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Take The Lead Presents: Virtual Happy Hour series, seeks to change the narrative from problems to solutions through thought leadership.

Stories from the Heart: Finding Your Calling

Join us Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm ET to celebrate Black History Month and Go Red for Women/Heart Month. Gloria Feldt, Cofounder and president of Take The Lead will interview veteran news anchor/journalist Carol Jenkins and Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Population Health at NYU School of Medicine.

Get a powerful dose of inspiration and insight as our guests share their unique formula for success, what decisions impacted their career and how they continue shape the conversation in the fields of media and medicine. Sign up today!


Carol Jenkins


Carol Jenkins is an award-winning writer, currently working on a book about the inclusion of women and people of color in the media. She consults with individuals, organizations and companies on their media needs, particularly media training.

She is a sought-after speaker and writer on issues relating to the media, specifically the participation of women and people of color; women’s participation in the political and economic structures in the US; and the health of women in developing countries, particularly on the African continent.

An Emmy-winning former television journalist, she was founding president and board member of The Women's Media Center, the groundbreaking non-profit aimed at increasing coverage and participation of women in the media. In that WMC role she conceived the acclaimed Progressive Women's Voices media leadership program, and acquired and expanded the largest portfolio of women experts in the country, SheSource.

Dr. Cheryl Pegus


Cheryl Pegus, M.D., M.P.H is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. She is the President of Caluent, LLC, a Director of Glytec, LLC, Cogentix Medical (NASDAQ: CGNTX) and US Acute Care Solutions (USACS).

Dr. Pegus is also Immediate Past- President of the American Heart Association (AHA) Founder’s Affiliate; Co-Chair of the AHA North East Health Equity Consortium (NHEC) and Chair of PCORI’s Addressing Disparities Advisory Panel.

Dr. Pegus has more than 20 years of clinical practice and industry experience. She was the first Chief Medical Officer for Walgreens and served as the General Manager and Chief Medical Officer for SymCare Personalized Health Solutions, Inc., a J&J start-up company, which provided wireless care management solutions utilizing remote monitoring for diabetes, now part of the $2.6 billion J&J Diabetes Franchise. Prior to joining SymCare in 2007, she was the Head of Clinical Products for Aetna’s Medical Products Business Unit. Former positions at Aetna include National Medical Director, Clinical Program Development/Design and Marketing for Aetna’s Member Advantage programs, and National Medical Director for Women’s Health. Early in her career, she served as Medical Director for the Cardiovascular Risk Factors Group at Pfizer.

She is a member of the Dean’s Circle at Weill Cornell Medical College, sits on the editorial advisory board of Disease Management Advisor, was a Founding Board member of the National Business Group on Health’s (NBGH) Obesity Taskforce and is a a past board member of the Care Continuum Allliance and Aetna Foundation. She is currently a Board Member of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) and has been recognized as a leader in pragmatically addressing gaps in care across populations.

Dr. Pegus is a board-certified physician with subspecialty training in cardiology. She received an M.P.H. from Columbia University School of Public Health, an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, completed her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell and practiced internal medicine and cardiology. She has published many peer-reviewed studies and presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Pegus has also published the healthy cookbook series, Everyone Eats.

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