raising the patient voice to improve healthcare for all

Skills and Services

Constructs Solutions

…for biopharma and device companies that want a creative approach to putting a human face on a complex need.

Coaches Patients

…to tell their stories in the most purposeful way so their input is equally if not more valuable than data and stats.

Communicates Policy

…in plain language so that patients and those who care for them understand their impact on access to care and potential for good health.

Connects Leaders

… with ideas and pathways to achieve measurable improvements in the development of a care.

meet gwen

Gwen is a lawyer, physician assistant, writer, and long time Washington-insider, who blends decades of expertise in government affairs, health policy, and patient advocacy with one aim in mind: ensuring patients have an opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to ensure the best healthcare possible for all.

Gwen has lived a lifetime with an inherited heart condition, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, and draws upon her personal experiences navigating the healthcare system to further the discussion — whether determining healthcare financing, access to care, selection of providers, or development of new therapies — she’s experienced it first-hand and anticipates what ‘others at the table’ need to hear.

A storyteller at heart, Gwen consults and coaches biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, policy firms, PR firms, and patient advocacy organizations to tell a better story — one that captures the essence of what it means to improve or save a life.

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Gwen is a consummate professional, with a great mix of skills to execute on many different fronts. She moves easily from one area of expertise to another, be it writing, health policy or strategic planning. It was a great pleasure working with Gwen. When she gets a goal in her sights, she rarely misses. Above all else, her passion for the important things in life is extremely contagious.
Bob Stewart
Manager, FDA Programs at Abiomed
I have had the great pleasure to know Gwen Mayes as our paths have crossed in women's health advocacy for the past few years. She is smart, articulate and generous with those who seek her counsel and much sought after guidance. Her extensive healthcare background gives her a unique perspective and knowledge base when it comes to seeking guidance with federal regulators and thought leaders in Washington DC. She is respected by her colleagues and business associates, and her sense of humor is superb. Lucky are those who are able to learn from her, work with her, and enjoy her keen mind and sharp wit.
Marta Hill Gray
Breakthrough Strategist / Connector / Women's Advocate / Spokresperson
Gwen has a unique ability to navigate complex organizations -- understands the passion of advocates and helps them make their strongest case for support in many ways. She is candid, responsive and creative in her approaches to policy and philanthropy. It was a pleasure to work with Gwen when she was the "hub" for Planned Parenthood's relationship with Bayer. Her hands-on and "roll the sleeves up" approach to the work together made every interaction productive and meaningful.
Jennifer Stark
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy at Tara Health Foundation

Ideas and Insights

Time to Change Doctors? Do it.
03.7.2024

It was 1998 and I was new in town.   By town, I mean a Midwest city on a big river with well over two million residents and two academic medical centers.  Having been diagnosed with a rare heart disorder many years before, finding a good cardiologist in town was one of my first priorities. I […]

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Don’t Wait to Feel Well to Live Well
03.7.2024

When I was young, I was either a healthy, adventuresome kick-ass professional woman walking the halls of Congress or laid up in my bed counting my heartbeats and waiting to die.  There was no in-between. Not only did I make sure the world only saw one side of me; I only saw one side of […]

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