SeeMe | Disrupt AgingⓇ Roundtable

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An honest conversation with leading experts about beauty and aging in our world today.

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It’s time we educate ourselves, challenge stereotypes, and positively influence perceptions around beauty, health, and aging. Register to join Michelle Lee, editor in chief of Allure, on November 19, for an honest conversation with leading experts about beauty and aging in our world today.

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Michelle Lee is the editor in chief of Allure. Since assuming the role in 2015, she has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. She was named Adweek’s 2017 Editor of the Year while Allure won Adweek’s Magazine of the Year, and her work at the brand also earned her a place on the Glossy 50 “Modern Media” list in 2017. Prior to joining Allure, she was editor in chief and chief marketing officer at NYLON, where she was in charge of editorial content as well as the ideation and execution of native advertising. In that role, she worked on large 360-degree campaigns for global fashion, beauty, and tech brands and helped launch NYLON Studio, the company's in-house creative agency. Prior to her tenure at NYLON, Ms. Lee was the chief content and strategy officer at Magnified Media, a branded-content agency for digital and print. She was part of the launch teams for Us Weekly and The Daily Front Row, as well as CosmoGIRL, and has held senior staff positions at Mademoiselle and Glamour. A prominent speaker, Ms. Lee has presented at Columbia University and has appeared on many TV outlets, including the NBC’s TODAY Show, Good Morning America, VH1, MTV, CNN, and MSNBC.

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Barbara Hannah Grufferman, a recognized thought leader on positive aging, is the award-winning author of Love Your Age: The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life, published by National Geographic and AARP. Her first book, The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More, a highly regarded resource for women over 50, was one of the first books to focus on the power of embracing your age. Barbara is the founder and editor of Menopause Cheat Sheet, a weekly newsletter devoted to helping women navigate life during and after menopause. A podcast is in the works. A contributor to Growing Bolder and AARP, Barbara serves as the Bone Health Ambassador of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, where she is also a trustee, and is Ambassador for Barbara has made numerous appearances on Today, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, The Doctors Show, The Talk, Dr. Oz, local television stations nationwide, and radio and internet programs, including NPR and Sirius Doctor Radio. Since turning 50, Barbara started running to stay healthy and has completed ten marathons and numerous half-marathons and other shorter races. She’s become a chief motivator for many people to make fitness after 45 a top priority. Barbara is at work on her third book.

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Bringing over 20 years of experience specializing in multicultural initiatives, Yvette Peña, Vice President for Latino Audience Strategy at AARP, serves as the national voice for AARP’s engagement with Latino communities to drive AARP’s social impact. She develops and manages relevant offerings and programs for AARP's members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, focused on health, wealth and fun and fulfillment - ’salud, dinero y amor’. She is also responsible for the design and strategic direction on all communication channels targeting Spanish dominant and bilingual/bicultural audience segments. Previously, Yvette worked as Director of Multicultural Marketing at Sports Authority and Walgreens and has a long history of building successful brands Multicultural markets, including her time at Sears and Y&R/The Bravo Group. She is a lifelong advocate for ethnic communities and takes pride in giving back and providing opportunities to grow communities in meaningful ways. She is a new Board Member of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. She is a native New Yorker, an Afro-Latina with proud Dominican roots and cherishes her time with her family. This has enabled her to work passionately for and communities of color. She resides between Washington, DC and Chicago with her husband, Lazaro.

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A longtime community health advocate and media pioneer, Denise Pines is president of the Medical Board of California and serves on the Martin Luther King Community Hospital Foundation board and the admissions committee for the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) School of Medicine. She’s a trusted resource for women as they pursue midlife wellness. She’s the founder of WisePause Lifestyle Summit (, a pro-aging women’s health and educational platform and the FemAging 2020 HealthTech (, a report introducing a new industry sector (FemAging tech), which is defined as health innovations developed specifically for women ages 40+. She’s also an award-winning filmmaker, producing 11 documentaries including the award-winning film “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.” Her next documentary, “Anthony Fauci” will air on PBS June 2021. She’s a graduate of San Francisco State University (BS), John F. Kennedy University (MBA) and Stanford University (MBA).

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Christi Putman is a co-founder and Chief R&D Officer of the SeeMe Beauty brand. Christi has spent 28+ years leading innovation for some of P&G’s biggest beauty brands, Secret, Old Spice and Olay. She currently leads Research and Development for Beauty Care’s upstream innovation program. Christi is responsible for a range of innovations including P&G Beauty’s diagnostics and personalization programs – Olay Skin Advisor and Olay Labs personalized Skin Care, as well as the development of an aluminum free natural deodorant brand, Each and Every. She has also led the R&D efforts on new brand acquisitions First Aid Beauty and Snowberry. As an “80’s girl” herself, Christi developed a passion for understanding the unique skin needs of women who are nearing or experiencing signs of menopause. She has led the identification of skin actives that work to bring resiliency back to estrogen depleted skin, and the formulation of skin creams, serums and cleansers that are proven to work for those who came of age in the 80’s! Christi has a Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University. She and her husband Gene have five children and reside in Cincinnati. In her free time, Christi enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, and boating in Northern Michigan.

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Shirley Weir introduces herself as a Menopause Chick. Now 53, her perimenopause journey began more than ten years ago. Sore breasts, sleep deprivation and brain fog led Shirley to her doctor’s office, then the book store and then “Dr. Google,” but she was left feeling confused, overwhelmed and alone. At 46, she launched with the mission to empower women to navigate perimenopause-to-menopause & beyond with more confidence and ease. Shirley’s 2016 TEDx talk invited the world to reframe menopause away from the negative, into a phase-of-life worthy of celebration. Menopause Chicks has been featured on major media including NBC’s The Today Show, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), Sharecare (a Dr. Oz online platform), and Shirley writes a weekly column for (a National Post platform.). In April 2016, Shirley hosted the first-ever online menopause party celebrating her own menopause milestone while women tuned in to share their own stories in a private online community. That community has since evolved into one of the most popular “social learning” platforms dedicated to women’s midlife health. It has over 25,000 members who regard the group as the “go-to” place to get answers, learn from experts, and affirm they are not alone. In 2018, Shirley’s first book, MOKITA: How to navigate perimenopause with confidence & ease reached #1 on Amazon in women’s health. Shirley holds a certificate in Peer Counseling from the University of British Columbia, and she is a mom to two teenagers and one Goldendoodle.

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