completed her Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Immunology from The University of London in UK before relocating to the US. She has several patents and has published extensively in major scientific journals and has several press releases about her research in Breast and Pancreatic Cancer. Her scientific work has been presented in numerous National and International meetings and she is an active member of ‘The Women in Science and Medicine’.
Her expertise is in the areas of tumor immunology, immunotherapy, and inflammation associated with cancer and ageing. Over the years, her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, American Association for Cancer Research, and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also generated funding for her research program through many philanthropic donations. Over the years, she has generated over $15 million in funding for her research program. Some of her many awards include: Young Investigator Award from The American Association of Immunologists, Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Research from American Association of Cancer Research, UNC-O Max Gardner Award for the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race, CIC Governor’s International Entrepreneur Award and INSIGHT IntoDiversity 2016 Inspiring Women in Stem Award.
Dr. Mukherjee founded a biotechnology company OncoTAb Inc that works towards improving the quality of cancer care and developed a simple blood test to detect breast cancer accurately especially in women with dense breast tissue where mammograms may be inconclusive.
Moira is COO and SVP of Communications for Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP). Prior to joining CCCP, Moira worked at WBTV for 26 years in roles on and behind the camera. She worked, in turn, as news Executive Producer, news anchor, Co‐Host of the nationally syndicated PM Magazine (also as show and segment producer), news reporter, news editor, news photographer and studio cameraman.
She is a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte where she is a Trustee Emerita and past president of the Alumni Association and past member of the Board of Advisors. Moira is Past President of Temple Beth El, the largest Reform congregation in the 2 Carolinas. She is Outreach Chairman of the Charlotte Jewish Federation Community Relations Council and Producer of the Citywide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. She is on the Board of the May 20th Society and a member of the Hospitality House of Charlotte Honorary Board. She is a member of Women Executives and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Moira is a 2017 recipient of the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award. She was named one of Mecklenburg County’s 50 Most Influential Women, the Community Service Award from Women Business Owners and the Alumna of the Year Award from Queens University of Charlotte. Moira graduated summa cum laude from Queens University of Charlotte with a double major in English and Drama. She is a member of the Meck Dec DAR, along with her mother and sister.
As a breast cancer survivor, Moira is deeply involved with cancer support organizations. She is one of Komen Charlotte’s More Than Pink Women and serves on the Levine Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Advisory Council.
She and her husband Robert have two sons. 34‐year old Devin is a Senior Systems Engineer at Fox Sports One in Charlotte. He and his wife Heidi are parents of 10‐year old Tori and 8‐year old Max. 29‐year old David is Commercial Sales Manager for Avis. He and his wife, Kate, who is Assets Manager for Vision Ventures, live in Charlotte.
Charlotte Center City Partners envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the Economic, Social and Cultural development of the Center City.
Tami B. Simmons
Tami B. Simmons is vice president of Institutional Advancement Johnson C. Smith University. Simmons, a member of JCSU’s Board of Trustees, serves as executive director of Susan G. Komen Charlotte having joined the organization in 2012. She assumed her role at the University on Oct. 18, 2017, heading the areas of fundraising and development, communications and marketing, and alumni relations.
Simmons comes to JCSU with a wealth of experience. Previously, she spent five years at Susan G. Komen Charlotte and 19 with Wells Fargo, leaving as senior vice president and director of corporate philanthropy for the Eastern United States. Prior to her position at Wells Fargo, Simmons was community affairs manager for Wachovia’s Charlotte headquarters region where she managed the corporation’s charitable giving and community affairs initiatives.
Simmons served as president of the YWCA Central Carolinas board of directors. She also serves in leadership and advisory roles for community organizations including Communities in Schools, North Carolina Thread Trail, Women’s Intercultural Exchange, A Child’s Place, Leadership Charlotte and United Way of Central Carolinas Inc. She is also a member of the Links Inc. Crown Jewels chapter. She was recognized with the United Negro College Fund’s Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award in 2010. Simmons received a B.A. in business from Hampton University and a M.A. in education from North Carolina Central University.
“I have always been impressed with the work of Johnson C. Smith University and very aware of the University’s importance to Charlotte and the Southeast region,” Simmons said. “JCSU has a history of being at the forefront of innovations in higher education, and it represents the best of intellectual rigor, applied research, arts and culture, and social responsibility. Johnson C. Smith University’s future is bright as it continues to educate students who become leaders in every field of human endeavor. I am honored to add my service to advancing the mission of this great institution. As a proud graduate of two outstanding HBCUs, I bring great respect for the traditions of HBCUs to my work as I collaborate with donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University.”
Paula R. Vincent
Paula R. Vincent, R.N., M.S.N. has spent her entire 30+ year career at Novant Health. During her time with Novant Health, Mrs. Vincent has served in several roles beginning with a staff nurse and moving up to leadership roles in nursing services. From there, Mrs. Vincent took on the role of president for Presbyterian Hospital Matthews responsible for the operations and strategy for that market. In 2010, Paula was asked to lead the market in Nursing and become the Chief Nursing Officer for the Greater Charlotte Market. In 2011 Mrs. Vincent served as the interim president at Upstate Medical Center and Senior Vice President of Operations, Administrative Executive for the Center City Market and President of Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. In May 2012 she became the interim president of the Greater Charlotte Market. In April of 2012, Paula became the president of Novant Health Foundation and Community Services. In this role she drove the strategy and developed a templet for the foundation across Novant Health. Currently she is serving as the president of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital.
Education and Awards
Mrs. Vincent earned her bachelors and master’s of science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In June of 2006, Paula completed the Johnson and Johnson Wharton’s fellowship program in management for nurse executives. She also completed The Leadership Novant program through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August 2006, is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Charlotte and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Development Initiative. She also completed Leadership North Carolina in 2014. Under the direction of Mrs. Vincent, Presbyterian Hospital Matthews received a 5 Star award from Professional Research Consultants for Excellence Customer Service. In 2008, Paula was instrumental in achieving Magnet Status for all hospitals in our Greater Charlotte Market. In 1994, Mrs. Vincent was one of 100 Nurses selected from a field of more than 62,000 practicing nurses in North Carolina for their contributions in nursing excellence. In 2003, Mrs. Vincent was the recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal “Top 25 Women in Business.” In 2009, Mrs. Vincent received the Healthcare Hero award given by the Mecklenburg Times. In 2010, Paula was honored at the Women Honoring Women Luncheon by the NC Stroke Association and in 2012 the honorary chair for Cure by Design with the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Vincent was also the recipient of the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead award in 2016.
Community and Professional
Mrs. Vincent is active in the Community and serves on several boards in Charlotte to include, Arts and Science Board of Directors, AAA Board of Directors, UNCC Health and Human Services Advisory Board, CPCC Foundation Board of Directors, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Board of Directors, Circle of Red with American Heart Association and MEDIC Board of Commissioners. Mrs. Vincent is also a member of several professional organizations, NC Nurses Association, American Organization of Nursing Executives (AONE), and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).