She Powers Health™ recognizes individuals who are making a significant impact on people’s health, empowering women and modeling diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Partnering with HLTH, She Powers Health™ is a content series that shines a light on some of the initiatives across the health industry that are addressing the disparity of women in the executive and board roles within health organizations.

The She Powers Health Award recognizes members of the health industry that have made strides in the advancement and recognition of women making an impact in the space.

The second annual She Powers Health™ Awards ceremony was held at HLTH VRTL on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 as part of the Women at HLTH program. Congrats to the 2020 finalists and Honorees!

Cheryl Pegus

President, Cambia Consumer Health Solutions

Recipient, She Powers Health Individual Award

Dr. Cheryl Pegus brings broad expertise to helping Cambia become a transformative health solutions company. She leads consumer strategy for Cambia’s enterprise business, directing platform consumer services and personalized health solutions across the continuum of equitable health care. Cheryl focuses on delivering cost-effective, affordable care in partnership with the Cambia team and portfolio companies.

A trained cardiologist, Cheryl brings more than 25 years of clinical practice and operational business experience to the company.

She’s recognized as a leader for her extensive work across health care domains and utilizing data-driven solutions to deliver measurable improvements in cost-effective, personalized health solutions. Her career includes a rich mix of clinical, pharmaceutical and health plan experience – with innovation as the common thread throughout her career. In 2019 and 2020, Modern Healthcare named Cheryl among the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. In 2019, she received the Chairman’s Award of the American Heart Association in recognition of outstanding volunteer contributions.

Prior to joining Cambia, she served as President of Caluent, a health care data analytics company. Before that, she led the expansion of Walgreen Co.’s health care services, product launches, and data analytics as their first chief medical officer. Cheryl served as Aetna’s head of Clinical Products and as general manager and chief medical officer with SymCare Personalized Health Solutions, a digital diabetes care management company. Early in her career, she was the medical director for the Cardiovascular Risk Factors Group at Pfizer.

Cheryl serves as board member with Tactile Medical, Phreesia, US Acute Care Solutions, and the American Heart Association. She is also co-founder of A New Beat, an organization dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health and careers of women and under-represented minorities. She is the immediate past board chair for the Association of Black Cardiologists, past president of the American Heart Association Founder’s Affiliate, and past chair of the PCORI’s Health Delivery and Disparities Research Advisory Panel. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Cheryl received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Her medical doctorate is from Weill Cornell Medical College, and she has a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Sejal Hathi

Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital

Recipient, She Powers Health Rising Star Award
Sejal Hathi is a primary care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital and clinical fellow on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, who has dedicated her career to serving vulnerable communities in the United States and globally — with special attention to women and girls. Over the last decade, Sejal has founded and led two social enterprises advancing women’s rights and agency — over time, across 6 continents and 100 countries. In part due to this work, Sejal was one of 9 public health leaders appointed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s independent advisory group on women’s & children’s health, charged with evaluating and reporting global progress on Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5. More recently, sheserved as a health policy advisor to Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. She is the Host & Producer of Civic Rx, a podcast to ignite, share, and amplify conversations about building a more just and a healthier world in the wake of COVID-19. And she serves on the founding boards of the progressive political organization, Arena; the mental health advocacy organization, Inseparable; and the Indian-American advocacy organization, Indiaspora.
Sejal received her M.D. and M.B.A. from Stanford University, where she studied as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow and a Harry S. Truman Scholar; and her B.S. with honors from Yale University, where she was also a Global Health Fellow. She has spoken at the United Nations, the World Health Assembly, TED and TEDx, among other settings; and been named to the Forbes 30 under 30, Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, The Daily Beast / Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World,” World Economic Forum Global Shapers, and United States Presidential Scholars for her work.

Meet Our Finalists

Dr.Ashwini Zenooz

Chief Medical officer,


Nominee's super power:

Fearless advocate,

Gloria Sachdev

CEO and President,
Employer's Forum of Indiana


Nominee’s super power:

Using data to
demand accountability

Maria Thacker Goethe

CEO,Global Heath Crisis
Coordination Center(GHC3)


Nominee’s super power:

Making stuff happen!

Maryam Gholami

Chief Product & Technology
Officer, Providence Health


Nominee's super power:


Kristina Saffran

Co-Founder & CEO,
Equip Health

Rising Star (under 30)

Nominee's super power:

Inspiring disparate stakeholders
to action

Surabhi Bhatt

Co-Founder and Advisor
Health Finance Institute

Rising Star (under 30)

Nominee's super power:

Building organizations with
global impact