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.
Philanthroper, Heart Disease Patient Advocate
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.
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy at Tara Health Foundation
Gwen is a passionate and extremely knowledgeable advocate for patients. She uses her deep health policy expertise to help further public policy change that reflects patients' needs. She mixes passion for the issues and patients with a willingness and desire to understand multiple viewpoints.
NICOLE TAPAY, JD
(Former) Principal, Avalere Health
Gwen brings a unique perspective to the advocacy relations team from her career-long accomplishments in public policy and regulatory affairs. She is committed to finding ways to elevate the patient's voice in public policy and bringing energy and respect to the patient's experience in all that Bayer does for patients.
Global Patient Advocacy Lead, GMA
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
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 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.
Manager, FDA Programs at Abiomed