…for biopharma and device companies that want a creative approach to putting a human face on a complex need.
…to tell their stories in the most purposeful way so their input is equally if not more valuable than data and stats.
…in plain language so that patients and those who care for them understand their impact on access to care and potential for good health.
… with ideas and pathways to achieve measurable improvements in the development of a care.
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 the development of the regulations and policies that guide healthcare for us all.
Gwen has lived a lifetime with a congenital heart condition and draws upon her personal experiences 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.
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Gwen Mayes as a patient coach for speaking engagements and work with advocacy groups who engage with patients who are speaking in public. I was fortunate to work with Gwen in my very first speaking engagement. I was nervous and apprehensive to talk about my experience as a cardiac patient. Our stories are so very personal and at times so raw that we can be over whelmed about what we should and shouldn’t include in our speech. With her guidance, support and enthusiasm I was able to confidently sail through my speech. So much so that at the end I was sad it went so quickly! I have, absolutely no reservation in offering my highest recommendation of Gwen Mayes. She will exceed expectations every time and serve as a great asset to not only your speaking engagement but to your confidence as well.
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.
I worked with Gwen in 2019 when I was asked by Edwards Lifesciences to share my story as a widow of a sepsis victim and as a patient who had survived sepsis. I have since been working with my state lawmakers to get state-mandated sepsis protocols passed in Georgia. Gwen helped me identify the parts of my story that would be most influential and have the greatest impact on our legislators. Working with her 1:1 gave me clarity, great ideas, and practice to be a better storyteller!
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