…for biopharma companies to engage with thought leaders, patient advocacy organizations and government officials to improve access to care.
…to tell their stories in the most meaningful way so their experiences are 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.
…on pathways and projects to achieve maximum input and construction of health policy decisions.
Part lawyer, part clinician, part Washington-insider, Gwen is a seasoned thought leader and creative magnet who brings decades of expertise to the health policy discussion with one aim in mind: ensuring patients are heard and their input is valued. As a lifelong patient herself, Gwen’s mission is to eliminate the disengagement and fear patients live with when the course is not clear, the outcome unknown, and their voice is not heard.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most surprising conversations I had while working in industry came when a colleague of mine in the regulatory department called to get my input on the value of patient engagement to the company. He was drafting a response to FDA’s proposed ombudsmen-type “patient office” and new requirements to include patient experiences in […]
During a meeting with the American College of Not-to-be-Named-Doctors, their staff shared with me that the Incoming President’s plan was for it to be “the year of the patient.” Immediately, I wondered why it wasn’t every year. Clearly the mission of any professional medical society is to be a voice for its members, but their […]