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 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
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.
Starr Mirza
Philanthroper, Heart Disease Patient Advocate
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!
Karen Y. Moore
James D. Moore Memorial Foundation For Sepsis Awareness

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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