Celebrate International Women’s Day with RTI International

On the anniversary of the pandemic declaration, and in recognition of 2021 International Women’s Day, RTI’s Women’s Advancement, Leadership, and Success Employee Resource Group will bring together women leaders to reflect on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges and successes of women during the pandemic, and thoughts on what’s next, including actions to take toward a more equitable future.

RTI will host a keynote address by Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, followed by a panel discussion with three outstanding women leaders from RTI: Dr. Pia McDonald, Senior Director, Public Health; Dr. LaShawn Glasgow, Director of Community and Workplace Health; and Molly Chen, Senior MERLA Specialist.


Keynote Speaker

Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH

Dr. Mandy Cohen was appointed to the role of Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in January 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper. Secretary Cohen and her team are focused on responding to and recovering from the

COVID-19 pandemic, building a robust, efficient Medicaid program, improving early childhood health, safety and education, combatting the opioid crisis, and ensuring equitable access to health resources.

Dr. Cohen leads the COVID-19 response for the State of North Carolina. Her team at NC DHHS oversees the operational response – including hospital surge capacity, testing capacity, tracing capacity, and PPE availability – in addition to constructing the advanced data infrastructure necessary to collect and analyze key data points to drive decision making. Secretary Cohen also leads the development of North Carolina policy guidance that informs the actions needed to slow COVID-19 spread.

Secretary Cohen is also an Adjunct Professor in Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.